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Voyager Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (April 2, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Dockyard1 Records
  • ASIN: B003F76N92
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #453,373 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Higher Existence
2. Deep Weeds
3. Everwaiting
4. Between The Sheets
5. Sober
6. Cross The Line
7. Pulse 04
8. Falling
9. What I Need
10. One More Time
11. White Shadow

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly incredible June 6, 2008
Format:Audio CD
I'm not sure why, but it always seems like every time I'm blown away by a new (to me) band, they tend to be from Australia. It happened when I first heard Vanishing Point in 2000, again in 2004 when I discovered (far too late) the brilliance of Alchemist, and again this year when I first popped Voyager's latest album Univers into the CD player.

I listened to a few samples from this album and thought I had a pretty good idea what it would sound like. All I can say is that I got about one minute into the first song before I realized that my expectations just got thrown out the window. I was expecting a high quality melodic rock album, and that's definitely part of Voyager's sound, but so is progressive metal, gothic metal, atmospheric rock, and even death metal...that you can dance to. Seriously, this band is like throwing Nightingale, Vanishing Point, Borknagar, Type O Negative, HIM, and Sentenced in a blender.

I've been playing Univers pretty much non-stop since I got it, and am still amazed by what I'm hearing. The music is just crammed wall to wall with gorgeous melodies and atmospheric keyboards to die for, alongside metal riffs and well placed "used but not abused" death metal growls. The clean vocals, which make up the vast majority of the album, are just incredible. Daniel Estrin sounds like the love child of Vintersorg, Dan Swano, and Peter Steel (if Peter Steel wanted you to dance instead of kill yourself). The album is amazing from start to finish, and is one of those albums that is impossible to listen to while sitting still.

Univers is the most dynamic, innovative and exciting album I've heard in a long time. If you're a fan of any of the band's mentioned above, or are just an open-minded metal fan willing to take a chance, you must must MUST check this album out.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Debut / Lousy CD-R August 31, 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I love category-defying music, and Voyager excels at blending so many different styles into a cohesive, catchy mix. I am actually working backwards into the Voyager catalog, so it's intersting to see the evolution of the band. In listening to UniVers, all the elements were there at the beginning, but they have certainly fine-tuned them along the way without losing their way. Any true fan of music can find something to like here. The only thing I was disappointed in was that this was a CD-R made on request (whose sound quality is OK, but not great), whereas I was wanting the original recording with the correct booklet - I can only blame myself for not reading the fine print, but perhaps Amazon can make it a little more obvious so you know very clearly what you are getting, hence the 4 stars (Voyager gets 5!)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Infectiously Intelligent May 25, 2012
By Zadion
Format:Audio CD
Progressive metal has an interesting fanbase; they seem to hold some kind of opinion that they are better than all of their friends who don't listen to progressive music. I guess a lot of this has to do with the complexity of progressive metal, but honestly, a lot of it is the sheer inaccessibility of the music. It's a type of style that one must really dig into and put their mind to work, separating all of the layers and absorbing the music. In that regard, it is some of the most intelligent music out there.

... Then Voyager comes in, rising from the land down under in utter obscurity. While their music is definitely within the bounds of progressive metal - with changing rhythms and complex layers - this may be some of the most (intelligently) catchy music I have ever heard. Every song is an earworm, working its way into your skull and sticking in there. Every song here makes me come back to it, begging to be graced by its unique blend of melody, complexity, and, ultimately, accessibility. Indeed, any band with this level of infectious melodies must be accessible. It's a simple law of music.

Throughout the entire album, those infectious melodies never cease, and they're carried predominantly by the guitar. There's a plethora of thrilling riffs in every damn song. It can be summed up perfectly in opener "Higher Existence," which travels through several of them in it alone. It travels through several moods established in tempo and rhythm changes, and it is a definite highlight of the album.

There is keyboard use all over too. While it is often used in the background, there are several dominant melodies in use as well.
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