Album Review: Delain – We Are The Others
Posted by Reggie
What started out as a side project or a collaboration venture has blossomed into something with a truly solid foundation. We Are The Others is Delain’s 3rd studio album and epitomizes what the Dutch band is all about. Their previous efforts featured numerous guest musicians and vocalists, but We Are The Others demonstrates that Delain has solidified themselves a comparable Symphonic metal band without assistance; guest appearances on We Are The Others is limited to one song. After several lineup changes over the years, the only remaining member since the band’s inception is founder Martijn Westerholt formerly a member of another Dutch Symphonic metal band Within Temptation. Vocalist Charlotte Wessels has been with Delain since 2005 and continues to flourish as one of metal’s leading ladies.
Kicking off the album is Mother Machine with a nice blast of double bass, guitar solo, and a rhythmic fist-in-the-air tempo. Charlotte’s vocals begin with more of a talking fashion before she shows off her vocal grandeur. The 3rd song, We Are The Others, is a tribute to Sophie Lancaster, a teenage British Goth girl who was murdered for being…Goth. It is the type of song that probably any metal fan can relate to; it’s about being different and being subjected to other people’s ignorant criticisms and/or violence. The song is so well written that you can sense Sophie’s story in the song. Ultimately, it also makes you feel good about yourself if you are one of the ones that feel like the “others.” In my opinion, it’s the best song Delain has ever written. It’s very catchy and also very meaningful and representative to anyone that has been singled-out for whatever reason. The entire album, We Are The Others, is dedicated to Sophie Lancaster’s memory.
As mentioned earlier, there is less involvement this time around with guest musicians. The exception is Where is the Blood featuring Burton C. Bell of Fear Factory. His role is mainly limited to one line in the chorus, but it provides a powerful punch to an otherwise very melodic song. Charlotte’s vocal ability seems more wide-ranging than on previous albums. She carries notes a bit longer while the range seems to have expanded to both higher and lower ends. It’s not something that stands out dramatically from the last album; however, I haven’t listened to April Rain recently. To me, her vocal ability is getting better which is good because I thought she was great already.
Mostly, the songs follow a fairly standard recipe for Symphonic metal; catchy hooks, melodic grooves, and of course Westerholt’s symphonic touch. Delain has matured as a band as they show a bit more musical diversity on We Are The Others. Each song is carefully crafted with varying depth and emotion. Some songs are heavier such as Milk and Honey, Where is the Blood, and Mother Machine while others rely on rock solid melody such as Generation Me, Babylon, and Are You Done With Me? There is definitely an equal balance of varying tempos.
Overall, Delain is progressing as a band. We Are The Others is their strongest album to date and it is probably due to the fact that they have cemented themselves as a stand-alone Symphonic metal band. Despite numerous lineup changes over the years, their core sound hasn’t changed much though continue to improve and mature. They have refined their art and have become a premier Symphonic metal band.