Music / Delain

Delain is a Dutch Symphonic Metal band 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 are currently signed to Napalm Records.

The band is named after the fictional Kingdom of Delain in Stephen King's The Eyes of the Dragon.


  • Lucidity (2006)
  • April Rain (2009)
  • We Are The Others (2012)
  • The Human Contradiction (2014)
  • Moonbathers (2016)


  • Martijn Westerholt - keyboards (2002, 2005-present)
  • Charlotte Wessels - lead vocals (2005-present)
  • Otto Schimmelpenninck van der Oije - bass, harsh vocals (2010-present)
  • Timo Somers - lead guitar, backing vocals (2011-present)
  • Ruben Israel - drums, 2014-present)
  • Merel Bechtold - rhythm guitar (2015-present)

Marco Hietala of Tarot and Nightwish also frequently collaborates with Delain but is not a full-time member.


  • Ascended Extra: Before becoming full-time members, Ruben Israel and Merel Bechtold had both stood in for Sander Zoer and Timo Somers, respectively.
  • Arc Symbol: The Hummingbird that first appears on We Are the Others and makes appearances on Interlude, Lunar Prelude and Moonbathers.
  • Badass Adorable: Merel
  • Balls of Steel: Midway through a concert in Birmingham in 2014, bass player Otto famously got shot in the family jewels by a streamer cannon, rupturing his left testicle and causing him to bleed 500 milliliters into his ball sack. He didn't even notice at first.
    • Turned into a delayed Groin Attack afterward, because when he did notice, he finished the show (even delivering Harsh Vocals) in some considerable pain, went to the ER lickety-split afterward and was forced to sit out on a month of tour dates.
  • The Big Guy: Otto is definitely the tallest out of all of them. Even the fact that he plays the bass (which is the heaviest instrument you can walk around with on stage) doesn't help.
  • Big Guy, Little Guy: All of the guys against Ruben.
  • 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.
  • Central Theme: Death for Moonbathers, though Charlotte says it was inadvertent: she didn't realize how many songs about death she'd written until she was halfway finished.
  • Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: Who do you think is the frontwoman? Probably the one with red hair.
  • Cover Version: Moonbathers features a cover of "Scandal" by Queen.
  • Creepy Child: The little ghost boy in the music video for "Frozen."
  • Dedication: The name and title track of the group's third album We Are The Others, was dedicated to the memory of Sophie Lancaster.
  • 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."
  • Did Not Get The Guy The protagonist of I Want You. Granted, it's her own fault that she never will...
  • Fiery Redhead: Charlotte.
  • Five-Man Band:
  • Follow Your Heart: "April Rain."
  • Fun Size: Merel. In addiction to being short, everyone calls her cute or a puppy.
  • Heavy Mithril: "The Gathering" is about, well, Magic: The Gathering. Also, Charlotte has stated point-blank that "Turn the Lights Out" is about Death of the Endless.
  • Heroic Albino: While he is not a true albino, Martijn is really, really pale.
  • Hollywood Thin/Hollywood Pudgy: Both "Your Body Is a Battleground" and "Army of Dolls" ridicule this concept.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Merel against every guy in the band. More effective if you look at her against Otto who is around six foot and she is on the lower end of 5 foot.
  • 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, as does The Glory and the Scum.
  • 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.
  • Long-Runners: The band recently celebrated their 10th anniversary in December 2016.
    • In terms of members, Martijn Westerholt and Charlotte Wessels are the longest running members.
  • Man in White: Normally Martijn.
  • Mistaken Age: Everyone in the band doesn't look their respective age with the exception of Ruben (25, as of 29 Apr 2017, Timo (25) and Otto (34). Merel (25) looked 17/18 2 years prior but now looks around 21/22, Charlotte (29) looks 25/26, Martijn (38) looks 30/32.
  • Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: From a 1 ("Scarlet") to an 8 ("The Tragedy of the Commons", "Hands of Gold"). Usually hovers around 6 or 7.
  • New Technology Is Evil: "Generation Me" has hints of this, specifically targeting social media.
  • Of Corsets Sexy: Charlotte rocked this look during the 2013 US tour.
  • One Head Taller: Merel and Otto/Martijn.
  • Revolving Door Band: There have been six line-up changes since the band's revival in 2005.
    • For bass, Rob van der Loo (2006–2010) was replaced by Otto Schimmelpenninck van der Oije (2010 to present.)
    • For guitars, Guus Eikens (2006–2007 session, 2008-2009, 2011-2012) took a backseat role and helps with songwriting. Ray van Lente (2006–2007) left for unknown reasons. Ronald Landa (2006–2009) left to focus on other things and was replaced with Ewout Pieters (2009–2010) who was then replaced by Timo Somers (2011 - present). They also added Merel Bechtold (2015 - present) as rhythm guitarist which meant that Timo could become the lead guitarist.
    • And for drums, Sander Zoer (2006–2014) left and was replaced with Ruben Israel (2014 - present).
  • Running Gag: Some of the fans calling Merel a puppy.
  • 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.
  • Scatting, Single Stanza Song: "The Monarch", where the tune is hummed for the majority of the song, save for a brief pause in the music 2:20 in
    I looked at the stripes
    The monarch flies
    I halt my cries
    If my friend
    If you can change
    Perhaps then so can I
  • Self-Deprecation: These lyrics from "Here Come the Vultures", which are strange to think about since when the album was released Charlotte was in her mid-20s and she is (to this day) quite pretty:
    They said you cannot sing the blues
    When you’re pretty and young
    Let me show you a face that fits to neither one
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Merel Bechtold. To the point where Merel (originally just a touring member/stand-in for Timo as he had a full schedule) was added as the band's permanent second guitarist. The last time the band had two permanent guitarists was 2007.
  • 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 multiple 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"). Also by Charlotte Wessels herself on occasion.
    • 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. The 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. Alissa would later return in "Hands of Gold", the opening track from Moonbathers.
  • 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
  • Team Mom: You don't even need to meet Charlotte to know she is this.
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: While Charlotte is said to be 1.67m Ruben is just smaller than her.
  • Two Girls to a Team: Ever since Merel joined in 2015 it has been this.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Merel and Charlotte.
  • 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 coming
    A tragic day
    How did that car get in your way?...
  • You Are Not Alone: "We Are the Others", title track of the group's third album. According to an interview with Charlotte, after drawing inspiration from the case of Sophie Lancaster (a young British woman attacked and killed in a violent hate crime for expressing her gothic fashion), Charlotte said she wanted "a song about “we are the others” and a feeling of togetherness. On the one hand, being proud of whoever you are, whether you divert from the norm in whatever way you divert from the norm. But on the other hand, it is also kind of a song for “others”. We just wanted a song about acceptance".
    We are the others,
    We are the castouts,
    We're the outsiders, but you can't hide us
    We are the others, we are the castouts,
    You're not out there on your own
    If you feel mistreated, torn and cheated,
    You are not alone