Voyager is a band from the state of Western Australia. The band is made up of vocalist Daniel Estrin, guitarists Simone Dow and Scott Kay, bassist Alex Canion and drummer Ashley Doodkorte.
“Colours In The Sun” was released on 1 November 2019 via the label Season Of Mist. And for all my North American pals, please take note of the proper spelling of colours.
And they’ve been at for a while, since the early 2000’s. On Spotify I can see seven studio albums and I think there are a few EP’s in there as well which are not on the streaming services. I must admit, their band name reminded me of Star Trek, so I had to check em out.
A synth intro. Upbeat and danceable.
Once the vocals kick in there is a sense of euphoria to em.
And there is a lot of syncopated guitar, bass and bass drum like riffs. Perfect.
But it’s the drum/bass and guitar work which I like, with a pop like vocal melody.
This one just kept growing on me to become my favourite track.
And I like the guitar solo on this.
The keyboard/synth riff to start it off with the metronomic kick drum reminds me of Toto and I like it.
In the process it quickly become a favourite.
A shimmering effect and a riff made up of single notes starts the song off.
Then a distorted guitar kicks in.
At 2.15, a normal 4/4 drum beat kicks in and from all the frantic beats, it’s amazing to hear just a simple beat. A stock beat.
Who would have thought?
So far a four punch knockout combo.
A fast keyboard riff is played, with the guitars providing a djent like rhythm as its foundation.
Einar Solberg from Leprous (which is another favourite progressive metal act I am into) guests.
And I expected more from this song.
The fast alternate picking and double kick lines reminds me of Evergrey and its cabaret like piano line makes it sound unsettling.
It’s more like Power Metal.
Now or Never
It’s like a 90 second intermission, a short song to transition with. It has layers of synths with digital delay and a poppy vocal melody.
Sign Of The Times
The synths again and I like how they give the song a techno Ibiza like feel. But make no mistake, this is a progressive metal band.
And the Chorus can definitely etch out a living on the pop charts.
Water Over The Bridge
Man this song is heavy.
“The Distance” from Evergrey comes to mind during the Intro.
The video clip is hilarious as it shows the guitarists putting on some serious “stink-face” looks as they jam it.
The synths again. They feel uplifting.
Then the guitars, bass and drums come in, to support the synth riffs.
And press play for the keyboard solo.
It’s a concise album, coming in less than 45 minutes and by the time it’s done, I’m thinking where did the time go, as it all finished so fast.
So if you’re into progressive music, then Voyager deserves your ear.