Oct 12, 2014

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Today more from a Canadian electronic musical duo that formed in 1987, originally as a side project of the influential industrial music act Front Line Assembly. Throughout the band’s history, their musical style has encompassed a broad range, including dark ethereal ambient trance, voiceless industrial soundscapes, and electronic pop music. ...N'Joy

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Delerium has traditionally been a two-person project, but the only constant member throughout its history has been Bill Leeb. Leeb was a guest musician and early supporter of industrial dance pioneers Skinny Puppy, but after he left in 1986 he went on to create his own project, Front Line Assembly with collaborator Michael Balch. Later, the two worked on the side project Delerium and released their first album, Faces, Forms & Illusions. After Balch left both Front Line Assembly and Delerium, Leeb worked with Rhys Fulber, and the two released several albums under the Delerium moniker; these years saw a gradual stylistic change from darker ambient to a more danceable sound. After the release of Karma, Fulber left to pursue other interests, and Leeb teamed up with producer Chris Peterson to release Poem. 2003, however, saw the reunion of Leeb and Fulber for the release of Chimera, followed by Nuages du Monde in 2006.

Although he initially attracted attention as a member of several cyberpunk/industrial bands, Fulber took a more ambient dance approach with Delerium. The group found success with its 1997 album Karma, which sold more than a quarter of a million copies and included a major club/dance hit, "Silence," that reached number three in the United Kingdom, number one in Ireland, number four in Belgium, and number five in Australia. With the members of Delerium separating in the mid-'90s, Fulber produced albums by P.O.D., Sarah Brightman, David Foster, and Fear Factory. The band reunited in 2001 and released Poem, followed by Chimera two years later. In 2004 Nettwerk released the 1994-2004 collection Best Of. Their 2006 effort Nuages du Monde featured singers from around the world, including opera star Isabel Baryakdarian and Punjabi singer Kiran Arwuhalia. Music Box Opera from 2012 arrived with a different set of vocalists, including Leona Naess, Kristy Thirsk, and Michael Logen. Fulber and Leeb have also recorded as Intermix and Noise Unit.

In contrast to Leeb and collaborators' other projects, Delerium has included several guest vocalists since the release of Semantic Spaces. These have included mostly women, such as Kristy Thirsk, Sarah McLachlan, Leigh Nash (of Sixpence None the Richer), Elsieanne Caplette (of Elsiane), Lisa Gerrard (sampled only), Jaël (of Swiss band Lunik), Camille Henderson, Nerina Pallot, Emily Haines (of Metric), Jacqui Hunt (of Single Gun Theory), Isabel Bayrakdarian and Shelley Harland.

Although it may be argued that Front Line Assembly has the largest cult following of all Leeb and associates projects, Delerium is undoubtedly the most financially successful. In addition to these two mainstays, related projects of the Leeb, Fulber, Peterson, Balch family include Equinox, Intermix, Noise Unit, Pro-Tech, and Synæsthesia, among others. In addition, in 2007 Leeb and Fulber collaborated with Leigh Nash under the name Fauxliage, also Rhys Fulber maintains his solo project Conjure One since his temporary exit from Delerium.

The single "Silence", featuring vocals by Sarah McLachlan, reached number three on the UK music charts. In 2000, three years after Karma was released, notable DJs such as Tiësto and Airscape produced remixes of "Silence", which generated interest and gained considerable radio airplay for the original track.[2][3]

In 2003, Delerium embarked on their first tour, with vocals performed by Kristy Thirsk and Shelley Harland. In January 2005, Delerium performed at the One World benefit concert in Vancouver for the 2004 Asian tsunami, where "Silence" was performed live for the first time with Sarah McLachlan. The song has been described as one of the greatest trance songs of all time.

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Stone Tower is quite effective in creating a dark and sinister ambient mood. In true Delerium style, half-heard voices echo across the speakers and there is the ocassional startling abrupt change in music so you're not lulled into only half-listening. Soothing and at times relaxing Stone Tower is not, because there's an underlying sense of anxiety. Overall, it's not an album to relax to, but it is fun, especially if you happen to be in a somewhat darker mood. It is an instrumental album, very scary and dramatic too, yet beautiful at the same time. This is a grand album that should be bought by fans of delerium and fans of great music in general.

Delerium - Stone Tower  (flac 299mb)

01 Lost Passion 8:31
02 Bleeding 8:02
03 Stone Tower 4:52
04 Aftermath 7:12
05 Tundra 8:58
06 Spirit 5:23
07 Red Hill 6:20
08 Sphere 5:54
09 Relics 5:11
10 Embryo 4:19

Delerium - Stone Tower  (ogg 124mb)

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At this point in their careers, Rhys Fulber and Bill Leeb--mainmen behind Front Line Assembly--had little to lose and everything to gain by releasing just about every note they committed to tape. To this end, they adopted a seemingly endless and dizzying array of aliases, the best known being Delerium. Euphoric is a 35 min EP released while the duo was riding a wave of international acclaim and exposure within the electronic body music movement. Delerium's trademark sound--coruscating barrages of bass sequencers and iceberg electronics, married to a dense rhythmic chassis--is here in all its glory, but despite the engaging, dance synth march of the title track, it's within the confines of the eight-minute "Decade" that this EP makes its mark. Through stripped-down, coarse sequencer patterns and soaring, mysterious electronics, Leeb and Fulber make a crowning achievement of factory-forged funk.

Delerium - Euphoric EP (flac  224mb)

01 Euphoric 6:53
02 Decade 5:50
03 Grave Mentor 14:15
04 Sorrow 8:35

Delerium - Euphoric EP  (ogg 78mb)

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This is a gem. Without lyrics this album doesn't fail to tell it's own story. Each song creates it's own setting for the listener. This cd puts you into any dark, eerie place your imagination creates. Whether it's a haunted ship, a creepy forest or a formal dinner with your least favorite politician, this cd is perfect for meditation and visualization. These were the more original ideas coming from Leeb and Fulber. This is a very organic sonic journey that provokes a very unique imagery of an inner world and eternal antiquity. It's a great piece of music to work with, particularly if you're home alone. Even if you're not in the dark. It sounds good at any volume, too, which is something I cannot say for all Delerium works. Spiritual Archives is atmospheric even at a whisper.

Delerium - Spiritual Archives   (flac 301mb)

01 Embodying 5:07
02 Shroud 4:48
03 Of The Tribe 5:16
04 Fallen Idols 5:18
05 Mythos 6:20
06 Twighlight Rituals 6:33
07 Prophecy 5:18
Bonus Track:
08 Brainwaves 8:56

Delerium - Spiritual Archives   (ogg 117mb)

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[R][R][R] said...

Thanx for all Delerium Albums. But I can't download "Spiritual Archives". One of Two: I'm so dumb or it's something wrong with File Factory (even creating an account).
Thanx again.

Rho said...

From here everything looks normal, my advice..keep trying [R][R][R]....

[R][R][R] said...

I'll try again Rho... Thanx!

Anonymous said...

I must thank you for thee superb Delerium albums, I had no idea
that they even existed.

I hope to download most of them.

Kindeste wishes

Roger Dodger