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Delain guitarist Merel Bechtold quits band

Posted by on June 17, 2019

After nearly half a decade with Delain, guitarist Merel Bechtold has decided to part ways with the group. Both Bechtold and the band have admitted it’s a friendly departure as their performance at this year’s Graspop will be her final show with them. While it was a tough decision, Bechtold decided to give herself time to explore her “musical ambitions,” which includes her new project Dear Mother as well as remaining with the Dutch symphonic death metal outfit MaYaN.

The band issued the following statement:

Dear Delainers,

“Today we are sharing the news with you that Merel has decided to leave Delain and focus on different musical ambitions. Merel’s performance with us at Graspop will be her last show as a permanent band member of Delain. We are aware this is very short notice, and this we regret for those of you who wanted to catch a last show with her as a part of the team. However, this is a friendly departure, and we are respecting Merel’s wishes in doing so. We had an amazing ride sharing the stage with this fireball and we are excited to see the results of her new endeavours.”

Merel added:

“Dear all, I am sorry to inform you that on Graspop I will play my last show with Delain. After almost five amazing years the time has come for me to focus on my own dreams. Because of my previous band commitments my attention diverged from my own music and the path I want to follow, and I feel I need to give myself the time and opportunity to explore my musical ambitions. This is probably the hardest decision of my life, but in the end it’s important to follow your heart and be happy. I want to thank my bandmates and crew, I will miss you dearly! Also huge thanks to all the amazing people I’ve met on the road. And most importantly I want to thank YOU for all those amazing and warm memories! It’s been a pleasure.”

The group continued:

“Although we will miss Merel on the road with us, we realise that our busy schedules require loads of time and commitment, and we understand and respect her decision to focus on her own path. We will continue performing live as a five-piece as before, and look forward to finishing the work for our upcoming  studio album, the upcoming festival season, our US tour with Amorphis and Anneke van Giersbergen and our European Masters Of Destiny Tour. We hope to see you all soon! Thank you Merel, we wish you nothing but the best!”

Merel issued the following statement via her own social media:

“{{ I’m leaving Delain }}

Dear all,


I am sorry to inform you that on Graspop Metal Meeting I will play my last show with Delain. After almost five amazing years the time has come for me to focus on my own dreams. Because of my previous band commitments my attention diverged from my own music and the path I want to follow, and I feel I need to give myself the time and opportunity to explore my musical ambitions.

This is probably the hardest decision of my life, but in the end it’s important to follow your heart and be happy. I want to thank my bandmates and crew, I will miss you dearly! Also huge thanks to all the amazing people I’ve met on the road. And most importantly I want to thank YOU for all those amazing and warm memories! It’s been a pleasure.

I am already working on new material with amazing people, and I’m super stoked and proud to announce my new band…

DEAR MOTHER

More information about this will come soon. Also you will still see me on stage with the MaYaN family.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you all and until we meet again!

Love,

Merel”

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