Beauty and the beef
Australian prog metallers Voyager specialise in delivering razor-sharp riffs and super-addictive vocal hooks in face-punching packages. Their songs are refined repeatedly before recording and, listening to their sixth album GhostMile, the results of this approach are apparent.
“It’s a long and arduous process, but very rewarding,” admits guitarist Simone Dow. “When critiquing you have to be honest and ruthless with one another and there’s no room for egos. You write for the song, not yourself.”
The likes of TheFragileSerene – combining endearingly heavy rhythm parts and deftly-woven harmony lines – are irresistible, escalating with Muse-like grandeur. “It has to be a balance between tight and precise,” says Simone. “It’s not just the guitars, it’s every instrument.” Catch them in the UK this month.
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