Voyager (metal band)

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Voyager
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Background information
Origin Western Australia, Australia
Genres Progressive Metal[1]
Years active 1999−present
Associated acts Noctis, Statues, Vesper's Descent
Website www.voyager-australia.com
Members Daniel Estrin (vocals, keys)
Simone Dow (Guitars)
Scott Kay (Guitars)
Ashley Doodkorte (drums)
Alex Canion (bass, vocals)
Past members Mark Boeijen (drums) (2005-2011)
Chris Hanssen (guitar) (2009-2010)
Mark De Vattimo (guitar) (1999 - 2008)
Melissa Fiocco (bass) (2003 - 2007)
Geoff Callaghan (drums) (2000 - 2006)
Emanuel Rudnicki (guitar) (2000 - 2006)
Jennah Greaig (bass) (2001 - 2003)
Mark Baker (keys) (1999 - 2000)
Adam Lovkis (drums) (1999 - 2000)

"Voyager" is a progressive metal band from Perth, Western Australia. The band has released five full length albums, two singles, six video clips and has been active since 1999. Their 5th full length studio album, "V", has been released on June 3, 2014.[2] The band is signed to Sensory Records (a subsidiary of The Laser's Edge) and has previously been signed to Dutch label DVS Records and German label Dockyard 1 Records.

History[edit]

Formation and Element V (1999-2003)[edit]

Voyager are a progressive metal band from Perth, Western Australia. Formed in 1999 at the University of Western Australia by Daniel "toothgap" Estrin, a German-born musician who was studying law at the time, Mark Baker, a physics PhD student and Adam Lovkis, an arts student, the band saw a few lineup changes before recording the album "Element V" in 2003 with Aidan Barton at Sovereign Studios, Willetton, Western Australia. The lineup for Element V consisted of Daniel "toothgap" Estrin (keyboards, vocals), Mark De Vattimo (guitar), Jennah Graieg (bass), Geoff Callaghan (drums) and Emanuel Rudnicki (guitar), who briefly played in true metal band Black Steel in 2002. The album Element V was picked up by Dutch label DVs Records and released in Europe in 2004.[3] Japanese label Woodbell/Experience licenced the album for Japanese distribution in the same year and released it with a bonus track "Now and Forever".[4] Voyager's popularity increased rapidly following the European release of Element V and the band secured its first major support, opening for Steve Vai in Perth in July 2004. After the release of Element V, Melissa Fiocco replaced Jennah on bass. Following a performance at Melbourne's Corner Hotel in late 2005 as part of a Screaming Symphony radio benefit concert, both Emanuel and Geoff were replaced by Simone Dow and Mark Boeijen respectively. Boeijen is best known for his drumming for Perth extreme metal bands Samain and Vesper's Descent.

uniVers and ProgPower Europe (2006-2007)[edit]

In early 2006, Voyager entered Sovereign studios to record 'uniVers', with Boeijen and Dow as firm members of the band. Voyager shot a video clip to the radio edit version of the song "Sober" and released this as a limited edition single on 22 July 2006 with the tracks "White Shadow" (also on 'uniVers') and "Garden of Love". Apparently "Garden of Love" is based on a poem by William Blake of the same name. Only 500 copies of the single were pressed.

The band performed at the [Progpower Europe] Festival in the Netherlands in 2006 and received positive responses from the media.[5][6] As a result of this performance, Voyager were invited to [Progpower UK] in 2008.[7] In late 2006, Voyager were due to perform with Nevermore, whose Perth leg of the show was ultimately cancelled. Voyager were also due to support Yngwie malmsteen following their return from the first European Tour, but were struck from the show last minute because Malmsteen did not want any support acts for his Australian tour. In early 2007, DVS Records announced its closure and Voyager had no label to release their album 'uniVers', which was fully recorded at that stage.[8] In October 2007, the band signed to German label Dockyard 1 Records in Hamburg, who released 'uniVers' worldwide,[9] with the USA receiving the album for distribution in January 2008 through Locomotive Records.[10] 'uniVers' received critical acclaim throughout the world, being voted album of the month in Belgium's Mindview magazine, album of the week in Finland's Imperiumi magazine[11] as well as #7 for the Full Metal Racket albums of 2007 on Australia's national alternative broadcasting station Triple J.[12] The band was also nominated in the Top 10 of the MusicOz Awards[13]

The band parted ways with bass player Melissa Fiocco shortly after the release of 'uniVers', a split which was not without controversy. Fiocco was replaced by Alex Canion, who was 18 years old at the time of joining. Shortly after Canion's first appearance with Voyager in Perth, Western Australia, the band embarked on a mini-tour to Sydney and Melbourne with labelmates Eyefear, to promote 'uniVers'.[9] In January 2008, Voyager performed with Finnish melodic metal band Nightwish in Perth, Western Australia. The band's scheduled Australian tour with Toto in March 2008 was cancelled, apparently due to Toto's stage requirements. In late February 2008, Progpower UK was also cancelled due to poor ticket sales.[14]

Voyager indicated that they would continue their European tour of Denmark, Netherlands, Germany and Switzerland in spite of the cancellation. Their tour included a performance with 80s arena rock band House of Lords at the Ballroom Hamburg. In June 2008, guitarist Mark De Vattimo quit Voyager due to personal and musical differences. Voyager performed together with Queensrÿche in August 2009 and with Deathstars from Sweden in September 2009.

I am the revolution (2009-2011)[edit]

After recording new songs with Adam Round at Kingdom Studios in Maylands, Western Australia and having the tracks mastered by Sterling Sound in New York City, Voyager released their album I Am ReVolution on 20 September 2009 through Dockyard 1 Records in Germany and Riot Entertainment in Australia. The album was immediately received with critical acclaim,[15][16] including the popular Vampster website,[17] although some critics were skeptical about the band's strong melodic influences and their "pop" sound.[18] The album was named album of the week in Romania's MetalFan website[19] and the song "Total Existence Failure" picked up the Song of the Year from the West Australian Music Industry Awards.[20] Voyager released a new video for the song "The Devil in Me" in October 2009, which was partly filmed at Deville's pad, a popular club in Perth, Western Australia. The band also played three exclusive shows in Sydney, Wyong and Melbourne in November 2009. In 2010, Voyager was nominated three times as a Top 10 Finalist in the Australian MusicOz Awards for "Lost" "The Devil in Me" and the video for the latter.[21] The band also picked up a nomination for 2010 WAMI "Best hard rock/metal act" presented by the West Australian Music Industry.[22] Chris Hanssen and Voyager parted ways in 2010, with Scott Kay of Statues taking over guitar duties. Scott's first tour was with Scottish pirate metal band Alestorm in May 2011, during which the band received critical acclaim.[23]

The Meaning Of I (2011-2013)[edit]

After recording new songs in April/May 2011, Voyager signed a deal with New Jersey based progressive metal label Sensory, which has released bands such as Spiral Architect, Delain and Riverside. The band is set to release "The Meaning of I", which it says is an "incredibly layered" album.[24] The album is the first to feature new guitarist Scott Kay and is said to feature guest vocal performances by DC Cooper (Royal Hunt) and Daniel Tompkins (Skyharbor, ex-Tesseract). It was mixed and mastered by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios in Sweden and coverart was again designed by George Grie. The album is set for an October release date, but will be released early in the USA at the Progpower festival in September 2011.[24]

Voyager were also announced for a show with Creation's End in Brooklyn on 11 September 2011.[24] After returning from the USA, Voyager toured with popular Finnish metal band Children of Bodom.[25]

Voyager was one of the opening bands for Epica when they played in Perth on the 23rd April 2013.

V (2013- )[edit]

At the end of 2013, Voyager unveiled a crowd funding campaign for their latest album "V" and unveiled clips of pre-production recordings of new songs. The campaign's goal was reached within 3 days of its launch. "Breaking Down" was the first single from the album. The album is set to be released on June 3, 2014 in North America with distribution through Nightmare Records. [26]

Style[edit]

Voyager's diverse style of music incorporates all facets of the musical spectrum into its melodic metal sound. The band has received both praise and criticism for this, with some media embracing the musical diversity and some labelling it as "too varied". Most reviews make it a point to warn that Voyager's music is not for narrow minds. Voyager has also become what is believed to be the first heavy metal band to use a melodica live and in the studio.

Online downloads[edit]

Voyager are one of the few metal bands whose albums are made available for full download purchase from the band's website, a trend which is prevalent in the electronic music industry but until very recently had largely been rejected in the metal world.

Endorsements[edit]

The following members of Voyager currently have instrument endorsements:

Danny - KORG/Musiclink Australia, DSL straps

Simone - Mesa Boogie, Ibanez[27]

Alex - David Eden amps, Mayones Bass guitars[28]

Ashley Doodkorte - Tama drums, Sabian Cymbals

Discography[edit]

Studio Albums[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • Sober (2007)
  • Breaking Down (2014)

Videos[edit]

  • Sober (2007)
  • The Devil in Me (2009)
  • Lost (2010)
  • Seize the Day (2012)
  • The Meaning of I (2012)
  • Hyperventilating (2014)
  • Breaking Down (Lyric Video) (2014)

References[edit]

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  2. ^ http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/voyager-to-release-v-in-june/
  3. ^ "Tower records catalogue". Tower Records. Retrieved 17 May 2011. 
  4. ^ "Experience catalogue". The Peco Records. Retrieved 17 May 2011. 
  5. ^ "ProgPower Europe review". ProgPower Europe. Retrieved 17 May 2011. 
  6. ^ "ProgPower Europe review". John Tucker. Retrieved 17 May 2011. 
  7. ^ "ProgPower UK". ProgPower UK. Retrieved 17 May 2011. 
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  9. ^ a b "Voyager sign to Dockyard 1 and hit East Coast". fasterlouder. Retrieved 20 May 2011. 
  10. ^ "universe CD details". Progarchives. Retrieved 20 May 2011. 
  11. ^ "Imperiumi - Voyager universe". Imperiumi. Retrieved 20 May 2011. 
  12. ^ "The dwarf Voyager review". The dwarf. Retrieved 17 May 2011. 
  13. ^ "2010 MusicOz Finalists". MusicOz. Retrieved 17 May 2011. 
  14. ^ "ProgPower UK Cancelled". Metal Underground. Retrieved 20 May 2011. 
  15. ^ "Voyager I am the ReVolution". Terrorverlag. Retrieved 20 May 2011. 
  16. ^ "Voyager I am the ReVolution". Musicreviews DE. Retrieved 20 May 2011. 
  17. ^ "Voyager I am the ReVolution". Vampster. Retrieved 20 May 2011. 
  18. ^ "Voyager I am the ReVolution". Stormbringer Austria. Retrieved 20 May 2011. 
  19. ^ "Voyager I am the ReVolution". Metalfan Romania. Retrieved 20 May 2011. 
  20. ^ "2009 WAM SOTY". Seen and Heard. Retrieved 20 May 2011. 
  21. ^ "2010 MusicOz Finalists". MusicOz. Retrieved 17 May 2011. 
  22. ^ "WAMI 2010 nominations". West Australian Music Industry Association. Retrieved 17 May 2011. 
  23. ^ "ALESTORM/VOYAGER in Adelaide". Fasterlouder. Retrieved 17 May 2011. 
  24. ^ a b c "Australia's VOYAGER Signs With SENSORY RECORDS". Roadrunner Records Blabbermouth. Retrieved 9 August 2011. 
  25. ^ "Children of Bodom touring nationally with Voyager". Metal Obsession. Retrieved 9 August 2011. 
  26. ^ http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/voyager-to-release-v-in-june/
  27. ^ "Ibanez Artist Roster". Ibanez Japan. Retrieved 17 May 2011. 
  28. ^ "Mayones on Antipodes with Voyager accessdate= 17 May 2011". Mayones Poland. 

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