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Delirium Cordia [Vinyl] Limited Edition

3.9 out of 5 stars 115 customer reviews

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"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. .................Credits: Mike Patton - vocals, samples, producer, arrangement, design/layout Dave Lombardo - drums Buzz Osborne - guitar Trevor Dunn - bass guitar Max Aguilera-Hellweg - photography (taken with permission from the book The Sacred Heart: An Atlas of the Body Seen Through Invasive Surgery, Bullfinch Press, ISBN 0821223771) S. Husky Höskulds - engineer Mott Lange - assistant engineer Gene Grimaldi - mastering Martin Kvamme - artwork Richard Selzer - voices

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Surgical Sound Specimens From the Museum of Skin: Like the Surgeon/The - Fantômas


Product Details

  • Vinyl (November 2, 2004)
  • Limited Edition edition
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Ipecac Recordings
  • ASIN: B0002SZVWW
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,577,916 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Jan P. Dennis on June 1, 2004
Format: Audio CD
It's impossible for me to listen to this music without simply shaking my head in utter amazement.
To even be able to imagine, let alone effectively conjure, such a dementedly beautiful soundscape is beyond comprehension.
Obviously, it builds on past forays into--what? I don't know, not being entirely familiar with the previous efforts of this remarkable construct emanating from the mind of Mike Patton. But there are snippets of metal, jazz, electronica, horror movie soundtrack--all welded together in a unique sonic signature: Dark, noxious, strangely beautiful, mesmeric, and ghostly.
I think I catch the vibe of surgery as somehow alchemic, violative, invasive, yet essentially humane.
As is this music.
Dangerous, vital, indespensible, oddly compelling.
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What I want to know is who listens to this kind of music, and when? Delirium Cordia definitively isn't an album you put on for a party, or to rock out to in your car like Mike Patton's other band Tomahawk. Really, it isn't something to play at all in the presence of others, no matter how impolite the company.
This album, just 1 track, 74 minutes long, is isolated, deranged, and an absolute masterpiece of complex sound and mood. Fantomas' last album, The Director's Cut, took the band into film score by doing short covers of famous pieces like "Rosemary's Baby" and "The God Father," but this one delves fully into an original full length composition that really might best be suitable for something directed by Cronenberg or Aronovsky. And that's the best way to listen to it, eyes closed, alone, imagining your own movie to accompany this piece of music-and the acid-blasted landscapes of auditory imagery aroused belong in a genre busting horror film; or perhaps this is just the music that the pathologist hums in his head while performing an autopsy.
Delirium Cordia reminds me of the paintings of Henry Darger, with its haunting, disturbed beauty, moments of innocence subverted, and violent storms constantly threatening to erupt. And they do erupt, but not with the level of nearly un-listenable cacophony found in other works by Mike Patton, such as Adult Themes for Voice.
Delirium Cordia is the perfect mood-setter to listen to while writing fiction and poetry (if what you write leans towards the misanthropic, the violent, the introspective.) And it leaves me more convinced than ever that Mike Patton at some point will be approached by an intelligent director to score a daring and unconventional film (or videogame.)
Finally, the art.
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This is one of the best albums to come out in a long time. I will not bother comparing it to any other album, because it stands alone as a testament to what a truly great album can be. When I popped this one into the cd player in my car as I drove home from the record store, my mind was immediately flooded with images of old hospitals, grimy sugical instruments and a spiritual unease. I was hooked, and I intend that pun. On the back of the cd case, there is a quote: "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. - Richard Selzer, MD." This quote sums up the album completely, as there is an overwhelming dark theme composed of vocalizations, sound effects, and instrumentation interspersed with glorious choral vignettes, suggesting that the pain and suffering of the patient is temporarily alleviated by medicine, unconciousness, or a spiritual intervention. There is an almost constant feeling of impending doom, and then sometimes, the doom reveals itself with a cacophonic dirge, as though the gates of Hell had just opened and a legion of infernal creatures were coming just to torment one person lying under sedation on an operating table. Who knows what horrors lurk in the depths of an anaethestic-induced nightmare? I think Mike Patton has opened an operating room door and the sign reads "Delirium Cordia".
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Fantomas' Delirium Cordia: it's dark, scary, beautiful, and intriguing. Comprised of one long song (74 minutes and no track breaks!,) Delirium Cordia really requires the listener to take it all in at once. Like the difference between seeing a film in a theater and on TV, the effect just isn't quite the same if you break it up. I know - reading that it's one long track for well over an hour doesn't seem appealing, and before I listened to it I even considered burning a copy with track breaks just so I could jump around, but once you give it a spin you'll understand.
The film analogy above is fitting - the only comparison that makes sense with regard to Delirium Cordia is a film. And really, it's more fitting that it's compared to the score of a film. Delirium Cordia isn't so much "music" as it is a collection of sounds - you won't find any significantly hummable tunes anywhere within that 74 minute time span. What you will find is a harrowing journey representative of . . . something having to do with surgery. Or maybe death. Or maybe life after death. I'm not sure - and Fantomas gives you very few clues to go on. What you will experience are Fantomas staples - speed riffing; ominous plodding basslines; Mike Patton's trademark vocal pyrotechnics - and a host of disturbing sounds inspired by (and possibly sourced from) the operating room environment.
Keep that word "disturbing" in mind - because that's exactly what this album is. This is seriously creepy stuff - between blasts of frantic Fantomas energy, you'll hear doctors discussing procedures, medical equipment, and other unidentifiable noises, and periodically the band will break in with a shocking amount of noise.
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