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Metal Hammer (UK) - - Albums - DANNII LEIVERS

VOY­AGE R

UN­DER­WORLD, LON­DON

VOY­AGER [7] have se­ri­ous sound prob­lems tonight, and al­most have to cut their set short. But the Aussie prog­sters’ good hu­mour car­ries them through, and, when their kit is work­ing, they sound out of this world. As­cen­sion and Ghost

Mile boast full-bod­ied, pris­tine pop melodies that gleam like galax­ies, bal­anced by a meaty bot­tom-end and shape-shift­ing tech­ni­cal­ity. Even a progged-up, key­tar cover of 90s trance track Sand­storm is glo­ri­ous. UN­EVEN STRUC­TURE

[8] how­ever, are a much denser, more ag­gres­sive prospect. Tonight the tech­ni­cal prog met­allers are play­ing their am­bi­tious three-part con­cept al­bum, La Par­ti­tion, in full. Veer­ing be­tween mes­meris­ing ten­der­ness and claus­tro­pho­bic bru­tal­ity, they play in dark­ness, save for lights that sil­hou­ette the band in brood­ing blues and greens. Paired with their multi-lay­ered polyrhythms and Matthieu Ro­marin’s hyp­notic, pow­er­ful vo­cals, it’s an over­whelm­ing, dis­ori­en­tat­ing sen­sory ex­pe­ri­ence that proves the French­men have taken their craft to a new level.

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