– Photos By Shuvam DasGupta
When the shimmering notes and the ocean breeze of symphonic metal resonate in the air, you just know something fantastic is about to unravel here in NA. The harmonious melding of the old world’s classical symphonies and today’s unbridled metal energy was what fans were treated to when Delain and Visions of Atlantis sailed into North America on the ‘2023 Dark Waters Over North American Tour’ in Philly.
For those of us who’ve been keeping a tab, Delain’s return to North America is like the prodigal son returning home. The band has been leaving heavy waves in their wake this year with their album “Dark Waters”. Which that record has been spinning endlessly on our decks and sits comfortably as one of our top picks for the year. It’s been an exhilarating experience, to say the least. Like déjà vu, we recalled that electrifying evening at Rockhal in Luxembourg, where Delain shared the stage with their label buddies, Xandria and the fresh face in the Napalm Records family, Illumishade back in April.
Now, speaking of faces, Delain’s lineup refresh brought in the electrifying Diana Leah as their lead vocalist. Her hold over the crowd was palpable from the minute she stepped into the spotlight. It was as if she was weaving a spell, drawing every soul into Delain’s musical embrace. The tour set sail with its inaugural performance at Progpower in Atlanta, marking the beginning of what has promised to be an unforgettable tour. Soon after, Delain and Visions of Atlantis took the stage at the iconic Fillmore in Philadelphia, where I had the opportunity to capture the essence of their performance through my lens.
Accompanying Delain were the ever-awesome Visions of Atlantis. It wasn’t our maiden voyage with them. Having sailed several seas, witnessing their live performances, it’s safe to say that they remain consistently impressive. Their latest album, ‘Pirates’, which dropped its anchor in 2022, clinched our accolade for the ‘Best Symphonic Metal Album’ of the year. And let me tell you, hearing that album’s tracks live is akin to a pirate finding their long-lost treasure. Absolutely golden.
As much as we’d love for the musical festivities to go on, this tour is a tad shorter than what we’re used to. With plans at ports like Toronto, Chicago, Denver CO, and few more cities in between, and a final call at Los Angeles, CA, it seems the bands are keeping it sweet and succinct this time around. But hey, who’s to complain when the quality is top-notch?
Here’s looking forward to the next horizon, and hoping that when they set sail again, they choose to dock a longer here in NA.
Visions Of Atlantis