Delain live in London 2020

Not even the storm can stop a gig fanatic! So I wrap up warm and make my way on a rainy Sunday night down to the gorgeous Electric Brixton in London, for what I imagine will be a great evening! After queuing for about 10-15 min, I manage to get into the venue and get near the entrance of the photo pit.
Delain UK Tour 2020 poster
Swedish based band Cyhra are opening for Delain’s four dates UK tour. Boosted by the success of their 2017 debut album, “Letters to Myself”, the band is using the momentum and pushing forward with new album, “No Halos in Hell”. This is one of those albums that defines being places neatly in a boxed-up metal genre coming out heavy and dynamic yet loaded with melodic vocal hooks that stay nailed to the brain for days.

The crowd erupts as lead singer Jake emerges, and his vocals deliver the raw emotion from the track. It didn’t take long to get the crowd moving, with everyone on the floor with their hands in the air and Jake’s energy reflecting back. Jake turns out to be an excellent frontman, with a great interaction between his band mates and the audience. 

The setlist has the perfect balance of the new and old material and the acoustic of Brixton Electric gives the sound and extra edge. For those that know what to expect however, the knowing smiles are wide and constant. The energy keeps on building during the set, and they finish with “Out of My Life” leaving the audience wanting more.

Cyhra is definitely the perfect warm up act before Delain, and after their set they shown glimpse of what fans can expect and would certainly hold their own as a headliner act. 

After a half hour break, finally Delain gets the stage. They are a Dutch symphonic metal band formed in 2002 and they have been realising and performing their signature catchy melodic metal sound worldwide for nearly two decades now.

Having toured the globe and rocked festivals with great bands like Nightwish and Within Temptation, Delain have strongly carved their niche within the scene. 

The set stars with “Burning Bridges”, a song from new album “Apocalypse & Chill”, which only released on Feb 7th, 2020, (two days before the London show), and it is an absolute killer track. The rest of the setlist includes the majority of the songs from the new album, like “Let’s Dance, Master of Destiny”, “One Second” plus a mix of old goodies and it is about 65 minutes long.

Frontwoman Charlotte Wessels is at the top of her game right now and sounds better than she ever has; she is a classically trained singer that can still hit all the notes, she has a hell of a voice! Charlotte captives the audience with that and also with her stage presence; she is definitely not timid, and not afraid to show her potential and be the only woman amongst the band members.

Everyone, including me, is loving the performance which includes a game of strobe lighting, head bangs, roaring vocals and powerful riffs. They played well, without missing a beat!

I had never seen Delain play live before and I was very impressed with their showmanship and musicality. I’ve been literally blown away and I will be waiting for them and Cyhra to come back to town for sure!