Sunday 9 December 2018
Damanek - In Flight (2018)
The second album from this British band.
The band is a quartet with a lineup of keyboards, bass, drums, guitars, bouzouki, mandolin, saxophone and vocals.
A large number of guest musicians adds their guitars, drums, violin, choirs and vocals.
Their 2017 album On Track really impressed me. Some really good folk rock influenced progressive rock. You can read my review somewhere else in this blog.
Guy Manning (The Tangent, Manning) still dominates this album with his vocals. The music is still a songs based progressive rock with some folk rock influences.
It is noted that this album also sounds like a Manning album too. Manning is a band sorely missed. But I can understand why Guy Manning want Damanek instead of his own band. So much more stimulating to be with other great musicians, I guess. It is only a guess.
The music is songs based and only goes out on a bit more loose instrumental form on a couple of tunes at the end of this one hour long album.
The songs are very good though although I feel the band could had let some of the songs develop into a lot longer songs.
Damanek is one of the rising stars in the prog rock scene and has arrived with this album as one of the better bands in the scene. Check out this album.