|Studio album by Delain|
|Released||March 20, 2009|
|Recorded||Hansen Studios (DK), SpaceLab Studios (DE), Excess Studios (September - November 2008)|
|Producer||Martijn Westerholt, Oliver Philipps|
|Singles from April Rain|
|The Metal Crypt|||
|Lords Of Metal|||
April Rain is the second full-length album by the Dutch symphonic metal band, Delain. It was released in the Benelux on March 20, 2009 and was released internationally on March 30, 2009 by Roadrunner Records. It was released in Australia on April 10, 2009.
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. With this band, the album April Rain was recorded.
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 February 9, 2009, but in January it was announced that the release was postponed to coincide with foreign release dates.
On March 13, 2009, the Dutch website of Roadrunner Records put the entire album up for streaming, only available to residents of the Netherlands.
In October 2009, "Stay Forever" was announced as the second single from the album.
|1.||"April Rain"||Martijn Westerholt, Charlotte Wessels||4:36|
|2.||"Stay Forever"||Westerholt, Ronald Landa, Wessels||4:26|
|4.||"Control the Storm" (featuring Marco Hietala)||Guus Eikens, Wessels||4:12|
|5.||"On the Other Side"||Eikens, Wessels||4:09|
|6.||"Virtue and Vice"||Westerholt, Landa, Wessels||3:55|
|7.||"Go Away"||Westerholt, Eikens, Wessels||3:35|
|8.||"Start Swimming"||Rob van der Loo, Wessels||5:19|
|10.||"I'll Reach You"||Westerholt, Eikens, Wessels||3:29|
|11.||"Nothing Left" (featuring Marco Hietala)||Westerholt, Wessels||4:39|
|12.||"Come Closer" (American, Digipak and Japanese editions bonus track)||Westerholt, Wessels||4:30|
|13.||"No Compliance" (Charlotte only vocals, Japanese edition bonus track)||Westerholt||5:09|
|Special MP3 Edition tracklisting|
|1.||"April Rain"||Westerholt, Wessels||4:37|
|2.||"Stay Forever"||Westerholt, Landa, Wessels||4:27|
|4.||"Control the Storm" (featuring Marco Hietala)||Eikens, Wessels||4:14|
|5.||"On the Other Side"||Eikens, Wessels||4:11|
|6.||"Virtue and Vice"||Westerholt, Landa, Wessels||3:56|
|7.||"Go Away"||Westerholt, Eikens, Wessels||3:38|
|8.||"Start Swimming"||Van der Loo, Wessels||5:21|
|10.||"I'll Reach You"||Westerholt, Eikens, Wessels||3:30|
|11.||"Nothing Left" (featuring Marco Hietala)||Westerholt, Wessels||4:42|
|12.||"The Gathering" (live)||Eikens||11:50|
|13.||"Silhouette of a Dancer" (live)||Westerholt, Jan Yrlund, Wessels||5:46|
- Charlotte Wessels - vocals
- Ronald Landa - guitars, vocals (on track 3, 6)
- Rob van der Loo - bass guitar
- Sander Zoer - drums
- Martijn Westerholt - keyboards
- Marco Hietala - vocals (on tracks 4, 11)
- Maria Ahn - cello (on tracks 5, 6)
- Guus Eikens - guitars (on tracks 4, 5, 6, 8)
While Delain's previous album Lucidity contained a lot of guest appearances, this album contains only a few: by Finnish singer Marco Hietala, who was featured on multiple Lucidity tracks as well and by Maria Ahn, cellist from the Ahn Trio. Only one song on April Rain contains death growls, Virtue and Vice. This time the growls are recorded by guitarist Ronald Landa, who also contributes clean vocals on Invidia.
|Dutch Alternative Top 30||1|
|Dutch Album Top 100||14|
|French Albums Chart||88|
|German Albums Chart||96|
|Japanese Album Chart||19|
|Swiss Albums Chart||91|
- Delain Online - Discography
- Rock Sound review
- Raggett, Ned. April Rain at AllMusic
- Dangerdog review
- The Metal Crypt review
- Lords of Metal review
- "Roadrunner Records 日本". Roadrunnerrecords.co.jp. Retrieved 2012-01-09.
- Play.com (UK): Delain - April Rain (Special Edition)
- Dutch Charts - Alternative Top 30 2009-03-28
- Dutch Charts - Delain - April Rain
- Delain Online - April Rain charts through Europe and Japan