Guitarist Merel Bechtold Exits Delain

Merel Bechtold has announced her departure from Delain. The guitarist’s final performance with the band will take place on June 23 at the Graspop Metal Meeting in Dessel, Belgium,

The band commented:

“Dear Delainers,

Today we are sharing the news with you that Merel has decided to leave Delain and focus on different musical ambitions. Merel’s performance with us at Graspop will be her last show as a permanent band member of Delain. We are aware this is very short notice, and this we regret for those of you who wanted to catch a last show with her as a part of the team. However, this is a friendly departure, and we are respecting Merel’s wishes in doing so. We had an amazing ride sharing the stage with this fireball and we are excited to see the results of her new
endeavours.”

Bechtold added:

“Dear all, I am sorry to inform you that on Graspop I will play my last show with Delain. After almost five amazing years the time has come for me to focus on my own dreams. Because of my previous band commitments my attention diverged from my own music and the path I want to follow, and I feel I need to give myself the time and opportunity to explore my musical ambitions. This is probably the hardest decision of my life, but in the end it’s important to follow your heart and be happy. I want to thank my bandmates and crew, I will miss you dearly! Also huge thanks to all the amazing people I’ve met on the road. And most importantly I want to thank YOU for all those amazing and warm memories! It’s been a pleasure.”

The group continued:

“Although we will miss Merel on the road with us, we realise that our busy schedules require loads of time and commitment, and we understand and respect her decision to focus on her own path. We will continue performing live as a five-piece as before, and look forward to finishing the work for our upcoming studio album, the upcoming festival season, our US tour with Amorphis and Anneke van Giersbergen and our European Masters Of Destiny Tour. We hope to see you all soon! Thank you Merel, we wish you nothing but the best!”

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Delain Premiere “Masters Of Destiny” Video

Delain have premiered a new video for their new song “Masters Of Destiny.” This track is from their “Hunter’s Moon” release, which will be available on February 22. That effort will include four new tracks, ten live songs, and a Blu-ray that was shot at Utrecht Tivoli. That set featured Nightwish’s Marco Hietala and other guests.

The group commented:

“This is an exciting release for us, and a special one too on account of the fact that we chose one of our more elaborate and unconventional compositions for our first single, showcasing another side of ourselves as a band. We wanted to make the video like an extension to the music; to match the orchestral, instrumental and vocal bombast of the song with visuals of nature in all its grandeur, and we found the perfect backdrop for this in beautiful Iceland. We are very proud to present to you the music video for our brand new track ‘Masters Of Destiny’. We hope you enjoy the journey.”

Delain To Release “Hunter’s Moon” In February

Delain have announced that their “Hunter’s Moon” release will be available on February 22. The effort will include four new tracks, ten live songs, and a Blu-ray that was shot at Utrecht Tivoli. That set featured Nightwish’s Marco Hietala and other guests.

“Hunter’s Moon” Track Listing:

01. “Masters Of Destiny”
02. “Hunter’s Moon”
03. “This Silence Is Mine”
04. “Art Kills”
05. “Hands Of Gold” – Live (feat. George Oosthoek)
06. “Danse Macabre” – Live
07. “Scarlet” – Live
08. “Your Body Is A Battleground” – Live (feat. Marco Hietala)
09. “Nothing Left” – Live (feat. Marco Hietala)
10. “Control The Storm” – Live (feat. Marco Hietala)
11. “Sing To Me” – Live (feat. Marco Hietala)
12. “Not Enough” – Live
13. “Scandal” – Live (feat. Marco Hietala)
14. “The Gathering” – Live (feat. Marco Hietala)

The band said the following about the new songs:

“Along with the live Blu-ray are four new studio tracks. Two of these offer a preview of what we are working on for our new full-length studio album, which we expect to release in 2019. ‘Masters Of Destiny’ is a dramatic, cinematic track that we’re excited to shoot an equally dramatic video for this week. The title track, ‘Hunter’s Moon’, has more of a catchy feel and will hopefully appeal to our fans featuring heavy riffs, orchestrations, a large chorus and as a novel feature, Timo’s screams. Our guitarists stepped to the forefront on this release in writing ‘This Silence Is Mine’ (Timo Somers) and ‘Art Kills’ (Merel Bechtold). With fond live memories, classic and new sounds we’re excited to present ‘Hunter’s Moon’ to the world!”

They also added the following about the Blu-ray:

“The ‘Moonbathers’ tour has been a hell of a ride and the ‘Danse Macabre’ shows were an absolute highlight. We are excited to share the footage of our show at Tivoli Vredenburg with you on this brand new Blu-ray. It was great to finally perform all of our collaborations with Marco live, something our fans have been asking for for such a long time! Also gracing the stage were George Oosthoek, who gave his signature sound to ‘Hands Of Gold’, and Elianne Anemaat, who adorned ‘Scarlet’ with her beautiful cello tones. The Tivoli show had such an amazing atmosphere and was one of the highlights of our career. Plus a home match for some of us! We are thrilled to have this Blu-ray as a physical souvenir of the night and we hope that our fans will enjoy it as much as we did.”

Hietala commented as well:

“I was really pleased to do the tour, because it gave me a chance to challenge myself in different surroundings and band dynamics. In the end, it comes down to the same old but great thing. I love doing good shows with good people for good audiences. All for one and one for all!”

Delain & Amorphis Announce Co-Headlining North American Tour

Delain and Amorphis have announced a co-headlining North American tour. Anneke van Giersbergen will open.

Tour Dates:

09/19 Philadelphia, PA – Theatre Of Living Arts
09/20 New York City, NY – Irving Plaza
09/21 Worcester, MA – The Palladium
09/22 Clifton Park, NY – Upstate Concert Hall
09/23 Montreal, QC – Club Soda
09/24 Ottawa, ON – Mavericks
09/25 Quebec City, QC – Salle Multi
09/26 Toronto, ON – Opera House
09/27 Cleveland, OH – Agora Theatre
09/28 Joliet, IL – The Forge
09/29 Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall
09/30 Minneapolis, MN – The Cabooze
10/02 Calgary, AB – Dickens
10/03 Edmonton, AB – Starlite Room
10/05 Vancouver, BC – The Venue
10/06 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
10/08 Sacramento, CA – Ace Of Spades
10/09 San Francisco, CA – Slim’s
10/10 West Hollywood, CA – Roxy Theatre
10/11 Anaheim, CA – The Grove
10/12 Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre
10/14 Englewood, CO – Gothic Theatre
10/15 Kansas City, MO – The Truman
10/16 Dallas, TX – Trees
10/17 Houston, TX – Scout Bar
10/19 Tampa, FL – Orpheum
10/20 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
10/21 Baltimore, MD – Soundstage