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CD REVIEW: Voyager – V

| 27 May 2014 | Reply

CD REVIEW: Voyager – V
IAV Records/Bird’s Robe Records
May 2014
Reviewed by Robert Kitay
10/10

Voyager - V cover

In a word, wow! I’ve always enjoyed Australia’s Voyager ever since the first time I heard them when they opened for Rhapsody of Fire several years ago. They are a completely unique band with a sound all their own, and that continues on this album. Everything I love about Voyager is on full display here. Heavy prog metal guitar and drums, catchy songs, pop inspired vocals, and great songwriting all wrapped up with top notch production, and not a filler song in sight. If you like Voyager, I can’t imagine you not loving this album.

If you’ve never heard Voyager, they need some explanation. They are a prog metal band, and as you would expect they offer great musicianship, with heavy guitars, complex drum patterns, and funky bass lines. But often what gets lost in prog metal is catchy songs and melody. This album drips with both. But what makes Voyager most unique is the vocal delivery. What you get with Danny Estrin’s vocals is something similar to ‘80’s style New Wave/Pop vocals ala Duran Duran or Tears for Fears. Nobody else has this sound, and although it might sound awkward reading this in a review, it certainly doesn’t sound awkward listening to it. If you exclusively like angst driven metalcore or growling vocals, this won’t be the band for you. For everyone else, you really need to give it a listen.

Given the vocals, occasional alternative rock guitar tone, and pop vibe to this album, this is one of the few prog metal bands that I could see having crossover potential to the alternative radio. In fact, the track ‘Orpheus” on the album has both guitar tones and vocal delivery somewhat similar to 311. There are other more alternative type guitar tones placed here and there on the album which might offer appeal to a more alternative rock audience, but this should not be taken as this being an alternative album. It most certainly is prog metal first, with huge potential for wider appeal. This album is in early contention for my album of the year. Check it out.

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