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Delain
Lunar Prelude




Company: Napalm Records
Release: 2016
Genre: Gothic/Symphonic
Reviewer: Greg Watson

  • A nice appetizer



  • In anticipation of the band’s as yet untitled next full-length, Delain gives the fans 'Lunar Prelude', an EP that contains 2 brand new tracks, "Suckerpunch" and "Turn the Lights Out" as well as a reworked version of “Don’t Let Go” featuring newest guitarist Merel Bechtold and several live tracks from the band’s tour supporting 2014's "The Human Contradiction". "Suckerpunch" is a super catchy track that is rife with all the elements that make Delain what they are. Vocalist Charlotte Wessels sounds strong and powerful as always and the music is laden with enough hooks to snare Jaws. "Turn the Lights Out" is a slightly softer track that still packs that signature catchiness that the band is known for. The reworked "Don’t Let Go" packs a bit more of a punch with Bechtold’s stellar fretwork. The live tracks give listeners a glimpse into the live experience of the band. A nice appetizer to whet the palate for the upcoming full length, “Lunar Prelude” offers a great listen to new sounds as well as some live classics.


    About this Writer:
    Greg Watson // Greg Watson has been hooked on the loud and heavy sounds since the summer of 1994 when he first heard the opening notes of "Operation: Mindcrime" by Queensryche. Since then his tastes have expanded and grown like the ever evolving heavy metal tree of genres. He has been an active member of Maximum Metal off and on for 10 years. In his spare time, Greg enjoys deciding the fate of his loyal subjects in the realm of Skyrim and secretly playing air keyboard to "Separate Ways" by Journey when no one is watching. He currently resides in Roanoke, VA with his wife and his metal wannabe beagle.

    Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
    5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
    4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
    3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
    3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
    2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
    1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
    0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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