Delain – “A Decade of Delain – Live at Paradiso” 2CD (Napalm Records)
Get ready to party!! Celebrating their 10th anniversary in fine style, this Dutch symphonic metal band couldn’t have picked a better way than to pack out the Paradiso in Amsterdam and rock it well into the night!!! Clearly with the sold out audience eager to oblige, it’s no better captured on this 23 track double CD that has only one design: to make you too feel like you were there immersed in that roaring crowd!!!! With predictably precision tight musicianship, the massive set list reads like a best of with all of Delain’s favorites from ‘Suckerpunch’ to ‘Get The Devil Out Of Me’ to ‘See Me In Shadow’, and just to make the occasion truly a night to remember, they’ve brought along a few friends from Arch Enemy’s Alissa White-Gluz to Burton C Bell to Liv Kristine and Marco Hietala of Nightwish! Still, it’s not that they’re really needed given the stupendous performance of the band themselves, from Charlotte Wessels incredibly touching tones to the versatile twin guitars of Timo Somers and Merel Bechtold, and not forgetting the atmospheric passion flowing from Martijn Westerholt’s keyboards. With plenty of thumping from Ruben Israel’s drums encouraging waves of crowd clapping, it’s pretty clear that this is indeed more than another concert but a career highlight commemorating the band’s first live release – and what a better way to do it than through this first class double live album!