Moonbathers

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Moonbathers
Delain-Moonbathers.jpg
Studio album by
Released26 August 2016
Recorded2016
StudioMantis Audio, Wateringen and Trypoul Studios, Neerkant, Netherlands
GenreSymphonic metal[1]
Length47:24
LabelNapalm
ProducerMartijn Westerholt
Delain chronology
Lunar Prelude
(2016)
Moonbathers
(2016)
A Decade of Delain: Live at Paradiso
(2017)
Singles from Moonbathers
  1. "Suckerpunch"
    Released: 7 February 2016
  2. "The Glory and the Scum"
    Released: 5 August 2016
  3. "Fire with Fire"
    Released: 12 August 2016

Moonbathers is the fifth studio album by the Dutch symphonic metal band Delain. It was released on 26 August 2016 worldwide.

It features one guest appearance from Alissa White-Gluz (Arch Enemy, ex-The Agonist). Just like We Are the Others, this album does not feature Marco Hietala (Nightwish, Tarot). It is also the first and only studio album with Ruben Israel (Lesoir) on drums and the first studio album with Merel Bechtold (MaYaN, Purest of Pain, Karmaflow) on rhythm guitar.

Background[edit]

According to lead singer Charlotte Wessels, the lyrics on the album have a theme of death. This was unintentional and she only realized this after reviewing the lyrics she had written. Wessels has said that the title of the album comes from the idea that "Even in a dark place, there can also be that comfort in the dark." [2] The songs "Danse Macabre" and "Chrysalis (The Last Breath)" were inspired by a film script, however she didn't specify which one.[3]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Hands of Gold" (featuring Alissa White-Gluz)Charlotte Wessels, Guus Eikens, Martijn Westerholt5:10
2."The Glory and the Scum"Wessels, Eikens, Westerholt4:04
3."Suckerpunch"Wessels, Eikens, Hendrik Jan de Jong, Westerholt4:10
4."The Hurricane"Wessels, Eikens, Westerholt3:45
5."Chrysalis - The Last Breath"Wessels, Eikens, Westerholt5:26
6."Fire With Fire"Wessels, Eikens, Westerholt4:09
7."Pendulum"Wessels, Eikens, Westerholt3:42
8."Danse Macabre"Wessels, Eikens, Westerholt5:07
9."Scandal" (Queen cover)Brian May, Freddie Mercury, John Deacon, Roger Taylor4:04
10."Turn the Lights Out"Wessels, Eikens, de Jong, Westerholt, Timo Somers4:15
11."The Monarch"Wessels, Eikens, Westerholt3:40
Total length:47:24

Personnel[edit]

Delain
  • Charlotte Wessels – lead vocals
  • Timo Somers – lead guitar, backing vocals
  • Merel Bechtold – rhythm guitar
  • Otto Schimmelpenninck van der Oije – bass
  • Martijn Westerholt – keyboards, backing vocals, orchestration, production
  • Ruben Israel – drums
Additional musicians
  • Alissa White-Gluz (ex-The Agonist, Arch Enemy) – guest vocals on "Hands of Gold"
  • Guus Eikens – additional guitars
  • Hendrik Jan de Jong (Nemesea) – writing credits (3, 10)
  • Oliver Philipps – additional guitars, additional keyboards
  • Mikko P. Mustonen – orchestration
Production
  • Arno Krabman – drum recording
  • Bas Trumpie, Imre Beerends – mixing (10), drum recording
  • Guido Aalbers, Oliver Philipps – vocal engineers
  • Fredrik Nordström, Henrik Udd – mixing (1 to 9, 11)
  • Ted Jensen – mastering at Sterling Sound, New York
  • Glenn Arthur – cover artwork, additional paintings
  • Wendy van den Bogert-Elberse – design
  • Sandra Ludewig – photography

Charts[edit]

Chart (2016) Peak
position
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[4]
[5]
53
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[6] 23
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[7] 37
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[8] 15
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[9] 31
French Albums (SNEP)[10] 93
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[11] 17
Japanese Albums (Oricon)[12] 128
Scottish Albums (OCC)[13] 34
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[14] 18
UK Albums (OCC)[15] 50
US Heatseekers Albums (Billboard)[16] 5

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.soniccathedral.com/webzine/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1333&Itemid=35l[dead link]
  2. ^ "DELAIN Frontwoman: 'Moonbathers' 'Is The Most Diverse Album We've Ever Made'". BLABBERMOUTH.NET. 26 November 2016. Retrieved 16 March 2017.
  3. ^ http://sonicshocks.tumblr.com/post/149071897053/interview-delain-charlotte-wessels-by-matt
  4. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Delain – Moonbathers" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 8 September 2016.
  5. ^ http://oe3.orf.at/charts/stories/2602614/
  6. ^ "Ultratop.be – Delain – Moonbathers" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 2 September 2016.
  7. ^ "Ultratop.be – Delain – Moonbathers" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved 2 September 2016.
  8. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Delain – Moonbathers" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 2 September 2016.
  9. ^ "Delain: Moonbathers" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved 4 September 2016.
  10. ^ "Le Top de la semaine : Top Albums Fusionnes - SNEP (Week 35, 2016)" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved 6 September 2016.
  11. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Delain – Moonbathers" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 2 September 2016.
  12. ^ "Moonbathers – Delain". oricn ME inc. Retrieved 31 October 2016.
  13. ^ September 2016/40/ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 3 September 2016.
  14. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Delain – Moonbathers". Hung Medien. Retrieved 7 September 2016.
  15. ^ September 2016/7502/ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 3 September 2016.
  16. ^ "Delain Chart History (Heatseekers Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved 8 September 2016.

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