Voyager – V


Artist

Album

V

Label

Sensory Records

Year

2014

For Fans Of

Darkwater - Vanishing Point

Summary

Catchy and well composed, it is one of their best works yet.

Rating

90 / 100

Starting out in the 90s as a little progressive metal band from Perth, Voyager have managed to propel themselves into the limelight with international success. Their previous four albums have all been well received and this trend continues with fifth album, ‘V.’

Second single and opening track ‘Hyperventilating’ starts off perfectly with its upbeat sound and driving chorus, which will have you singing along for days. The melodic tones to the album are also highly memorable, they take what is already a really enjoyable sound and bring it up to the next level.

The vocal ranges of Danny Estrin are stunning in isolation and in reference to the rest of the band, setting them apart as something special in the progressive scene. With the guest vocals of Zemyna Kuliukas in ‘A Beautiful Mistake,’ you are left in a state of pure ecstasy.

V‘ includes some melodic and more mellow sounds but there is also no loss of solid heavy guitar work that packs a punch. Moments such as in ‘You The Shallow’ show a slightly deeper side to Voyager’s style with powerful riffs and commanding vocals getting the neck moving.

The record’s consistently heavy while also incorporating some pop influences and melodies, making it a real upbeat and catchy piece of work. You can tell the band really put a large amount of effort into the production. It’s an all inclusive sound, which allows the reception to be favourable. Listeners will find something to embrace here.

Conclusion

‘V’ is Voyager’s best album yet. Both meticulously produced and well executed. The perfect mixture of heavy, progressive rock and melodies ensure the full-length excels. The band has really set the bar high this time.

Tracklisting

1. Hyperventilating
2. Breaking Down
3. A Beautiful Mistake
4. Fortune Favours Our 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. The Summer Always Comes Again
13. Seasons of Age

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