Label: Napalm Records

Review by Tony Cannella

The Dutch Symphonic metal band Delain returns with a new EP, “Lunar Prelude”. The band has been a touring machine over the last few years and have proven to be a “must see” live act. They have always maintained a very high standard when it comes to their albums as well, with a high point of emphasis being on their last few releases. Delain has reached a whole level of excellence with – especially – their last two, “The Human Contradiction” and “We Are The Others”. However, for now we are talking about “Lunar Prelude”, in all its 8-song, 35-minute glory. “Suckerpunch” opens the EP in grand fashion. By now, I assume many people have heard/seen the video and what more is there to say. It certainly is a classic sounding Delain track and a great opener. Even better is the second track, “Turn the Lights Out”. This song is written about The Sandman comic and it has a big orchestral feel to it. Next, we have “Don’t Let Go”, a very up-tempo song with an infectious melody. Next, we have four live songs that were recorded in 2015. “Lullaby”, “Stardust”, “Here Come the Vultures” and “Army of Dolls” should be live staples for years to come. An instrumental, orchestral version of “Suckerpunch” brings “Lunar Prelude” to its conclusion. While “Lunar Prelude” may not be the full-length that we have been waiting/hoping for, it is always good to year some new music from Delain. I would definitely contend that Delain is rising to the top of the symphonic metal hierarchy. That is just my opinion, but I think their next album might just put them over-the-top, I will be eagerly waiting, but until then, sit back and enjoy “Lunar Prelude”.

Rating – 90/100



  1. Suckerpunch
  2. Turn the Lights Out
  3. Don’t Let Go (New Version)
  4. Lullaby (live)
  5. Stardust (Live)
  6. Here Come the Vultures (live)
  7. Army of Dolls (live)
  8. Suckerpunch (orchestral version)


Line Up

  • Charlotte Wessels – Vocals
  • Timo Somers – Guitars
  • Merel Bechtold – Guitars
  • Martijn Westerholt – Keys
  • Otto Schimmelpenninck van der Oije – Bass
  • Ruben Israel – Drums




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