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Delirium Cordia

Fantômas

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Album Review

The third release by Fantômas, Delirium Cordia, turns a bit of a different direction from the band's previous releases. Delirium Cordia is one track clocking in at 74 minutes. The record is always haunting; giving one a sense of the grizzly images of the insert booklet — photos of surgeries in action. The music has film score qualities, a feeling of being lost in a hospital at night, a hospital much like that of Lars Von Trier's The Kingdom, while Hellraiser demons watch and wait from afar. Where Director's Cut was a variation of different '70s film themes, Delirium Cordia is a score to Patton's own horror-filled imagination. Fantômas are open and free, but always maintain a rhythmic through-line, whether a bass, samples, or percussion. Many styles weave throughout the disc: '60s easy listening, dark metal, Gothic chanting, and world inflections. And all of these styles now come to mind when thinking of Mike Patton's projects, from Mr. Bungle to Faith No More to Fantômas. Clicks and glitches lie at various levels in the mix, created by percussion or samples to taunt the listener, giving a tension and dissonance that really never gets resolved. Fantômas use many instruments to create layers of unease, everything from full metal-band instrumentation to whistling and backwards whispering with piano and bells, ringing the same melody creating chills up the back with the death chimes and chants. In the many turns that twist in surprise and mood, the metal — that could be attributed to familiarity of the members of Fantômas — Buzz Osborne of the Melvins, Dave Lombardo of Slayer, Trevor Dunn of Mr. Bungle, and, of course, Mike Patton — creeps into the mix every once in awhile and is totally tight, appropriate, and on-point. As soon as one begins to feel comfortable with their unease, Fantômas always puts the listener in check, mingling atmospheric and terrifying levels in the music. The end of Delirium Cordia sounds like a looped groove of a vinyl record with no one to mind the needle, setting us up for a sequel. Mike Patton and crew give us another great work, leaving us to wonder what lies around the corner.

Customer Reviews

There's a lot to like here...

You need to approach this album knowing that it's not something you're going to want to listen to in the car, or probably even on your iPod. This isn't music to listen to when you're in the mood to listen to music. This album is best used in a setting like a haunted house on Halloween, or during the night to give you interesting dreams. I've listened to it and studied it. There's a lot to like here, you just have to know what it is you should like about it.

3 words - Chilling, Remarkable, and Unforgetable.

As it has been mentioned, this isn't something you can truly appreciate in short ammounts of time. This is an album that needs full attention when listened to, as there is alot of noises and instruments playing and interweaving at all times that blows the mind. At no point in this CD will you be bored. This peice will keep your mind on it's feet, and feeling rushing through you. This album is magnificent, an example of what amazing things can be produced with music. No mainstream or popular group today can put so much imagery into music as Fantômas did with this album.

Dark and packed full of goodies!

I'm a big Patton fan and did not know what to make of this album at first. But it grew on me and I accepted it for what it offers - that being something unique and original. Strange also because it is one track but it goes through so many movements. This album is heavy, dark, and disturbing and the more you listen to it the more you realize how complex it really is. Little things that you don't pick up the first time. Listen to it on your iPod so you are closer to the music. You pick things up better with headphones rather than on stereo. Some moments will scare the hell out of you. This band has chemistry and they are not afraid to push the envelope. This would be a great score for a horror film... Proves another point that Patton can easily do a score if he wanted to... which rumor has it he is!

Biography

Formed: 1998

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

So named in honor of the anti-hero of a series of legendary French crime novels, Fantômas was formed by singer Mike Patton in the wake of the breakup of his previous band, Faith No More. After cutting a rough demo in early 1998, Patton recruited Melvins guitarist Buzz Osborne, Mr. Bungle bassist Trevor Dunn, and Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo to flesh out the recording. The group then played their debut show in San Francisco in mid-June of that year, as the group's record debut was a cacophonous cover...
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