Welcome to Emerging Artists Spotlight, a new Billboard series where we highlight a musician or act who has recently made a debut on the Emerging Artists chart. Whether they are new to the industry, or have been around for a while but are just starting to have a chart impact, the intention is to showcase where they are here and now. This week’s pick is Dutch symphonic metal band Delain, who debuted at No. 46 on the chart dated March 9.
Delain aren’t new to the Billboard charts — they’ve racked up entries on Heatseekers Albums, Hard Rock Albums and Top Rock Albums over their career — and with 77,000 on-demand audio streams in the U.S. in the opening week for new EP Hunter’s Moon (Feb. 22, Napalm Records), it’s clear that their Stateside fanbase is continuing to grow.
The Dutch band arrives on the Emerging Artists chart entirely on the strength of the 14-track set, which also launched on Heatseekers Albums and Rock Album Sales. The EP includes live versions of previously-released hits, as well as four new tracks; melodic opener “Masters Of Destiny” is a standout, thanks to lush combo of shimmering keys, frantic guitars and frontwoman Charlotte Wessel’s soaring vocals.
Delain would be nothing if not for their fans, as Wessels explains. “It’s a privilege to speak our hearts through our songs, and have people listen and support what we do,” she tells Billboard.
“If I had one wish for our music,” Wessels continues, “it would be for listeners to feel empowered by it, whether that’s by forgetting about their troubles at a live show, screaming along to our outsiders anthem ‘We Are The Others,’ blasting our tracks after a long day, or just by relating to the words.”
The members of Delain hail from various cities and towns around the Netherlands: Martijn Westerholt is from Zwolle, while Charlotte Wessels and Otto Schimmelpenninck van der Oije are from Utrecht, Joey Marin de Boer is from Dordrecht, Timo Somers is from Den Bosch and Merel Bechtold is from Huizen.
They’re known for bringing their energetic live show around the globe, and as work continues on their sixth full studio album (which the band promises will be “bigger, heavier and even more intense than before”), they’ll be touring nonstop over multiple continents.
Learn more about Delain below.
Names: Martijn Westerholt (Keyboard)
Charlotte Wessels (Vocals)
Joey Marin de Boer (Drums)
Otto Schimmelpenninck van der Oije (Bass)
Timo Somers (Guitar)
Merel Bechtold (Guitar)
Ages: 23 (Joey) to 39 (Martijn)
Recommended song: “Masters Of Destiny”
Passion outside of work: “History, traveling and fantasy books, [which I recently] started getting into, plus the game TRANSFORMERS: Earth Wars for iPhone.” — Martijn
“Painting and art; I’m always on the lookout for new artists to love, and reading and writing, mostly fiction. Plus: Crossfit, single malt whisky, and smashing the patriarchy!” — Charlotte
What’s next: Working on the next album, touring South America, co-headlining with Anneke van Giersbergen’s VUUR, festival-ing in Europe (Download, Graspop, Wacken, Masters of Rock), a European headline tour, and a North American headline tour with Amorphis and Anneke van Giersbergen.