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Voyager - Ghost Mile

Australske Voyager udgav selv dette album i 2017, men har siden skrevet kontrakt med Season of Mist, som giver det en chance for at møde et større publikum. I den forbindelse studser jeg over pladeselskabets genrebetegnelse, som de angiver til Pop/Progressive – den kombination er jeg ikke stødt på før.
Pop forbinder jeg oftest med letfordøjelig og overfladisk musik, men det er uretfærdigt at bruge betegnelsen på Voyagers musik! Godt nok har numrene melodiske omkvæd, som er ret iørefaldende, og Danny Estrin synger rent – Men det gør ikke musikken til Pop!
Og slet ikke, når man lytter til de skæve og varierede rytmiske mønstre, som numrene også indeholder – tag for eksempel numrene ”Lifeline”, ”Ghost Mile” og ”Lost” - her rammer Voyager den progressive musik spot on, og resultatet minder mig om et band som Leprous.
At Voyager giver den lidt mere gas i livesammenhæng, viser de i de tre sidste numre, som er optaget til forskellige koncerter, og endda indeholder et Trance-indlæg til ære for de hollandske tilskuere.
”Ghost Mile” er ikke verdens mest udfordrende udgivelse inden for Prog Metal, men albummet byder på god underholdning, og viser et band med et sikkert greb om tingene. Derfor fortjener det et lyt, trods den vildledende genrebetegnelse.

Tracklist:
01 Ascension
02 Misery Is Only Company
03 Lifeline
04 The Fragile Serene
05 To The Riverside
06 Ghost Mile
07 What A Wonderful Day
08 Disconnected
09 This Gentle Earth
10 As The City Takes The Night
11 Ghost Mile (Live)
12 The Meaning of I (Live)
13 Lost (Live)
Samlet spilletid: 63:04

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Voyager

Revolution-Music: Hey there, we would like to congratulate you on the new album.
Emanuel Rudnicki: Thanks!! It's been a long road to completion so I hope people will like it…

Revolution-Music: How did the band originally get together?
Emanuel Rudnicki: Introductions through mutual friends is the best way to describe it. I remember Daniel said he was looking for a guitarist who could play like Yngwie J Malmsteen, but unfortunately he got me instead.

Revolution-Music: How did you come up with the name Voyager? And does it have any special meaning to you?
Emanuel Rudnicki: I came into the band when the name VOYAGER was already in place. The other guys in the band seemed to like it, so I was grossly outnumbered in changing it. It does have special meaning to me – it's a bunch of guys who I love to spend time with, play music with, and argue with.

Revolution-Music: How did you get signed to “DVS Records ”?
I think Rene, our label boss heard about us from one of his friends, who was given a copy of the album that was downloaded illegally from the internet by someone else. So in this case, piracy was good to us.

Revolution-Music: Who produced and mixed the album, and are you happy with the result?
Emanuel Rudnicki: Myself, Daniel and Aidan Barton from Sovereign Studios produced and mixed the album. We were mostly happy with what we got. Some of the drums, maybe the guitar sound wasn't exactly as I had hoped it would be, but then again how can someone be 100% happy? Aidan did an awesome job – we wanted an album like the ones that you buy at the shop – and we got it!

Revolution-Music: Could you tell us about you're process of making the album?
Emanuel Rudnicki: Arguing, recording, arguing, fast food, more arguing, laughing behind peoples backs, more fast food and more arguing. Sometimes there was a little bit more recording going on during that too. It was a long process, with some people going overseas, putting the whole recording thing on hold…as well as the band writing more songs for the album after we thought it was finished.

Revolution-Music: How would you describe your music to someone who is unfamiliar with your music?
Emanuel Rudnicki: Melodic heavy metal. It's got elements from a lot of different styles. I think it's got it's own sound, the Voyager sound…though I don't think this sound will be finalised until the next album.

Revolution-Music: Where do you get your inspirations from, both on the musical part but also the lyrical part?
Emanuel Rudnicki: I don't know where Daniel gets the lyrical inspiration, but as to the music, the inspiration comes from trying to conceive a special, great sounding riff. Personally, if I come up with a guitar riff I don't think about anything except he melody of it, there's no dragons or swords in my brain while I write the stuff. The music has to sound good – I don't really care if my brain is thinking of something or nothing, as long as it sounds good.

Revolution-Music: Does the album have any special message to the fans?
Emanuel Rudnicki: Pillage the village, and take the women as slaves. Well it would have been if I had it my way, but the other guys in the band were not so sure about this idea, but when I play a guitar solo that's the message I'm trying to get across. But as for the rest of the music I don't think there's a message or anything consciously put it there.

Revolution-Music: The album will be released early 2005, but have you gotten any response on the new material yet?
Emanuel Rudnicki: Yes, we have had a number of great reviews already. There have been some people saying that the album is filled with too many styles for them to enjoy as a smooth musical ride. Some of these people who like the clean vocals did not like the harsher vocals on the album, but these guys are wimps and have probably never broken the law.

Revolution-Music: Who made your cover artwork and why did you pick this one?
Emanuel Rudnicki: The cover artwork was done be me!! The rest of the booklet was created by myself and Mark (De Vattimo). We liked this because it has some sort of weird connection with the music. Also we wanted something that didn't reflect what the music on the album would sound like. Our next choice was going to have been a barbarian with a broken sword riding a unicorn.

Revolution-Music: Do you have any tour plans yet? Will you be going on world tour with the new album? And maybe come and visit Denmark?
Emanuel Rudnicki: There are no tour plans as yet…we have to see how well the album will do first. We would love to tour everywhere in Europe, but it's very hard for us (very expensive) to come all the way over there from all the way over here. But it would be a dream come true…

Revolution-Music: Since you're from Australia, and quite separated from the rest of the music world, how do you see the music scene is here in Europe, compared to the scene in the USA?
Emanuel Rudnicki: I used to be very up to date on the music scene in Europe, but it's very hard for us to judge as we are so far away. And the US metal scene I don't know what it's really like these days. As for me, I've always preferred the sound of European bands over US bands…there's something about the Euro-metal sound that attracts me like a magnet to metal.

Revolution-Music: Who would be your ideal band to tour with? And why
Emanuel Rudnicki: My ideal band to tour with? ….hmmm, that's a very hard question because I love so many European metal bands that I would love to tour with them all. Blind Guardian springs to mind, Helloween would be great too, Kamelot, Stratovarius…

Revolution-Music: We have asked a lot of bands on their position on all the peer 2 peer programs like Kazaa and Napster? Were people steel the artists music, and sometimes even before the albums are released. What is your position on that topic?
Emanuel Rudnicki: Well, I think it's a great way for people like me – over on the other side of the world – to find out about a band. If I like the music enough I will definitely go out and import/buy the album. I think people stealing music for other purposes than finding out if they will like a band/album or not is wrong. I personally will not listen to a burnt copy of an album which I know I will definitely buy before I get the proper release – booklet and all – to listen to. It's much more satisfying to have the complete package.

Revolution-Music: That's all we've get this time, do you have anything that you'd like to add or say?
Emanuel Rudnicki: Check out our webpage at www.voyager-australia.com for more information on the band, and some music samples. Also, I'd like to really slag the other guys off in the band, and give myself the utmost praise…

Revolution-Music: Revolution-Music would like to say thanks a lot for you're time. And wish your guys all the luck in the future. And also a big thanks to Intromental Management for setting up the interview.
Emanuel Rudnicki: Thanks a lot for the interview!! Hopefully we will have a new album out late 2005 so keep your ears out. Thanks, and see you soon! J

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Voyager - Univers

Jeg bliver nødt til at indlede anmeldelsen med følgende spørgsmål: Skal der være plads til bløde værdier i en hård metal verden? Jeg spørger, fordi Voyagers plade Univers er noget af det blødeste metal, jeg længe har hørt, og fordi jeg længe spekulerede over, om man overhovedet kunne kategorisere denne australske kvintets musik som metal. Det er dog berettiget, omend det er den meget følsomme og melodiske af slagsen. Og ja, jeg synes faktisk at det er ok med lidt bløde værdier i ny og næ også set i lyset af, at jeg ikke er tilhænger af genren. Nakkemusklerne skal jo også hvile en gang imellem, ik´?

Voyagers Universe indeholder 11 storladende numre kendetegnet ved guitarpassager, hvor akkorderne bliver slået an og får lov til at hænge samtidig med keyboardet klimprer drømmende i baggrunden og bidrager stærkt til en eventyragtig atmosfære, som præger hele skiven. Det bliver kombineret med melodiske riffs og meget fyldig dyb og storladen vokal, der både er melankolsk og næsten romantisk. I starten mindede vokalen mig faktisk om Julio Iglesias eller Cliff Richard, og det siger jeg ikke for at håne, men fordi det er sandt. Ved de første gennemlytninger fandt jeg da også vokalen for teatralsk og hjertegribende, men den voksede på mig. I første og sidste nummer på skiven finder man da også et par growls, som dog kun fungerer som fyld.

Albummet er yderst velproduceret med en tyk lyd, og alle instrumenterne kan adskilles fra hinanden, ligesom de passer sammen som ét hele. Man kunne kritisere lyden for at være for pæn, men den skal passe til musikken og lyrikkens kærlighedstematik, og det gør den.

Universe er en humørskive som jeg kan anbefale den skare af mennesker, der kan lide det yderst velpolerede klassiske melodiske heavy metal, og som ikke ønsker at få udfordret smagsløgene synderligt. For mig fungerer den bedst som muzak, altså baggrundsmusik, i mens jeg laver noget andet, og det er absolut ikke en cd, jeg vil tage med til fest. Men alt i alt en udmærket skive, der hverken revolutionerer eller forarger.


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Voyager - Element V

Debut album fra et Australsk band med det slemt uoriginale bandnavn: Voyager.
Ifølge det vedlagte presse materiale, spiller disse 4 gutter, + 1 gutinde, alt fra progressivt rock til Black metal. Det med Black Metal vil undertegnede dog ikke helt mene. Det eneste der til nød kunne forveksles med Black Metal, er vokalen i nummeret ”Time For A Change”, hvor sangeren vrisser lidt, men ellers havde jeg svært ved at finde nogle Black Metal tendenser.
Voyager spiller nemlig en form for progressivt metal, der er sovset ind i alverdens keyboard effekter og andre syntetiske sager. Det fik mig mest af alt til at tænke på noget der minder om en krydsning mellem Europe, soundtracket fra den hedengangne tv-serie McGyver og et gammelt dansk undergrundsband der hed Ground Zero, som aldrig nåede videre end til demo stadiet.
Nu er Prog. metal heller ikke ligefrem min store kop te, og jeg har da heller ikke det store kendskab til denne genre, men Voyager gør efter min mening et hæderligt stykke arbejde.
De kan alle finde ud af at håndtere deres respektive instrumenter på et ret højt teknisk niveau, og så kan de skrive nogle vellydende og stemningsfyldte melodier. Et nummer som ”Echoes Of Old Terra” er fx et rigtig flot nummer, med en smuk akustisk guitar. Ingen tvivl om at dem i Voyager kan deres kram, men et problem er dog sangeren Daniel Estrin. Han er efter min mening alt for vag i lydbilledet, og det er noget der ikke kun skyldes produktionen, men det at han simpelthen ikke magter at synge sangene. Det kniber for ham når han skal op i de høje toner, og det er lidt ærgerligt, da et af kendetegnene ved Prog. Metal, efter min mening, er den høje og lyse vokal.

Alt i alt, og med min manglende viden omkring genren taget i betragtning og det faktum at dette kun er et debut-album, vil jeg give Voyager en lidt-under-middel karakter. Set som et debut-album kunne det se meget værre ud, for musikerne spiller godt og tight sammen, men sangeren trækker altså fælt ned på det samlede indtryk, og med en produktion der er blevet lidt for tynd, vil jeg give Voyager 2½ fuck-pop-ups. Dog skal det nævnes at jeg vil følge dem, da jeg mener at de, med en bedre produktion og sanger, vil have en masse at byde på. Deres udvikling bliver spændende at følge.
Hvis du er Prog. Metal fan der har lidt ekstra gryn i pungen, så check dem ud. Hvis ikke, tror jeg der er mange andre bands der spiller ligeså godt på værende tidspunkt.



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