Delìrium Còrdia

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Delìrium Còrdia
Studio album by Fantômas
Released January 27, 2004
Recorded Spring 2003
Genre Noise, drone, experimental metal, dark ambient, doom metal
Length 74:17
Label Ipecac Recordings
(IPC45)
Producer Mike Patton
Fantômas chronology
Millennium Monsterwork 2000
(2002)
Delìrium Còrdia
(2004)
Suspended Animation
(2005)

Delìrium Còrdia is the third full-length album by Fantômas. It was released on Ipecac Recordings in 2004.

Style[edit]

Music[edit]

The music, which was composed solely by Patton, could be described as the score to a horror movie and/or concept album centering on the theme of surgery without anesthesia. The album consists of a single track that runs for 74 minutes and 17 seconds.

Several music genres and styles are covered over the course of the album, including easy listening, chanting, drone, noise and metal, generally being separated by ambience and sounds and voices in a surgical setting. There are no lyrics or song structures as such as one would traditionally expect; the band instead focuses on atmosphere and the creation of suspense through the use of eerie noises, wordless vocals, and sudden, jarring changes in volume and intensity. Approximately the last 20 minutes of the track consist of the sound of a turntable stylus stuck in the runout groove of a record. The track then ends abruptly, with the sound of someone counting in a fast tempo, followed immediately by the stylus sliding across a record's surface.

Some listeners have reported that when played at high speed, such as by holding down the fast-forward button, the record reveals still intelligible sounds including the sound of running water.

Artwork[edit]

The booklet contains graphic photos of actual surgeries in which organs are seen being removed from human bodies from Max Aguilera's book The Sacred Heart: An Atlas of the Body Seen Through Invasive Surgery. Low-resolution images can be viewed here.

A quote on the label backcard reads: "Like the surgeon, the composer slashes open the body of his fellow man, removes his eyes, empties his abdomen of organs, hangs him up on a hook holding up to the light all of the body's palpitating treasures sending a burst of light into its innermost depths." The quote is attributed to Richard Selzer M.D., who is also credited with "voices." This quote is paraphrased from Selzer's introduction to Max Aguilera's book, though it replaces the word "photographer" (Aguilera's profession) with "composer."

The font used for all text contained on the album uses V in place of U (with the exception of the "Max Aguilera" and "Manufactured and Distributed by Caroline Distributions"), presumably a nod to Latin spelling conventions. For example, "Buzz Osborne - Trevor Dunn" is written on the back as "Bvzz Osborne - Trevor Dvnn", etc.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Delìrium Còrdia" (Mike Patton) – 74:17

Note: The phrase "Surgical Sound Specimens From The Museum of Skin" (written on the back of the box) and the Richard Selzer M.D. quote (shown above) are both sometimes referred to as the actual name of the piece, however it is officially known simply as Delìrium Còrdia.[1]

Credits[edit]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 65/100[2]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [3]
Pitchfork Media 5.9/10 [4]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars [5]
Stylus Magazine B+ [6]

Delìrium Còrdia was met with mixed to positive reviews. Review aggregation site Metacritic lists its average score as 65 out of 100, characterising its reception as "generally favourable".[2] Allmusic gave the album four stars out of five,[3] and Stylus rated it B+, calling it "a balefully themed exercise in prompting your imagination".[6] Rolling Stone awarded it three out of five stars, describing the 20-plus-minute end section as "maddening", though noting that it "demands repeated listens, if only to hear the freakish wonder that is Mike Patton's voice".[5] Pitchfork were more critical, giving the album 5.9 out of 10, calling it "gloomy background music, and little else" though praising the "intensity" of Dave Lombardo's drumming.[4]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Heatseekers 7 [7]
U.S. Billboard Independent Albums 7 [8]
French Album Chart 118 [9]
U.S. Billboard 200 183 [10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Delìrium Còrdia's page on Ipecac's Online MP3 Shop.
  2. ^ a b "Delirium Cordia Reviews, Ratings, Credits and More at Metacritic". Metacritic. Retrieved 16 June 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Arres, Francis. "Delirium Cordia - Fantomas | AllMusic". Allmusic. Retrieved 16 June 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Leone, Dominique (22 February 2004). "Pitchfork: Album Reviews: Fantomas: Delirium Cordia". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 16 June 2011. 
  5. ^ a b "Review". Retrieved 16 June 2011. [dead link]
  6. ^ a b McKeating, Scott (12 February 2004). "Fantomas - Delirium Cordia - Review - Stylus Magazine". Stylus Magazine. Retrieved 16 June 2011. 
  7. ^ "Delìrium Còrdia charts [albums]". billboard.com. Retrieved 2010-01-31. 
  8. ^ "Delìrium Còrdia charts [albums]". billboard.com. Retrieved 2010-01-31. 
  9. ^ "Fantômas - Delìrium Còrdia". lescharts.com. Retrieved 2010-01-31. 
  10. ^ "Delìrium Còrdia charts [albums]". billboard.com. Retrieved 2010-01-31.