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[ALBUM REVIEW] VOYAGER: Ghost Mile

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Six records in and Perth band, Voyager, seem to get better with each release. The album to follow “V”(2014) was always going to be a hard act to follow or one tough cookie to digest. With no cookies left in the cookie jar, it’s safe to say no cookies crumbled with no crumbs or dud tracks. All killer no filler here with ten solid tracks on display.

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Kicking things off with the single, Ascension, the bass of Alex Canion sets the groove for some prog bliss with the guitar duo of Scott Kay and Simone Dow who smash out riffs that bounce off each other like volleyballs over a net. The drumming of Ashley Doodkorte constructs this tournament, with tight precision.  Sounds of djent and growls make for an enjoyable listen. The distinct voice of Danny Estrin takes things to the next level on next track Misery Is Only Company with its catchy chorus. We have a winner here.

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Lifeline is something completely different starting with an almost dance beat, making way for a stomping riff and guitar lead that shoots like a spray of bullets across the skies. Guitar solos are most welcome on the epic Fragile Serene. After the build-up of To The River Side, title track Ghost Mile is an instant highlight. The chugging riff and harmonies on display mould like clay. The guitar riffs get technical as Doodkorte pelts away at the kit picking up the speed.

The retro What A Wonderful Day comes across as a hats-off to the New-Wave genre making it an unlikely number that works wonders. The standout makes Men Without Hats wonder what the fuck happened to their hats. The upbeat Disconnected with its innovative use of keytar and soaring vocals of Estrin has elements of horror punk and goth rock,  the brainchild of Depeche Mode and The Damned is in the womb. This track is another highlight with death growls and ringing guitar solos adding a nice touch.

Finishing off with album closer As The City Takes The Night,  Voyager continues to unravel their magic.

It is clear that Voyager has a masterpiece in the making here. The album is sure to grow after each listen with the punter feeling more and more rewarded each time.  Highly recommended with a solid 4 out of 5-star rating.

4/5 stars

SEE VOYAGER LIVE

Thursday 11th MayAdelaide – FOWLER’S LIVE
Friday 12th MayMelbourne – EVELYN HOTEL
Saturday 13th MayBrisbane – THE ZOO
Friday 19th May Perth – AMPLIFIER BAR
Saturday 20th MayCanberra – THE BASEMENT
Sunday 21st MaySydney – OXFORD ART FACTORY

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Matt Bolton

Matt Bolton has been a long time contributor for SF Media and now writes CD Reviews and Gig Reviews for HEAVY. Boltz, as he is known is responsible for his regular column for HEAVY, that being HEAVY Roots. Boltz has a diverse taste in music when it comes to anything HEAVY. Regularly going to concerts and collecting vinyl, trying to get back to playing guitar, music has been a huge part of his life ever since receiving a Beach Boys cassette for Xmas from Rudolf. He believed in Rudolf back then. Now everything from Reggae to Black Metal is blasting through his speakers. His favourite bands range from Mr Bungle, Acid Bath, The Dwarves, System of a Down, Pantera, Inquistion, Melvins, Peter Tosh and Alice in Chains. Winning the battle with the big C, Dimebag Darrell’s tunes helped him through the fight in long hospital stays. ‘Strength beyond strength’ tattooed across his collarbone has a deep meaning and the metal pumps through his veins. Boltz lives and breathes metal. \m/
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