It’s been said that the goal of this album was to sonically recreate the experience of waking up in the middle of surgery. Structureless, meandering and seemingly random, with excruciatingly long bits of quiet, unexpected Metallic devastation and lots of samples of medical instruments scraping off of bones - “Delìrivm Còrdia” is less of an album or a song as it is the sonic version of a nightmare. Now, I don’t mean that in some pretentious hipster way, using “nightmarish” as a synonym for “cool and freaky.” No. With this album, FANTÔMAS deliver what actually sounds like a real nightmare and if you don’t like having nightmares, you won’t like this either.
There are sections with Grind, sections with Tibetan throat-singing, sections with choirs and sections with nothing but the calm blowing of a wind machine. There’s twenty minutes of a record player playing nothing. There’s no discernable rhythm, rhyme, nor reason to this, except for the consistently disturbing and medical mental imagery that it conjures up. At first, I was really upset with the involvement of Buzz Osbourne (THE MELVINS), Dave Lombardo (SLAYER) and Trevor Dunn (MR. BUNGLE) on this record, feeling that they were criminally underused. After thinking about it a bit more, though, I realized that they aren’t underused, just used appropriately. Having Buzz bust out some MELVINS riffs may have delighted his fans, but it would have been completely out of context with this album. “Delìrivm Còrdia” is about atmosphere and total mindfuckery, not about having a good time and rocking out. If that’s the goal here, it succeeds with flying colours – but those colours are pitch black and blood red.
If you have even the slightest apprehension about Avantgarde, don’t even bother with this. If you think FAITH NO MORE was a bit too “out there,” pretend that this album doesn’t exist. Hell, even if you like Avantgarde, this is something you’ll want to listen to before you buy, since a lot of rabid Patton fans even believe that the man may have gone too far on this one.
Is it good? Well, that all depends on what you mean by “good”… (Online July 17, 2006)