Genre: Heavy Metal
In not so many years from now I wish that people that will listen to extreme music won’t feel a kind of putty or laughing at music journalism in Greece. Well better saying won’t add to their laughing list Metal Invader…I think it’s impossible for all albums that are coming from Hellenic scene to be masterpieces as most webzines and magazines claim to. And I think that sooner or later everyone will stop this approaching, will make a u-turn and start say bad things about Greek bands just to make sure everyone sees that he or she is different from the majority of reviewers. So it is a possible fact for some really great albums to pass under the radar just for the sake of not writing another triumphant review for a greek band, that truth be told mostly follows a copy paste pattern. Great Voyager is a Greek heavy metal band that doesn’t need a triumphant review though. They don’t need any help from anyone that makes public relations rather journalism, with every Greek band out there. Because they have the talent of writing memorable songs with epic tints, excellent Maidenisque (Piece of Mind era) melodies, Deaf Healer and Dio first two albums influences, some NWOBHM here and there parts and early Manowar elements added so carefully and filtered with extra doses of personality that delivers some of the coolest songs I have heard from a Greek band for years such as ‘Blind The Night’, ‘Oppression’ and ‘Voyager’, that are pure pleasure for my ears. the band may has a new line up still it was established in 2012 from Antonis Matzoros and you may recognize them with the similar moniker Voyager, yet with a different line up, as they opened for Skyclad in 2014 in one of the epic shows the Britons have offered us in Athens. The Piraeus based group features Nick Patsis in drums which performance is solid and along with Antonis Matzoros creates a strong rthythm section, guitarist George Raftopoulos who offers some catchy riffs and solos and Dimitris Zazirei on vocals with a (really) nice voice that has a characteristic tone and not a “exotic” Greek accent that would make him sound mediocre. Give this quartet their chance and believe me you won’t miss a great album added to your discotheque.