Voyager: Wiki Entry: VOYAGER (band) are a "Progressive Metal" band from Perth, Western Australia. Formed in 1999 by Daniel Estrin, a German-born musician, Mark Baker and Adam Lovkis, 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 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. Japanese label Woodbell/Experience licenced the album for Japanese distribution in the same year and released it with a bonus track "Now and Forever". Voyager's popularity increased with 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. 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 Festival in the Netherlands in 2006 and received positive responses from the media. As a result of this performance, Voyager were invited to ProgPower UK in 2008. 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. In October 2007, the band signed to German label Dockyard 1 Records in Hamburg, who released 'uniVers' worldwide, with the USA receiving the album for distribution in January 2008 through Locomotive Records. '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 as well as #7 for the Full Metal Racket albums of 2007 on Australia's national alternative broadcasting station Triple J. 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'. 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. Voyager indicated in press releases that they would continue their European tour of Denmark, Netherlands, Germany and Switzerland in spite of the cancellation. In June 2008, Voyager parted ways with guitarist Mark De Vattimo due to personal and professional differences. The band recently announced that Chris Hanssen, at only 17 years of age, would be the new guitarist. Personal Take: On a recommendation from a friend many years ago, I picked up Element V (on mp3, the physical copy took me years to finally find -- THANKS KEN!) I finally got Element V a few years ago. They were pretty quiet after Element V's release but then got signed to Piet's (Iron Savior) Dockyard 1 label. They released UniVers which still kept it stylistically similar to Element V, but with less cookie monster vocals and a more polished production. It's a very catchy album. I Am The ReVolution was released late last year and is very similar to UniVers. The thing that I would say that sets Voyager apart is their really strong songwriting, the unique voice of Daniel Estrin, and dreamy-esque keyboards. They also have a capital V in all of their album titles. Glenn also stated on numerous occassions that he would not be able to book these guys because it cost too much to get them from Austrailia but I'm happy that he found a way. VERY happy. So much so that when I saw this flash by on the scree, it took me a minute to realize what was going on. This was proceeded with Palabra De Dios (William) and I to scream like two little asian girls who just found out Hello Kitty is coming to their school. Sounds like: A very poppy, proggy-esque band with really catchy vocal melodies. Not exactly the easiest band to describe. Their keys on Element V sound very Bal-Sagoth-esque. Some use of cookie monster vocals on Element V and a few moments afterwards. Discography at a glance: Element V - Bal-Sagothy Keys, 1/3 Cookie Monster vocals, great songwriting but more of a concept album. The best way to describe the keys on this album are dreamscapes. I do not mean the band. This is a very very unique sounding metal album. Highly recommended. UniVers - Thankfully they didn't suffer from the failed sophomore effort here, and I would say that although I still prefer Element V, this is a huge step forward for them. Less Cookie Monster vocals and better sounding keys. I Am The ReVolution - Very similar to UniVers. Some slightly proggier moments. Less emphasis on the keys. Some truly Depeche Mode-esque moments on songs like In My Arms. Quick Song Hitlist: Sic Transit Gloria Mundi - Element V To The Morning Light - Element V The Eleventh Meridian - Element V This Bitter Land - Element V Cross The Line - UniVers Sober - UniVers White Shadow - UniVers Higher Existance - UniVers Pulse 04 - UniVers Land of the Lies - I Am The ReVolution Lost - I Am The ReVolution The Devil In Me - I Am The ReVolution Straight to the Other Side - I Am The ReVolution I Am the Revolution - I Am The ReVolution Some Tube Links: Final Thoughts: Should be an awesome show, not really sure what they will play though. Setlist.fm has nothing for them. I am sure they will play Sober and Lost though.