Since 1999 Guy Manning releases a new album of his personal band. "Anserís Tree" is the eighth album in this row of releases and the third in ProgRock Records. I havenít listen to any of his previous albums, but the promotional sheet and the internet resources, tell of a highly acclaimed musician, who bases his albums on stories and tales. This is another concept album, which narrates the story of a man, who searches for his ancestors and his roots. Each song is named after the person that Guy speaks about and places him in a historic context. Unlike Wim Kratsborn and The Gathering in the "The Musical History Tour", "Anserís Tree" has a coherent approach and is not dressed in similar to the age music "clothes". The style is progressive folk rock. Although full member of The Tangent, in this album Guy Manning has followed a direction, that shifts between acoustic moments and complex progressive rock, all of them provided in sophisticated and charming melodies. Jethro Tull and Tempest are a few names that come easily to your mind when you listen to "Anserís Tree", which is a very good recommendation for all prog-rockers. As for my metal friends: this could be a good intermission of stylish progressive rock.
|Rating: 7/10||Reviewer: Giannis Tsakonas|