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Voyager – Misery is Only Company

Written by Chris Reid

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In just a couple of days time Voyager will be kicking off their national tour with Norwegian progressive maestros Leprous, who are gracing the shores of Australia for their first time in support of their fourth studio album The Congregation. Not to be outdone Voyager have just released their latest single Misery is Only Company to coincide with the start of the co-headline tour.
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Voyager & Leprous

Voyager & Leprous

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The track starts in grandiose style, I’m sucked by the sublime guitar tone from the very first chord. The track quickly retreats into a nice simple progression which the entire band play in unison. In typical Voyager fashion the verse has a catchy feel to it and Daniel Estrin’s silky vocals takes their progressive sound to an zone where the lines between rock and pop are blurred. The guitars crank up a gear shortly after the first verse to remind you that you’re listening to heavy prog. As a general observation the vibe of this song picks up nicely where 2014’s album V left off, with the combination of Alex Cannion’s slap bass and the 7 string riffing of Simone Dow and Scott Kay giving the song a powerful vibe which flirts with djent at times. The song Misery is Only Company has plenty of twists and turns which will keep fans on their toes, but for all of the change ups and rhythmical nuance it’s a very cohesive track. The songs is able to glide seamlessly from one section to the other thanks in large to Estrin’s soaring vocals which tie the song together incredibly well. The heavy breakdown at 3:26 is a personal highlight and is destined to be a standout during Voyager’s live set for years to come.
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The video itself is a collection of video footage from the studio. This style of video is a great fit for the track as it gives fans a behind the scenes look at the band without detracting from the song itself. The simple black and white footage allows the listener to form their own view of the lyrics and doesn’t distract you from listening to the song itself.
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Five albums down and Voyager can rightly claim to be one of Australia’s most formidable heavy bands. Misery is Only Company is a logical progression in sound from the ultra successful V album and a confirms that the current incarnation of Voyager is as formidable as ever. Given the quality of their new music and a groundswell of support from across the globe you can’t help but get the impression that Voyager are set to explode in a way which only a handful of bands from Australia have. Be sure to catch them on their co-headlining tour with Leprous for a quality night of progressive music.

 

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Chris Reid

January 28th, 2016

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Chris is a long time metal enthusiast who plays bass guitar in Perth band Let's Kill Uncle. https://www.facebook.com/letskilluncle  

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