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Delerium Biography

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Birth Place: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Years Active: 1987—present
Genres: Electronic, Worldbeat, Pop

Delerium is a Canadian musical group that formed in 1987, originally as a side project of the influential industrial music act Front Line Assembly. Their musical style includes ambient trance, industrial soundscapes, and electronic pop music. Delerium began as a duo with Bill Leeb and Michael Balch. Leeb was a fan and occasional collaborator of industrial dance pioneers Skinny Puppy, and in 1986 he left that group to start his own project, Front Line Assembly with Michael Balch.

The duo went on to create the side project, Delerium, and released their debut album, “Faces, Forms & Illusions” in 1989. However, Balch left shortly after the album release and Leeb went on to recruit Rhys Fulber to collaborate with him.

This duo released several albums under the Delerium moniker. The new lineup featured a musical change from a darker ambient sound to a more accessible danceable sound with each successive album. After the release of 1997’s “Karma,” which produced the hit single “Silence” featuring vocals by Sarah McLachlan, Fulber left the band to pursue other interests, and Leeb teamed up with producer Chris Peterson to release 2000’s “Poem.”

In 2003 Leeb and Fulber reunited for the release of “Chimera,” followed by “Nuages du Monde” in 2006. In 2007, Leeb and Fulber collaborated with Leigh Nash under the name Fauxliage. Another Delerium album, “Music Box Opera,” was issued in 2012.