"We Are The Others"

By Colonel Angus

Delain, for those of you who don’t know, is a Dutch female fronted band that has been around for a decade already.  They are definitely on the symphonic metal side of the spectrum but they don’t go overboard on the “symphonic” part.  The music focuses on Charlotte Wessels’ vocals but the rest of the players are no mere sidemen.  Martijn Westerholt, formerly of Within Temptation, provides the keyboards and is a big part of the symphonic sound on "We Are The Others".  Sander Zoer (drums) and Otto Schimmelpenninck van der Oije (bass) provide a solid foundation of the others to build upon.  Timo Somers adds the guitars which are the heavier parts that offset the symphonic sounds.  As a whole, the band really a solid players by themselves but when put together, they are bigger than the sum of their parts.

Sensory Records is releasing "We Are The Others" and they have a great CD on their hands.  Every track on offer is a well crafted tunes that makes you want to hear them over and over again.  “Babylon”, “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” (no relation to the Pat Benatar tune), and the title track are all stand out songs but honestly, you could pick any of them as they are all good.  A special mention must go to Wessels for her vocal performance in “Are You Done With Me”.  She really hits some high notes on that one and shows off her vocal abilities.  Burton C Bell from Fear Factory makes an appearance on “Where Is The Blood” which is probably the heaviest song on the disk.  All and all, this is a really good album and don’t let the symphonic metal tag scare you into thinking it’s going to have a lot of classical overtones.   "We Are The Others" is full of catchy metal tunes, no matter what label you stick on it.,aspx