I have already been flooded with so many Symphonic Metal releases this year and I was quite pleased with them all. After doing the Track Premiere for DELAIN’s Lyric video- The Glory and The Scum taken from this album Moonbathers, I was quite astounded by the band’s sound and esteemed persona. I normally dig this genre and after spinning that track, my expectations were sky high for this record.
Moonbathers is the band’s fifth outing which also marks their tenth anniversary as a band. Like the album title, the concept of this album revolves around negative emotions, darkness; discomfort. The ‘Moon’ here is used as a ‘metaphor’ for finding that ‘light in the darkness’ and how a person can endure the dark moments and triumphantly stand out.
The band has definitely been at large and has not compromised on anything with this record. The flamboyance of the symphonic structures has been well merged with Heavy Metal. The richness that is exemplified through the aura takes this album beyond comparison. All thanks to the terrific production.
The guitars are heavy and add the right amount tone and heaviness with apt breakdowns that often powers the song. The orchestration is what impressed me the most. The larger-than-life picture of what the band aims for with the gargantuan symphonies has been well accomplished.
I can recall bands like Epica, Nightwish, Xandria, Therion to name a few and what makes Delain special is the sound and the unique conceptualization. I can sense how the band has worked on developing their sound. I am definitely hoping to watch them play live just to experience a majestic, dramaturgic performance.
Recommended tracks include- The Glory and The Scum, Suckerpunch, Pendulum.
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