Voyager – “V” by Gavin Lowrey

Rating : 4.5/5
Distributor Label: MBN
Released : 2nd June 2014
Buy URL : http://voyager.bandcamp.com/
Band Website :
http://www.voyager-australia.com

Voyager-album-cover-2014Band Line up :

Scott Kay – guitar,
Alex Canion – Bass/vocals,
Daniel Estrin – vocals/keytar,
Ashley Doodkorte – drums,
Simone Dow – guitar

Tracklist :
1. HYPERVENTILATING
2. BREAKING DOWN
3. A BEAUTIFUL MISTAKE
4. FORTUNE FAVOURS THE BLIND
5. YOU, THE SHALLOW
6. EMBRACE THE LIMITLESS
7. ORPHEUS
8. DOMINATION GAME
9. PEACEKEEPER
10. IT’S A WONDER
11. THE MORNING LIGHT
12. SUMMER ALWAYS COMES AGAIN
13. SEASONS OF AGE
Review:

Being a Country that is more accustomed to producing “balls out” rock from the likes of Airbourne, Tracer, and of course AC/DC, Australia’s Voyager provide an odyssey into the world of progressive/melodic metal that is more associated  with European bands with their 5th and very appropriately named album “V”.

The term Progressive probably doesn’t really do this album justice as it offers something for everyone and could be the more “mainstream” rock break that the band have been looking for. Interestingly the album was “crowd funded” and reached the campaign goal in 3 days of the launch which shows the band has a real audience.

The album jump starts with the catchy Breaking Down, before sliding into the melodic Hyperventilating which contains a real spine tingling guitar solo that puts the icing on the cake of a real quality piece of musicianship.
A Beautiful Mistake starts off with an interesting drum intro that yields a some pop like vocals and catchy melodies showing singer and keytar wizard  Danny Estrin on top form.

The stop/start You The Shallow complete with dual guitar attack is a great track and Embrace the Limitless is effectively “Prog Porn” with its powerful keyboards. Orpheus and the riff laden The Domination Game deliver more audible pleasure before you are slowed down by the powerful Peacekeeper, then jolted back to life with Its a Wonder’s powerful drums.

The start of The Morning light sounds like the Terminator 2 theme tune, and just like Arnie this track really packs a punch with its melodic and sometimes haunting nature. Summer Always Calls Again has a Depeche Mode feel to it before the album is bought to a conclusion by the very catchy Seasons of Age.

This album basically offers something for everyone, and proves that the band are evolving their sound by producing an album in V that really is very good and made me feel bad when it finished as I really wanted to here some more

Review by Gavin Lowrey

 

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