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Element V

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  • Audio CD (December 28, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: DVS
  • ASIN: B0007DDSA4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,278 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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A mix of traditional power metal, neo-classical metal and progressive metal the debut for this Australian group covers quite a bit of territory. The usual blend of quick drum tempos, skillful guitar leads and driving keyboards are quite evident, yet the highlight would have to be Danny Estrin's unique vocal quality - a mixture of mostly clean and occasional growls or screams. Moreover, his vocal phrasing is quite different as well in a manner that is hard to explain; theatrical, dynamic and original are all words that come to mind. And his keyboard compositions and contributions give Voyager a distinct vibe - somewhat futuristic yet classical at the same time - best heard in the instrumental "The V Element."
Similarly, in "Cosmic Armageddon Part 2," the fast classical keyboard runs are juxtaposed with more melodic, slower passages. The only criticism here would be that the songs sometimes don't flow well and lack cohesion, like there are too many different musical ideas crammed into one song. "To The Morning Light," on the other hand, is one of the best songs here from a compositional standpoint, and the melodies flow well, very catchy as well. "Kingdoms of Control" showcases the ability to adapt with a percussive and Middle Eastern motif/theme. "Time For Change" is another highlight, great melodies and the trading clean/growling vocals (think Dark Tranquility) work extremely well here. Australia's answer to Dream Theater with their own unique twist.
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The title of my review is basically a summary of my perception of Voyager's overall sound. The use of fast metallic riffs, fused with beautiful harmonic melodies, be it by means of electronic elements, keyboards or otherwise, truly make for a perfect fusion of eclectic styles.

I first got to know Voyager by means of a live performace when they opened up for the Italian symphonic power metal band, Rhapsody of Fire. After having seen the amazing performance they put on, I am now a major fan of theirs. Every song on this album is rich, pure, and full of emotion in one form or another. Some of my favorites are "To The Morning Light," "The Eleventh Meridiian" and especially "Cosmic Armageddon, Part II."

In a general sense, this band is easily one of THE BEST bands in the hard rock/metal scene in the last ten years, and anyone who is a fan of either old-school metal such as Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, or Metallica, or, dare I even say, 80s-synth-pop such as The Cure, Depeche Mode, or A-HA definitely needs to give this superb band a listen. You will not regret it, I promise.
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After hearing, and loving, the latest three Voyager albums I figured I should buy the debut album. "Element V" is my least favorite Voyager CD. I've only recently discovered this band and I can't get enough of them. However, there are certain songs on this disc that have the signature "Voyager" sound.
If you're looking to check this band out for the first time, DO NOT buy this disc first! Buy any of their other releases and then, if you like those, buy this one.

For fans of Pagan's Mind, Circus Maximus, Dream Theater, etc.
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Element V is the 2004 debut from Australian melodic/progressive/gothic metal band Voyager. I was so blown away by the band's 2008 album Univers that I knew I had to go back and see how their previous album measured up.

How best to describe this unique band? Voyager is a melodic progressive metal band, but they incorporate a lot of different sounds. I guess if you started with Vanishing Point (another insanely good Australian melodic prog metal band) and added some of Paradise Lost's goth rock elements, a bit of Type O Negative style crooning, and the occasional harsh vocals, you'd come close to what Voyager is all about. It's a dazzling interplay of wickedly infectious melodies, emotional dramatic vocals, and flashy musicianship.

If I hadn't heard Univers, I'd probably call Element V a near-perfect album. It's still extremely impressive, especially for a debut album, but the songs on Univers are just so much better and made a much larger impression on me.

It may not be as mind-blowing as Univers, but Element V is still an outstanding and innovative album that fans of melodic and/or progressive metal will want to check out. Fans of Vanishing Point, Paradise Lost, Nightingale and Free Spirit in particular should find Voyager right up their alley. They're one of my absolute favorite new bands, and deserve a much wider audience.
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