DELAIN (2019) Live Concert Review!

  • Venue: The Forge – Joliet, Illinois
  • Date: September 28, 2019
  • Special guests: AMORPHIS, ANNEKE VAN GIERSBERGEN
  • Reviewed by Michael Juvinall –  Horror Patch
  • All photos copyrighted by Michael L. Juvinall

Delain is a Dutch symphonic metal band formed in 2002. They were formed by current lead vocalist, Charlotte Wessels, and keyboardist Martijn Westerholt. They are currently signed to Napalm Records. 

As much as I love the extreme metal subgenres such as thrash, death, black, doom metal, I have a soft spot in my heart for symphonic metal. Acts at the top of the heap include Nightwish, Within Temptation, Epica, and of course Delain. Most bands in this type of metal almost always have one thing in common – a female songstress. Delain is no different. Frontwoman Charlotte Wessels is at the top of her game right now and sounds better than she ever has. Wessels is a classically trained singer that can still hit all the notes. 

Delain started their set with a brand new song called “Burning Bridges”, which was just released. This track is from new material the band is working on a new album due out in 2020 and we were lucky enough to hear it live – killer track. 

The band played a wide variety of songs from most of their albums in their 65-minute set. I wasn’t disappointed as they played most of their hits including “Suckerpunch”, “Stardust”, “April Rain”, “Control The Storm”, “We Are The Others”, and more. 

To start with Charlotte Wessels, not only is she beautiful, she has one hell of a voice. She captivated the audience with her vocals and stage presence. She’s not some timid singer who stands at the mic without getting into it. She moves man, and she’s not afraid to bang with the boys. It was a near-capacity crowd at The Forge and she rallied everyone into each song. The crowd loved her and so did I. 

Timo Somers was on guitar and played incredibly well. The entire band is tight but Somers knows how to shred. Otto Schimmelpenninck van der Oije was on bass guitar and provided dirty vocals. Co-founder Martijn Westerholt was on keys with Joey de Boer on the kit. The band played well without missing a beat. 

I had never seen Delain play live before and was very impressed with their showmanship and musicality. They literally blew me away. I will be waiting for Delain to come back to town.

4.5 out of 5 Pentagrams!

Setlist: 

  1. Burning Bridges
  2. Suckerpunch
  3. Fire with Fire
  4. Stardust
  5. Masters of Destiny
  6. April Rain
  7. Control the Storm
  8. Pristine
  9. Hands of Gold
  10. Don’t Let Go
  11. We Are the Others
  12. The Gathering

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Direct support came from Finnish prog-folk metal outfit AMORPHIS. These guys have been around for quite a while, since 1990, in fact. The band started out as straight death metal but have since changed their sound to progressive folk metal. They still have a tinge of extreme in their sound, ala mixing clean vocals with dirty vocals by vocalist Tomi Joutsen. 

These guys have the experience to make a great metal band, I’m just not a huge fan of prog metal or folk metal. I would’ve liked them better if they had stayed a death metal band. Not to say they aren’t a good act, because they are. They sounded fresh and tight and really know how to play. 

3.5 out of 5 Pentagrams!

Setlist:

  1. The Bee
  2. The Golden Elk
  3. Silver Bride
  4. The Four Wise Ones
  5. Into Hiding
  6. The Smoke
  7. Wrong Direction
  8. Daughter of Hate
  9. My Kantele
  10. Black Winter Day
  11. Amongst Stars (with Anneke van Giersbergen)
  12. House of Sleep

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The first opener was solo artist Anneke van Giersbergen. She is a Dutch singer/songwriter/guitarist who formerly was the singer-songwriter for a metal band, The Gathering. She has since become a solo artist in the gothic/progressive metal genre. 

In this set, she performed acoustically and solo. Anneke has a beautiful voice and is a very talented artist. But at least for this set, I was not impressed. I wasn’t familiar with what she was playing at all except for a few covers including Dolly Parton, Pink Floyd, and Iron Maiden. She played for 40 minutes.

3 out of 5 Pentagrams!

Setlist: 

  1. Ih-Ah! (Devin Townsend Project cover)
  2. Valley of the Queens (Ayreon cover)
  3. Saturnine (The Gathering song)
  4. Jolene (Dolly Parton cover)
  5. Circles (acoustic)
  6. Like a Stone (Audioslave cover)
  7. Wish You Were Here (Pink Floyd cover)
  8. Wasted Years (Iron Maiden cover)

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About Michael Juvinall (2343 Articles)
I am a devoted husband and father. I have been a voracious horror fan since the early age of 5. I watch all horror films but my great loves are classic horror films: Universal Monsters, Werewolves, Hammer Horror and an all around affinity for things that go bump in the night!

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