I can’t think of a single reason why someone who likes today’s metal, wouldn’t like Delusions Of Grandeur’s album “Efficacy.” It combines some of the best elements of prog and deathcore: ethereal riffs, layered vocals, breakdowns, and flawless musicianship. To sum it up, it’s equal parts brutal and beautiful; almost as if time diverted, and Born Of Osiris decided to make a “brutal” version of The Discovery (not that it wasn’t, but Efficacy certainly hits harder, and is less “progressive”).
Let me break this album down by its elements, as Efficacy is certainly a sum of its parts. The guitar work is solo-y, and very clean. The riffage is ever evolving; every time you think a part is getting to progressive, you’re smacked in the face by a breakdown. It’s perfect. The bass really comes though too (on tracks like Quantum) and it’s refreshing to hear some of the lower octaves on a metal album for once. The drums do exactly what the need to—Interesting fills, great blasts, and just spot on production wise. There is sporadic use of keyboard, which isn’t overpowering, and really ads to the ambience of the album. The highlight of this album though, the aspect that really sets it apart from everyone chasing this “sound” right now, is the vocals. No cleans. No nonsense—just dirty, heavy vocals. The vocal diversity on this album in extraordinary: there are piercing highs, crushing lows, and really aggressive mids. There are even a few squeals in there.
Overall, the album is sonically expansive (Dan, for example), brutal (Quantum) and technical/pretty (The Pretty Song). I guarantee you will be seeing more form these guys; so don’t sleep on this album. Tell your friends you were into Delusions Of Grandeur before they got big.