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The Flower Kings


Symphonic Prog

3.69 | 46 ratings

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4 stars Odd to hear the FLOWER KINGS doing an all instrumental set , not that there isn't plenty of material , but that's what you get when you spin BrimStoned In Europe .

The usual suspects are here minus Hans Froeberg . The opening track " Cosmic Lodge " is a Roine Stolt solo piece and is brilliantly performed. Stolt's atmosheric guitar mixing with Jonas Reingold's thundering bass pedals make for the stuff of prog legend . Then comes " Astral Dog " which has always made me think of PINK FLOYD. As with any live FK's tune , you get a treat because they do play the song mostly as it was constructed and released in the studio but they also put a little extra sauce with it to create something exciting , raging and soaring then gliding smoothly above ground before touching down .

Then comes perhaps the best recording of " Circus Brimstone ". The way this piece is performed on the actual album is a work of art and every version recorded and released live has been a disappointment . Not so on this release . It is close to the original with some nice deviations thrown in .

The rest is solid but pedestrian except for " The Magic Circus Of Zeb " which has that amazing guitarwork and bass pedals this band has become famous for . This isn't a must have for any fan of progressive rock but it makes a nice addition to any FLOWER KINGS collection .

Trafficdogg | 4/5 |


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