April Rain

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This article is about the Delain album. For the title song, see April Rain (song).
April Rain
Studio album by Delain
Released 20 March 2009 (2009-03-20)
Recorded Jacob Hansen Studios, Ribe, Denmark,
SpaceLab Studios, Grefrath, Germany,
Excess Studios, Rotterdam, Netherlands,
September - November 2008
Genre Symphonic metal
Length 45:30
Label Roadrunner
Producer Martijn Westerholt, Oliver Philipps
Delain chronology
Lucidity
(2006)
April Rain
(2009)
We Are the Others
(2012)
Singles from April Rain
  1. "April Rain"
    Released: February 2009
  2. "Stay Forever"
    Released: 16 October 2009
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Rock Sound 8/10 stars[1]
Allmusic 3/5 stars[2]
Metal Underground 4/5 stars[3]
About.com 3.5/5 stars[4]
Sea of Tranquility 4/5 stars[5]
Lords of Metal (94/100)[6]

April Rain is the second full-length album by the Dutch symphonic metal band, Delain. It was released in the Benelux on 20 March 2009[7] and was released internationally on 30 March 2009 by Roadrunner Records. It was released in Australia on 10 April 2009.

History[edit]

Martijn Westerholt, founder of Delain, originally did not intend Delain to be a live band. But after the success of debut album Lucidity a live band was created which recorded the album April Rain. While Delain's previous album Lucidity featured many guest appearances, this album has only two: Maria Ahn, cellist from the Ahn Trio and Finnish singer Marco Hietala, who was featured on multiple tracks of Lucidity as well. "Virtue and Vice" is the only song on April Rain containing death growls performed by guitarist Ronald Landa, who also contributes clean vocals on "Invidia".

Demo versions of "Stay Forever" and "Start Swimming" were already played live by Delain in 2007 and 2008. In November 2008, a version of the song "I'll Reach You" with alternate lyrics was performed live on a Dutch TV show to get attention for UNICEF & BT's "Inspiring Young Minds" charity.

The original release date for the album was 9 February 2009, but in January it was announced that the release was postponed to coincide with foreign release dates.

In February 2009, "April Rain" was revealed to be the first single from this album when it became available for purchase online.[8]

On 13 March 2009, the Dutch website of Roadrunner Records put the entire album up for streaming, only available to residents of the Netherlands.[1]

In October 2009, "Stay Forever" was announced as the second single from the album.

Tracklisting[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "April Rain"   Charlotte Wessels Martijn Westerholt 4:36
2. "Stay Forever"   Ronald Landa, Wessels Westerholt, Landa 4:26
3. "Invidia"   Wessels Westerholt 3:47
4. "Control the Storm" (featuring Marco Hietala) Wessels Guus Eikens 4:12
5. "On the Other Side"   Wessels Eikens 4:09
6. "Virtue and Vice"   Landa, Wessels Westerholt 3:55
7. "Go Away"   Eikens, Wessels Westerholt, Eikens 3:35
8. "Start Swimming"   Wessels Rob van der Loo 5:19
9. "Lost"   Wessels Westerholt 3:23
10. "I'll Reach You"   Wessels Westerholt, Eikens, Wessels 3:29
11. "Nothing Left" (featuring Marco Hietala) Wessels Westerholt 4:39

Personnel[edit]

Delain[edit]

Guest musicians[edit]

Session musicians[edit]

  • Guus Eikens - guitars on tracks 4, 5, 6 and 8
  • Oliver Philipps - guitar solos on all tracks except 6, orchestral arrangements, co-producer

Production[edit]

  • Jacob Hansen - mixing

Charts[edit]

Chart (2009) Peak
position
Dutch Alternative Top 30[10] 1
Dutch Album Top 100[11] 14
French Albums Chart[12] 88
Swiss Albums Chart[13] 91
German Albums Chart[14] 96
Oricon Japanese Album Chart[15] 127

References[edit]

  1. ^ Moorehouse, Giles (24 January 2010). "Delain - April Rain". Rock Sound.tv. Rock Sound. Retrieved 8 April 2014. 
  2. ^ Raggett, Ned. "Delain - April Rain review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 8 April 2014. 
  3. ^ "Delain - April Rain (CD)". Metal Underground.com. 27 July 2009. Retrieved 8 April 2014. 
  4. ^ Bowar, Chad. "Delain - 'April Rain'". Heavy Metal. About.com. Retrieved 8 April 2014. 
  5. ^ Pardo, Pete (19 June 2009). "Delain: April Rain". Sea of Tranquility.org. Retrieved 8 April 2014. 
  6. ^ Arntz, Winston. "Delain - April Rain". Lords of Metal.nl. Retrieved 8 April 2014. 
  7. ^ "Delain Discography". Delain Official Website. Retrieved 8 April 2014. 
  8. ^ "Delain Discography - Singles". Delain Official Website. Retrieved 8 April 2014. 
  9. ^ "April Rain (Special Edition)". Play.com. Rakuten. Retrieved 8 April 2014. 
  10. ^ "Dutch Alternative Top 30". Dutch Charts.nl (in Dutch). Media Control Charts. 28 March 2009. Retrieved 8 April 2014. 
  11. ^ "Delain - April Rain (album)". Dutch Charts.nl (in Dutch). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 8 April 2014. 
  12. ^ "Delain - April Rain (album)". Lescharts.com (in French). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 8 April 2014. 
  13. ^ "Delain - April Rain". Hitparade.ch (in German). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 8 April 2014. 
  14. ^ "Album - Delain, April Rain". Charts.de (in German). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 8 April 2014. 
  15. ^ "ディレインのアルバム売り上げランキング" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved 8 April 2014. 

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