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The Flower Kings


Symphonic Prog

3.88 | 500 ratings

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2 stars Double trouble...

The seventh studio release from The Flower Kings and the first to features vocals from Daniel Gildenlow before his days as full band member.

The Good: The Truth Will Set You Free and Silent Inferno.

The Bad: After Stardust We Are and Flower Power this was the band's third attempt at double album and just like its predecessors is monstrously long, clocking in at nearly 2.5 hours. Even if you listen to the discs individually they still play for longer than most studio albums and as a result would need some serious consistency to hold the attention of the listener. In that respect Unfold the Future fails spectacularly and whilst it does have some great moment for sure, the vast majority is populated with what can only be described as progressive waffle. I have huge respect for Roine Stolt as both a composer and musician but whereas most bands will try and test material before binning the weaker stuff, The Flower Kings just seem to record everything that comes into their heads and let the listener trawl through the debris.

The Verdict: Quantity over quality.

Starhammer | 2/5 |


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