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The Flower Kings


Symphonic Prog

4.15 | 131 ratings

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Theo Verstrael
1 stars Sorry guys, but this is a big disappointment.

I bought this dvd along with dvd┤s by Enchant (well, not too good either), Transatlantic (Live in Europe: fabulous) and Barclay James Harvest (Classic meets Rock: a more than nice surprise). And I really looked forward to watch FK perform their epics live.

And I didnot enjoy it at all.

FK is a bunch of very talented musicians, no doubt about that. The music is complex, adventurous and melodic, sometimes quite jazzy and unexpected (f.i. Circus Brimstone). And they sure can play on stage. But why on earth did they record a concert in such a small venue? There is hardly any space for their equipment, thus forcing them to stay on their places for more than 2,5 hours. And apart from Hans Fr÷berg who gives the impression that he actually likes what he's doing, the other kings just simply stay frozen! And there is no interplay with the small audience whatsoever. It seems as if the kings would have played no matter if any people were around to watch and listen. There is no emotion at all, no joy, no expression, in fact they appear like statues moving their hands on the instruments because the audience wants them to. And unfortunately Roine Stolt is the worst. He shows absolutely no emotion while almost all the music is from his hands!!

This could have been quite a nice experience, it turned out to be too dull and too disappointing to watch fully. Too bad for FK is a wonderful band that deserves a lot of support.

Theo Verstrael | 1/5 |


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