Martijn Westerholt Returns Delain To Project-Based Group

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The Statement:
For the last year or so, the collaboration within the band ceased to work as well as it once had. Some of us were no longer happy with the current roles in the band. We all tried very hard to find a solution for over a year, but sadly we were unable to find one.

As a result, we will all be going our own ways and pursuing our own endeavors. I am very sad our cooperation has come to end, but at the same time I am very grateful for all the years we were able to work together. Together we toured the world, shared highs and lows, and met with many successes as well as times that pushed us to learn and grow. We all enjoyed meeting our fans and making new friends all over the globe. I would like to thank my fellow bandmates and wish Timo, Otto, Joey, and especially Charlotte the very best for the future. And I hope that will mean onwards and upwards to new musical adventures for each of them!

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Delain by Tim Tronckoe

That being said, Delain will live on. The others have chosen to pursue different paths. I have decided to keep Delain alive by continuing on with writing and producing the music for Delain as I always have. I started Delain as a project in 2002 and for the next album I will take it back to a project form, releasing music with special guests. As it looks now many familiar faces will be returning to join me on this journey.

I can’t express my gratitude enough to all of you Delainers that have supported us over so many years. Your dedication to the music and the community you created for us has been overwhelming. Even though this situation is not ideal, change never usually is at first, I hope you will continue to join Delain on its new journey. This is not the end of Delain. It’s the end of a chapter, but also the beginning of a new one.

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PiercingMetal Thoughts: Having been a supporter of Delain since the very beginning and their astounding debut album I have to say that this news saddens me something fierce. They have continually impressed me with their albums and on the live stage and I was amazed to watch how they affected their fans and just how fast their climb was to a higher level of bands doing their thing. Sure this started as a project-based group in the first place so maybe even more extraordinary things will come to pass but I am sure we will have some time to wait for that and for Ms. Wessels own solo material. They are all talented players at the end of the day so I will remain hopeful. Still sad but this pandemic has changed a lot in the way that people think of things, look at their lives and the stuff they normally do. I fear that many other bands might be releasing similar news as they also choose to do things a little differently going forward. If you were a fan of the band in any sense, I’d love to hear what you think about this news. You can chime in down below in the comments section. See you next time.

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