Delain

Delain is a Dutch symphonic metal band formed in 2002 by former Within Temptation keyboardist Martijn Westerholt, and Charlotte Wessels. The name of the band comes from the Kingdom of Delain in Stephen King’s novel, The Eyes of the Dragon. At the time, the band was envisioned as a musical project featuring a host of guest musicians, and not as a live band. Their debut album Lucidity (2006) brought to fruition Westerholt’s dream of a musical project, featuring many well-known musicians from the metal community: Marco Hietala, Liv Kristine, Ariën van Weesenbeek, Sharon den Adel and others. The first live video album titled A Decade of Delain: Live at Paradiso was released on October 27, 2017.

Current members

  • Martijn Westerholt – keyboards (2002, 2005–present)
  • Charlotte Wessels – lead vocals (2005–present)
  • Otto Schimmelpenninck van der Oije – bass, backing vocals, harsh vocals (2010–present)
  • Timo Somers – lead guitar, backing vocals (2011–present), rhythm guitar (2011–2014)
  • Merel Bechtold – guitar (2015–present; live 2013, 2014-2015)

Former members

  • Rob van der Loo – bass (2006–2010)
  • Ronald Landa – guitars, backing vocals (2006–2009)
  • Ray van Lente – guitars (2006–2007)
  • Ewout Pieters – guitars, backing vocals (2009–2010)
  • Sander Zoer – drums (2006–2014)
  • Ruben Israel – drums (2014–2017; live 2013)

Discography

Studio albums

  • Lucidity (2006)
  • April Rain (2009)
  • We Are The Others (2012)
  • The Human Contradiction (2014)
  • Moonbathers (2016)

Live albums

  • A Decade of Delain: Live at Paradiso (2017)

Extended plays

  • Interlude (2013)
  • Lunar Prelude (2016)

Source: Wikipedia
Photo by Sandra Ludewig

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