Moonbathers - Delain
- Release date:
- August 26, 2016
- Napalm Records (AUT)
- Symphonic Heavy
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Let me start with the positive: Charlotte Wessels sings great. Her voice is light and elegant as a but, which rests on a månekrystal in the sunset. Moonbathers is great produced, the sound is clear and crisp, and all the instruments go clean. The interaction between the different members works, too; there is room for the keyboard to go into to overshadow the guitar, etc. Their cover version of Queens "Scandal" is also okay, everything taken into consideration, to try to simulate Freddy, Brian and the other queens are always a rate. Finally, it is also a nice cover of the album.
But, and this is a big but, when it is said, stops the rose is also there, for Moonbathers is damn sure not no hit, and Delain manages not to impress a great deal – in addition to the above-mentioned elements.
I will do my absolute best not to sound like a grumpy old man now, and to remain as objective as possible, on the spejderære!
Unless one is completely insane wishy-washy with symphonic metal or hardcore Delain-fan, so will hardly be much impressed with Moonbathers. It is as if that Delain has decided to use all the clichés within symphonic metal, straight from the keyboard-ballad to the extremely vulgar lyrics. An example is here from the song "Suckerpunch", where Charlotte talks about how she wants to "suckerpunch the demons out of my dreams".
Individual numbers, however, they have tried to spice it up a little with some breakdowns, which works okay, but not makes you sit back and collect the lower jaw up from the floor. The album's absolute best song is introsangen "Hands of Gold", where Alissa White-Gluz from Arch Enemy is intercity. It serves the game well; her groove-the voice is a fabulous contrast to Charlotte's beautiful song, as if she had been with all the way through, had Moonbathers been a much more interesting plate. The album ends with the, in part, the instrumental "The Monarch", which is also a pretty strong number – possibly because the lack of superplatte texts do, that you can hear how talented musicians Delain actually are. So Moonbathers starts well and ends as well. It's just the middle that is dull and uninspired, which is a shame, but that's how it is.
At least it's not...
Moonbathers is not a bad washer, so it is not like you, halfway through the rip it out of the plant and throws it in the pile along with Lulu, Chinese Democracy and other blunders, while the man roars "ADD!". No, it's just an unspeakably dull slice. A slice of that, despite the fact that it just gives the term, to be adventurous, fall totally through and lack any punch, power and adventure.
>> Check the songs and lyrics here