We at Infernal Masquerade are not huge fans of compilation releases, but when it comes to one of our favorite bands, Delain, we have to make an exception and review “Interlude”. Featuring two brand new songs, three cover songs, two ‘different versions’ of tracks from “We Are The Others”, and a few live songs, this release is mainly for hardcore fans and collectors of the band.
Keeping their more accessible and even Pop-ish sound on “Breathe On Me”, the band delivers a catchy tune that is quite enjoyable. Charlotte’s vocals are as angelic as ever, and the slow tempo allows them to shine nicely. Martijn Westerholt does a solid job providing lush keyboards that carry the chorus section of the song. “Collars And Suits” keeps the band’s tradition of excellent Symphonic elements offset by killer guitars and the charisma of the band’s vocalist. We have to say that this is the best song of the release, and up to par with the best from “We Are The Others”.
“Are You Done With Me” and “We Are The Others” are the ‘new’ versions of tracks from the band’s previous release: “We Are The Others”. While we didn’t like the first one two much, we got mesmerized by the ‘ballad’ version of “We Are The Others”, where Charlotte’s vocals greatly enhance the overall experience of such an excellent track. Out of the cover tracks we liked “Cordell” from The Cranberries fame. In terms of the live songs: “Invidia” and “Electricity” are the songs we think sounded the best and had a killer vibe.
All in all, we have to say that Delain’s “Interlude” is a nice collector’s only item. For us, two of the new songs would not encourage use to get this release as we got the promo for it, however, the ‘retail’ version contains a considerable amount of extra goodies, like a DVD with footage of the band’s appearance at Metal Female Voices Festival 2012. If you are a fan of the band, start lining up outside the stores as this album is nearly released in the USA and it is an excellent addition to anybody’s collection. If you are discovering the band, stick to their full-length’s in order to get a better glimpse of their abilities.
|Label: Napalm Records
Release: May 7th, 2013 (USA)
Genre: Symphonic/Gothic Metal