Concert Reviews

Delain / Aeverium http://rocktopia.co.uk/media/reviews/photos/thumbnail/200x200s/46/b0/65/Delain-Live-Review-Thumbnail-40-1492975722.jpg Hot

Added by Central Electronic Brain     April 23, 2017    
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
1383   0   1   0   0   0

Artist

Artist

Venue

Delain / Aeverium - P60, Amstelveen (The Netherlands) - 17 March 2017

The last time that I saw Delain on stage was in Amsterdam in December 2016 for their very special 10th anniversary show. I was literally blown away thanks to such enthusiasm, professionalism and spectacular lights, effects and guests. Ending the 'Moonbathers' Tour with such a highlight was one of the most intense moments in my musical experience. That's why I decided to organize a short trip to the Netherlands to attend one more Delain gig before they leave to the US and Canada for a co-headline tour with Hammerfall. Between January and April, the Dutch Metallers organized a couple of club shows in their home country. On 17th March, I went to the south of Amsterdam, to Amstelveen, to see my favourite band once again.

I arrived (very) early, to be sure to get the front row. A couple of hours later, the doors opened and I got into P60 which turned out to be a charming and modern conventional venue with a capacity of about six hundred. Very quickly, both the standing area and the balcony were full and the gig was – I guess – almost sold out.

Aeverium, a German Alternative Metal band, opened the concert with a forty minute set. I did not know them, but they have a nice balance; two singers – one female and one male ‒ and a very varied sound. They were also at times very aggressive at times and at other points quiet – sort of like Amaranthe but a bit rougher perhaps! They were an energetic, opening act and the audience was receptive to what they offered. I will definitely attend one of their shows if I have the opportunity to do so.


Delain - Live Review 2

Delain started their set after a thirty minute break. The intro of their show is always stunning; lights off, deep sound coming up with 'The Monarch' starting. Drums and guitar (Ruben Israel and Timo Somers respectively) then highlighted. 'Hands Of Gold' opened the set by which time the whole crew was now on stage – Martijn Westerholt (keyboards), Merel Bechtold (second guitar), Otto Schimmelpenninck van der Oije (bass guitar) and Charlotte Wessels (lead singer). The song was powerful, with Schimmelpenninck van der Oije replacing Alissa White-Gluz for the growling part and the audience had been warmed up after only five minutes of the set.

Fireworks - The Ultimate Magazine For Melodic Rock Music


The set-list was no different from the one on the 'Moonbathers' Tour last year, 'Suckerpunch' and 'The Glory And The Scum' were played next followed by 'Get The Devil Out Of Me' and 'Army Of Dolls'. The show was now perfectly choreographed and each member knew where to go, when they have to, to whom they can smile, or with who they can "joke on stage". After couple of gigs of the same tour, of course, it looked a bit less spontaneous despite some improvised moments, but it remained fun to experience.

'The Hurricane' came next. This is, to me, one of the best songs of the latest release. Thanks to the lyrics, Wessels' powerful and emotional voice and the lighting effects, the live experience gave this track an additional dimension, I feel. 'April Rain' brought the audience back to the basics and after a short interlude, a tape introduced 'Here Come The Vultures'. Here, the backdrop fell down to reveal the 'Human Contradiction' artwork. Then, 'Fire With Fire', 'Sleepwalkers Dream' and 'Stay Forever' were played. This last one always comes across well on stage. Next, the audience started singing along with 'The Gathering' and finally 'Pristine' led to the encore. 'Mother Machine' gave us the chance to head-bang while another backdrop featuring the 'We Are The Others' album artwork appeared. 'Don't Let Go' took our remaining energy while 'We Are The Others' brought the gig to a conclusion.


Delain - Live Review 1

So, no new material and nothing had changed since the 'Moonbathers' tour, but that was not the aim of such a Dutch club show tour. The gig remained impressive nevertheless and for me was well worth the wait and the journey.

I had the chance to meet Westerholt, Bechtold and Schimmelpenninck van der Oije after the show. They always take time to go out after the concert to talk with people waiting for them, for pictures, autographs or simply for a talk.

So, to their first US and Canada tour, and then Delain will hit the road next October/November with Marco Hietala (Nightwish), who features on a lot of their records. I hope that this short 'Danse Macabre' Tour will bring back on stage some tracks which are not frequently played by Delain such as 'No Compliance', 'Sing To Me' and 'Your Body Is A Battleground'... Whatever, I'll be there!

Julien Marbaix

Share this on the web.

User reviews

There are no user reviews for this listing.

 


Comments (0)add comment

Write comment

security image
Write the displayed characters


busy

Member Login



Calendar

<<  February 2018  >>
 Mo  Tu  We  Th  Fr  Sa  Su 
     1  2  3  4
  5  6  7  8  91011
12131415161718
19202122232425
262728    

Search Here

Shout Here

Latest Message: 2 hours, 45 minutes ago
  • Berny : @Rob: Done! :)
  • robmckenzie : Hi Bernie, urgent change please. In the Moonkings concert review - please replace "the original John Syke's one" with "obviously his sublime '1987' album version"
  • Berny : Anyway, we posted 90+ album & live reviews in February. Please enjoy & share!
  • Rocktopia Te : Don't trigger CEB, you know what will happen ....
  • Berny : None that I am aware of ... BRUCE??? :D ;)
  • Hysteria : @ Berny: So no adult toys in the Rocktopis shop?? :D
  • Berny : Apologies for the "Shout Here" spammers. We'll take care of this issue asap.
  • Hysteria : Very cool video Berny!!
  • Berny : Check out our brand new lyric video for Royal Hunt's 'A Million Ways To Die'. \m/
  • Berny : We posted 242 reviews (225 albums & 17 live reviews) in January. Enjoy :)
  • Rocktopia Te : TENGGER CAVALRY UK music video premiere on Rocktopia! Check out the news section!
  • Berny : @impellitteri: Can you please contact me at «email» ? MAny thanks in advance!
  • impellitteri : Why?
  • impellitteri : I'm triyng to buy in the shop but I can't, a message say "user registration is disabled, it must be enabled in order to proceed"
  • Berny : @GuyManning: I forwarded your mail to our reviews editor who will get in touch with you shortly. :)
  • GuyManning : Hi any chance of seeing the DAMANEK review?
  • Rocktopia Te : We wish you a Merry Christmas! : - )
  • Berny : Fireworks Magazine #81 is out now!
  • Rocktopia Te : DELAIN! MARILLION! AMARANTHE! LYNCH MOB! METALLICA! Check out the latest LIVE reviews!
  • SeaDog57 : Berny can't seem to find the download link for the free music of Fireworks #80
  • Rocktopia Te : AMBERIAN DAWN premiere their new music video for 'I'm The One' on Rocktopia!
  • Johns Band : Boulevard "Luminescence" is superb album, and Accept "The Rise Of Chaos" you can find review in Fireworks issue 80 . Same with Black Country Communion "BCCIV." All with Band interview & album review in issue 80
  • Rocktopia Te : Rocktopia interview JOEY TEMPEST of EUROPE and premiere THE UNGUIDED's new video!
  • Berny : You can now pre - order Fireworks Magazine #80! Please follow this «link»
  • Rocktopia Te : Great interview with JON STEVENS (INXS, Noiseworks) is now online! Check out the review of his latest album, too.
  • Berny : Rocktopia EXCLUSIVE music video premiere: H.E.A.T - 'Redefined'!
  • Rocktopia Te : Discover new music with Rocktopia: Today we posted 20 new album reviews! More to come ...
  • Berny : @Johns Band: Thanks! Can we expect a review from you in the not too distant future? :) Having said that, I'd like to thank you for all your support! I know that our forum is far too 'silent' at the moment, but this is going to change soon. Watch this space & once again: THANKS! ... ;)
  • Johns Band : Good post for THE WHO "TOMMY LIVE AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL" I have pre - order double CD version.
  • Berny : New interviews: We spoke with Jon C Butler & Sass Jordan! Check out the Rocktopia interviews section.

Only registered users are allowed to post

Follow Us

FacebookTwitterYoutubeGoogle