Saturday, July 16, 2016


EXPEDITION DELTA II by Srdjan Brankovic
(Perris Records)

Expedition Delta is the project featuring guitarist, Srdjan Brankovic, founding member of AlogiA (The biggest seller of ProgMetal in Serbia). This project that perfectly blends melodic rock with progressive overtones making for one memorable listening experience and the project sophomore effort simply titled '2' , is certainly that. Srdjan Brankovic has created  an album of solid songs while utilizing to the fullest the individual talents that he's put together. The majority of the songs are sung by Nikila Mijic and Andjela Isic.  As far as musicians, he's a put together a brilliant group of very talented musicians, Bobby Koelble (guitar), Santiago Dobles (guitar), Nicola Di Gia (guitar), Ip Maesstro (bass), Marko Milojevic (drums), Vladimir Djedovic (keyboards)Mladen Gosic (keyboards) and Nevena Zivkovic (keyboards).  Usually when you have a lineup of musicians of this magnitude, it is really difficult to create any sort of continuity or a cohesive chemistry. But, it's only a problem if the songs aren't good. When the songs are good, nobody cares whether or not they fit together and these songs are good.  This recording has a great diversity of moods, both vocal and instrumental, which really spices things up. "Spectacular" and "Break The Rules" are high energy melodic rockers that have a great song along choruses. "Fly With Me" is a melodic progressive gem that has that Dream Theater meets Saga vibe to it. Other highlights include, "Without You", the instrumental, "The One Who Lives A Dream",  "Don't Believe" and the album closing, "Connected", a instrumental piece that is incredibly moving. Really, all of the tracks stand out on here. Some melodic, some with progressive overtones. If your up for something adventurous that challenges your expectations, listen to this amazing recording. A brilliant album created by true musical savant. If you know any music fans who are tired of commercial music, point them in Srdjan Brankovic's direction. Chances are, they won't be disappointed. And neither will you. Very impressive indeed. Highly Recommended
Tony @ The Dedicated Rocker Society

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