Posted by Delerium's No. 1 Fangirl - guaranteed.
Hailing from Vancouver, Canada, Delerium has always been a two man project, its only consistant member being Bill Leeb, former member of Skinny Puppy and current member of Front Line Assembly - both Industrial acts.
Delerium's initial second to the duo was Michael Balch, who, after Delerium's release of "Faces, Forms, and Illusions", left both Delerium and Front Line Assembly.
Delerium then consisted of Bill Leeb and Rhys Fulber.
And, for one album, my favorite, Bill Leeb and Chris Peterson.
Delerium was formed in 1987 as a side project to Bill's first love, Front Line Assembly. Their first works closely mimicked FLA's style, but lacked the brash clash and clang of traditional Industrial sounds; however, it still was enough to expose its solid roots in the genre, as well as Leeb's devotion to it.
Although sounding different, the only initial differences between Delerium's sound and that of FLA was Delerium's close attention to detail and its drifting, lost-in-nowhere ambient soundscapes.
However, as Delerium's sound progressed, it developed a personality of its own. From the melodies (or general lack thereof, comparatively) of dark, twisting precedents rose a new sound - still haunting, Delerium's music became more ethereally beautiful, giving birth to more lush and earthy sounds while still holding true to its intricate attention to detail.
However, Leeb, Fulber, and Bulch were not the only contributors to Delerium's over all efficacy. Over their 20 year career, Delerium's hosted a slew of guest vocalists, including:
Emily Haines, of Metric
Jael, of Lunik
Joanna Stevens, one half of Solar Twins
Kirsty Hawkshaw ("Just Be" by Tiesto, and a number of Opus III titles)
Kristy Thirsk, of The Rose Chronicles (personally, my favorite guest vocalist)
Leigh Nash, of Sixpence None The Richer
The Medieval Baebes
Rachel Fuller (who has worked with Pete Townshend of The Who)
Sarah McLachlan (the most recognized)
Zoe Johnston, of Faithless, and previously Bent
Delerium was the little brother who was more successful, both financially and in terms of recognition.
Their biggest milestones were:
The explosion of "Silence" in 2000, with monster remixes by DJ Tiesto and Fade, along with a number of club specific remixes.
The group's first (and only) tour in 2003.
The benefit concert in 2004 for the asian tsunami, where "Silence" was first performed live, as Sarah McLachlan was also performing at the concert. Both Kristy Thirsk and Shelley Harland also performed as guest vocalists.
Faces, Forms, & Illusions - 1989
Morpheus - 1989
Syrophenikan - 1990
Stone Tower - 1991
Euphoric - 1991
Spiritual Archives - 1991
Spheres - 1994
Spheres 2 - 1994
Semantic Spaces (the landmark album, where Delerium's sound begins to shift) - 1994
Karma - 1997
Karma (re-release w/ bonus disc) - 1997, 99, 00
Poem - 2000
Poem (re-release w/ bonus disc) - 2000
Chimera - 2003
Nuages Du Monde - 2006
Also, an online exclusive "Above the Clouds" was released in 2003.
(FYI - In case anyone's going to call me on it, I did NOT include compilation albums, such as "Reflections" or "Odyssey: The Remix Collection".)
Some of Delerium's biggest hits:
"Silence" ft. Sarah McLachlan
"After All" ft. Jael (which has 40+ documented remixes)
"Flowers Become Screens" ft. Kristy Thirsk
"Heaven's Earth" ft. Kristy Thirsk
"Innocente" ft. Leigh Nash
"Truly" ft. Nerina Pallot
"Run For It" ft. Leigh Nash
"Underwater" ft. Rani
Visit http://www.delerium.ca for more information, sound clips, music videos, forums, and a whole mess of other goodies.