Isaac Delahaye

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Isaac Delahaye
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Isaac Delahaye performing live in 2011
Background information
Born (1982-01-09) 9 January 1982 (age 34)
Ypres, Belgium
Origin Belgium, Ypres
Genres Symphonic metal, melodic death metal, blackened death metal, progressive metal, thrash metal, heavy metal
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter
Instruments Guitar, bass, vocals
Labels Metal Blade, Nuclear Blast
Associated acts God Dethroned, Epica, MaYaN

Isaac Delahaye (born 9 January 1982) is the Belgian born lead guitarist for Dutch symphonic metal band Epica.[1] Prior to that he was lead guitarist in the Dutch death metal band God Dethroned. Delahaye replaced former guitarist Jens van der Valk in God Dethroned after van der Valk left in 2004. He joined the band after a request from drummer and longtime friend Ariën van Weesenbeek and after several meetings with van Weesenbeek and Henri Sattler, Delahaye was welcomed into the band on 29 June 2004. On 15 January 2009, the official announcement came that Isaac was no longer a part of God Dethroned. Soon afterwards, an announcement came from the band Epica that proclaimed Delahaye as their recently hired guitarist.

Delahaye once used exclusively Jackson Guitars, his primary ones being a green Jackson Kelly and a black Jackson Kelly that have Seymour Duncan pickups with a Floyd Rose tremolo. More recently he has been using Ibanez Guitars, primarily his custom seven version of DN500K Darkstone, which he describes as an "Integral part of the sound of Epica". In an interview with Moshville Uk he states that he uses a Les Paul Black Beauty and en Epiphone custom for in the studio for solos, due to their thinner necks than the Darkstone. He also mentions that he uses a Maton 808 custom series TE acoustic.[2] He uses Bogner amplifiers including the Uberschall and Shiva 25th Anniversary edition and in the studio mixes his guitar sound with an Axe FX II and sans amp.[3] He and also has used Bogner and Vempire 2x12 Cabinets with V30 speakers.[4]

Delahaye was a member of the symphonic death metal band MaYaN from 2010–2013. He appeared on the album Quarterpast. He was replaced by Merel Bechtold as rhythm guitarist

Musical style[edit]

Delahaye incorporates legato, alternate picking, tremolo picking, tapping, and use of the whammy bar in his solos.


Isaac has a Bachelor of music.[5]

Extra gear[edit]

  • InTune Picks
  • Morley + Boss Pedals
  • Sennheiser Wireless + In Ear Monitoring
  • American Music Products Straps
  • Audio Technika Mics
  • Ernie Ball Strings[6]


Preceded by
Jens Van Der Valk
Guitarist for God Dethroned
Succeeded by
Susan Gerl
Preceded by
Ad Sluijter
Guitarist for Epica
since 2009