Delain was founded by Martijn Westerholt and Charlotte Wessels. Westerholt is the ex-keyboardist and brother of one of the founders of Within Temptation, Robert Westerholt. He left Within Temptation in 2001 when he suffered from Pfeiffer's disease. Wessels was, at that time, an unknown singer living near Westerholt. They started Delain, as a project involving many of Westerholt's friends in the Symphonic Metal Community, in 2002, and began recording the debut album in July 2005, after they had signed a contract with Roadrunner Records. They've released four albums: Lucidity, April Rain, We Are The Others and The Human Contradiction.
- Lucidity (2006)
- April Rain (2009)
- We Are The Others (2012)
- The Human Contradiction (2014)
- Martijn Westerholt (keyboards)
- Charlotte Wessels (lead vocals)
- Otto Schimmelpenninck van der Oije (bass)
- Timo Somers (guitar)
- Ruben Israel (drums)
- Merel Bechtold (guitar)
- Book Ends: "Are You Done With Me?" begins and ends with the same line: "This city drinks and roars."
- Break Up Song: "Virtue and Vice," "Milk and Honey", "Where Is the Blood?"
- "Are You Done With Me?" is a variation, with the singer asking an increasingly distant partner to make a decision about whether or not to end the relationship.
- Creepy Child: The little ghost boy◊ in the music video for "Frozen."
- Destructive Romance: Oh boy, is it ever - whoever the protagonist of the various relationship-related songs is, you do not want to get on her bad side. Special mention goes to "Milk and Honey," "I Want You," and "Hit Me With Your Best Shot."
- Fiery Redhead: Charlotte◊.
- Five-Man Band:
- Follow Your Heart: "April Rain."
- Heroic Albino: While he is not a true albino, Martjin is really, really pale.
- Hollywood Thin/Hollywood Pudgy: Both "Your Body Is a Battleground" and "Army of Dolls" ridicule this concept.
- Humans Are Bastards: A recurring theme on The Human Contradiction, especially on "Stardust" and "Tell Me, Mechanist". "The Tragedy of the Commons" has this vibe as well.
- I Am the Band: Martijn Westerholt.
- Large Ham: Otto and Timo both have aspects of this in live shows.
- Lighter and Softer: The video version of "We Are The Others" compared to the album version.
- Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: From a 1 to an 8. Usually hovers around 6 or 7.
- Name's the Same: "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" is not a cover of one of Pat Benatar's signature songs.
- New Technology Is Evil: "Generation Me" has hints of this, specifically targeting social media.
- Of Corsets Sexy: Charlotte rocks this look during the 2013 US tour.
- Precision F-Strike: "Generation Me" and "Sing to Me".
- Protest Song: "Your Body Is a Battleground" does...let's say not think highly of the medical-industrial complex.
- Something Something Leonard Bernstein: Averted. Charlotte has very clean diction. Overlaps with Surprisingly Good English.
- Soprano and Gravel: With various vocalists: George Oosthoek of Gothic Metal band Orphanage on several songs on Lucidity, Marco Hietala on several songs on the first two albums, former guitarist Ronald Landa on "Virtue and Vice" and Burton C. Bell on "Where Is the Blood?". Marco and George both returned to provide guest vocals on The Human Contradiction (Marco on "Your Body Is A Battleground" and "Sing to Me", George on "Tell Me, Mechanist"). The same album has an unusual variation on "The Tragedy of the Commons" where the gravel vocals are provided from fellow female singer Alissa White-Gluz. Aforementioned song takes this trope to its ultimate level when performed live, with bass player Otto and Charlotte herself alternating lines during Alissa's verse. This marks the first appearance of Charlotte's harsh vocals.
- Start My Own: Martijn formed the band a year after he left Within Temptation, however, his decision for leaving had nothing to do with creative differences but with health issues, and he had been writing songs for those four years mainly by himself.
- Symphonic Metal
- Take That Me: These lyrics from "Here Come the Vultures", which are strange to think about since Charlotte is in her mid-20s and quite pretty:They said you can not sing the bluesWhen you’re pretty and youngLet me show you a face that fits to neither one
- Yandere: "I Want You" might sound like one of their usual Silly Love Songs at first, but as it goes on...No one could see it comingA tragic dayHow did that car get in your way?...
- The last line also doubles as a Wham Line
- You Are Not Alone: "We Are the Others."