Voyag3r (pronounced Voyager 3) return with their 3rd studio album, War Mask. Expanding on the sonic pallet the band created with their debut, Doom Fortress, and follow up 2xLP, Are You Synthetic?, Voyag3r deliver a diverse, dark and dynamic collection of songs, including a cover of the King Crimson classic, Red. Heavier tracks, such as Ancient Enemies, bring the rock element to the forefront, while more open tracks like Sequenza Di Mezzanotte, showcase a 70s vibed, organic sound.
1. The Terror Is Gaining On You
2. The Donning
3. War Mask
4. Ancient Enemies
5. Second Face
7. Sequenza Di Mezzanotte
8. Hell Village
10. War Mask (Steve Greene mix)
War Mask was self-produced and recorded at the Tempermill studios in Ferndale, MI, using their Harrison 3232 custom console and MCI 2” 24-track tape machine. As with the previous V3 albums, the artwork was done by Slasher Dave.
PRE-ORDERS ARE LIVE FRIDAY, MARCH 29 at 8am EST!
Bellyache Records will be releasing War Mask on Friday, April 26 on vinyl with 2 limited edition color variants: Orange (limited to 200) and transparent green (limited to 200) as well as classic black. LP’s come with a 12×12 3-D art print, a war mask that doubles as the 3-D glasses and digital download code. Pre-Orders for all vinyl formats of War Mask are at http://bellyacherecords.com
Battle Chamber Music will be releasing War Mask on CD and Cassette, including an additional mix of the title track by band synthesist Steve Greene. The cassette is limited to 100 copies worldwide. 50 red shell cassette and 50 black shell cassette with clear Norelco case. Pre-Orders for Cassette, CD and T-shirt of War Mask are at http://voyag3r.com
Voyag3r is: Steve Greene – synthesizers, piano, saxophone
Greg Mastin – drums and percussion
Aaron Greene – guitars
Voyag3r has previously sold out of all special edition variants of their albums, and produced a 2nd pressing of Doom Fortress. Two tracks from Doom Fortress, One’s True Intentions and Il Guanto Nero, were licensed for Rowdy Roddy Piper’s last film, entitled Portal To Hell, directed by Vivieno Caldinelli. Voyag3r also contributed an exclusive track, Appearance of the Mysterious Traveler, to the Lake Shore Records soundtrack album to the documentary film The Rise of the Synths, directed by Ivan Castell.
As of late July, 2018, tape is rolling again in the Voyag3r camp! The synth/progressive/rock band is hunkered down at the Tempermill Studios in Ferndale, MI. Neve and API pre-amps thought the Harrison 32 console, on to 2″ analog tape!
This will mark Voyag3r’s 3rd full length album and like the records before, shows new directions and sonic landscapes as well as classic synth and rock elements the band is known for.
As more information comes into the light, we’ll post it here. In the meantime, here are some photos from the sessions.
Jukebox Productions presents: Fuzz Fest 5, set to take place June 21 – 23 at the Blind Pig in Ann Arbor, MI. 33 bands over 3 days on 2 stages. Voyag3r plays on Saturday, June 23 on the main stage. The Blind Pig is located at 208 S. First Street in Ann Arbor, MI. For more information, visit: https://www.facebook.com/fuzzfestmichigan
Pre-orders are open for the two-disc vinyl edition of The Official Companion Album for The Rise of the Synths, the globetrotting synthwave documentary. Vehlinggo is pleased to reveal the album artwork and give you all the information you need to know about this Lakeshore Records release featuring the likes of Giorgio Moroder & Raney Shockne, Com Truise, Voyag3r, and Dance with the Dead. (The street date is Dec. 8, but pre-order ASAP because these things will go fast. After all, who can resist The Rise of the Synths on vinyl?)
What makes this companion release possible is the documentary behind it all, which was primarily funded by an expansive crowdfunding effort. Director Ivan Castell and producer Javip Moreno are traveling the world interviewing both pioneering synth musicians and the artists inspired by them — Drive artists Electric Youthand College; Miami Nights 1984; Com Truise; Dance with the Dead; Maethelvin; The Midnight; Betamaxx; Futurecop!, Kristine, OGRE, Carpenter Brut, Lazerhawk, Perturbator, Mitch Murder, and so many more.
Castell and Moreno are also interviewing music journalists, tour organizers, and others involved in the scene. For more information, read up on the documentary and its scope. It’s an inspiring endeavor.
‘THE RISE OF THE SYNTHS’ VINYL TRACKLIST
1 “Deckard Returns” – Chrome Canyon
2 “The Vale Of Shadows” – GUNSHIP
3 “Fatal Affair” – Power Glove
4 “Makita” – Geno Lenardo
5 “Idle Withdrawal” – Com Truise
1 “Lost In A Love” – Daniel Davies
2 “Silver Shadow” – Robert Parker
3 “A Mission To Remember” – Waveshaper
4 “Black Rain” – Code Elektro
5 “The Osbourne Effect” – German Engineering
1 “Triage” – Giorgio Moroder & Raney Shockne
2 “Night Stalker” – Carpenter Brut
3 “Crash & Burn” – John Bergin
4 “Dead of Night” – Dance With The Dead
5 “A Hero’s Journey” – Lazerhawk
1 “Rebar (Prologue)” – OGRE
2 “Fleshman” – John Bergin
3 “Stargate” – Mega Drive
4 “Appearance Of The Mysterious Traveler” – Voyag3r
Brand new Voyag3r song Appearance Of The Mysterious Traveler, recorded exclusively for The Rise of the Synths companion album is being release on on May 1 via Lakeshore Records Bandcamp. Produced, engineered and mixed by Steve Greene at the Battle Chamber and mastered by Carl Saff.
Lakeshore Records will release two official companion EPs for the upcoming documentary The Rise of The Synths this spring. THE RISE OF THE SYNTHS EP 1 features tracks from Giorgio Moroder & Raney Shockne, Dance With The Dead, OGRE, Lazerhawk, Mega Drive, Voyag3r, and Carpenter Brut’s “Night Stalker”, which was released earlier this year. The EP will be released exclusively through Lakeshore Records’ Bandcamp on May 1 and through all digital providers on May 12.
The Rise of The Synths is a documentary film project exploring the synthwave music scene. The filmmakers are interviewing both new artists and classic composers who helped to create the genre. The film is currently in production after a successful Indiegogo campaign. THE RISE OF THE SYNTHS EP 2 will be released in June. Stay tuned for more album details! See the EP 1 track list below.
Track List for THE RISE OF THE SYNTHS EP 1:
01 Giorgio Moroder & Raney Shockne: “Triage”
02 Carpenter Brut: “Night Stalker”
03 Dance With The Dead: “Dead of Night”
04 OGRE: “Rebar (Prologue)”
05 Lazerhawk: “A Hero’s Journey”
06 Mega Drive: “Stargate”
07 Voyag3r: “Appearance of the Mysterious Traveler”
ABOUT THE RISE OF THE SYNTHS
The film is a travel in time towards the roots of a worldwide grass-root music scene known as Synthwave, an irresistible blend of modern electronic composition with 80s pop culture’s nostalgia, that over the last two years has transformed from a whisper on selected internet hubs, to an ever-growing scene, expanding rapidly as we speak. Accounting millions of plays on social media, devoted fans are legion, but nobody in the mass media knows about them.
Thousands of synthwave composers around the world are living out double-lives. Away from their normal everyday life they spend another half-life behind a faceless musical avatar, creating and uploading their own renditions of 80’s-styled film scores, sharing them with the world – surging the wave. They belong to an endless army of watchers for the master’s legacy: the sound that Edgar Froese, Paul Haslinger, Giorgio Moroder and John Carpenter created in the late 70s.
A time travel into the universe of creating sounds. A love letter to human fascination and the collective memories of a universe that never existed.
Lakeshore Records is releasing a special companion album in support of the crowd-funded film The Rise Of The Synths. The album will feature many of your favorite synthwave artists.
Over the next few weeks, we will be announcing the bands appearing on the album. First up: Detroit-based synth-heavy, prog-rock trio VOYAG3R.
THE RISE OF THE SYNTHS is a feature documentary directed by Iván Castell and produced by Javier Moreno with an amazing team from Spain. The film is the definitive documentary about synthwave and ’80s retro and electronic music. The filmmakers’ crowd-funding campaign is running right now. Head over to IndieGogoto give them your support!