July 31st 2014 12:08
Without doubt one of the best live bands in the world is Australiaís own Voyager. Anyone who has witnessed one of the shows knows what Iím talking about. Their energy is something most bands would kill for.
So far though they have been unable to transform their live prowess into a memorable studio album. With their recent release V (a rather unimaginative title) they do come mighty close. It combines everything that make Voyager such a unique band.
And this is possibly why they are difficult to review. While there is enough heaviness, to the point that the music seems to have been influenced by Soilwork, there are undeniable pop elements to the songs, which could leave people divided.
I happen to like Voyager and while there are some flat spots in the middle V is their best album to date. The standout track is A Beautiful Mistake, which contains female backing vocals that adds a new dimension to the sound. The other song worth mentioning is The Morning Light. An instant classic that you will be singing along to from the first listen.
Voyager will probably forever be a band that will not be to everybodyís liking. That is the world of progressive metal and how fans will react is anyoneís guess. I however am impressed with V and if you have never heard anything by Voyager before this wouldnít be the worst place to start.
8 / 10