Review by Adam M on October 15, 2018.
This is powerful progressive metal that has its own identity and drive. The songs are fairly traditional in structure for the progressive metal genre. There is a past Nevermore member within Ghost Ship Octavius and it shows in the tracks and they have a dark flair to them even though they are pretty positive overall. The influence of Nevermore in songwriiting is undeniable as the band brings the same epic in scope compositions to the table.
The songs here are undeniably closer to the power metal genre as they contain a very melodious aspect that likens it to that genre. They focus on the guitar riff and bring about a range of emotions due to the moody impact of the band. This is a really nice album to have since we don’t have Nevermore around anymore and these guys play something sort of akin to that band. The added progressive and power elements make for a very rich album that has the ability to weave its magic in whatever manner it wishes. The vocals are high pitched enough, but have enough character to make for a varied element to the proceedings. In fact there is enough variety to make for a strong impact and keep one coming back for more. The flaw to the disc is that the music still sounds like it could have had more added to it. Punchier production, more complexity and greater melodic moments could have been added to increase the quality of the release.
Still, even with the small flaws, the album is a breath of fresh air for progressive metal and adds its own unique take on the genre. There are enough epic moments to satisfy any prog head and enough harmonious ones to satisfy the power metal fan. Delirium is an album that does a number of things right.
Rating: 7.8 out of 1067