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Voyag3r / Press

“A synthesizer heavy progressive rock band who are not afraid to embrace the spacier side to their sound? The Hawkwind fanboy in me could not be happier. Their progressive instrumental may be a bit hard to grasp at first but once you start digging into the nitty gritty of their music you find that these guys are talented musicians with a flair for otherworldly. At times their most excellent compositions become almost transcendent, becoming something greater than the sum of their parts. The guitar solos are among my favorite parts of their songs, they often have an epic Pink Floyd feel to them and come as the climax to a beautiful synth driven suite. Voyag3r are doing something new and unique with their music, creating soundscapes that are wholly their own, driving new fields open for space rock and proving that the genre Hawkwind Pioneered still has a lot of cool new ideas.”

“Vamos lá que tem coisa esquisita na área. Essa banda formada por Steve Greene (sintetizadores), Greg Mastin (bateria) e Aaron Greene (guitarra) vem de Detroit, EUA, e não é somente seu nome que traz a estranheza do negócio. Afinal, seu Rock experimental e instrumental também soa de tal forma. São duas composições (como o trabalho também foi lançado em vinil, uma de cada lado), sendo que a primeira é a faixa título que é muito interessante. Com uma pegada bem futurista, com sintetizadores bem encaixados e um bom trabalho de guitarras, a composição lembra algo do Rush da fase anos 80 e serviria como trilha de filmes futuristas. A segunda composição é bem chatinha. Com o nome de Haunted Becomes Hunter ela tem um início na linha Depeche Mode. A banda inglesa é até interessante, mas o problema é que o Voyag3r é instrumental, então imagina o saco que é.”

"VOYAG3R? Na ja, ich persönlich finde ja Star Trek: The Next Generation besser!" würde wahrscheinlich ein Sci-Fi-Fan antworten wenn du ihm den Begriff VOYAG3R an den Kopf wirfst. Allerdings handelt es sich hier nicht um eine Raumschiff: Enterprise Fortsetzung sondern um eine experimentelle Rockformation aus Detroit. Trotzdem ist diese Verständlichkeit kein Zufall. Ähnlich wie SUNSET STEEL ist auch die Truppe ganz tief in der Pop-Kultur der 80er Jahre verwurzelt und gibt sogar selbst an von diversen Horror-, Sci- Fi- und Action-Soundtracks dieser Dekade beeinflusst worden zu sein. Anders aber als andere Musiker, die die 80s-Schiene fahren, sind Steve, Greg und Aaron ultra-orthodox und versuchen tatsächlich nahe an ihren Inspirationsquellen zu bleiben. So wird bewusst auf Gesang verzichtet, Synthesizer beherrschen umso mehr das Bild und die Riffs halten sich dezent im Hintergrund und ziehen maximal in den Soli etwas stärker die Aufmerksamkeit auf sich.

“With Voyag3r’s two-song opus, you want this album. Trust me! Go now and buy this album. No need to continue reading, but if you do, here’s my impression. What ends up sounding like a soundtrack to a Peter Hyam film, the group utilizes analog synths like it’s an arsenal, and what it, in turn, does is turn your life into that great sci-fi/action film of the ‘70s and ‘80s you always wish you were a part of.”

“This is epic action flick music, reminiscent of the stirring synth-clad call-to-action of a particularly death-defying stunt scene from Airwolf or Streethawk.”

“Voyag3r’s Victory in the Battle Chamber (Bellyache) is a sweet piece of vinyl. Have you ever listened to Tangerine Dream’s soundtrack to the movie version of Stephen King’s Firestarter, starring Drew Barrymore? Probably not, but if you had and then you played this single, you’d know why I’m bringing it up. Atmospheric prog rock with a strong ‘80s vibe, a real movie score feel and some great synth work – this is instrumental music played by people looking to tell a story.”

“It’s not every day that local musicians come together to form instrumental bands, but that’s one thing that makes Voyag3r so interesting. Pronounced Voyager Three, this instrumental band goes after soundtrack and science fiction sounds. The result is very moody, atmospheric and even a bit creepy at times.”

“Victory in the Battle Chamber is not a soundtrack from any film, but both tunes contained on this 7” very well could be. Hell, the title and artwork alone conjures up the video heyday of Cannon Video and Mad Max, and the music delivers in spades.”

"...Meticulously crafted synth-rock from this local trio is aspiring toward the eerie drones, suspenseful staccatos and urgent crescendos of seminal sci-fi and horror flick soundtracks — a cinematic synth-rock sensation."

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