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3 stars Fantomas - Delirium Cordia

There will be little to nothing to say about this album, but most everything of what needs to be said will certainly be positive. Delirium Cordia is quite an insane piece of work, and stands as quite the opposite of much other Fantomas work. The album is but one long, 70+ minute song (unless one cuts down on the last quarter hour of noise the album features--one of its few, yet major weaknesses), full of atmosphere and bleak arrangements of somber electricity.

Throughout the album, or song, the mood stays relatively similar, with a few interspersed moments of typical fury-filled and frantic Fantomas thrown in for good measure. The arching theme connecting the album concerns a patient going under for surgery, except that the anesthetization fails and the patient is awake; Delirium Cordia details this patient's senses and emotions while in this claustrophobic, air-conditioned nightmare (couldn't resist.). The tale is harrowing, and the music follows suit.

Patton's vocals are all over the place on this one, with everything from choir arrangements featuring himself, to spine-shattering screams of passionately rendered chaos appearing more than once, taxing the listener as the patient detailed might be taxed. (Don't believe me? Check out some of the other reviews on this site!)

The album, because of its leisurely pace, is even less accessible than former Fantomas albums, and even later ones, as almost all of the quirkiness of the short-bursts-of-song approach is removed, instead replaced with slow-paced, disturbing hints of odd sounds and downright haunting atmospheres. The album is certainly interesting and, in my opinion, better than the more frantic, less focused albums that came before and after this one, though many would disagree with me.

Worth 4 stars when taken on its own, but one must judge the entire record, and therefore, I am forced to give this one but 3 stars due to its nonsense ending. Let it be known that I HATE when artists waste time on the end of their records with silence or noise (see: 90 Hour Sleep, among others, such as this record/song). This is why I can give this album only 3 stars. The record skipping that persists for nearly twenty minutes at the ending of this album, put there just for intimidating length I suppose, is entirely worthless space, and kind of infuriates me.

Certainly this is better than the other Fantomas albums, and certainly it is worth checking out, at your own risk of course. Special props to the disturbing liner art as well. 7 on my scale, 3 stars on this one.

Figglesnout | 3/5 |


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