Delain: April Rain


By Rob Kachluba

This is huge sounding, well done goth metal in the vein of Within Temptation – which is no wonder as so may ex members occupy the band. I believe this dutch outfit has reached the top tier of this style with this release. This sounds more cohesive then their debut, which had a more project type of feel to the release instead of feeling like a band effort. April Rain is very poppy at times with golden melodies in the songs. Nice crunchy guitars drive the songs and the vocalist is almost a dead ringer for the singer from Within Temptation. Their are some tracks that feature male vocals as well, courtesy of a guest appearance by Marco of Nightwish, and these in my opinion are the best songs. Production wise this album is huge and bright… maybe a tad too bright. The mix could stand to use a a bit more bass but it is not overly compressed like a lot of these type of releases are so that is a plus. If you like catchy pop metal with sugary choruses and bombastic driving arrangements with angelic vocals then you simply can’t do wrong with this. Colour me impressed.



Sean Palmerston

Sean is the founder/publisher of; he has also written about metal for Exclaim!, Metal Maniacs, Roadburn, Unrestrained! and Vice.