Beauty and the beef

Total Guitar - - ON THE UP -

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.

For fans of Le­prous, Caligula’s Horse Gear Ernie Ball Mu­sic Man

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