Power of Metal.dk Review

Style: Progressive Metal
Release date: 27 June, 2014
Playing time: 54:00

Fifth album by this Australian progressive metal band. I am ashamed to say that this is the first time I listened to an album by them. This first meeting is a positive one. The band mixes progressive metal with very catchy refrains and almost poppy sounding elements. You could probably say that they sound like as if Midnight Oil, AHA, Duran Duran and Depeche Mode had decided to play metal.

The synths have an important role in the songs, but somehow the band still sounds heavy and that is because of the guitars. Daniel Estrin has a very warm voice that makes it very comfortable to listen to the songs of Voyager. He is not the typical metal singer, for the same money he could have been a frontman of a pop band. The best example of that you can hear in "Breaking Down", which sounds like a heavy pop song. It is a long time ago I heard such a catchy metal song.

That the band is familiar with Dream Theater can be heard in the song "Domination Game", which is one of the heavier tracks. Next song "Peacekeeper" is a kind of heavy Duran Duran/U2 track and then especially because of the singing. That the band can play uptempo is shown in "It's a Wonder" and with "The Summer Always Comes Again" there is a beautiful piano ballad.

For fans of Anubis Gate this will be a nice album, this band from down under is an enjoyable surprise for me.

01. Hyperventilating
Breaking Down
A Beautiful Mistake
Fortune Favours Our Blind
You, the Shallow
Embrace the Limitless
Domination Game
09. Peacekeeper

10. It's a Wonder
11. The Morning Light
12. The Summer Always Comes Again
13. Seasons of Age
Label: IAV Records
Distribution: Sound Pollution
Reviewed by: Reinier de Vries
Date: 27 June, 2014
Website: www.facebook.com/voyageraustralia