June 26, 2022

The time is now for fans of the Canadian electronic duo Delerium to put hands in pockets as the band’s first seven albums have all been remastered, made available on digital platforms, download, CD and white vinyl 2XLP – as well as a wallet busting complete box set. All come compete with bonus tracks so they are very attractive for fans of Delerium and I guess that the fact that they are available as individual albums does help to swallow the financial pill.

The band Delerium began life as a project by Bill Leeb and Michael Balch to run alongside their main vehicle Front Line Assembly with the remit to create a new age ambient electronic unit built around the core two players. This was in 1987 with the first album Faces, Forms & Illusions being released in 1988. Michael Balch left soon afterward to be replaced by Rhys Fulbar and he stayed for the duration of these albums but left after Karma to be replaced by Chris Peterson although he did return to the fold for the release of Chimera in 2003. These early records sees the band on a journey from the early dark and oddly disturbing ambient musings through to being on the verge of what is considered to be music of a more danceable nature although this really did come after Spheres II.

Delerium has always had a loyal fanbase which has always remained with the band regardless of whichever style is prevalent at the time of release which does give artists the freedom to experiment and push the boundaries which Delerium most certainly did. The early material features mainly darkly hypnotic electronic soundscapes which, as we progress through the albums, changes to pulses and stronger beats but still melancholic and sombre until we get to Spheres I and Spheres II which sees the band moving more into the territory owned by Tangerine Dream and probably just a little easier on the ear.

These albums contain music from the early and middle era Delerium and it was later that the band moved more into the dance arena but these albums make for great listening as you chart the progress the band made from the mid ’80s to the mid ’90s. Fans that have the original releases will be delighted with the bonus tracks that make these now very lengthy albums and will allow them to fall in love with the band all over again.

A word of caution for the casual listener though as each album is now around 75 minutes long so if you go for the full set then you have around 8 hours and 30 minutes of intense, deep, dark and melancholic music to get through so better restrict your immersion to short and sharp doses as the material can be challenging but always rewarding.

Faces, Forms & Illusions (1988)

  1. Monuments of Deceit (4:18)
  2. Mecca (4:23)
  3. Inside The Chamber (6:21)
  4. Sword of Islam (4:14)
  5. New Dawn (4:54)
  6. Certain Trust (5:11)
  7. Hidden Mask (5:16)
  8. Strangeways (5:18)
  9. Subvert (3:48)
  10. Wired Archives (6:57)
  11. Siege of Atrocity (7:45)
  12. Black Ice (3:37)
  13. Desert (10:39)

Morpheus (1989)

  1. Gaza (5:10)
  2. Requiem (5:07)
  3. Morpheus (4:56)
  4. Faith (4:43)
  5. Coup De Tat (4:43)
  6. Veracity (3:55)
  7. Temple of Flight (5:38)
  8. Somnolent (4:35)
  9. Allurance (4:21)
  10. Fragments of Fear (5:17)
  11. Symbolism (8:48)
  12. Brave (2:39)
  13. Waves (2:28)
  14. Mirrors (7:30)
  15. Embryo (4:20)

Syrophenikan (1990)

  1. Embodying (5:05)
  2. Shroud (4:45)
  3. Of The Tribe (5:11)
  4. Fallen Idols (5:13)
  5. Mythos (6:20)
  6. Twilight Rituals (6:33)
  7. Prophecy (5:18)
  8. Brainwaves (8:56)
  9. Ambience (4:50)
  10. Sermon (7:31)
  11. Forgotten Places (6:00)

Spiritual Archives (1991)

  1. Drama (7:39),
  2. Rise Above (6:48)
  3. Aftermath (7:36)
  4. Ephemeral Passage (6:30)
  5. Barren Ground (7:32)
  6. Fathoms (6:22)
  7. Awakenings (10:42)
  8. Deceased (7:25)
  9. Life Forms (6:02)
  10. Distant Monks (4:24)
  11. About MYB (3:25)

Stone Tower (1991)

  1. Lost Passion (8:30)
  2. Bleeding (8:01)
  3. Stone Tower (4:51)
  4. Empty Spaces (7:11)
  5. Tundra (8:56)
  6. Spirit (5:23)
  7. Red Hill (6:19)
  8. Sphere (5:53)
  9. Relics (5:11)
  10. Spiralling (5:50)
  11. Mystique (5:00)

Spheres (1991)

  1. Monolith (10:04)
  2. Transmitter (13:37)
  3. Wavelength (13:23)
  4. Colony (12:08)
  5. Dark Matter (7:30)
  6. Cloud Barrier (6:43)
  7. Parallel (4:41)
  8. Realms (4:23)

Spheres II (1994)

  1. Morphology (9:29)
  2. Transhumanist (10:13)
  3. Shockwave (8:34)
  4. Dimensional Space (5:28)
  5. Hypoxia (8:51)
  6. Otherworld (4:50)
  7. In Four Dimensions (12:33)
  8. Glass (3:08), Transcend (3:27)
  9. Two (4:49)