How did the co-operation with
DVS Records come about?
Emanuel - I
think it came about through either samples of the album coming
hands. I've always been a firm believer in the Internets promotion
power, it allows an obscure album to be listened to where otherwise
it probably wouldn't.
Has any of the material on the
re-release been re-recorded or is the album
as it was back in 2001?
Emanuel - The
album is almost as is as it was back in
2001. The only exeption that some of the drums parts have been
redone, and the overall sound of the drums sounds a lot better. A slight
re-mixing you could call it...
In my review I compare you to
your fellow countrymen Vauxdvihl - do you know their stuff? And to
a band like Lanfear, not so much musically, but more in terms of
originallity - but if you should describe your music to an
outsider how would you explain it?
Emanuel - I
checked an MP3 sample just now, cause
I am unfamiliar with their stuff. It's hard to say only listening
to one song but I think they are a bit more sombre and technical
sounding than us. I'm listening to a track called "To
Dimension Logic" and I think thay sound great. I've heard the
Lanfear comparison before...but to describe our music I usually
say it's melodic metal. I could probably say it's a mix of melodic
metal with parts of melodic black/death, mixed in with
athmospheric keys. We try to
make Voyager sound like Voyager...
I think your music is very
unique and original because you combine so many different styles,
and even sings in German ... why? How is a normal Voyager
Emanuel - Daniel
basically comes in with a song idea to the band, and if it needs
working on we discuss it and come up with ideas/parts as they are
needed. We try hard not to repeat other bands, nor to repeat our
influences - but to keep them as influences. We're not a copy cat
band, we want to be known for our own music, not to repeat riffs
or melodies in similar ways and we try hard not to do that...
A lot of time has passed since
you wrote the songs for "Element V", so I guess you must
have a lot of news songs just ready to be recorded? In what
direction is your new material? And when can we expect for hear
new stuff from you?
Emanuel - Well,
the new material does sound a lot mature than "Element
V", there's a bit less of the cheesy stuff in there, but it's
definately not going to be all depressing or somber. We do have a
number of songs that are ready to be recorded, and a number of
great ideas that just need some direction, and hopefully we should
be recording sometime mid-2005.
If you were to make an all-time
album Top 5 would that one reflect the variety
of your music?
Emanuel - I'm
not sure if I get this answer right, but here goes:
1. Helloween - Keeper of the Seven Keys Pt II : cause it's got
some great catchy songs, twin guitar harmonies and a tounge in
cheek attitude (which we like to employ on the occasion).
2. Soilwork - Predators Potrait : we were very impressed with the
use of harsh and clean vocals.
3. Y.J Malmsteen - Marching Out : neo-classic metal at it's very
best. Major influence on everyone, everywhere...
4. Type O Negative - October Rust : I'm not the biggest fan, but a
couple of the guys in V get their punk/goth influence from here.
5. Europe - The Final Countdown : Daniel and myself love the 80's
AOR/Hair band stuff.
I think those bands above, mixed into one are a good reflection
(sort of) of our music.
How is the Australian music
scene at the moment? I think the quality of bands we get here in
Europe (Eyefear, Black Majesty, Vanishing Point and Pegazus) is
very high, and I have heard good things about band like Without
End and Enter Twilight, but how do you feel - and do you stick together
and help each other out?
Emanuel - To
tell you the truth, I have not heard too much of the Australian
metal music scene - those bands are over on the other side of
Australia, which is quite a long way away. But I can tell you that
Perth has some amazing bands: Psychonaut, Pathogen, The Furor
etc... I think the Perth scene could be producing some of the best
stuff in Oz - it's just a pity that bands
here don't get as much recognition as they do in the East.
Here at the end a more fun
question - when the rest of the world are talking about Australian
beer, then they talk about Foster and XXXX, but when asking
aussies, then they say WB (Victoria Bitter) - do you agree or
do you have some local brewery you support?
Emanuel - Hmmm,
I'm not a big fan of Foster or XXXX. When Aussies drink beer they
drink VB, Carlton Cold or Tooheys Extra Dry - I think those are
the "in" beers at this time (and
probably have been for some time).
Any famous last words?
Emanuel - Thanks
for the interview, and check out the VOAYGER web site www.voyager-australia.com for updates. With love from the land
of Koalas, Emanuel Rudnicki
Do check this very unique album out ...
It's really special and worth taking the time it takes to get
into! Kenn /powermetal.dk