Expedition Delta is a project from multi-talented and successful Serbian heavy metal artist, Srdjan Brankovic, best know for being in big power metal band, AlogiA. Srdjan is a guitarist, songwriter and producer and has worked with many other Serbian bands. In this new album Srdjan is united with old friends, as well as introducing some new ones: from Bobby Koelble (Death) ‘til Santiago Dobles again, from Nicola di Già (Banco del MutuoSoccorso) ‘til IP Maestro, and old and new members from AlogiA. The entire album sees the powerful Nikola Mijic take on lead vocals, with help from Andjela Isic providing beautiful vocals that compliment Nikola's tones brilliantly.
Srdjan is quite revered, having opened for well known rock acts, Whitesnake, Apocalyptica, Blaze Bayley and more. He is back to stun yet again in this latest offering, where anticipation and expectations are running high, with a fine cavalry on his side...
Opening song, 'Spectacular' luckily lives up to its name, kicking things of in a grand fashion with stunning guitar work and far reaching vocals that give it a mighty sound that is a pleasure to listen to. 'Thank You For The Good Times' has a reflective more serious side to it, but still shines through with positivity, and has well written relatable lyrics, that make it even more alluring.
'Canis Major' displays some elegant piano, in this short instrumental pause, offering something extra. 'Without You' has a recognisable 80s influence, with strong and beautiful vocals, that fit the tone of the instruments wonderfully.
'House Of God' is simply divine with superb layered intricate guitars, well used effects, vocal variations and interesting lyrics. To calm things down a bit, 'Remember Me' offers tranquillity, and gives us time to reflect on the brilliant bombardment we have seen so far. This is well placed with emotive blissful vocals, making in short and endearing.
To close this musical adventure, is 'Connected' which immediately dives into fast skillful and playful guitar licks. This gleeful musical dance sees all the best instrumental elements rolled into one final extravaganza that sounds like an epic jam session, which experiments with moods and sounds along the way. This is a masterful and fitting way to end this mighty voyage.
This album is upbeat feel good rock at its finest. It possesses elements of some of the biggest heavyweight rock bands, such as Iron Maiden and Dream Theater and the result is a glorious collection of well crafted rock from Srdjan and his talented musician friends, that is brimming with creativity and skill. All fans of rock will appreciate the incredible song writing and impressive capabilities throughout. This musical expedition is a fine concoction of melodic and progressive rock, taking the best of the modern and classic rock, so sit back and enjoy the journey...I certainly can't wait for the next musical exploration, and I'm sure I'm not alone!