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.
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.
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!
There is nothing I like more than a great concert touring package and let’s face it, while there are a lot of awesome headlining runs happening, there aren’t always a lot of support bands that make sense at the end of the day. That’s not the case with this announcement from earlier today that presents us with the pairing of the mighty Hammerfall and Dutch sensations Delain. Check out the poster, press release and the dates and then I’ll return with some added thoughts.
The Press Release:
Two of Europe’s finest metal exports and Napalm Records recording artists the might HAMMERFALL and DELAIN have joined forces for a Co-Headline North American tour, set for spring of 2017. A complete list of dates can be found below. Tickets and VIP packages for all shows are available now at http://www.enterthevault.com.
HAMMERFALL will be on the road supporting their highly anticipated tenth studio album and Napalm Records debut Built to Last, which will be released November 4th via Napalm Records. The first single from Built To Last “The Sacred Vow” can be streamed HERE. The band’s first official video from the album for “Hammer High” can be watched HERE.
HAMMERFALL Guitarist Oscar Dronjak cannot wait to return to North America:
“We haven’t done a proper tour in North America since 2010, so I hope the fans realize how unique this is for both us and them. This is very exciting! Get ready for one hell of a heavy metal party each and every night!”
Hey readers, so first let me apologize for getting this news to you a couple of days later than planned but I had a few posts in queue and I don’t like to overdo it here at the PiercingMetal Command HQ. Too many items in a single day risks you not getting the proper chance to absorb something cool and with that being said, its awesome to be able to share the news that Nightwish will be returning to the US Shores next year for a Springtime Tour and bringing along Delain as well. I’ve copied the full on press release for this great news and shall return with some added thoughts at the close. Read on.
The Press Release:
Finland-based symphonic metal storytellers NIGHTWISH are pleased to announce their 27-date headlining tour of North America for 2015, launching in New York City on April 9th, hitting three Canadian cities plus Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, then closing out in Silver Springs, Maryland on May 14th. Opening will be Dutch symphonic metallers DELAIN.
Checking in from the other side of the world amidst all the prep work for recording their new studio album, NIGHTWISH bassist & backing vocalist Marco Hietala shares the following about the band’s return to North America:
“Hi to all! Our work on the new album has been going with serious productive speed and comfortable ease at the same time. It´s going to be great to get it out to you and play these pieces live. And with this announcement it will obviously happen quite soon! Here are the dates for the North American shows. Come on over and we´ll raise hell and kick some arses together!”
The winter cold is in full sway and we are already getting more snow that we bargained for here on the East Coast but the news about Finland’s own Sonata Arctica returning to our shores for a tour just warms my Metal heart to its very core. Speaking personally, I have been a fan of Sonata Arctica’s music for a few years longer than I have been doing my Metal Music Scribe thing. They impressed me and when I finally met up with them for interview stuff during a performance at B.B. King Blues Club many moons ago, the level of support increased. Check out the press release below their logo.
The Press Release: Celebrating their 15th year in existence as a recording artist, Finnish melodic metallers SONATA ARCTICA are proud to announce their 2014 North American tour in support of their upcoming eight studio album, Pariah’s Child, due out in the U.S. & Canada on April 1st. The 33-show trek launches in Teaneck, New Jersey on September 3rd, hits nine Canadian cities, and wraps up in Tampa, Florida on October 15th. Dutch symphonic metallers DELAIN will be direct support; XANDRIA from Germany will open each night. SONATA ARCTICA keyboard player Henrik “Henkka” Klingenberg checks in from the frozen tundras of Finland with a special message for North American fans: Continue reading Sonata Arctica Will Bring “Pariah’s Child” To The USA In 2014→