Masters of Destiny

Delain is a favorite of mine. I love Charlotte Wessels’ voice, and they always do a nice job of highlighting it, even when it is surrounded by thundering drums, screaming guitars, and the occasional orchestra.

And I do like the guitar work of Merel Bechtold, and Timo Somers as well as the keyboard work of David Martijn Westerholt. Joey de Boer on drums complete the lineup. (Where would a Heavy Metal band be without its drummer?)

This is “Masters of Destiny” by Delain, from their 2019 album Hunter’s Moon.


“I don’t want to be like you”

Delain is a Dutch (don’t worry – English lyrics), Symphonic Metal Band started in 2002 by keyboardist Martijn Westerholt, and soprano Charlotte Wessels. She has a beautiful, clear voice that is a pleasure to listen to, and yet they still manage to include enough screaming guitars and thundering drums for Heavy Metal.

This is “Invidia” by Delain from the 2009 album April Rain. When YouTube trips over the privacy extensions in your browser and says that the video is unavailable, use the link. (You do have privacy extensions in your browser, don’t you?)

Frozen (NOT the Disney Movie)

Delain is a Symphonic Metal Band from The Netherlands. (Don’t worry – English Lyrics!). Delain was formed when the keyboard player for Within Temptation, Martijn Westerholt, contracted Pfeiffer’s disease and was forced to leave that group in 2002. In 2005 He joined with Charlotte Wessels to reform the group – originally envisioned as studio only – not live. (That was in 2002.) They have had a lot of guests over the years

This is “Frozen” from the Delain album Lucidity, which was released in 2006

The name of the band comes from the Kingdom of Delain in Stephen King’s novel, The Eyes of the Dragon.