Similar but different may be the best way to describe Delain's third opus, We Are The Others. The bombastic symphonic side remains substantial, as does the metal edge. Yet, what differs is the audible rock groove and accessibility.
Of the twelve songs here, six song hover just above three minutes, and the others a bit over four. Yet, its the sound of the songs that usher in the pedestrian appeal: very catchy, big melodies, and big choruses. Are You Done With Me, Babylon, Electricity, We Are the Others, and even the bit quirky Hit Me With Your Best Shot are symphonic rock ear candy. Generation Me is likely the essential delight: big groove, even bigger hooks.
But Delain doesn't stray far from their classic bombastic metal side. I Want You fits as does Where Is the Blood, featuring Fear Factory's Burton C. Bell, which allows Delain to get a slight modern nuance. My digital promo came with four live tracks, with mixed results. The Gathering and Control the Storm have a muted mix, while Shattered and Sleepwalkers Dream are more crisp and bright.
Delain's We Are The Others finds the band on a continuing course of symphonic metal, but with a refreshing injection of rock groove and accessibility. Recommended.