[Photo Credit: Andrea Falaschi]

In 2022, DELAIN strode boldly forwards, announcing a revitalised line-up and plans for a new studio album, entitled Dark Waters, to be released February 10 via Napalm Records. The album is a sonic rollercoaster ride of catchy tunes with explosive elements, ranging from pop to film score-inspired to blistering, room-shakin’ metal, and even includes a special guest or two.

DELAIN are well known the world over for their unique sound – catchy, bombastic tunes full of contrasts and the highest standard of orchestral arrangements. Unveiled today, the new, emotionally-driven single “Moth To A Flame” also showcases DELAIN’s versatility, offering up a pop-induced hymn, and proving that the globally respected band are at the top of their game. Fuelled by massive support and enthusiasm from both critics and fans alike for their standalone single “The Quest And The Curse”, and the more recently released single “Beneath” (which has clocked up over 1M video views so far), the official video for “Moth To A Flame” draws listeners even deeper into the DELAIN universe. 

Keyboardist, founder, and main songwriter Martijn Westerholt comments, “I’m extremely proud of this song. It’s one of the most upbeat songs on the album while also having the heaviest guitar riff, and Diana’s vocals are outstanding! It’s a killer combination that I think fans will love.”  

Watch the official music video below:
Joining Martijn Westerholt, original guitarist Ronald Landa and original drummer Sander Zoer have returned to the fold bolstering DELAIN’s continuity, while new members – Diana Leah and bassist Ludovico Cioffi – continue to evolve their sound.

Songs like The Quest and The Curse as well as “The Cold” (the latter featuring an epic choir), lure with a bombastic sound that skilfully combines orchestral melodies, crushingly heavy riffs, and soaring vocal performances. DELAIN never loses touch with their characteristic sound, celebrating consistency without stagnation. “Beneath” perfectly showcases the talent and musical sophistication of new vocalist Diana Leah, utilising modern, synth melodies mixed with hook-filled classical passages and ominous riffs, and the welcome inclusion of guest singer Paolo Ribaldini.

Pop-infused opening track “Hideaway Paradise” induces a dream-like feeling that flirts with melodic metal guitars, while the ballad-like dark earworm “Mirror Of Night”, guest features none other than Within Temptation guitarist Ruud Jolie“Queen of Shadow” blends the orchestral and synth-focused soundscapes DELAIN is known for. “Tainted Hearts” is centred around Westerholt‘s keyboard arrangements, skilfully displaying the creative roots of the group’s mastermind. “Invictus” is nothing less than the Magnum Opus of the album – a rock opera in its own right with heavy riffs, choirs, and vocal parts performed by Diana Leah, Paolo Ribaldini, and Marko Hietala (ex-Nightwish), closing with a unified, jaw-dropping climax. 

Martijn adds, “This album captures all elements DELAIN is known for – our distinctive heavy guitar riffs, massive orchestral parts, both heavy metal and pop vocals, rock opera vibes along with 80s synth sounds. In short, this is definitely a recognisable DELAIN album that contains classic ‘DELAIN elements’ while also moving forward with fresh influences.” 

Dark Waters Tracklisting:
Hideaway Paradise The Quest And The CurseBeneath Mirror Of Night Tainted Hearts The Cold Moth To A Flame Queen Of Shadow Invictus Underland

Dark Waters will be available in the following formats:
2-LP Gatefold (Black)2-CD Digisleeve + Shirt Bundle (Napalm shop only)
2-LP Gatefold Marbled Blue/Black/White – limited to 300 copies worldwide (Napalm shop only)
Wooden Boxset incl. Digisleeve 2CDs (Regular Album + Instrumental Album), 1-CD Slipcase with Orchestral Album, Coasters (6pcs), Flag, Band Picture Postcard – limited to 500 copies worldwide (Napalm shop only)
Digital Album

The talented group return to the UK for live shows in April 2023, performing on the following two dates:
Fri 21st Apr – MANCHESTER Academy 2Sat 22nd Apr – LONDON O2 Academy Islington
Tickets are on sale now. The full tour itinerary currently includes:

DELAIN Live 2023
14.04.23 NL – Tilburg / 013
15.04.23 NL – Haarlem / Patronaat
21.04.23 UK – Manchester / Academy 2
22.04.23 UK – London / O2 Islington Academy
24.04.23 LU – Luxembourg / Rockhal
24.04.23 FR – Paris / Le Trabendo
27.04.23 CH – Zurich / Komplex 457
28.04.23 DE – Munich / Backstage Halle
29.04.23 DE – Stuttgart / Im Wizemann Club
30.04.23 DE – Berlin / Hole4402.05.23 DE – Hamburg / Knust
03.05.23 DE – Essen / Turock
DELAIN have been sharing their signature, catchy, melodic sound worldwide for over two decades now. Enchanting fans with their most well-known hits like “We Are the Others” or “April Rain”, the rockers have racked up millions of Spotify streams and video views. With six albums already under their belt, DELAIN has charted multiple times all over the world with acclaimed records like Apocalypse & Chill and Hunter’s Moon. The band traversed the globe with acts including SabatonNightwish, and Within Temptation, complemented by stellar performances at the biggest European festivals like Wacken, Graspop, Download, Bloodstock, and many more. 
DELAIN have firmly carved their name in the metal scene and triumphantly embark on this exciting next voyage. 

DELAIN are: Martijn Westerholt – keyboardsDiana Leah – vocals Ronald Landa – guitars and backing vocals Ludovico Cioffi – bass and backing vocalsSander Zoer – drums

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