Dutch symphonic metal act Delain parted ways with four members, including vocalist Charlotte Wessels. Read more below.
The sad news came via social social media of the now four ex-members Charlotte Wessels (vocals), Timo Somers (guitars), Joey de Boer (drums), Otto Schimmelpenninck van der Oije (bass) and founder Martijn Westerholt (keyboards) earlier today. The band will go to its roots and continue as a studio project of Martijn Westerholt who founded it in 2002. He explains: “I have decided to keep Delain alive by continuing on with writing and producing the music for Delain as I always have. I started Delain as a project in 2002 and for the next album I will take it back to a project form, releasing music with special guests. As it looks now many familiar faces will be returning to join me on this journey.”
As for the former vocalist Charlotte Wessels, she will continue creating music and art via Patreon for now: “I’ll keep writing and performing music. It is the thing that gives me joy and purpose. I’m beyond grateful for my amazing community on Patreon, something that was supposed to be a side project from Delain, but will now be the primary place that I release music and create art and community.”
Read full statements from Martijn, Charlotte and Otto below.