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"EXPEDITION DELTA is a project from Srdjan Brankovic, one of the founders of ALOGIA, the biggest selling progmetal band in Serbia. After the huge success of their 2 albums and tours opening for Whitesnake, Apocalyptica, Savatage and Paul Di Anno, Srdjan decided to do a no holds barred progrock/metal album in English, assembling some of the worlds finest players and EXPEDITION DELTA is the result.

Together with Srdjan Brankovic, many famous and great musicians are involved with the \"Expedition Delta\" album. Some of them are Gary Wehrkamp (Shadow Gallery), Andrea De Paoli (Labyrinth), Richard Andersson (Time Requiem), Erik Norlander (Rocket Scientists), Joost van den Broek (Sfter Forever), Sabine Edelsbacher (Edenbridge), Torsten Roehre (Silent Force), Santiago Dobles (Aghora) and many others...

The whole album is sung by Nikola Mijic with the exception of 3 songs that include the appearance of Sabine Edelsbacher, Irina Kapetanovic and Aleksandra Jankovic in a duet with Nikola.

The album was recorded and produced by Srdjan in his Paradox Music studio where he works with many other Serbian bands. The cast of the album includes:

Srdjan Brankovic (Alogia)
Nikola Mijic (Alogia)
Gary Wehrkamp (Shadow Gallery, Amaran's Plight)
Sabine Edelsbacher (Edenbridge)
Erik Norlander (Rocket Scientists, Lana Lane)
Vladimir Djedovic (Alogia)
Richard Andersson (Time Requiem, Space Odyssey)
Andrea De Paoli (Labyrinth)
Joost van den Broek (After Forever)
Santiago Dobles (Aghora)
Alex Argento
Torsten Roehre (Silent Force)
Rene Merkelbach (Ayreon)
Borislav Mitic
Vivien Lalu (Lalu)
Miroslav Brankovic (Alogia) Ivan Vasic (Alogia) Irina Kapetanovic (Irina & Storm) Mikkel Henderson (Evil Masquerade, Circusmind) Alexandra Jankovic

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