Tonight Delain heads north to Glasgow, Scotland for a capacity show at the city’s Art Deco theatre The Classic Grand.

Dutch symphonic metal outfit Delain have had one of their busiest years to date. Following the release of the Lunar Prelude EP, the band unleashed their fifth studio album Moonbathers. To coincide with the band’s recent studio releases, Delain has been relentlessly touring the world, including appearances at both this year’s Download and Graspop Festivals.

Canadian quartet Kobra and the Lotus kick off the proceedings. The band are getting ready to release their forthcoming double album, Prevail, throughout the course of 2017 and take the opportunity to whet our appetite for their new release with the inclusion of both new song “Gotham” and the band’s latest single, “TriggerPulse”, sending the crowd into a fist-pumping frenzy.

During “Soldier”, lead vocalist Kobra Paige truly puts her incredible vocal range to work which perfectly compliments the devastating groove delivered by the band. Kobra and the Lotus close their set with the classic “50 Shades of Evil” from their 2012 self-titled album. The band’s short but sweet six-song set leaves the Scottish crowd wanting more.

Tonight Swedish progressive metal outfit Evergrey plays their first ever show in Glasgow in the band’s almost twenty-year career. Lead vocalist Tom S. Englund jokes that himself and drummer Jonas had spent all of their money in the local whisky shops.

Evergrey recently released their new album The Storm Within and waste no time in showcasing their latest offering with set opener “Passing Through” and new track “In Orbit”. The latter of which features non-other than Nightwish’s Floor Jansen, who also makes an appearance in the band’s latest video for the song. Guitarist Henrik Danhage takes centre stage for a superb guitar solo before Evergrey bring their set to a close with “King of Errors”.

Delain certainly knows how to make an entrance, they take to the stage one by one during their incredibly atmospheric overture “The Monarch”. As lead vocalist Charlotte Wessels joins the rest of the band onstage they immediately launch into a triple whammy of tracks from their new album, Moonbathers. These include the frantic “Hands of Gold”, the incredibly melodic “Suckerpunch”, and “The Glory and the Scum”.

Wessels has the audience eating out of the palms of her hand from the off, they obey her every command, song after song the band and the crowd sing along in unison. Each song is greeted with rapturous applause, there is no low point Delain’s 90-minute high energy set.

Delain are collectively tighter than a coil spring – from the mesmerising vocals of Charlotte Wesells, the deadly guitar partnership of Timo Somers and Merel Bechtold through to the pounding rhythm section of Otto Schimmelpenninck van der Oije (bass), and Ruben Isreal (drums), who are all perfectly held together and orchestrated by Keyboard player and founding member Martijn Westerholt.

Despite the emphasis of tonight’s show being on the band’s latest record Moonbathers, there is of course still plenty of room for some old favourites. These include the likes of fan favourites “Army of Dolls”, “April Rain”, and “Here Come The Vultures”.

Delain are currently celebrating the 10th anniversary of their debut album, Lucidity. As the band enter the final third of their set, they look back on their landmark album as they break into the incredible “Sleepwalkers Dream”. A spellbinding rendition of “The Gathering” follows, which is enough to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. The song is so incredibly infectious, it stays with you for days. The band bring their main set to a close with “Pristine”.

Delain returns to the stage for a duly deserved encore culminating in the anthemic, “We Are The Others”. On the strength of tonight’s performance, you get the distinct feeling that Delain won’t be playing venues of this size for much longer. With each tour and album that follows the band are going from strength to strength.

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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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