Sound — 7
Everyone knows the albums that are there that could potentially be great, that is if the same technique hasn't been done to death. Well, that is almost the case for Delain's "April Rain" (almost being the keyword). To tell the truth, there are virtually no musical risks here, but it manages to work for them. First it must be known that they are a symphonic gothic band from the Netherlands, so expect a blatant Within Temptation rip-off; and surprisingly they aren't. Rather than delving into doom and gloom (which for many bands create atmosphere) they leave that to the lyrics only, and event he vocal style is different than the done to death pseudo opera vocals of so many symphonic metal bands.
Lyrics — 7
Nothing overly special with the lyrics. Basically, by now you either like or dislike the generic gothic themes about love and the sort. They're not bad, not great, they're just there, and that's actaully not bad for gothic metal, which can get boring real fast due to atmosphere; think of old Theatre of Tragedy, yeah, that's not Delain. Everything lyrically flows musically, except in "Control the Storm" the band still felt the need to have Marco Hietala lend his vocals. The singer, Charlotte Wessels has a pleasent tone to her voice, and actual sounds feminine, which is surprising considering a lot of new female singers feel the need to scream, and that's nothing more than just a gimmick most of the time that has been over done far too much. Overall, the lyrics, though not amazing, are enjoyable to listen to, and songs such as "On the Other Side" may have you instantly complaining that they stole that name right from Sirenia, but alas, the songs are completely different, and Delain's is actually substantially better.
Overall Impression — 8
There are definitely far worse albums and bands out there, and Delain manages to stay slightly above the average mark, but still don't reach the great mark. They aren't a new Edenbridge, Lunatica, or Within Temptation. The second half of the album is better than the first, even though they consistently bring back Marco for no apparent reason. It's near impossible to say which song is the best since the second half is actaully all quite enjoyable. By far, the most impressive aspect of the album is that they don't try to out do themselves by having a drawn out ten minute song, and they know that they don't want to pretend to have an opera singer when they don't. This is where Nightwish and other bands manage to fail. For, Nightwish switched to a "pop" singer, and they simply just aren't the same, and not nearly as good as they used to be; but Delain started with a more mainstream singer, and they know how to write music that compliments her voice. I'd like to say that if the album was lost I'd buy it again, and I probably would, but it's near impossible to find in the US, so I had to get it off itunes.