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REVIEW OF DELAIN ALBUM “The Human Contradiction”

DELAIN IS…
Charlotte Wessels – female vocals
Timo Somers – guitars
Otto Schimmelpenninck van der Oije – bass guitar
Martijn Westerholt – keyboards
Sander Zoer – drums
Guest musician: Marco Hietala (Nightwish), vocals on “Your Body Is A Battleground” and “Sing To Me”; Alissa White-Gluz (The Agonist, Arch Enemy), vocals on “The Tragedy Of The Commons”; George Oosthoek (Celestial Season, Doghouse Gallows), vocals on “Tell Me, Mechanist”
1. Here Come the Vultures:
The first song is a dark,heavy and gothic track,Charlotte’s voice is stunning and when the other instruments come in after about a minute, they are actually quite  heavy.Immediately becomes apparent softer with pop -rock sound with some guitar work.
RUNNING TIME :6:05
RATING: 6

2. Your Body Is a Battleground (featuring Marco Hietala):

This the first track to feature the bassist Marco Hietala (Nightwish),who does a great duet with Charlotte.The lyrics are a little strange “Any disorder?- No hesitation- For your protection- Just an injection – We ‘ll write you a letter- The younger,the better”.Its is not the first time that  Marko working with Dlain ,he also participated on their previous albums; Lucidity (2006) and April Rain (2009). The two voices make a nice contrast with some solid guitars.
RUNNING TIME :3:50
RATING: 8

 


3. “Stardust” 03:57
On this song Charlotte shows  her beautiful voice, and the keyboard playing of Westerholt stands out as well with kicking drums .This melody song bring something extra to dance with catchy melodies that bring  something to the dance.
RUNNING TIME :3:57
RATING: 7.5

4. My Masquerade:

“My Masquerade” is a classic gothic  song with deep male vocals in the chorus, heavy guitars, and good lyrics and some symphonic elements,  Is a good song from the album.
RUNNING TIME :3:43
RATING: 8

5. Tell Me, Mechanist (featuring George Oosthoek) :

 The song represents the heavier side of The Human Contradiction, but is still tender, and that is what makes it one of the best songs of the album.The music shifts from  light to heavy, and George Oosthoek’s (Celestial Season, ex-Orphanage)  growls as The Mechanist are a wonderful counterpoint to Charlotte’s sweet delivery.
Full of symphonic elements and beautiful gothic melodies that make this song one of the best songs of the album.
Celestial Season frontman George Ooesthoek, who guested on the band’s debut album, returns to add some growls vocals.
RUNNING TIME :4:52
RATING: 9.5

6. Sing to Me (featuring Marco Hietala) :

Another good track with Marco as a guest musician.The lyrics are sad with melancholy mood and Marco give to the song power with orchestral elements make this as Nightwish vibe.
RUNNING TIME :5:09
RATING: 9.5

7. Army of Dolls:

This track is full of pop tones with rhythmic beats.Not the keyboard passage ,not  the bass or the guitar riffs manage to give to the song a good standard.
RUNNING TIME :4:57
RATING: 4
8. Lullaby:
This track has some heavy riffs under the slow vocal ,the singer try to make the song stronger but the poor lyrics dont help enough her.Lets forget and this song.
RUNNING TIME :4:56
RATING: 5
9. The Tragedy of the Commons (featuring Alissa White-Gluz) :
In this track  featuring a vocal appearance of Alissa White-Gluz (Arch Enemy ,ex-The Agonist ).  The interesting hybrid of both the  sweet female vocals of Wessels and deep growl of White-Gluz provides for a nice  contrast to this  epic song.The excellent chemistry between Charlotte and Alissa maake the song epic and strong!
RUNNING TIME :4:31
RATING: 9
10. Scarlet:
Although the regular album is relatively short, so in the special edition  the band offer the beautiful ballad Scarlet, a song much better than many of the main album.
Here the sound is near to the Within Temptations songs.
RUNNING TIME :4:36
RATING: 9

11. Don’t Let Go 3:56

The last track is fast ballad heavy enough,with epic sound, but the vocal sound monotonus and the kicking drums with the orchestration try to save the song.
RUNNING TIME :3:56
RATING: 5
FINALLY
The Human Contradiction is more pop album and the fans of the band will be disappointed .Delain try to brings gothic and symphonic elements into the modern day.I wonder if this album was without  the appearance  of Marco Hietala ,  Alissa White-Gluz  and George Oosthoek  who wants to listen commercial songs?  Lowly recommended!
RATING: 7.32/10
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