Voyager is a progressive metal band from Perth, Western Australia. The band has released seven full-length albums, five singles, and fourteen video clips and has been active since 1999. Their seventh full-length studio album, Colours in the Sun, was released worldwide on 1 November 2019 on the French American metal record label Season of Mist.
Formation and Element V (1999–2003)
Voyager formed in 1999 at the University of Western Australia by Daniel Estrin, Mark Baker, and Adam Lovkis. The band saw a few lineup changes before recording the album Element V in 2003 with Aidan Barton at Sovereign Studios, Willetton, Western Australia. The lineup for Element V consisted of Daniel Estrin (keyboards, vocals), Mark De Vattimo (guitar), Jennah Graieg (bass), Geoff Callaghan (drums) and Emanuel Rudnicki (guitar), in 2002.
The album Element V was released in Australia in 2003, and then picked up by Dutch label DVS Records and released in Europe the following year. Japanese label Woodbell/Experience licensed the album for Japanese distribution in the same year and released it with a bonus track, “Now and Forever”.
Voyager’s popularity increased rapidly following the European release of Element V and the band secured its first major support, opening for Steve Vai in Perth in July 2004.
After the release of Element V, Melissa Fiocco replaced Jennah on bass. Voyager performed at Melbourne’s Corner Hotel in late 2005 as part of a Screaming Symphony radio benefit concert, playing for the first time out of their home state of Western Australia. Towards the end of 2006, Emanuel and Geoff departed the band and were replaced by Simone Dow and Mark Boeijen respectively, just prior to the recording of the follow up album, uniVers.
uniVers and ProgPower Europe (2006–2007)
In early 2006, Voyager entered Sovereign studios to record “uniVers”, with Boeijen and Dow as firm members of the band. Voyager shot a video clip to the radio edit version of the song “Sober” and released this as a limited edition single in 2006.
The band performed at the ProgPower Europe Festival in the Netherlands in 2006 and received positive responses from the media. As a result of this performance, Voyager were invited to ProgPower UK in 2008. In late 2006, Voyager were due to perform with Nevermore, whose Perth leg of the show was ultimately cancelled. Voyager were also due to support Yngwie Malmsteen following their return from the first European Tour, but were struck from the show at the last minute because Malmsteen did not want any support acts for his Australian tour.
In early 2007, DVS Records announced its closure and Voyager had no label to release their album uniVers, which was fully recorded at that stage.
In October 2007, the band signed to German label Dockyard 1 Records in Hamburg, who released uniVers worldwide, with the USA receiving the album for distribution in January 2008 through Locomotive Records. uniVers received critical acclaim throughout the world, being voted album of the month by Belgium’s Mindview magazine and album of the week in Finland’s Imperiumi magazine. It was named as #7 of the Full Metal Racket albums of 2007 by Australia’s national alternative broadcasting station Triple J. The band was nominated in the Top 10 of the MusicOz Awards.
The band parted ways with bass player Melissa Fiocco shortly after the release of uniVers, a split which was not without controversy. Fiocco was replaced by Alex Canion, who was 18 years old. Shortly after Canion’s first appearance with Voyager in Perth, Western Australia, the band embarked on a mini-tour to Sydney and Melbourne with labelmates Eyefear, to promote uniVers.
In January 2008, Voyager performed with Nightwish in Perth. The band’s scheduled Australian tour with Toto in March 2008 was cancelled, apparently due to Toto’s stage requirements. In late February 2008, ProgPower UK was also cancelled due to poor ticket sales.
Voyager indicated that they would continue their European tour of Denmark, Netherlands, Germany and Switzerland in spite of the cancellation. Their tour included a performance with 1980s arena rock band House of Lords at the Ballroom Hamburg.
In June 2008, guitarist Mark De Vattimo quit Voyager due to personal and musical differences.
I Am the reVolution (2009–2011)
After recording new songs with Adam Round at Kingdom Studios in Maylands, Western Australia and having the tracks mastered by Sterling Sound in New York City, Voyager released their album I Am the ReVolution on 20 September 2009 through Dockyard 1 Records in Germany and Riot Entertainment in Australia. The album was immediately received with critical acclaim, including the popular Vampster website, although some critics were skeptical about the band’s strong melodic influences and their “pop” sound.
Voyager released a new video for the song “The Devil in Me” in October 2009.
In 2010, Voyager was nominated three times as a top 10 finalist at the Australian MusicOz Awards for “Lost”, “The Devil in Me” and the video for the latter. The band also picked up a nomination for 2010 WAMI “Best hard rock/metal act” presented by the West Australian Music Industry.
Chris Hanssen and Voyager parted ways in 2010, with Scott Kay taking over guitar duties. Kay’s first tour was with Scottish pirate metal band Alestorm in May 2011, during which the band received critical acclaim.
The Meaning of I (2011–2013)
After recording new songs in April/May 2011, Voyager signed a deal with New Jersey-based label Sensory. In October 2011 the band released The Meaning of I. The album is the first to feature new guitarist Scott Kay and the last to feature Mark Boeijen on drums who left shortly after the recording to focus on his family. The album features guest vocal performances by DC Cooper (Royal Hunt) and Daniel Tompkins (Tesseract, ex-Skyharbor). It was released worldwide on 11 October 2011, but was released early in the US at the ProgPower festival in September 2011.
Voyager was one of the opening bands for Epica when they played in Perth on 23 April 2013.
At the end of 2013, Voyager unveiled a crowdfunding campaign for their album V and unveiled clips of pre-production recordings of new songs. The campaign’s goal was reached within three days of its launch. “Breaking Down” was the first single from the album.
In May 2015, Voyager toured nationally, supported by French progressive rock band Klone. They returned to North America in September for the US ProgPower event and a national tour.
Ghost Mile (2017–2019)
Ghost Mile was released on 12 May 2017.
Colours in the Sun (2019–present)
On September 21, 2018 Voyager performed at the o2 Indigo, London, UK as part of the European Space Agency’s Space Rocks exhibition/concert, giving them the chance to play “Colours” and “Brightstar” from the forthcoming album. They also performed at the 229 the following evening as part of a short seven date European tour.
|I Am the ReVolution||Full-length||2009|
|The Meaning of I||Full-length||2011|
|Misery Is Only Company||Single||2016|
|Colours in the Sun||Full-length||2019|
|This Boy’s in Love||Single||2021|
|Mark De Vattimo||Guitars, Vocals (1999-2008)|
|See also: Psychonaut, ex-Pathogen|
|Adam Lovkis||Drums (2000)|
|Geoff Callaghan||Drums (2000-2006)|
|See also: Trident Winter, ex-Axe Cane, ex-The Sixth Extinction|
|Emanuel Rudnicki||Guitars (2000-2006)|
|See also: ex-Black Steel|
|Mark Baker||Keyboards (2000)|
|Jennah Graieg||Bass (2001-2003)|
|Melissa Fiocco||Bass (2003-2007)|
|Mark Boeijen||Drums (2005-2011)|
|See also: Riot Squad, Syntony, ex-Pathogen, ex-Samain, ex-Vespers Descent, ex-Daybreak|
|Chris Hanssen||Guitars (2009-2010)|
|2.||Breaking Down||04:35||Show lyrics|
|3.||A Beautiful Mistake||05:02||Show lyrics|
|4.||Fortune Favours the Blind||01:02||Show lyrics|
|5.||You the Shallow||04:33||Show lyrics|
|6.||Embrace the Limitless||03:06||Show lyrics|
|8.||The Domination Game||04:30||Show lyrics|
|10.||It’s a Wonder||05:11||Show lyrics|
|11.||The Morning Light||05:57||Show lyrics|
|12.||Summers Always Come Again||02:21||Show lyrics|
|13.||Seasons of Age||04:40||Show lyrics|