Released: 2007, Dockyard 1/Sound Pollution
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall
Voyager formed in 2000 in Perth, Australia. They were soon established as one of the bigger acts in the country and have supported Steve Vai, Yngwie Malmsteen and Nevermore. Their 2004 debut ELEMENT V got a great response and landed them a European tour. After a new label as well as Boeijen and Dow joining on drums and guitar, respectively, the band released their second album. Despite their space-like name, Voyager plays very down-to-earth commercial Goth/rock influenced by very melodic metal and with a lot of keyboards.
Voyager is far too commercial and a little too melodic for my tastes. Their music is too soft to be likened to metal; they’re in the same genre as Within Temptation and Evanescence. The only major difference is that Voyager employs a male singer.
The material is quite solid, but it lacks passion and the energy? Most of the 11 songs sound alike and have nothing that stands out. It’s hard to remember any particular song when the album is over because they all sound the same. UNIVERS is an album written for the mainstream audience from a standard formula. Nothing interesting happens and the album doesn’t impress me at all.
Yes, the musicians are skilled, the singer sounds OK and the material is pretty solid, but that’s about it. The band has to do much better than this in order to succeed in their genre.