I had been looking forward to this day for a long time. On April the 22nd Delain came back where they belong: to the stage! Ever since their album “Lucidity” the guys and the girl from the Netherlands are not an unknown act any more. Also the latest record “April Rain”, released some weeks ago, sells well.
And then they came: Delain! A powerful band and an excellent sound made a good mood from the very beginning. The atmosphere was simply alright. The Rockfabrik is comfortable but the Club 2 stage is quite small. The Dutch played songs from their two albums and fortunately the songs from their second album sounded more rocking than on the CD. But one song could not be missed: “The Gathering” from the album Lucidity. It is still one of the best songs which goes with Delain perfectly. Drummer Sander Zoer showed an extraordinary fitness-porgram, while playing the shit out of the Drums. Guitarist Ronald Landa, keyboarder Martijn Westerholt as well as bass-player Rob van der Loo were excellent in form. Singer Charlotte Wessels was confident too and her clear voice came out quite well. Exaggerating poses and rockstar-fuss not seen here. Shy? No, that is what they surely not. The musicians are very skillful and know how to use their instruments to permute the Gothic Metal cinematic.
The audience was very supportive. Although the interaction with the fans could have been more intensive the crowd made a really big noise. It seemed to me just true fans had been there because the applause of the 180-200 people was that big I thought myself in a sold out house. The typical Delain-Fan seems not to exist. The Club was a melting pot of all kinds of people. They only had one thing in common: they were fans and cheered loud for the band. The crowd made a overwhelming never-ending party and called the band back for two more bonus songs.
After almost 80 minutes a famous gig came to an end. It corroborates the level of the band. From this crew we will surely hear again. Who has the chance to get this intensive experience live should not miss it. Also my buddy was full of praise and spoke from one of the best and most surprising concerts ever. If that does not speak volumes I do not know what would do!