Concert Photo Review: Amorphis @ Ace Of Spades – Sacramento, California

Amorphis and Delain are currently co-headlining a North American tour with Anneke van Giersbergen joining them as opening act. Continue reading

Concert Photo Review: Delain @ Ace Of Spades – Sacramento, California

Dutch metal band Delain rocked the Ace of Spades on the night of October the 8th. From the start the symphonic metal band’s guitarist Timo Somers and bassist Otto Schimmel Penninck rallied the crowd with their opening song “Burning Bridges”, once the very charismatic vocalist Charlotte Wessels appeared on stage, the crowd went completely wild. Continue reading

Kamelot Announces 2018 North American Tour

After tours around the globe,Kamelot will return to North American in April/May 2018 to support their upcoming release on Napalm Records. This tour and album is the follow-up to the band’s highest charting album worldwide “Haven” (#1 BILLBOARD HARD ROCK CHARTS). The new offering will be released in early 2018 and the first tour of the release will hit the United States and Canada, bringing their biggest production and package in the band’s history! The tour will venture North and into Canada before extending through the Midwest, ultimately reaching the West Coast before circling back to the South, capping it off with a huge Orlando and Fort Lauderdale finale!

Joining Kamelot and bringing their unique brand of symphonic metal to the tour are Very Special guests Delain from The Netherlands. Rounding off the package for a metallic triple punch are Finland’s own Battle Beast! Don’t miss this incredible Symphonic Metal Tour of the Year. Exclusive internet presales are ON SALE now!
VIP Meet and Greet includes Delain!
Kamelot North America 2018
4/16/18: Louisville, KY @ Mercury Ballroom
4/17/18: Charlotte, NC @ Filmore Underground
4/18/18: Silver Springs, MD @ The Filmore
4/20/18: New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
4/22/18: Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
4/23/18: Toronto, ON @ The Opera House
4/25/18: Albany, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall
4/26/18: Pittsburgh, PA @ Carnegie Music Hall
4/27/18: Chicago, IL @ Concord Music Hall
4/28/18: Minneapolis, MN @ The Cabooze
4/29/18: Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s
5/1/18: Denver, CO @ Ogden Theater
5/2/18: Salt Lake City, UT @ Complex
5/4/18: San Jose, CA @ City National Civic
5/5/18: Anaheim, CA @ Grove Anaheim
5/6/18: Phoenix, AZ @ Marquee Theater
5/8/18: Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
5/9/18: Houston, TX @ House of Blues
5/11/18: Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
5/12/18: Orlando, FL @ House of Blues
5/13/18: Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution

Charlotte Wessels of Delain Talks Metal, Cover Songs, Politics And More In San Francisco

Johanna Charlotte Wessels (born 13 May 1987) is a Dutch singer-songwriter who was born in Zwolle, Netherlands. Best known as the lead vocalist for the Dutch symphonic metal band Delain. She is also in the symphonic rock musical group called Phantasma. Iron Serbian had the pleasure of sit down chat with Charlotte at the Social Hall in San Francisco, prior to her storming the stage, following fellow headbangers Hammerfall. Transcribed courtesy of Tina Mattis.

On getting into metal.

I first got into metal in my hometown in Zwolle. We had quite a good metal scene there and a solid amount of metal bands that quickly became my favorite. I’ve never been very discriminatory against any kind of music type.  I like a lot of different types of music. I used to be in a big band as well, when I was a teenager…so we would play jazz and blues and funk and that kind of stuff and I was in a symphonic orchestra playing the clarinet. So, yeah there were definitely a lot of types of music that I was in to. But, I always had a preference for music that was very dramatic and of course you can find dramatic music in most genres But…um…yeah metal and symphonic metal have a real, real sense of drama that I was drawn to from an early age. So, I guess that’s how I got into metal.

On hooking up with Alissa White-Gluz  ex The Agonist, current Arch Enemy vocalist.

We actually met one of the first times that we were in the United States when we toured with Kamelot and she joined Kamelot on that tour and then we met and we kinda stayed in touch and at one point we were writing a song for our previous album, “The Evil Contradiction.”  And, it had this sick grunt part, and we thought of her immediately…um and well…the way it goes these days is usually we record apart from each other in studios around the world. So, I’ve been recording some parts on the last album at home, like it’s getting more and more easy to actually do that yourself. So, what happens is I usually make a dummy track and I send over the dummy track – But, especially…like what one of the fun things about working with guest musicians is to see what they are going to do creatively with that track…So, it’s always finding a balance of giving people something to hold on to, like these are the lyrics, this is the dummy track, this is kind of what we want you to do.  But, if you want to let go of that, go ahead…you know.  So, that’s kind of like how we do it.  And we’ve been very happy with what she came up with so far…Yeah. I’m very impressed with how she can switch from the very harsh vocals to….She’s done “Hands of Gold” with us at our 10 year anniversary and the way she just switches from her harsh vocals to like operatic vocals, it’s very impressive, absolutely.

On choosing songs to cover.

Well, in general, I mean when picking covers like there’s a million to choose from. This track was (Delain keyboardist) Martijn Westerholt’s idea and I kinda went into kicking and screaming in the beginning because this is like, Queen…you know, you don’t cover Queen – He was kinda hesitant himself at first. I think one of the things that made us go for it, is the fact that first of all it’s not one of their best known tracks…Like we’ve seen reviews where people have said like they’ve got a nice 80’s vibe going on in that song, it’s not one of their best known tracks, I kinda think that helps and also we got , we got the explicit blessing from Brian May to cover he song prior to him hearing anything.
Our manager had some lines to him and she said, “This is Delain, they’re planning on doing a cover, is that alright? Do we have to send it to you?” And, he was like I checked out their stuff, it was really cool, let them go ahead. So that was, of course, a huge compliment and also gave me the confidence to go for it.

On musicians who share their political opinions.

I don’t mind.  Of course, people have different views on this, like, you know, you’re doing music not politics etc. but I’m a firm believer that the personal is political, like you do political acts in everything that you do even if it’s in the products you buy or you know, so I would think it’s merely impossible to write personal music and not say anything that could be considered political…So, no I don’t mind.  There is bands that I like which I don’t share their political views but it only goes to a certain level.  If people really hold beliefs that I think that area atrocious then it becomes hard to see separate from the music so I will then probably start to dislike it…Um, but I don’t even thinks that a bad thing, I think it’s a good thing that people are able to voice their opinions whether I agree with them or not and the only risk – there’s of course, always the risk that people don’t agree with you but I also think if you have a platform and so many people listen
to you and fucked up shit happens that it’s kinda weird not to say things about it. So, it’s always a fine, fine balance to where you want to be in that spectrum.  I usually kinda hold back on it cause I don’t want to be just another person shouting their opinion into the air because you have quite a lot of those already but you know if there’s something that I feel really passionate about and I find a good creative way or a nice metaphor or a way to voice that into the music I definitely will.

On reading reviews and metal news/gossip sites.

Ah yeah, I do…yeah, I kind of…read reviews because when we do a good show or a when we do a bad show, I kind of…and…I see a review of that one coming by I’m like curious to see how it was for the audience. As far as, gossip sites, sometimes, sometimes I do read them because sometimes the comments are just so hilarious, I once made a collection about the most offensive things that were said about me on one of the larger gossip sites. One of the metal gossip sites and there…it was just obnoxious really – At one point it becomes hilarious, like I don’t let it get to me.  I just save in my vault of…If anyone says sexism doesn’t exist in the metal world, I go like well here you go.

Delian’s co-headlining tour with Hammerfall wraps up on May 18 in Atlanta, Georgia. This trek marks Delian’s first run of U.S. dates in support of its new album, “Moonbathers”, which was released last August.

Watch Delain Live In San Francisco, California

Delain perform @ The Social Club – San Francisco, California 05/08/17. Also appearing were Hammerfall.

Delain is a Dutch symphonic metal band formed in 2002 by former Within Temptation keyboardist Martijn Westerholt, and Charlotte Wessels. The name of the band comes from the Kingdom of Delain in Stephen King’s novel, The Eyes of the Dragon

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Hammerfall Perform In San Francisco, California

Hammerfall perform @ The Social Club – San Francisco, California. Also appearing were Delain.

The fans have waited almost a full year since the announcement, and now two of Europe’s finest metal exports and Napalm Records recording artists the might Hammerfall and Delain are set to kick off their co-headlining North American tour tonight in Toronto, ON.  The tour crisscrosses North America including an appearance in Worcester, MA at the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, and wraps up May 18th in Atlanta, GA.  A complete list of dates can be found below.
Hammerfall are on the road supporting their globally acclaimed tenth studio album and Napalm Records debut Built to Last, which was released last November via Napalm Records.
“7 years is a long time, but now we’re set to the North American shore at last! Our aim is to create the greatest heavy metal party every single night, and together with our friends in Delain and, most importantly, you, the true Templars of steel, I feel confident we’ll make it happen,” says guitarist Oscar Dronjak.
Delain will be touring on the heels of their recently released and critically acclaimed album Moonbathers. Fans can expect to hear new material from Moonbathers as well as all the Delain classics that they have come to love over the years as well.  This will also be the first time that fans will be treated to a proper Delain headline show in North America!
“We love performing in North America and after a handful of amazing North American tours we are really excited to offer fans the much requested full headline experience during this co-headline run with heavy metallers Hammerfall! You don’t want to miss out on this package, we look forward to a kick-ass tour,” says Delain vocalist Charlotte Wessels.
HAMMERFALL / DELAIN – Co-Headline Tour:
4/19: Toronto, ON  @ The Opera House
4/20: Quebec City, QC @ Imperial De Quebec
4/21: Montreal, QC @ Les Foufounes Electriques
4/22: Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
4/24: New York, NY @ Stage 48
4/26: Baltimore, MD @ Soundstage
4/27: Cleveland, OH @ Agora Ballroom
4/28: Chicago, IL @ Concorde Music Hall
4/29: Minneapolis, MN @ The Cabooze
5/1: Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre
5/3: Edmonton, AB @ Starlite Room
5/4: Calgary, AB @ Dickens 1000
5/5: Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theater
5/6: Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
5/8: San Francisco, CA @ Social Hall
5/9: Los Angeles, CA @ Whiskey a Go Go
5/10: Anaheim, CA @ City National Grove
5/11: Tempe, AZ @ Club Red
5/13: Dallas, TX @ Trees
5/14: San Antonio, TX @ Alamo Music Hall
5/15: Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
5/17: Tampa, FL @ Orpheum
5/18: Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse