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Symphonic metal trio Sonata Arctica, Delain and Xandria all hit the stage at Stage 48 in NY on September 4th to a sold out house. Little known local group, Syntilla, opened the night as the evening was heavy with female-fronted bands. Dutch opera trained Diaane Van Giesbergen’s tall and lean presence got the night going giving way to Charlotte Wessels and Delain. But the night belonged to Finnish born Tony Kakko and Sonata Arctica who played 18 well-crafted tunes. Their tour continues in the States and heads to Russian before closing out in Finland just before the new year.

Following its triumphant release in Europe via Roadrunner Records, and in the Netherlands via CNR Entertainment, We Are The Others – the acclaimed third album from Dutch symphonic metal troupe Delain – is out now in North America via Sensory Records. As always fronted by the soaring, vibrant vocals of Charlotte Wessels and drenched in the glorious keyboard passages of band founder ex-Within Temptation keyboardist, Martijn Westerholt, We Are The Others boasts twelve of the most epic Delain hymns to date, with the North American version containing four additional exclusive live bonus tracks.

I only recently got into Delain, having listened to their last album April Rain just a few short months ago. I actually thought that album was good; catchy female-fronted goth metal – even though a tad bit too poppy at times for the metal tag.

Delain began as a two member project (Charlotte Wessels and Martijn Westerholt) and after a successful first album, Lucidity, which featured many guests (Liv Kristine, Sharon Den Adel, Jan Yrlund, etc.) the duo decided to take Delain to the next level, a full touring band. Following this decision Delain recruited three official members and recorded their debut album April Rain.