Photo by Sandra LudewigWe recently spoke to Charlotte Wessels of Dutch Symphonic Metal band Delain about the release of their new album, the bands latest video, special guests on their album, Charlotte’s dream collaboration, touring with Within Temptation, and their love of vinyl!

The Human Contradiction is out on Napalm Records in April. DELAIN will not only enthrall symphonic metal fans with their fourth album, The Human Contradiction, but also coax new listeners to the genre as well. Extremely catchy refrains, bewitching hooks, fetching melodies,  and of course a good dose of Metal – that’s how symphonic metal has to sound in 2014! Vocalist supreme, Charlotte Wessels, and her equally talented band have exceeded even the highest expectations and have elevated this genre to a whole new level.

Photo by Sandra Ludewig

Listen to my interview with Charlotte here and check them out on their upcoming North American tour!

Audio interview with Charlotte Wessels of Delain


Release Dates:
ESP/NOR/SWE: 09.04.2012
G/A/S, Benelux & FIN: 04.04.2014
USA/CAN: 08.04.2014

06.04.14 DE – München / Tonhalle
07.04.14 DE – Hamburg / Sporthalle
08.04.14 DE – Köln / Palladium
09.04.14 DE – Ludwigsburg / Arena
11.04.14 UK – Manchester / Apollo
12.04.14 UK – London / Wembley Arena
14.04.14 UK – Newcastle / Academy
15.04.14 UK – Glasgow / Academy
16.04.14 UK – Birmingham / Academy
18.04.14 DE – Frankfurt / Jahrhunderthalle
19.04.14 DE – Erfurt / Thüringenhalle
20.04.14 DE – Berlin / Columbiahalle
22.04.14 FR – Toulouse / Bikini
24.04.14 FR – Lyon / Radiant
25.04.14 FR – Paris / Zenith
27.04.14 FR – Nantes / Zenith
28.04.14 FR – Lille / L’Aéronef
29.04.14 BE – Antwerp / Lotto Arena
02.05.14 NL – Amsterdam / Heineken Music Hall

29.-31.05.14 DE – Geiselwind / Out&Loud Festival
30.05.-01.06.14 CZ – Pilsen / Metalfest CZ

Napalm Records Artists DELAIN and XANDRIA are teaming up with Sonata Arctica for a North American tour this fall. The tour kicks off September 3rd in Teaneck, New Jersey and will run through October 15th in Tampa, Florida. XANDRIA will open the tour and DELAIN will provide direct support to Sonata Arctica. Tickets for the shows are available now at

DELAIN will be touring in support of their forthcoming album which is scheduled for release this May via Napalm Records. More information on their new album will be released shortly.

DELAIN singer Charlotte Wessels spoke about the bands return to North America with Sonata Arctica and XANDIRA:

“After the great experience of touring North American grounds for the first time last fall and meeting so many US Delainers, we are really excited to announce our quick return to the other side of the big pond in 2014 with Sonata Arctica and XANDRIA. We already had the pleasure of touring with Sonata Arctica in Europe a few years back, and if this experience was anything to go by, you surely don’t want to miss out on our upcoming tour! See you all on the road. We can’t wait!”

XANDRIA will release their new album ‘Sacrificium’ this April on Napalm Records. Fans can expect to hear selections from the new album as well as classic XANDRIA material.

XANDRIA commented on their first North American tour:

“We are very happy and feel honored to share the stage with such great bands. Touring the US and Canada always was a dream for us and we are totally psyched about this upcoming journey. We are very much looking forward playing to most of you for the very first time. See you all on the road.”

XANDIRIA w/ Delain and Sonata Arctica:
9/3: Teaneck, NJ @ Mexicali Live
9/4: New York, NY @ Stage 48
9/5: Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero
9/6: Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
9/8: Montreal, QC @ Club Soda
9/9: Montreal, QC @ Imperial de Quebec
9/10: Ottawa, ON @ Mavericks
9/11: Toronto, ON @ MOD Club
9/13: Baltimore, MD @ Soundstage
9/14: Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar
9/16: Cleveland, OH @ Agora Ballroom
9/17: Joliet, IL @ Mojoes
9/19: Winnipeg, MB @ Park Theater
9/20: Regina, SK @ The Exchange
9/21: Edmonton, AB @ Starlite Ballroom
9/22: Calgary, AB @ The Republik
9/24: Vancouver, BC @ The Venue
9/25: Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
9/26: Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
9/28: San Francisco, CA @ The Grand Ballroom at the Regency
9/29: West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues
9/30: Anaheim, CA @ The Grove
10/1: Tempe, AZ @ Club Red
10/4: Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
10/5: Lawrence, KS @ Granada
10/7: El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls
10/8: San Antonio, TX @ Backstage Live
10/9: Dallas, TX @ Trees
10/10: Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
10/12: Louisville, KY @ Diamond Pub & Billiards
10/13: Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
10/14: Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues
10/15: Tampa, FL @ Orpheum

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About The Author

Adam Kennedy is an experienced music photographer based in northeast England. He has been shooting concerts for several years, predominantly with the band Vintage Trouble. In 2013, he was one of their tour photographers, covering the UK and Ireland tour including the headline shows and as opening act for The Who. As an accomplished concert photographer, Adam's work has been featured in print such as, Classic Rock Blues Magazine, Guitarist Magazine, Blues in Britain magazine, broadcast on the MDA Telethon on ABC Television in the US, used in billboard advertising for Renaissance Hotels in the US, and featured online via music blogs such as Uber Rock and Guitar Planet. He is also the official photographer at Newcastle Rock and Blues Club.

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