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The Flower Kings


Symphonic Prog

4.04 | 604 ratings

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The Prognaut
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4 stars After shaking the prog rock world with his Prime Opera "The Flower King", Roine STOLT remarked a point of departure on the musical scene by putting together a band named after his first solo recording and pulling off the incredible release of "Back in the World of Adventures".

In the purest symphonic tradition, the sound of THE FLOWER KINGS has evidentially the YES, GENESIS and CAMEL influences, even the psychedelic ones and the old prog school of KING CRIMSON. All of this musical tendencies where the Swedish band is founded on, are brightly blended with a jazzy touch that gives a very personal taste of THE FLOWER KINGS.

The musical execution is superb and all the musicians handle their instruments just perfectly. Nowadays, Roine STOLT's guitar could easily be catalogued as one of the best surrounding the prog scene. The legendary guitarist from seventies band KAIPA, twangs the strings of his instrument arbitrarily in a very peculiar and exquisite way, being occasionally reminded of Master Steve HOWE. His voice full of passion, suits perfectly the kind of music the band plays, obtaining the most enjoyable atmospheres. Tomas BODIN is yet another monster on keyboards. High voltages of Hammond organs and mellotrons take us through extremely delicious passages and conquering music. The rhythmic section is masterfully taken over by Roine's brother, Michael STOLT, on bass and by the Chilean native, Jaime SALAZAR. For the perfect ending, comes along the talented multi-instrumentalist Hasse BRUNIUSSON, who collaborated in the 70's with the mythical band SAMLA MAMMAS MANNA.

This great band's music jumps elegantly from extremely violent moments with STOLT's effective riffs, to beautiful fragments of peace and quietness. My favorite pieces are "World Of Adventure", "Atomic Prince / Kaleidoscope", "Theme for a Hero" and "Big Puzzle". From beautiful and lyrical vocals to exuberant instrumental passages, the shape and composition of "Back In The World Of Adventures" is insuperable. Enjoyable from beginning to end.

With this CD, the legend of one of the best nineties progressive rock exponents had begun, and was meant to be one of the most considerable conversation subjects of that decade and of this millennium.

The Prognaut | 4/5 |


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