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  VOYAGER SEIZE THE DAY AT THE UNDERWORLD
Uneven Structure/Deadly Circus Fire/Voyager/Eaten By Man: Camden Underworld, London


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Words: Steve Göldby, Pictures: Ash Phoenix
16th October 2017

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In existance for over eighteen years now, Australian progressive Metallers Voyager are long overdue a big break and they proved this with a quality showing from their strong, deep and powerful repertoire.

Much shortened from their normal set due to this being a four band bill, the powerhouse five-piece demonstrated just why they have previously been nominated in the Top 10 of the MusicOz Awards and received plaudits for their previous works in several different countries.

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Their latest, and sixth, album, 'Ghost Mile', has rightly received critical acclaim from all across the industry and the first four songs tonight were all gleaned from that very opus but it was when the band kicked into the earlier material that they showed their mettle and proved they have Metal hearts as technical problems threatened to derail the show. The gremlins were out of luck tonight however and Voyager triumphantly completed their set to rapturous and well deserved applause.

Voyager had followed Londoners Deadly Circus Fire and Eaten By Man who both put on worthy performances with the former showing a considerable and noteworthy development since we last saw them and the latter brutalising the Underworld faithful via a storming display of Death Metal with melody that despite a strange and abrupt ending from the newcomers, showed huge potential and promise for the future.

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Deadly Circus Fire

French progressive Metallers Uneven Structure drew a respectable crowd for this, the first date of their European tour proper, and while their material is strong and as tight a unit as they are, they were unable to captivate the crowd in the way that Voyager did.

The Aussies are a very hard act to follow and it's plain to see their ecstasy when they are on stage with livewire guitarist Simone Dow completely absorbed in her performance and bassist Alex Canion leading the way with a thundering four string attack that gives the impression that this material was written on the bass but that is not the case as it's a completely collective effort with songwriting duties spread throughout the group, another example of the unity within Voyager that was readily on display tonight.

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Frontman Daniel Estrin, the only remaining founder member and band mainman, does a tremendous job of holding the audience and as well as shining on the harder numbers, he transfixes the audience with the emotional overtones of 'Misery Is Only Company' and the new album's title track, easily two most penetrating moments of the whole evening.

Voyager look destined for bigger things on the strength of this performance and as mentioned earlier, it's long overdue. There's an Ashes cricket series coming up this winter but these Aussies have already played a blinding innings on English soil.

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Voyager setlist:
Ascension
Misery Is Only Company
To The Riverside
Ghost Mile
Lost
Hyperventilating
The Meaning Of I

Voyager are:
Daniel Estrin - vocals, keytar
Simone Dow - guitars
Scott Kay - guitars
Ashley Doodkorte - drums
Alex Canion - bass, vocals

Catch Voyager live:
Thursday 12th October: Audio, Glasgow
Friday 13th October: Satan's Hollow, Manchester
Saturday 14th October: The Boileroom, Guildford
Monday 16th October: Sputnik Cafe, Münster, Germany
Tuesday 17th October: Maze, Berlin, Germany
Wednesday 18th October: Carpe Diem, Wroclaw, Poland
Thursday 19th October: Underdogs, Prague, Czech Republic
Friday 20th October: Chelsea, Vienna, Austria
Monday 23rd October: Backstage, Munich, Germany
Thursday 26th October: Legend Club, Cesano Boscone, Italy
Friday 27th October: i45, Zug, Switzerland
Sunday 29th October: Apolo 2, Barcelona, Spain
Monday 30th October: Caracol, Madrid, Spain
Thursday 23rd November: Prince Of Wales, Bunbury Wa, Australia
Friday 24th November: Settler's Tavern, Margaret River Wa, Australia
Saturday 25th November: Prince Of Wales, Bunbury Wa, Australia
Thursday 23rd November: The Sewing Room, Perth, Australia

European dates all with Uneven Structure

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Steve Göldby's Heavy Metal Chronicles, 2008 - 2017








 


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