“An Eccletic Journey Through the Human Contradiction”‏

“The Human Contradiction” is DELAIN’s fourth studio album, and the highly-anticipated follow-up to the 2012 release “We Are The Others”, which saw the band touring the globe and entering charts across Europe.

The title “The Human Contradiction” is taken from one of my favorite books; Octavia E. Butlers trilogy Lilith’s Brood. A post-apocalypse story, in which the fact that humanity did not last is explained by our two most contradictory qualities; the fact that we are as a species both intelligent and hierarchic. This human contradiction causes an ‘us versus the others’ mentality, which in the book – as well as one could argue, in reality – proves to be a most self-destructive attitude. in a way, “The Human Contradiction” presents a broadening and deepening of the lyrical concept of We Are The Others: ‘otherness’ and how people relate to this, has had my interest for years. Whether it is otherness within our species, so towards people who are perceived as ‘different’ by other people (which was “We Are The Others” main focus) or in our attitudes towards non-human ‘others’, which is the lyrical addition made by our new record.”  Charlotte Wessels

1. Here Come The Vultures
2. Your Body Is A Battleground (With Marco Hietala)
3. Stardust
4. My Masquerade
5. Tell Me, Mechanist (with George Oosthoek)
6. Sing To Me (With Marco Hietala)
7. Army Of Dolls
8. Lullaby
9. The Tragedy Of The Commons (With Alissa White-Gluz)

“After our collaboration with Marco on our first two records we can’t help but hearing Marco’s voice in some of the songs we write. We love his contributions on The Human Contradiction”. Charlotte Wessels

“I´ve done quite a few visitations on select albums during my career. Delain and their albums are among the most frequent. If you listen to their stuff, you´ll know why. Martijn and his group seem to have plenty to say both musically and lyrically. Keep it up mates!”  Marco Hietala fron Nightwihs

“After a couple days of touring with Delain, I HAD to go buy a cd or two. This band blew me away with their intelligent songs, energetic yet extremely precise live show and overall charisma. Sure enough, after buying an album at their merch table and listening to it on repeat while working out, my suspicions were confirmed: DELAIN IS AN AWESOME BAND! I’m very flattered and honored to participate in their upcoming album. I see Delain going very far, I wish them nothing but success and I’m glad to contribute my share!” Alissa White-Gluz from Arch Enemy

Besides relying more heavily then ever on the team effort of DELAIN’s writing team consisting of DELAIN founder and keyboardist Martijn Westerholt, singer Charlotte Wessels and their long time musical partner Guus Eikens, DELAIN takes matters in their own hands by having Westerholt back in his trusted producer chair.

“It was a very special and inspiring experience, to create this new album together with Guus, Charlotte, my other bandmates Timo, Sander, Otto. This was fantastic teamwork! I think this is the heaviest albums we made so far. Also thanks to the mixing team of Fredman, and our guest artists. And I’m so much looking forward to present it to our fans!” Martijn Westerholt


Journey through “The Human Contradiction”…Variations and Reflections

“When you encounter difficulties and contradictions, do not try to break them, but bend them with gentleness and time”. Saint Francis de Sales

Contradiction consists of a logical l incompatibility between two or more propositions. It occurs when the propositions, taken together, yield two conclusions which form the logical, usually opposite inversions of each other. By extension, outside of classical logic, one can speak of contradictions between actions when one presumes that their motives contradict each other.

“Humanity is a crazy contradiction. I accept us for who we are. We’re not that great. Every time we take a step forward we go back to the same primitive behavior. We’re meant to be this way. It’s not our fault, it’s just who we are”. Colin Quinn

“Motion itself is a contradiction”. Engels, in “Selected Works of Mao Tse-tung On Contradiction”.

contradiction (n.)
late 14c., from Old French contradiction or directly from Latin contradictionem (nominative contradictio) “a reply, objection, counterargument,” noun of action from past participle stem of contradicere, in classical Latin contra dicere “to speak against,” from contra “against” (see contra) + dicere “to speak” (see diction).

“Everything tends to make us believe that there exists a certain point of the mind at which life and death, the real and the imagined, past and future, the communicable and the incommunicable, high and low, cease to be perceived as contradictions”.  Andre Breton, in Georges Bataille Visions of Excess: Selected Writings, 1927-1939

“The major religions on the Earth contradict each other left and right. You can’t all be correct. And what if all of you are wrong? It’s a possibility, you know. You must care about the truth, right? Well, the way to winnow through all the differing contentions is to be skeptical. I’m not any more skeptical about your religious beliefs than I am about every new scientific idea I hear about. But in my line of work, they’re called hypotheses, not inspiration and not revelation”.  Carl Sagan, in Contact

“A quarter of America is a dramatic, tense, violent country, exploding with contradictions, full of brutal, physiological vitality, and that is the America that I have really loved and love. But a good half of it is a country of boredom, emptiness, monotony, brainless production, and brainless consumption, and this is the American inferno”.  Italo Calvino, in Italo Calvino: Letters, 1941-1985

“Only by learning to live in harmony with your contradictions can you keep it all afloat”. Audre Lorde, in Kimberly Wallace-Sanders Skin Deep, Spirit Strong: The Black Female Body in American Culture

Now if your feelin’ kinda low ‘bout the dues
you’ve been payin’
Future’s comin’ much too slow
And you wanna run but somehow you keep on stayin’
Can’t decide on which way to go

CHORUS
I understand about indecision
But I don’t care if I get behind
People living in competition
All I want is to have my peace of mind
Now you’re climbing to the top of the company ladder
Hope it doesn’t take too long
Can’t you see there’ll come a day when it won’t matter
Come a day when you’ll be gone

CHORUS
Take a look ahead
Take a look ahead
Yea,yea,yea, yea
Well everybody’s got advice they just
keep on givin’
Dosen’t mean to much to me
Lots of people have to make believe
they’re livin’
Can’t decide who they should be

CHORUS
Take a look ahead
Take a look ahead
Yea,yea,yea, yea
Look ahead!

Songwriter(s): Tom Scholz, T. Scholz

“In art, and maybe just in general, the idea is to be able to be really comfortable with contradictory ideas. In other words, wisdom might be, seem to be, two contradictory ideas both expressed at their highest level and just let to sit in the same cage sort of, vibrating. So, I think as a writer, I’m really never sure of what I really believe”. George Saunders

contradictory (adj.)
1530s, “mutually opposed, at variance,” from Late Latin contradictorius “containing a contradiction or objection,” from contradictus, past participle of contradicere (see contradiction). Meaning “fond of contradicting” is from 1891. Used earlier as a noun (late 14c.).ç

“On the way to the wardrobe I thought I would [[|w:Dress|dress]] in baggy pants, big shoes, and a cane and a derby hat. I wanted everything to be a contradiction; the pants baggy, the coat tight, the hat small and the shoes large. I was undecided whether to look young or old , but remembering Sennet had expected me to be a much older man, I added a small moustache, which I reasoned, would add age without hiding my expression”. Charlie Chaplin

“Military intelligence is a contradiction in terms”. Groucho Marx

“Contradiction was something I really like when it is embraced in that kind of philosophy”. Jim Jarmusch

“I always look for contradiction in a character”. Rebecca Hall

“Really, life is full of contradictions. Life is messy”. John N. Kotre, Elizabeth Hall, in Seasons of Life: The Dramatic Journey from Birth to Death

“Do what you will, this world’s a fiction and is made up of contradiction”. William Blake

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