If you don’t already know Delain–or maybe even if you do- then check out two clips on their website “Stardust ” and “Your Body Is a Battleground”, between them they give a great sample for the feel of this new album overall, carrying forward from ‘Interlude’ a heavier, “truer-to –live” sound , with Otto’s bass cranked up to max in the mix.
Like all three previous “all-new” albums before Interlude, “Human Contradiction” though not a “concept “ album in any contrived way, works very well as whole through having a theme or three weaving in and out of its lyrics (all now credited to Charlotte this time round –and unlike “WATO” all printed with the CD) -well worth looking up Charlotte’s on line interview in “Sonic Cathedral” for anyone who wants the full picture on what inspired much of the album .
Every Delain album has its guests, this is no exception – Marco Hietala makes a welcome return duetting on “Sing To Me “ and “My Body Is a Battleground”, George Oesthook grunts on “Tell Me Machinist”, on “The Tragedy Of The Commons” Alissa White-Gluz, (Ex The Agonist (nowArch Enemy Sweden)adds both growled and sung vocals dueting with Charlotte.
The Bonus CD2 with this version also looks very promising...but I’ll save that until after I’ve got to the bottom of CD1 !!
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