DELAIN Singer Says New Album Title Track Was Inspired By Murder of SOPHIE LANCASTER

A lot has happened in the DELAIN camp since the Dutch female-fronted symphonic band thrilled the masses with its second album, "April Rain", in 2009. After a highly successful European tour, followed by the enthusiastic reaction to DELAIN's trips to North and South America, it's clear that the pure energy of their live performances have heavily influenced the new material on their long-awaited third long player. DELAIN has taken the time needed to hone this to perfection and the outcome is "We Are The Others", the band's most powerful, most atmospheric and intoxicating album to date.

DELAIN spent most of last summer with producer Jacob Hellner (RAMMSTEIN, CLAWFINGER, APOCALYPTICA) in his Stockholm, Sweden studio, taking two months to collectively fine-tune the material for "We Are The Others".

"Never before have we gone as much into detail in writing the songs," stated DELAIN singer singer Charlotte Wessels, referring to the multiple writing sessions in Stockholm, where she was recording her vocals parallel in a second studio with the vocal producers of the Epicentre team of Fredrik Thomander and Anders Wikström (SCORPIONS, BACKYARD BABIES).

At first glance, some songtitles on "We Are The Others" may sound mysterious and conspiratorial, but there is a very serious background: The lyrics to the title track were inspired by the hate crime against a British girl named Sophie Lancaster in 2007. She and her boyfriend were beaten comatose by a gang of youths, because of their goth looks, and Sophie later died from her injuries. This tragedy sent shockwaves throughout the world.

Commented Charlotte: "Sophie's story hit close to home for us, being part of a subculture ourselves but it's in no way an individual case; people are discriminated against — all the time, to the point of violence — based on their cultural or ethnic background everywhere.

"'We Are The Others' is our own 'outsiders anthem' for everybody who, deliberately or not, diverts from the norm. Whether it's by looking different, acting different, or choosing a different path in life then is expected from you."

DELAIN will embark on a European headlining tour in April 2012 with support from TRILLIUM, the metal project masterminded by American singer/songwriter Amanda Somerville.

DELAIN in April announced the addition of guitarist Timo Somers to the group's ranks.

The band was last year joined by bassist Otto "The Baron" Schimmelpenninck van der Oije (DETONATION).

DELAIN's second album, "April Rain", was released in North America on June 30, 2009 via Sensory Records (with U.S. distribution through Ryko and Canadian distribution through Sonic Unyon).

Photo credit: Sandra Ludewig

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