Third album due in June/July
Dutch symphonic metal troupe Delain will release their third full-length studio effort, We Are The Others, in North America this July 3rd, via New Jersey-based top-tier progressive metal label Sensory Records, while CNR Entertainment will handle the release in The Netherlands and Roadrunner Records will handle the rest of Europe with June 1st and 4th releases.
The follow-up to Delain‘s worldwide critically-acclaimed sophomore album April Rain — also released via the same Roadrunner/Sensory partnership in 2009 — We Are The Others broadcasts the band’s epic brand of metal bigger than ever, as always fronted by the soaring, vibrant vocals of Charlotte Wessels and drenched in the glorious keyboard passages of band founder ex-Within Temptation keyboardist, Martijn Westerholt.
The North American version of the album contains a dozen new songs and four live tracks. Fear Factory‘s Burton C. Bell even lends his voice to the track, “Where Is The Blood”. We Are The Others is an album littered with concepts in every aspect, from lyrically bridging fantasy with reality and actual events in history, to the steampunk-influenced cover art created by noted pop surrealist Glenn Arthur. Delain enlisted a massive production team for the recording, including Jacob Hellner (Rammstein, Apocalyptica), Fredrik Thomander and Anders Wikstrom (Scorpions, Backyard Babies), bringing every element of the album to life.
Recently vocalist Wessels sat down for Classic Rock magazine to talk about the tracks on We Are The Others. The title track was inspired by the 2007 brutal beating of young British girl Sophie Lancaster and her boyfriend. A gang of teens beat the couple over their “goth” look. Lancaster died of her injuries. Wessels spoke to Sonic Cathedral about the incident:
“I remember when I first heard about it … it wasn’t on Dutch news, I just heard about it through Internet networks and the goth scene … there was this movie made about it, a short film of about four minutes. I saw it, and I just cried. It’s so incredibly sad! After seeing the movie, I didn’t really DO anything with it until we were working on We Are The Others. But the basic idea of the lyrics was there. It was just supposed to be a song about ‘we are the others’ and a feeling of togetherness. On the one hand, being proud of whoever you are, whether you divert from the norm in whatever way you divert from the norm. But on the other hand, it is also kind of a song for ‘others’. We just wanted a song about acceptance.”
You can watch all four videos below as well as the video for the debut single, “Get The Devil Out Of Me”.
[Source: Blabbermouth.net, Classic Rock Magazine]