Saturday 11 April 2020

Album Review: DELAIN - Apocalypse & Chill

Delain - Apocalype & Chill

01. One Second
02. We Had Everything
03. Chemical Redemption
04. Burning Bridges
05. Vengeance (Feat.Yannis Papadopoulos)
06. To Live Is To Die
07. Let's Dance
08. Creatures
09. Ghost House Heart
10. Masters Of Destiny
11. Legions Of The Lost
12. The Greatest Escape
13. Combustion

Delain have never been a band that's appealed to me before, but I read somewhere that their new album has taken the band into more commercial waters. I quite like some Symphonic Metal, but it's a genre I'm picky with. I thought I'd give Apocalypse & Chill a listen, after all, any album with such a cool title and album cover deserves a little attention.

Opener One Second features co-vocals from guitarist Timo Somers, whose voice works nicely with Charlotte Wessels', who incidentaly sounds incredible throughout this record. Anyway, One Second is a commercial Metal song that requires regular presses of the replay button. It's a great way to start the album and is the perfect introduction to how the band sounds in 2020.

Burning Bridges is an amazing song. It's crushingly heavy, upbeat, and has a massive catchy chorus. For me, it's the pop sensibilities that make it so listenable and help Delain to stand apart from the countless Symphonic Metal bands out there.

They also have some killer Heavy Metal riffing and monstrous grooves on offer here. It's all so accessible and easy to digest, and I have no doubt that this record will have a very wide appeal.

Other tracks that I thought stood out straight away include the heavy Pop beasts Let's Dance and We Had Everything, and also the social commentary opus Legions Of The Lost that is full of textures, emotion, and some epic keyboard sounds. Most of the album seems to be about the climate crisis and humanity's reaction to it. The world is burning yet so many people are more concerned about how many likes their selfie gets on Instagram. The title and artwork tie in with this too.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed Apocalypse & Chill. Fir me, this is Symphonic Metal at its best. Powerful, contemporary, thoughtful, and meticulously crafted. Most importantly, it's packed with catchy, memorable songs.


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