Delain
Lunar Prelude


3.0
good

Review

by Willie STAFF
February 16th, 2016 | 26 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Nothing on Lunar Prelude is going to surprise you. Symphonic metal with huge hooks is the order of the day.

If you’re into female-fronted symphonic metal with a mainstream angle, then you’re probably already familiar with Delain. Delain occupy a tiny little genre- niche by not being as bombastic and cheesy as Nightwish, nor as ‘symphonic’ as Within Temptation, but also not as overtly mainstream as Evanescence. So, where does that leave them" Truthfully, Delain are probably one of the top-tier artists of the symphonic metal genre. They’ve got a good-looking, talented vocalist, strong songwriting chops, just enough heavy riffs to fit in with the metal crowd, and an ability to not overuse the symphonic element – and that is exactly what you’ll find on their Lunar Prelude EP.

The first two tracks are brand new and feature the two sides of Delain. Opening song, ‘Suckerpunch’, is just one huge melodic hook dominated by vocalist Charlotte Wessels while ‘Turn the Lights Out’ is a bit more symphonic and melancholic while still featuring another huge hook. The third song is listed as ‘Don’t Let Go (New Version)’ and was originally featured on The Human Contradiction deluxe edition. As such, I haven’t heard the original, but this version is standard Delain. Lunar Prelude is rounded out by a few well-played live tracks that don’t really add any value to the release. The live songs are not bad, but anybody with the studio versions will probably gravitate towards them. The final track is a symphonic version of ‘Suckerpunch’ and is really the only truly disposable song on the EP.

Really, this entire review could have been summed up in just one sentence. If you like Delain, you’ll find plenty to enjoy here, too. If you don’t like this band, there isn’t a single thing that Lunar Prelude can do to change your mind.



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Willie
Moderator
February 16th 2016


17610 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Haven't reviewed since September. Figured a short EP review could help knock some dust away.

Ocean of Noise
February 16th 2016


10349 Comments


sweet

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Apollo
February 16th 2016


10677 Comments


Good review Willie, always found this band to be very average.

Gmork89
February 16th 2016


7721 Comments


Album art is cool, good concise review Willie. Never listened to them before but i'll give them a shot.

ScuroFantasma
Staff Reviewer
February 16th 2016


11587 Comments


Never given this band a chance but this seems like an easy way to do that, nice write-up

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Willie
Moderator
February 16th 2016


17610 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

To me, their best is April Rain and their worst is Lucidty.

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
February 17th 2016


31367 Comments


April Rain and we are the others are solid. I hardly listened to their newest one at all though

manosg
Staff Reviewer
February 17th 2016


11313 Comments


Short and sweet review, provides all the necessary info.

I've checked nothing by these guys so I'll probably give their debut a go.

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EvoHavok
February 17th 2016


7652 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nice write-up, Trey. I'll check this out.

Flugmorph
February 17th 2016


19673 Comments


never cared for delain

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Willie
Moderator
February 17th 2016


17610 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

They're consistently good, which is much better than 90% of the bands in the female-fronted symphonic/gothic metal genre.

Flugmorph
February 17th 2016


19673 Comments


Might check them. I remember listening to their last studio output and it was pretty bland and mediocre

Willie
Moderator
February 17th 2016


17610 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

April Rain is their best. Like I said, they're not as commercial as Evanescence but not as symphonic as Within Temptation. They're kind of between those two bands. That could definitely be considered bland, depending on what you're looking for.

Flugmorph
February 17th 2016


19673 Comments


see i dont really like both of those.
Im more the nightwish, epica person

Flugmorph
February 17th 2016


19673 Comments


WT's latest work just repulses me but their other stuff is quite nice

Willie
Moderator
February 17th 2016


17610 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

WT's last two are very similar to these guys.

Flugmorph
February 17th 2016


19673 Comments


then its prob not for me. thanks for the info anyway. maybe ill check this ep anyway.

Sevengill
February 17th 2016


8724 Comments


I thought The Unforgiving was great. Saw these guys open for Nightwish so I'll probably give this a go. Sort of low-upside but it might earn a place in my library.

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Ocean of Noise
February 17th 2016


10349 Comments


How were they opening for Nightwish? I'm seeing Nightwish soon. I'm gonna want to see Sonata Arctica of course but I don't know these guys at all

Sevengill
February 17th 2016


8724 Comments


http://www.delain.nl/shownews/component/Articles/show/article/id/2285



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