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The Flower Kings


Symphonic Prog

4.06 | 850 ratings

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5 stars Right - I had to go for the five stars, I did consider 4, Why? Because of the lyrical content, Again Stolte has decided to go for a lot of cliche in the form of biblical references, he mentions Cain again, He is always in the mythical garden of Eden where the evil serpent & the naked Eve, trap man in his original sin...Yadda Yadda Yadda.....Anyway, on second and third listenings, I put aside my thoughts on the lyrical content and let the music soak into my brain. Yes, this is musically entertaining and some of the guitar work is outstanding and touches the parts most guitarists don't even know exists...You have the Epic, which has grown on me - it's a melodic masterpeice, not quite as good as Garden of Dreams, Stardust We Are or Monsters and Men...but it's fourth on my list I think....It's a bit like Yes in parts, but it's a good ride for the 25 minutes and thats a good start. The track 2 - Awakenesque - chord progression catches my ear straight away and it's a PEACH of a track. Track 3 - has a bit of "Watcher of the skies " in it - but it's also a good solid track. Track 4 - excellent melody and Track 5 - monumentally emotional guitar solo. This CD is definately symphonic prog at it's best and will be hard to beat this year, surely this is going to be up there in 2012. Note to Mr Stolte - for your next FK effort - lets have a song about how religious lunacy driven by mysoginistic GREEDY men has caused far more human suffering than scientists ever have...but I like the little mellotron from the Lamb in the fade out at the end...NICE ONE CENTURION !!!
M27Barney | 5/5 |


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