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The entire album sounds fresh and the songs really are first rate.

The reality was that when John Tucker's great review of the European (Dutch) release of this album appeared in Fireworks #27*, I had already sourced a copy (via the USA!) over six months previously having picked up the strong positive vibe about the "band". Holding the album in my hands and its sounds in my brain I can well remember doubting the combined intelligence at their record company for not realising the need to get it into other markets, and quickly! Now, some FOUR years after its initial appearance, Roadrunner have recognised that the band has built up quite a following in the UK, and have deigned to release it here! (There was of course no such dragging of feet by the label with their second album 'April Rain' and my review appeared in Fireworks #37). Album number three is due to appear in the Spring of 2011 and the band will commence their European tour with four dates in the UK. I, for one, cannot wait!

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At the time of the release of 'Lucidity', Delain was more of a "project" than a real band, put together by ex-Within Temptation keyboardist Martijn Westerholt and as such included guest contributions from distinguished players such as Liv Kristine, Sharon den Adel, Marco Hietala and Ad Sluijter. Westerholt's crowning achievement, however, was the discovery of young classically trained vocalist Charlotte Wessels who not only has the perfect voice for Delain's music, but a great personality to go with it. The eleven tracks here, plus bonus of '(Deep) Frozen' did not really break new territory at the time of original release, but they have worn well over the past four years, and the entire album still sounds fresh and the songs really are first rate, particularly 'Frozen', 'See Me In Shadow', 'The Gathering' and 'Sleepwalker's Dream'. If you have yet to discover Delain, and have any liking for the femme-metal scene, you do have a treat in store and this really is a great place to start. The version now unleashed in the UK is the same as the one I obtained at the end of 2006, and also has a bonus 'The Making Of…' video.

Paul Jerome Smith

(* issue 27 of Fireworks Magazine)

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