Monday, 4 June 2012
Review: Delain - We Are the Others
With the mixture of industrial elements and frantic groove assaults in Where Is the Blood?, it's only all too appropriate that it would feature the main vocal appearance of the album from Burton C. Bell of Fear Factory, in which the striking contrast between the gothic tinged operatic vocals of Wessels and the ferocious growls of Bell makes the performance even more intriguing and captivating.
With a collection of songs filled with metallic riffs, poppy hooks and gripping symphonic and steel plated electronic backdrops, the majority of We Are the Others is made up. Certainly, the hooks are kept up and make the album as energetic and fun throughout but there's little extra variety beyond that. I Want You builds up as a metallic ballad but with frequent repetition of "I want you/ I want your (noun)", it get's a little grating after a while.
So, to return to my brutal honesty, I don't believe that We Are the Others will put Delain on par with Within Temptation, but it will prove their ability to make solid symphonic metal is as genuine as ever. With massive hooks, epic riffs and gripping backdrops, it's definitely a work of traditional symphonic metal that will appeal to the legions of fans of the genre. It's not as extreme as Epica, or even Nightwish and Within Temptation need not worry about their position as the rulers of symphonic metal, but Delain show they have what it takes to make a symphonic belter.
Delain's We Are the Others is out now via Roadrunner.