When vocalist Danial Estrin founded progressive metal quintet Voyager in 1999 he had only an inkling of where he wanted his musical journey to go. The band, based in Perth, Australia, debuted its first album a decade ago, and it was clear his vision was beginning to take form. Over the course of the last decade, Estrin, who also plays keytar, has slowly built Voyager around him. Each new component has helped solidify the band’s signature. On June 3, the band will release its fifth studio effort, “V“, which finds Voyager firmly establishing its present and future.
Guitarist Simone Dow, who has been with the band since 2006, touched base with The Examiner this week to discuss the new record and the evolution of Voyager over the last decade.
The Scottish born Dow is joined in Voyager, along with Estrin, by fellow guitarist Scott Kay, bassist Alex Canion, and drummer Ashley Doodkorte. The latter joined the band after the recording of 2011′s “The Meaning of I” and makes his debut studio appearance on “V“. On Doodkorte’s impact on the new record she offers:
“It was fantastic. Just having some new blood into the band, it just adds a new rush of enthusiasm.”
In contrasting the new album with the previous effort Dow relates:
“It’s still heavy. I think it’s probably a little bit heavier than ‘The Meaning of I‘. It’s probably not as dark. The lyrical content this time around–Danny was in a little bit of a dark place when he wrote the last album lyrically. He wasn’t very happy with things and he was sort of reflecting on that in his lyrics. This time round he’s still reflecting Voyageron life only a lot more positive. And it comes out in the music as well.”
In support of the previous record, Voyager hit the road in the U.S. for their first full tour stateside. It was an experience Dow and the band were quite happy about:
“It was the best thing I have ever done in my entire life and I really want to do it again very soon. I’ve never done it before. We were all a bit worried. We were like, this could make or break us. We’ve got to be in an RV for like a month traveling across North America. We might kill each other. But it was actually like the best time we’ve ever had. We all bonded really well. We had the time of our lives and we’ve got memories that we’ll have for the rest of our lives as well.”
Dow talks about her favorite riffs on the record as well as the album’s guest cameo appearances. You can check out the full interview with Simone here as well as the video for the album’s first track, “Hyperventilating” above. You can also check out our previous interview with Simone here.