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Charlotte Wessels Statement On Her Delain Departure

Yesterday we helped to share the news about Martijn Westerholt announcing Delain’s return to being a project-based band as all members, including singer Charlotte Wessels, had left the current lineup (seen HERE for the folks who didn’t see it). Now its time to share what Charlotte has to say about this news.

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The Statement:
Delain has been my world for nearing 16 years, which is half of my life and my entire career. So it is with a heavy heart that I am confirming that Delain will continue as Martijn’s solo project, and my involvement with Delain ends here.

At this time, I know that you might have questions about the ‘why’ in all of this. I fully understand and respect that. Simply put, it is the sad conclusion of more than a year of trying to find solutions to built up grievances. Part of me feels like I’m letting all of you down, I’d like you to know that this decision was not taken lightly and I apologise to those of you who had high hopes of seeing all of us together live on stage again after lockdown. Until recently, I thought this might still be in the cards for us as well.

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Charlotte Wessels w Delain in NYC by Ken Pierce (2019)

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Martijn Westerholt Returns Delain To Project-Based Group

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The Statement:
For the last year or so, the collaboration within the band ceased to work as well as it once had. Some of us were no longer happy with the current roles in the band. We all tried very hard to find a solution for over a year, but sadly we were unable to find one.

As a result, we will all be going our own ways and pursuing our own endeavors. I am very sad our cooperation has come to end, but at the same time I am very grateful for all the years we were able to work together. Together we toured the world, shared highs and lows, and met with many successes as well as times that pushed us to learn and grow. We all enjoyed meeting our fans and making new friends all over the globe. I would like to thank my fellow bandmates and wish Timo, Otto, Joey, and especially Charlotte the very best for the future. And I hope that will mean onwards and upwards to new musical adventures for each of them!

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Delain by Tim Tronckoe

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Century Media Records Signs Holland’s Cryptosis

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The Press Release:
Century Media Records are happy to announce the signing of Dutch futuristic multi-metal eruption CRYPTOSIS. To celebrate, the band have just released their new single and music video for “Decypher”. Watch the music video HERE. (BTW I will be doing a full video and single review soon).

“In light of recent events we are beyond happy that we are teaming up with Century Media Records to release and promote our debut album. It feels really good to work with such a professional team that understands our artistic vision and gives us a lot of freedom and resources to take everything we do to the next level,” states CRYPTOSIS about the signing announcement.

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Epica @ Gramercy Theatre (1/29/2010)

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Artist: Epica
Venue: Gramercy Theatre (New York, NY)
Opener: Threat Signal, Blackguard, Cypher Seer & Phoenix Reign
Date: 1/29/2010
Label: Nuclear Blast Records

“Design Your Universe” was the mantra being spoken by Dutch Symphonic purveyors Epica and this new album was being supported with a rousing tour and making a stop in good ole’ New York City. I was really happy to find Epica returning to the states for a tour because they have remained one of my very favorite of the whole Symphonic Operatic Metal bands that are out there and this interest of mine began with their “Phantom Agony” release back in 2004. The band has not been to this region for a tour since their last headlining gig which was in 2007 and sadly a very ill-attended event when it hit NYC. This surprised me as the bill was killer and found Visions Of Atlantis, Unexpect and The Agonist on the tour as well. Perhaps the free Ozzfest that had just been held was the cause for this, but either way that is a show long gone and now we move forward. Tonight’s gig at the Gramercy Theatre had sold out by the time the doors opened and the tour was following the adventures of Epica who were joined by both Threat Signal and Blackguard as the major bands with some warming the crowd up by local openers as they hit each city. Our gig found the likes of Cypher Seer and Phoenix Reign getting the people into the mood and here is how the night progressed for those who didn’t manage to secure a ticket.
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God Dethroned @ Blender Theater at Gramercy (10/16/2009)

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Artist: God Dethroned
Venue: Blender Theater at Gramercy (New York, NY)
Opener: Abigail Williams, Augury, Praetor Morte, Regain The Heart Condemned, Woe Of Tyrants
Date: 10/16/2009
Label: Metal Blade Records

I know the Fall season was upon us, but man was it cold the night of this show and perhaps some of the kinds of music that we were about to witness had something to do with it. After all, this would be the first time in about four years that the guys in God Dethroned had made an appearance in NYC. The last time they came around was for a Death Metal festival that took place at the long shuttered C.B.G.B.’s. Direct support would come from Abigail Williams who we saw in this same venue as a headliner not too long ago and if that was not enough to spark your interest well there were four other bands on the bill that made this a very awesome treat for the ticket price.

Preator Morte: What I caught was not bad at all but I missed the larger part of their set based on the show starting much earlier than it had been announced as starting. Generally a show like this starts off at 7:30 which was when I arrived but by this time the band was almost done with their set. Oh well. Regain The Heart Condemned was up next and another new name in my Metal book.
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