Oct 19, 2014

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Today more from that 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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This is the first of what one could consider "mid" Delerium. That is, when they started to move away from the really dark sounds of the earlier work like the frightening "Spiritual Archives".  Hold your breath for an hour long flight through the outer regions of space with this terrific album. This is first of two "Spheres" albums, that seem to be striving (and definately acheiving) a "space" sound. Tracks like "Monolith" and "Dark Matter" show that they are paying tribute to Sci-fi films, and the "sound" in general. To me, the standout tracks are "Transmitter", with its nice hypey beet, "Wavelenght" with its dark synth, "Colony" with its twangy sounds, and opera-esque feel, "Dark Matters" "endless space" feel, and "Cloud Barriers" feeling of imminent discovery.

Delerium - Spheres  (flac 353mb)

01 Monolith 9:58
02 Transmitter 13:31
03 Wavelength 13:21
04 Colony 12:03
05 Dark Matter 7:26
06 Cloud Barrier 6:33

Delerium - Spheres  (ogg 162mb)

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This is the second part to the Spheres' collection from Delerium and it delivers just as the first volume did. There are 6 songs all good length wise that continue the great journey that listeners started in part one. Again the 6 songs here would certainly make good music material for a sci-fic movie. This is Delerium at their best with Leeb and Fulber delivering 6 top-notch songs for the eager Delerium fans. Pretty much the two standout songs on this album are Hypoxia with the intense industrial beats and Shockwave that sent delirios shivers down my spine. A must for any fan new or old of Delerium. Early Delerium lovers will enjoy immensely this classic album.

Delerium - Spheres II (flac  346mb)
01 Morphology 9:28
02 Transhumanist 10:12
03 Shockwave 8:34
04 Dimensional Space 5:28
05 Hypoxia 8:50
06 Otherworld 4:49
07 In Four Dimensions 12:33

Delerium - Spheres II  (ogg 144mb)

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After a period focusing on gothic environmental fusion for their Delerium releases, Rhys Fulber and Bill Leeb began recruiting vocalists and moving more toward a Deep Forest style of ethno-dance.
Delerium completely changed their sound with this record. Bill Leeb and Rhys Fulber combined pure synth hooks, slow moving basslines, and great chant samples to create amazingly sensual, trancey ethereal music. Two songs have lyric vocals, Flowers Become Screens and Incantation. Flowers Become Screens is arguably one of the best dance-pop songs of the 90's. Unfortunately, when the album was released, Nettwerk Records was short on cash and didn't have the resources to promote the album as much as its follow-up, the equally good, but more vocal, Karma. The song has simple drum and bass lines, and amazing vocals from the wide-ranged Kristy Thirsk, formerly of Rose Chronicles. Incantation is more of the same. Both are great tracks. The non-vocal songs are pure sonic ectasy. VERY complex layered tracks with a lot going on - multi-dimensional, for sure.
The Gregorian Chants in THIS album were sampled. Enigma was NOT sampled on this record, contrary to the claims of a previous reviewer. There are some similar hooks and feels, but Enigma somewhat defined this genre, but Delerium CLEARLY one-ups the entire field with this record. Enigma, by comparison (even MCMXC a.d.), is too poppy, too commercial, too forced. Semantic Spaces is best described as the 'rebirth of Delerium' for it is a new awakening from their eerie darker days. And while the album starts out rather cold and emotionless it soon escalates to some deep electronic bass lines with (for the first time ever) soaring vocals ...

Delerium - Semantic Spaces   (flac 505mb)

01 Flowers Become Screens 7:55
02 Metaphor 7:49
03 Resurrection 9:24
04 Incantation 6:21
05 Consensual Worlds 10:04
06 Metamorphosis 8:27
07 Flatlands 7:13
08 Sensorium 12:08
09 Gateway 8:13

Delerium - Semantic Spaces   (ogg 189mb)

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