The human contradiction
A great new DELAIN sound which goes into the direction of Nightwish.
New ways of songwriting.
For DELAIN’s fourth studio album they changed their way of writing music. It’s not only Martijn Westerholt with maybe lyrics from Charlotte Wessels alone, but the whole band is involved. Martijn: “It was a very special and inspiring experience to create this new album together with Guus (Eikens) Charlotte, my other band mates Timo, Sander, Otto. This was fantastic teamwork!”
The result is a bombastic album with orchestra and special guests which reminds me on Nightwish many times in their short era with Anette Olzon. The lyrics take up again the theme’s of “We Are The Others” (otherness and how people relate to this), but deepen and broaden it. Charlotte: “The title ‘The Human Contradiction’ is taken from one of my favourite books; Octavia E. Butler’s trilogy Lilith’s Brood. A post-apocalypse story, in which the fact that humanity did not last is explained by two most contradictory qualities; the fact that we are as a species both intelligent and hierarchic. This is human contradiction causes an ‘us versus the others’ mentality, which in the book – as well as one could argue, in reality – proves to be a most self-destructive attitude.”
A big band’s shadow.
Right at the beginning the connection to Nightwish is there. The opener ‘Here Come The Vultures’ is quiet first but then it shows it’s massive and bombastic sound with Charlotte’s rock voice on it. Impressive! The Finns could not have done better. The Nightwish impression grows stronger as Marco Hietala sings on ‘Your Body Is A Battlefield’ together with Charlotte. The song again is bombastic and Marco’s voice ennobles every song in the world. The other sing he is singing on is “Sing To Me”, which also has the tipical Nightwish riffs. A very good song that makes me dance. The pop style within the strophes is the connection to tipical DELAIN sound. Well combined!
The third song ‘Stardust’ also has pop appeal with electronic sound. The missing orchestra is good for the song. It will flash everybody on a live show. The second guest singer appears on ‘Tell Me, Mechanist’: George Ooosthoek is responsible for the growls on this song which are a nice contrast to Charlotte’s romantic dreamy vocals. She askes questions to the mechanist who answers with the harsh voice. In the final song ‘The Tragedy Of The Commons’, beautiful Alissa WhiteGluz lends her voice and growls. In the refrain there are also choirs and in the and two vocal lines and the choir sing different parts at the same time and build an impressive sound of voices.
On the album there are only three pale songs. The others are impressive and bombastic and will help DELAIN follow their way to the top of female fronted metal.
01. Here come the vultures
02. Your body is a battleground
04. My masquerade
05. Tell me, mechanist
06. Sing to me
07. Army of dolls
09. The tragedy of the common