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UNFOLD THE FUTURE

The Flower Kings

 

Symphonic Prog

3.87 | 409 ratings

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4 stars Without question the Flower Kings are one of the major players in modern progressive rock. Also, without question they are a band that not only deserves the label as the "kings" of modern prog(pun intended)but also are undeservedly overlooked by the music public in general(isn't most prog?). This unfortunately is the case despite the fact that you can find any of their cds in any good retail chain(ie best buy, Circuit City, Borders etc). The Flower Kings along with a few other modern bands(notice how I didn't use the word neo to describe them?)would have probably been as big as most of the well known bands had they been around in the 1970's.

This double album(cd)"unfold the future" was originally released in 2002 and they performed the thirty minute opening track, "the truth will set you free"(which clocks in at just over 30 minutes) at the premier prog rock festival in the United States, Nearfest, the next year in 2000. The Flower Kings were just one notch down from headlining that event and their set was so long that they weren't allowed an encore. Nonetheless, the crowd went crazy for them proving they are one of the most popular prog bands around. It has been said that this disc is different for the Flower Kings. While that is true it is ultimately still rooted in a symphonic rock sound and doesn't sound all that out of place in their catalog. The Flower Kings are a band that tries not to stand still musically and this is possibly one of the best, if not the best, example of that out of every thing they have done up to that point(I have still not heard their latest two cds unfortunatley so I can't comment on those). This is a very eclectic disc to say the least. At times it is experimental and even almost avant garde, at other times jazzy and at other times showing their usual symphonic style. I gave this 4 but it's actually probably closer to 4 1/2. A brilliant release and a must for fans of modern or symphonic prog.

Prog_Traveller | 4/5 |

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