In August of last year we reviewed Mother Of All Sorrow a 14-track album released by Delirium Cordia, a Mexican-Danish Industrial Metal band. We described the album as: “Industrial and nu-metal with an understated technical edge and a raging emotionality to its passionate exclamations,” as well as “complete and utter oblivion; majestically crushing, and unrepentantly dark and morose.”
The band, actually a two-piece, featuring its Mexican founder Joffre O. Videz and Danish vocalist Ivan Stenger is back with their brand new fifteen-track 2014 release, ‘Phantom Pain’. Once again, as on the previous album, Delirium Cordia’s music is a dark and angry, groove-laden, in-your-face brutal assault on all of your senses. From the gradual crescendo of ‘Gingerbread Coffin’ (reminiscent of an ultra-heavy version of Nights In White Satin) to the frantic closer of ‘Harlequin’, this album totally rocks. It will have a large impact on you. The riffs are great. The rhythms are great, and vocalist Ivan Stenger adds a variety of hard rock, singing and growling styles that add extra depth and flair to Videz’s compositions. Stenger takes his style from Rammstein to Godsmack and then in fell swoop he sounds like the Muse…and so does the music.
In fact Delirium Cordia has vastly improved in one particular department from the Mother Of All Sorrow album. The melody. The importance and strength of melody in their songs has become almost dominant, adding a catchiness that was less evident previously. But hey, don’t get me wrong! If you’re looking for friendly, light-hearted music, you’ll be purchasing the wrong album here. On the other hand, if you want incredible, wild roller coaster emotion, look no further!
Not only did Joffre O. Videz and Ivan Stenger fill the songs with true raw emotion, but they also did an awesome job producing it. ‘Phantom Pain’ has higher fidelity than their previous works, plus something really new came out of the sound – a heavy, melodic, crunch guitar and semi-electronic groove band!
Looking for standouts is pretty difficult here, as I loved the entire album, but to be honest I was most enchanted by the back-to-back tracks, ‘Illusion’, ‘Maze’, ‘Medicated’, and then ‘Satan’s Alley’, ‘Unexpected Attack’ and ‘All New To Me’. These songs best showcase the brilliant vocals, blazing guitar work and intense musical arrangements Delirium Cordia have to offer.
‘Phantom Pain’ is a must for all industrial and nu-metal fans, and it’s probably even essential for casual rock or metal heads. If you’re new to the band, this might be their finest hour as it is a perfect representation of their sound. I recommend to grab all of their albums, but If you are only able to download one Delirium Cordia album, make sure this is the one!
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