Origin Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Genres Electronic
Chillout music
Years active 1987–present
Labels Dossier
Associated acts Front Line Assembly
Conjure One
Noise Unit
Mutual Mortuary
Bill Leeb
Rhys Fulber
Past members
Music sample
Delerium - Silence

Delerium is a band from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, formed in 1987, originally as a side project of the influential industrial music act, Front Line Assembly.[1] Throughout the band’s history, their musical style has encompassed a broad range, including dark ethereal ambient trance, voiceless industrial soundscapes, and electronic pop music.


Members and history

Delerium has traditionally been a two-person project, but the only constant member throughout its history has been Bill Leeb. Leeb was a guest musician and early supporter of industrial dance pioneers Skinny Puppy, but after he left in 1986 he went on to create his own project, Front Line Assembly with collaborator Michael Balch. Later, the two worked on the side project Delerium and released their first album, Faces, Forms & Illusions. After Balch left both Front Line Assembly and Delerium, Leeb worked with Rhys Fulber, and the two released several albums under the Delerium moniker; these years saw a gradual stylistic change from darker ambient to a more danceable sound. After the release of Karma, Fulber left to pursue other interests, and Leeb teamed up with producer Chris Peterson to release Poem. 2003, however, saw the reunion of Leeb and Fulber for the release of Chimera, followed by Nuages du Monde in 2006.

In contrast to Leeb and collaborators' other projects, Delerium has included several guest vocalists since the release of Semantic Spaces. These have included mostly women, such as Kristy Thirsk, Sarah McLachlan, Leigh Nash (of Sixpence None the Richer), Elsieanne Caplette (of Elsiane), Lisa Gerrard (sampled only), Jaël (of Swiss band Lunik), Camille Henderson, Nerina Pallot, Emily Haines (of Metric), Jacqui Hunt (of Single Gun Theory), Isabel Bayrakdarian and Shelley Harland. Other than Leeb, only two males have contributed vocals to a Delerium album: Matthew Sweet ("Daylight", on Poem) and Greg Froese ("Apparition", on Nuages du Monde); in addition, the noted griot Baaba Maal was sampled ("Awakenings, on "Spiritual Archives").

The Mediæval Bæbes provided the vocal track for, and starred in the video of, Aria; the vocals are an adapted version of the vocals from "All Turns to Yesterday" on the Bæbes' Worldes Blysse album. They are also featured on two tracks from Delerium's 2006 album, Nuages du Monde.

Although it may be argued that Front Line Assembly has the largest cult following of all Leeb and associates projects, Delerium is undoubtedly the most financially successful. In addition to these two mainstays, related projects of the Leeb, Fulber, Peterson, Balch family include Equinox, Intermix, Noise Unit, Pro-Tech, and Synæsthesia, among others. In addition, in 2007 Leeb and Fulber collaborated with Leigh Nash under the name Fauxliage, also Rhys Fulber maintains his solo project Conjure One since his temporary exit from Delerium.


Of Delerium's albums, Karma has garnered the most commercial success. Most listeners only know of Delerium from their work produced on the Nettwerk label, as they were relatively unknown in the pop-music scene before the release of Semantic Spaces.

Delerium's commercial success has hinged largely on the single entitled "Silence", which featured vocals by Sarah McLachlan. In 2000, three years after the original release of source album Karma, a number of remixes of "Silence", produced by DJs DJ Tiësto, Airscape, Fade and others, proliferated throughout dance clubs; the interest generated took the single to #3 on the UK charts and gained considerable radio airplay for the song.

A milestone for the group came when they toured for the first time in 2003 (in contrast with Front Line Assembly, which has toured consistently throughout its career). Vocals were provided by Kristy Thirsk and Shelley Harland during that tour. In January 2005, Delerium performed at the One World benefit concert in Vancouver for the 2004 Asian tsunami, where "Silence" was performed live for the first time with Sarah McLachlan, who was also performing at the benefit.


Albums / EPs


Year Single Peak chart positions Album
US Adult
US Dance
1994 "Flowers Become Screens" Semantic Spaces
1997 "Euphoria (Firefly)" feat. Jacqui Hunt Karma
1999 "Silence" feat. Sarah McLachlan 6 1 73
2000 "Heaven's Earth" 21 44 20
"Silence" (reissue) feat. Sarah McLachlan 56 5 2 5 16 6 15 7 17 100 3 25 6
2001 "Innocente (Falling in Love)" feat. Leigh Nash 16 32 94 19 33 32 3 Poem
2002 "Underwater" feat. Rani 46 56 48 33 9
2003 "After All" feat. Jaël 46 9 Chimera
"Run for It" feat. Leigh Nash
2004 "Truly" feat. Nerina Pallot 54 2
2004 "Silence 2004" feat. Sarah McLachlan 12 27 38 1 The Best of
2007 "Angelicus" feat. Isabel Bayrakdarian 1 Nuages du Monde
"Lost and Found" feat. Jaël 4
2008 "Silence 2008" feat. Sarah McLachlan 12 9 87 48 127 Closer: The Best of Sarah McLachlan
2009 "Dust in Gravity" feat. Kreesha Turner 1 Remixed: The Definitive Collection
"—" indicates the single didn't chart or wasn't released in given territory


  • Reflections I (Dossier, 1995), CD
  • Reflections II (Dossier, 1995), CD
  • Archives I (Nettwerk, 2002), 2CD
  • Archives II (Nettwerk, 2002), 2CD
  • Odyssey: The Remix Collection (Nettwerk, 2001), 2CD
  • The Best Of (Nettwerk, 2004), CD
  • Remixed: The Definitive Collection (Nettwerk, 2010), CD
  • Voice: an acoustic collection (Nettwerk, 5 Oct. 2010) CD

Online exclusive

  • "Above the Clouds" (2003), a download-only song featuring Shelley Harland available through iTunes Music Store and other online music stores

Music videos

  • "Flowers Become Screens"[15] (1994)
  • "Incantation"[15] (1994)
  • "Euphoria (Firefly)"[15] (1997)
  • "Duende"[15] (1997)
  • "Silence" (Airscape Mix) (2000)
  • "Aria" (2000)
  • "Innocente" (Lost Witness Remix) (2001)
  • "Underwater" (Above & Beyond's 21st Century remix) (2002)
  • "After All" (2003)
  • "After All" (Svenson & Gielen edit) (2003)
  • "Angelicus" (2007)
  • "Lost And Found" (2007)
  • "Dust In Gravity" (2009)


Third-party compilations that include Delerium

  • Space Daze: The history & mystery of electronic ambient space rock (Cleopatra, 1994), 2CD. Featured the song "Dark Matter" from the album Spheres.
  • The Crow: Stairway to Heaven, 1998. Featured the song "Silence" in one episode.
  • Brokedown Palace Soundtrack (Island, 1999), CD Prominently featured "Silence".
  • Tomb Raider Soundtrack (Elektra / Wea, 2001), CD. Featured a slightly modified version of "Terra Firma"
  • Best of Mystera (Polys, 2000), 2CD
  • Doctor Death's Volume IV: The Marvels of Insect Life (C'est la Mort, 1990) CD. Featured the song "A Certain Trust."
  • Faeries: A Musical Companion to the Art of Brian Froud (RCA, 2002) CD. Featured the song "Nature's Kingdom."

Guest artists / vocalists

See also


  1. ^ Chimera : Delerium : Review : Rolling Stone
  2. ^ " - Discography Delerium". Retrieved 2009-12-29. 
  3. ^ "Discographie Delerium -". Retrieved 2009-12-29. 
  4. ^ " - Discografie Delerium". Retrieved 2010-03-03. 
  5. ^ " - Discographie Delerium". Retrieved 2010-03-03. 
  6. ^ a b c "allmusic (( Delerium > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles ))". Retrieved 2009-12-29. 
  7. ^ " - Discografie Delerium". Retrieved 2009-12-29. 
  8. ^ " - Chartverfolgung - Delerium". Retrieved 2010-03-03. 
  9. ^ "Delerium Irish discography". Retrieved 09-07-2010. 
  10. ^ " - Discography Delerium". Retrieved 2009-12-29. 
  11. ^ a b " - Discografie Delerium". Retrieved 2009-12-29. 
  12. ^ "Discographie Delerium -". Retrieved 2009-12-29. 
  13. ^ "Chart Stats — search for: Delerium". Retrieved 2009-12-29. 
  14. ^ Chart Log UK: D
  15. ^ a b c d directed by William Morrison

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