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.

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Drop Dead Cynical

Amaranthe is a band that even has trouble describing itself. Their music is in an uplifting style that has been described as everything from Dance Rock to Metalcore to a cross between Melodeath and Pop Music. Though everyone agrees that they are in fact Heavy Metal.

Elize Ryd sings in a clear style that is not quite Symphonic Metal, Henrik Englund Wilhelmsson is doing the Death Metal, Death Growl even though they are not singing about death, or any of the other things you usually find in Death Metal, and Nils Molin sings in the clear Power Metal style. I like it.

This is “Drop Dead Cynical” by Amaranthe from their 2014 album Massive Addictive. If YouTube trips over the privacy settings in your browser, use the link provided.

Trust

How about some Rock and Roll that sounds pretty much like it came straight out of the 1970s? Tremonti is officially a Heavy Metal band, but that’s where we are today. They’re most notable (at least to me) because until 2017, Wolfgang Van Halen (son of Eddie Van Halen) was the bassist.

This is “Trust” by Tremonti, from the 2018 album A Dying Machine. So far YouTube isn’t tripping over privacy extensions, when that happens, and they tell you the video is “unavailable,” use the link above.

Veil Of Elysium

On Saturday, April 13th, I featured a sweet acoustic song by a band that usually is doing Heavy Metal. So for contrast, here is the original, Heavy Metal version of the song.

This song is “Veil Of Elysium” by Kamelot from their 2015 album Haven. It was the first single released ahead of the album. (Haven hit number 75 on Billboard’s 200 album chart, 6 on the Independent Album chart, and number 1 on the Hard Rock Album chart.)

Ave End

A German band that names itself in Latin has fascinated me since I first ran across them. I don’t like all of their music, but some of it I like a lot. Lacrimas Profundere, which means “to shed tears” in English, is a band from Bavaria. Their last album was in 2016, so I would say they are due to release something, but what do I know?

This song is “Ave End” from the 2004 album of the same name by the German Gothic Metal Band Lacrimas Profundere. (YouTube. Browser privacy extensions. “Unavailable.” Use link.)

“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?)

Under Grey Skies

For a change of pace, I thought I would feature a power ballad from one of my favorite Heavy Metal bands, Kamelot. When the only choice in musical selection was FM radio, power ballads were one hope that Heavy Metal bands had of breaking into the mainstream. And a lot of them ended up in the playlists from a lot of High School Proms.

This song is “Under Grey Skies” from the 2015 album Haven by Kamelot. It features vocals by Charlotte Wessels of Delain. The combination of Ms. Wessels’ vocals with Tommy Karevik’s voice is quite appealing.