I have been a fan of Heavy Metal music for most of my life beginning my deep dive as a child with the likes of IRON MAIDEN, JUDAS PRIEST, DIO and QUEENSRYCHE. As I grew older I started to explore the metal genre around the world in a quest to find bands that might fit my tastes. I was pleasantly surprised to find that a lot of European metal bands were not only carrying on the traditions of these bands, but were far exceeding them in many respects.
Bands like HELLOWEEN, KAMELOT, AVANTASIA, EDGUY, SABATON, JORN, SONATA ARTICA and WITHIN TEMPTATION became my new obsessions and then one day I stumbled upon the Dutch symphonic metal band DELAIN.
Lead by Charlotte Wessels and Martijn Westerholt, I immediately became enamored with their captivating music bolstered by Charlotte’s mellifluous voice. It is no wonder that they have amassed quite a dedicated following over the years.
I first met the band when I was putting together my film THE LAST BREATH… which was to be my original directorial debut (The financing fell through… yadda yadda yadda!). DELAIN’s music and especially their song writing were a perfect fit for the tone of my horror tale whose main character feels disconnected from her life. DELAIN wrote two songs “Chrysalis (The Last Breath)” and “Danse Macabre” that were inspired by the screenplay and would ultimately wind up on their latest studio release MOONBATHERS.
By this time, I had become good friends with the band and I was determined that a DELAIN song would be featured in my first film. Fortunately, the wait wouldn’t be long and when I wrote ENCOUNTER, I knew exactly what song I wanted for it.
“I’ll Reach You” is about longing and the faith that no matter the odds, a reunion is inevitable. Not only did it clearly define my passion for the band, but it also perfectly embodied the themes of my film of loss, grief and hope. It’s an absolutely heartbreaking song that is simultaneously heavy yet light as well as melancholy yet optimistic. Originally featured on their 2009 release APRIL RAIN as one of their deep tracks, it’s my honor to have it be an integral part of ENCOUNTER. I am thrilled to be able to share my love and deep respect for DELAIN’s music with you and I know this is the first of many collaborations.
-- Paul J. Salamoff, Writer/Director ENCOUNTER
Charlotte, Paul and Martijn at the DELAIN Concert at the Los Angeles HOUSE OF BLUES in 2014
Dutch symphonic rockers DELAIN have been releasing and performing their signature catchy melodic metal sound worldwide for over a decade now. The five albums on their name include guest performances from the titans of the scene, among others: Sharon Den Adel (WITHIN TEMPTATION), Marco Hietala (NIGHTWISH), Alissa White-Gluz (ARCH ENEMY), Burton C. Bell (FEAR FACTORY).
Having toured the globe with bands like NIGHTWISH, SABATON, WITHIN TEMPTATION and KAMELOT, and having rocked festivals like WACKEN, GRASPOP and FORTAROCK, DELAIN have strongly carved their niche within the scene.
After touring South America, the US as well as extensive EU tours with their album THE HUMAN CONTRADICTION, their latest chart hitting full-lenght MOONBATHERS opened new doors for DELAIN as they performed their first US/CAN headline tour in the spring of 2017. The band released their first ever live DVD 'A Decade of Delain - Live at Paradiso - fall 2017, after which they went on their tour dubbed the "Danse Macabre Tour" featuring Marco Hietala, for which dates sold out months in advance.
The band is now announcing an exciting new EP for fall 2018, in anticipation of their upcoming full studioalbum due 2019. To celebrate the EP release, DELAIN will perform two intimate headline shows on the 11th and 12th of October 2018, during which fans will get a taste of the new DELAIN!
Aside European festivals and a South American Tour with NIGHTWISH, these will be the only DELAIN club shows for 2018. Details of the upcoming EP are yet to be disclosed. Keep an eye on the bands socials and website to be the first to know!
For more information about DELAIN and their current NORTH AMERICAN TOUR. Please check out their OFFICAL WEBSITE.