Metal Review – Voyager – The Meaning of I (2011)

Voyager - The Meaning of IHailing from Western Australia comes progressive metal act Voyager with their brand of experimental metal. Once you listen to their fourth full-length release, The Meaning of I, you will either love it or hate it. I am not sure if there is an in between with this one. For me, I land on the side of the latter. I appreciate the musical capabilities of the band members and hear a ton of great riffs with a very tight sound, but the vocals are just not doing it for me.

Western Australia’s masters of progressive metal experimentation VOYAGER have signed with the New Jersey-based prog metal pros at Sensory Records for the release of their upcoming fourth full-length album, The Meaning of I.

Conceived in 1999 by German-born musician Danny Estrin, VOYAGER are certainly well known throughout the prog metal circuit worldwide, having carved an incredible, diehard cult fanbase since inception. The unit’s previous three albums display their unique and even strange integration of symphonic, electronic and progressive elements crafted into a seamless, incredibly executed, multi-genre style all their own, bridging gaps between metal subgenres and even verging on 80’s pop.

The official street date for the incredibly layered fourth full-length The Meaning of I is set for October 11, 2011. But the band are also aiming this release to be available to fans in-person at their upcoming performance September 16 at the annual ProgPower USA in Atlanta, Georgia, where VOYAGER will share co-headline slots of the massive festival with Therion, Ihsahn, Sanctuary, Dream Evil, Labyrinth and more. Just days prior to ProgPower, on September 11, VOYAGER will make their debut North American performance at a one-off show in New York City alongside now-labelmates Creation’s End. Check current tour dates here.

With an impressive history of Australian music awards, as well as many titles of “album of the month” in Romanian, Finnish, Italian, German and Belgian music press, VOYAGER’s notoriety for their energetic live performances has captured audiences worldwide. The band have  battled geographical isolation to tour Europe twice, perform at ProgPower Europe 2006 and share stages with diverse acts like Nightwish, Steve Vai, Soilwork and Alestorm.