(8/10) The new Delain longplayer took a while to grow. I wasn't too much impressed after the first round, something that changed the more often I listened to the album. The main reason for this was the fact that things got more bombastic and epic on "Moonbathers". In the beginning it felt a bit overdone, an impression I had to revice after a while.
It all start with "Hands of Gold" which is a powerful and dramatic opener that contains hard riffs as well as melodic vocallines. The surprise egg comes halfway when growls shake you up. It's Arch Enemy's Alissa White Gluz adding some well placed grunts, something that fits very well.
One of the best songs one the album is "Suckerpunch" which is know from the previous EP. It's the most spot-on track on "Moonbathers" with hooks that are irresistable. Yes, it's also the song with the biggest pop appeal, still it's a hit on the longplayer.
What follows is the catchy and more moderate "The Hurricane", a song that sounds rather like appreciable summer breeze than a mighty storm. Anyhow, it's well done a filled with many ideas.
In case you're looking for a song to dream away reality you should check out "Chrysalis - The Last Breath". Delain added many extras to this tune which makes it to an cineastic number with a mystic touch - like the morning dew on summerly meadows.
With "Fire With Fire" the six-piece band unveils their metallic side again. The song belongs to my personal faves and I could see this number becoming a constant one on Delain's setlist.
With "Scandal" the guys from Zwolle, The Netherlands added a Queen cover version too "Moonbathers". It's a good choice since I think that nobody needs another version of "Bohemian Rhapsody" or "We Will Rock You". "Scandal" instead, taken from "The Miracle", is a more unknown song from Brian May and Co., interpreted very well by Charlotte Wessels. Freddie Mercury left big footprints but Wessels took the challenge and the result proves that it was worth the effort.
"Turn the Lights Out" is a good song even though I think it's very much Delain standard program. After having covered a Queen song the royal moments are picked up again in the end with "The Monarch" which is a silent closing of an album that demands a few loops.
Fans of Delain and symphonic female fronted metal - go for it. Delain found their own niche in this genre and "Moonbathers" is another album confirming it.
- Hands of Gold
- The Glory and the Scum
- The Hurricane
- Chrysalis - The Last Breath
- Fire With Fire
- Danse Macabre
- Turn the Lights Out
- The Monarch
Label: Napalm Records
Genre: Symphonic Metal
Release Date EU: August 26th, 2016