Company: Napalm Records Release: 2016 Genre: Gothic/Symphonic Reviewer: Greg Watson
A nice appetizer
In anticipation of the band’s as yet untitled next full-length, Delain gives the fans 'Lunar Prelude', an EP that contains 2 brand new tracks, "Suckerpunch" and "Turn the Lights Out" as well as a reworked version of “Don’t Let Go” featuring newest guitarist Merel Bechtold and several live tracks from the band’s tour supporting 2014's "The Human Contradiction". "Suckerpunch" is a super catchy track that is rife with all the elements that make Delain what they are. Vocalist Charlotte Wessels sounds strong and powerful as always and the music is laden with enough hooks to snare Jaws. "Turn the Lights Out" is a slightly softer track that still packs that signature catchiness that the band is known for. The reworked "Don’t Let Go" packs a bit more of a punch with Bechtold’s stellar fretwork. The live tracks give listeners a glimpse into the live experience of the band. A nice appetizer to whet the palate for the upcoming full length, “Lunar Prelude” offers a great listen to new sounds as well as some live classics.