In their nearly 20 year existence, the career of Perth melodic metallers Voyager has snowballed and evolved every step of the way.
Not being a band to embrace what would be expected, their own unique musical path is proudly on display in their sixth full length release, Ghost Mile.
The album opens with ‘Ascension’, a dynamic and bright musical exploration that twists and turns from light to dark and heavy to soft, setting a positive standard for the rest of the tracks.
Voyager’s albums are a vast melting pot of many different musical styles and influences, one moment delicate melodic pieces such as ‘This Gentle Earth (1981)’, the blooming, yet brooding ‘The Fragile Serene’, ‘To The Riverside’ that slides into post-rock territory, the minute next going into the poppy, bouncy and insanely catchy dance beat driven ‘What a Wonderful Day’ and the catchy ear worm that is ‘Lifeline’ that show what Voyager is about – writing good music and having fun – right into a blatant barrage of heaviness of the blast beat double kick laden title track and hits like a brutal assault with the epic album closer ‘As the City Takes the Night’ tying everything up.
As mentioned before, Voyager have never been one to conform to just one style, but I do find they do embrace djent a tad too often here, especially in the opening two tracks. While this is certainly a sign of evolving, it has been done by way too many bands and they are too good just to jump on what’s popular. That may be just annoying old man nit picking, as Ghost Mile is an excellent release.
Ghost Mile is a manifestation of a band very comfortable in their own skin, forging their own unique path with little or no signs of slowing down. They used to be Australia’s little musical secret; now they are for all the world to embrace and love.
2 Misery is Only Company
4 The Fragile Serene
5 To the Riverside
6 Ghost Mile
7 What a Wonderful Day
9 This Gentle Earth (1981)
10 As the City Takes the Night