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  DELAIN
'We Are The Others'
(Roadrunner Records)
Release Date: 4th June 2012


Phil Kane

phil kane



savage sons of malice


'We Are The Others' is big, Gothic and dramatic, everything a good symphonic rocker should be. The band has cited Sophie Lancaster* (the British teenager murdered in 2007 because of the way she looked) as a major source of inspiration for the album, stating that 'We Are The Others' is their own outsider's anthem, a call to arms; a plea to one percenters everywhere, men and women, to stand their ground and give the world the finger.

It has been produced by the Tripod Production Squad of Jacob Hellner (Rammstein and Apocalyptica), Fredrik Thomander and Anders Wikström (Scorpions and Backyard Babies) and by God, you can't half tell but as massive as it sounds, there remains an eerily subtle Gothic thing running through it. In short, this album is fantastic.

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There will be inevitable comparisons to Nightwish and Within Temptation, yet despite the keyboards being reigned in this time, it's the vocals where the main difference lays. Singer Charlotte Wessels is mercifully not a Wagnerian operatic banshee, rather her voice has a softer, measured quality that demands it not be pushed into scales amongst stratospheric octaves.

The quieter moments on 'We Are The Others' demonstrate she seems just as comfortable singing gentle Celtic airs as full tilt Metal. With the combination of that voice, absolutely top notch songs and the symphonic groove, this album is nigh on irresistible. The comparisons may be justifiable but they come nowhere close to describing how good this album is.

The three tracks that kick off 'We Are The Others', 'Mother Machine', 'Electricity' and the title track are absolute killers. The contrasting vocals of 'Where Is The Blood', a love duet with Fear Factory's Burton C Bell, work surprisingly well and 'Get The Devil Out Of Me' and 'Generation Me' are driven symphonic Metal perfection.

The formidable 'We Are The Others' is Delain's third album and by far their best. It harnesses the power of top flight orchestrated Metal with the impressive song writing that allows the songs a degree of catchiness that hooks you in almost as soon as the play button is pressed. If it does not catapult the band onto greater things then there really is no hope for anybody.

Get it or be damned!

*The Sophie Lancaster Foundation is a charity set up to help challenge the prejudice and intolerance people from alternative subcultures face on an everyday basis and to campaign to have the UK Hate Crime legislation extended to include people from 'alternative subcultures' or 'Lifestyle and Dress'. They do a lot of good work so check them out at www.sophielancasterfoundation.com. Thanks

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WACKEN WINTER NIGHTS IS HEAVY METAL WONDERLAND

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Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.

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Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.



Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.

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MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.

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Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

If you are interested in going to Wacken 2018 and have questions, please fill out the form below and we will contact you with answers to all your enquiries. You are under no obligation whatsoever by filling this form out. We won't add you to any mailing lists or send you loads of spam - all we will do is help you get to Wacken as easily and inexpensively as possible.

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