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THE FLOWER KINGS

Symphonic Prog • Sweden


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It's hard to make a biography about THE FLOWER KINGS, being that there's so much to say about them, so any attempt of telling their history may seem insufficient.

This esential Swedish group was born around 1993 as a power trio formed by Roine Stolt (Ex-KAIPA) in guitar and vocals, Jaime Salazar (Drums) and Hasse Bruniusson (percussion), and ex-SAMLA MAMMAS MANNA, this lineup worked with Stolt in his solo album "The Flower King" with the participation of Hans Fröberg (Lead and Backing vocals) who would stay with them.

Soon they decided to form a band using the name of the solo album so THE FLOWER KINGS was born, the keyboardist Tomas Bodin and Roine's brother Michael in the bass joined and the band was officially born.

For 1995 they have their first release ready "Back in the World of Adventures" which impressed the critics very much for their closeness to the style of early bands such as Moody Blues, genesis, Jethro Tull etc, borrowing ideas but not music, so you can easily find their inspiration but a single chord copied, I personally liked the album but found it closer to Neo Prog than to Symphonic but this is only a stylistic precision that has no relation with the quality of the album.

The next few years are prolific with few changes and they release "Retropolis" in 1996. Stardust we Are" in 1997 and "Flower Power" in 1998 with no great changes.

In 1999 Michael Stolt leaves the band and is replaced by Jonas Reingold so the new formation for "Space Revolver" in the year 2000 also includes Ulf Wallander playing the Sax as a guest that remains for a long period with them.

After "The Rainmaker" in 2001 Jaime Salazar leaves the band and the drums are taken by Zoltan Csörsz who stays in the band until the release of "Paradox Hotel" (2005) when is replaced by Marcus Liliequist.

As most Swedish bands the quality of their music and the musicianship of their members is
impeccable but don't expect the complexity of their most illustrious compatriots like Anglagard or the dark and almost religious atmosphere of Par Lindh Project (With whom Roine worked in Gothic Impressions), being that the music of THE FLOWER KINGS is a bit lighter but not inferior by any means.

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THE FLOWER KINGS shows & tickets


  • The Flower Kings + Knight Area at De Pul, Uden on 25 Apr 2014
  • Convention Prog Résiste 2014 on 26 Apr 2014
  • The Flower Kings + Karmakanic at Z7 Konzertfabrik Pratteln, Pratteln on 28 Apr 2014
  • The Flower Kings + Karmakanic at Bloom, Mezzago on 29 Apr 2014
  • The Flower Kings + Daniel Gildenlöw & Friends (playing Pain Of Salvation) at Ninkasi, Lyon on 30 Apr 2014
  • Together & Apart Tour on 2 May 2014
  • Together & Apart Tour on 4 May 2014
  • The Flower Kings + Sound of Contact at Le Trabendo, Paris on 6 May 2014
  • The Flower Kings on 8 May 2014
  • The Flower Kings + Sound of Contact at The Assembly, Leamington Spa on 9 May 2014
  • The Flower Kings + Sound of Contact at Boerderij, Zoetermeer on 10 May 2014
  • The Flower Kings + Sound of Contact at Markthalle, Hamburg on 11 May 2014

THE FLOWER KINGS discography


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THE FLOWER KINGS top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.06 | 412 ratings
Back In The World Of Adventures
1995
3.74 | 363 ratings
Retropolis
1996
3.88 | 419 ratings
Stardust We Are
1997
3.97 | 346 ratings
Flower Power
1999
3.82 | 403 ratings
Space Revolver
2000
3.49 | 317 ratings
The Rainmaker
2001
3.86 | 388 ratings
Unfold The Future
2002
3.47 | 364 ratings
Adam & Eve
2004
3.72 | 381 ratings
Paradox Hotel
2006
3.80 | 420 ratings
The Sum Of No Evil
2007
4.10 | 576 ratings
Banks Of Eden
2012
4.12 | 314 ratings
Desolation Rose
2013

THE FLOWER KINGS Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.77 | 86 ratings
Alive On Planet Earth
2000
4.32 | 110 ratings
Meet The Flower Kings @ Live Recording 2003
2003
3.11 | 19 ratings
Carpe Diem
2008
4.07 | 46 ratings
Tour Kaputt
2011

THE FLOWER KINGS Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

4.11 | 99 ratings
Meet The Flower Kings @ Live Recording 2003
2003
3.72 | 66 ratings
Instant Delivery
2006
4.23 | 31 ratings
Tour Kaputt
2011

THE FLOWER KINGS Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.38 | 35 ratings
Scanning The Greenhouse
1998
2.68 | 35 ratings
Edition Limitée Québec 1998
1998
3.17 | 54 ratings
The Road Back Home
2007

THE FLOWER KINGS Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

2.63 | 10 ratings
Fanclub CD 2000
2000
2.98 | 28 ratings
The Rainmaker (Limited Edition)
2001
3.87 | 17 ratings
The Fanclub CD 2002 - A Collection Of Flower Kings Related Music
2002
3.73 | 20 ratings
Live In New York - Official Bootleg
2003
2.33 | 3 ratings
Fanclub CD 2004
2004
2.05 | 26 ratings
BetchaWannaDanceStoopid!!!
2004
2.76 | 18 ratings
Harvest Fanclub CD 2005
2005
3.64 | 33 ratings
BrimStoned In Europe
2005

THE FLOWER KINGS Reviews


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 Retropolis by FLOWER KINGS, THE album cover Studio Album, 1996
3.74 | 363 ratings

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The Flower Kings Symphonic Prog

Review by DrömmarenAdrian

2 stars The second studio album of The Flower Kings "Retropolis" which was recorded 1996 is the next album for me to review. It is a quite long lasting album with a lot of music to listen to. The present musicians are Roine Stolt(guitar, vocals, keyboards), Tomas Bodin(organ, piano, mellotron), Michael Stolt(bass), Hasse Bruniusson(percussion, drums), Jaime Salazar(drums and percussion), Hans Fröberg(vocals) and Ulf Wallander(soprano saxophone). You who know about how The Flower Kings uses to sound will recognize also this record. The cover shows a science fiction inspired picture of a futuristic city.

As I told you, the music is very typical for this band and I like a lot of what I hear. The main theme for example: "Retropolis" is very fine in many ways even without vocals and parts of the other songs are also very good. Though must I say the over all feeling of this music is that it is extended. It feels they have drawn out the music to been just long and so. I don't hear so much variation either. I am sorry but "Retropolis" didn't catch enough of my attention to be interesting. I would say this record proves some instrumental skills and good musicalic work but I lack both originality and creativity. It's strange with The Flower Kings' music because on record can be so good and another just stretched and boring.

It feels like the band was caught in their own world, stuck around some musical thoughts that already were over exploited. As I wrote, my feelings towards this band use to shift a lot. Not they're bad.

I think you must be a real fan of this band to get so much from this album. It is not extremely bad and parts of it are really good so this album will receive two stars from me!

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 The Rainmaker by FLOWER KINGS, THE album cover Studio Album, 2001
3.49 | 317 ratings

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The Flower Kings Symphonic Prog

Review by sinslice

3 stars Serious Dreamers to the rescue.

The Rainmaker is extensive and in many parts, bland . Indeed, except Serious Dreamers and a good part of City of Angels, in the rest of the songs are good sections and other uninspired or meaningless. Strangely, it is an album that loses interest with repeated listens and over time, contrary to most of the productions of The Flower Kings.

Last Minute on Earth and Road to Sanctuary (excellent in the quiet sections) could be part of the classic songs of this legendary band with an extensive discography , but do not contain intelligent musical arrangements are very long and uneven, stay halfway. City of Angels generates me best feelings, although not perfect. Serious Dreamers is one of my favorites of the band. The short tracks do not offer too; perhaps the most enjoyable are World Without a Heart and Blessing of a Smile.

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 Stardust We Are by FLOWER KINGS, THE album cover Studio Album, 1997
3.88 | 419 ratings

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The Flower Kings Symphonic Prog

Review by apps79
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4 stars ''Retropolis'' seemed to be a key album in The Flower Kings' discography, opening the gates of fame for the markets in Japan, South America, and North America.From this point on the band would be marked as a very prolific team, crowned as the king of double albums, starting from ''Stardust we are''.This work was recorded between December 96' and April 97' at the band's Foxtrot Mobile Recorders in Uppsala.They would again collaborate with ex-Nya Ljudbolaget Ulf Wallander on sax, while they also received help from Ensemble Nimbus' leader Hĺkan Almkvist on sitar and tabla.''Stardust we are'' was originally released on Foxtrot Records, but it was also distributed in Japan via Belle Antique.

''Stardust we are'' is a classic Flower Kings offering, stylistically grounded in the music of YES, GENESIS and KING CRIMSON with balanced use of vintage and modern keyboards and combining short, more accesible songs with longer, cinematic pieces full of demanding orchestrations, quirky executions and bombastic interplays.The album's length gives the chance to the band to explore some new music territories, especially during the second CD.As a result it contains some new-insterted ambiental soundscapes and Ethnic influences in a few pieces, not much suited to a work full of dense and grandiose musicianship, but again these cuts show The Flower Kings' extreme diversity and Roine Stolt's unique talent as a composer.Over 100 out of the 130 minutes of the contained music though will never escape from the principles and values of Classic 70's Prog.The music is absolutely great and often astonishing with jazzy and bluesy blips among an otherwise very symphonic-oriented material.Bodin's Mellotron and Hammond organ dominate the pieces with dark atmospheres and powerful passages, Stolt's guitar is flawless and flexible and the appropriate modern vibes will come through the massive synth soloing.The ability of the band to slip through so many different moods with comfort and consistency is absolutely scary, especially if considering the fact that their first few albums were released in a very short time.Classic Prog fans will love this work's epics.No less than 9 tracks are over 7 minutes long with symphonic and jazzy inspirations, highlighted by another monumental composition by the Swedish masters, the 25-min. title-track, a tour-de-force of melodic soundscapes, complex Progressive Rock and Classical-inspired preludes.

130 minutes of music are maybe too much to result an album with no dead holes.But at least half of ''Stardust we are'' is certainly incredible, well-crafted and elaborate Progressive Rock with apparent 70's hints.Highly recommended.

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 The Sum Of No Evil by FLOWER KINGS, THE album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.80 | 420 ratings

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Review by Fenrispuppy

5 stars Over their 20 year existence, Swedish progressive rockers "The Flower Kings" have drawn many comparisons to the band Yes. That comparison is not unwarranted and this album will do little to dispel that notion. One thing worth noting is that this band compares VERY favorably to Yes. But before you dismiss this band as another Yes clone and move on, please allow me to make a case for "The Sum of No Evil" by The Flower Kings as more than the sum of its influences.

Admittedly, if this band is trying to shake of comparisons to Yes they have a funny way of doing it. The opening track "One More Time" has a symphonic yet pastoral vibe that Yes so often excelled at. The vocal harmonies are reminiscent of Jon Anderson and Chris Squire, and even the guitar and bass work are worthy of Steve Howe and Chris Squire respectively. This song sounds like it would have fit nicely on Yes' "Going for the One". However, what really stands out for me on this song are the keyboard playing and percussion. With all due respect to Rick Wakeman and Alan White, "The Sum of No Evil" surpasses "Going for the One" in this respect.

The next song, the 25 minute long "Love is the Only Answer" is one of those epic long songs at which The Flower Kings seem to excel. This song opens with a relatively catchy and simple melody that gives way to wailing hard rock and a jazz fusion passage that would make Chick Corea proud. Like many of The Flower Kings longer songs, this song is chock full of ideas and incorporates such a myriad of styles that only consummate musicians could pull it off. Credit a lot of this to leader Roine Stolt whose guitar playing soars above the music and seems to tell a story on its own, much in the manner that the saxophone of John Coltrane did at his creative peak. In the upbeat passages of this song keyboardist Tomas Bodin and drummer Zoltan Csörsz also make their presence felt in a major way. In fact the return of Csörsz to the band really gives this album a boost.

"Love is the Only Answer" is the cornerstone of this album and, along with The Flower King's "Numbers" and "I am the Sun, part 1", is among my all-time favorite songs. This song is so lush and rich that every time I listen to it I notice something different. It is a true masterpiece of symphonic prog and compares favorably to Yes' "Close to the Edge" & "The Gates of Delerium" and ELP's "Tarkus", all songs that push the limits of how long a rock song can be and just how virtuosic a band can be. "Love is the Only Answer" is a hard act to follow.

What is the only answer? How does one follow that song? The Flower Kings answer by taking the foot off the gas a little bit and stretching out on the introspective and dark "Trading My Soul". The song is slow paced but by no means boring. While the previous song was packed to overflowing, The Flower Kings leave plenty of space here, giving a chance for the melody and the lyrics to grip the listener. And of course there is alway time for a stylish guitar solo that is both languid and blistering, much like those conjured by Pink Floyd's David Gilmour when he is at his very best.

After slowing down on the previous song, The Flower Kings rev things up a bit. The result is "The Sum of no Reason", a song that is by turns hard rocking and spacey. This song contains lyrics that are a bit more cosmic in nature and is certainly reminiscent of some of The Flower Kings' early work, beginning with 1995's astonishing debut "Back in the World of Adventures" and culminating in the masterful "Space Revolver" in the year 2000. Nearly everything on "The Sum of No Evil" can hold it's own against these brilliant albums, and this song is no exception.

"Flight 999 (Brimstone Air)" is more of an opportunity for the drummer to show off than anything else. The whole band gets in on the fun, but this short instrumental song really belongs to Zoltan Csörsz (who is definitely a top tier drummer). This song, however, is really more filler than anything else, and this is my major criticism of The Flower Kings. They sometimes have a tendency to pad out their albums with filler, although they finally seem to have broken that habit with the two albums that follow this one, 2012's "Banks of Eden" and last year's "Desolation Rose". This isn't a bad song, but aside from the drum solos, it is kind of pointless.

This brings me to the album's closer. "Life in Motion" is again somewhat reminiscent of Yes, but it has a very catchy pop hook underlying the symphonic prog trappings. It is a song that I frequently find myself humming or singing. Even when it isn't playing on my iPod, it is often playing in my head. Did I say "catchy"? You better call the CDC, because I should have said "infectious". It is the most melodic thing on "The Sum of No Evil" after "One More Time" and is my favorite song from this album after "Love is the Only Answer".

Overall, despite a justifiable criticism of being heavily influenced by Yes and that other prog giant, Genesis, this album is a massive slice of symphonic prog heaven. It is certainly one of The Flower Kings most accomplished yet underrated albums. It can stand toe to toe with any of The Flower Kings' best albums or anything by any of their American and British peers for that matter. I don't just listen to this album. I put it on an endless loop and absorb it. I live it. I breathe it. I sing along with it. The Flower Kings are close to the edge of supplanting Yes, Genesis, King Crimson and Gentle Giant at the top of my favorite bands list, and this album is a big reason. Astonishingly, The Flower Kings would go on a five year hiatus from the studio after this wonderful album but returned in 2012 with the acclaimed album "Banks of Eden". So, one star out of five for ruining my life. Just kidding. Five stars, of course!

Footnote: I recently found this on iTunes for $5.99. For 75 minutes of music that is this virtuosic, inspired, melodic and brilliant, that is a bargain indeed.

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 The Sum Of No Evil by FLOWER KINGS, THE album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.80 | 420 ratings

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The Flower Kings Symphonic Prog

Review by toddbashee

5 stars Personally, I am surprised this album has not scored higher. Different strokes - I am less a fan of Roine's chunkier power-prog, and usually very moved and fascinated by the more quintessential FK melodicism, chromaticism, and harmonic richness. As far as I am concerned, this is the most melodically satisfying and poetic FK release since Stardust, head and shoulders above Rainmaker and most of Paradox (the latter being a satisfying but less inspired offering, to me). 'One More Time' is romantic, melodically complex, and shows a more out-front and inventive Bodin than usual. I have never tired of this album, and if you like these particular Flower Kings virtues, this album may also be near the top of their output for you as for me. Makes for a powerful trio taken as a series with Banks of Eden and Desolation Rose - the latter is powerful but, as Roine himself says, more challenging, less immediately appealing. Simply means to me that all these years later, the band has demonstrated an ability to hit multiple creative mother lodes (mothers-lode?).

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 Desolation Rose by FLOWER KINGS, THE album cover Studio Album, 2013
4.12 | 314 ratings

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Desolation Rose
The Flower Kings Symphonic Prog

Review by Biff Tannen

3 stars It almost feels like a sing to give a TFK record only 3 stars, but while Desolation Rose is pretty darn good, I don't consider it essential, and the lack of anything I would call a truly great TFK song doesn't help its cause. That said, every song is good, the flow is great, and songs like Tower One and The Resurrected Judas came oh so close to being outstanding, but both seemed to lack that little extra something that could have made them truly great. Still really good songs overall, though.

Much of the strongest work from these sessions is on the bonus disc, namely the handful of instrumentals, the majority of which sound like vintage TFK, almost like they came from sessions from years ago.

Most of the band's essential work is the early stuff (the first five albums), Paradox Hotel, and maybe Unfold the Future (for the greatness that is Disc 2), so, again, while Desolation Rose is quite good, it just isn't essential. It is for TFK completists like me, only.

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 Tour Kaputt by FLOWER KINGS, THE album cover Live, 2011
4.07 | 46 ratings

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Tour Kaputt
The Flower Kings Symphonic Prog

Review by Fenrispuppy

4 stars I had serious doubts about this album. Usually when I get an album for a really good price, it turns out not to be a really good album. For once I am glad to be wrong. This is an excellent live album. For the price this makes for a nice intro to this great band. Unlike their compilation albums, this includes many of their longer songs and spans most of their long illustrious career up to 2007 "The Sum of No Evil". Not all of these live tracks are as good as the studio versions, but most are. The opening track "Love Is the Only Answer" and "Retropolis" are highlights. My favorite TFK song is here too ("I am the Sun") and while not quite as strong as the studio version, it is still very interesting.

The sound quality of this album is very good. Some reviewers have criticized the drummer, but I could find no fault with his performance. Really, except for a couple of places where the backing vocals seem to drown out the lead vocal, this album showcases the Flower Kings as an excellent concert band. As I reside somewhere that the Flower Kings will likely never visit, I guess I will have to be content with this wonderful live recording.

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 Desolation Rose by FLOWER KINGS, THE album cover Studio Album, 2013
4.12 | 314 ratings

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Desolation Rose
The Flower Kings Symphonic Prog

Review by Fenrispuppy

5 stars After a relatively fallow period artistically following "Space Revolver" (don't get me wrong, there is no such thing as a bad Flower Kings album, but some aren't as good as others), The Flower Kings came back in a huge way with "Banks of Eden". I thought that there was absolutely no way that they were going to top that album. They did do just that however with "Desolation Rose".

Unlike that aforementioned instant classic (or most of their other albums for that matter), "Desolation Rose" does not contain a song longer than 15 minutes..."Tower One" comes closest, clocking in at just over 13 minutes. Most of the songs on this album are very concise and do not succumb to what I feel is the band's one weakness. That weakness is that some of their songs meander to the point of becoming filler. That problem does not appear on this album. Every song is tightly performed and written. Not a single note is wasted.

There is not a single bad song here...the first time the band has pulled that off since "Back in the World of Adventure". It is also worth noting that the band has gone for a slightly darker and edgier feel than on previous albums. It works. This is a masterpiece. The Flower Kings have been going on for twenty years now. If this is what we can routinely expect from them, I pray that they go on for another twenty. All hail The Flower Kings!!!

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 Adam & Eve by FLOWER KINGS, THE album cover Studio Album, 2004
3.47 | 364 ratings

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Adam & Eve
The Flower Kings Symphonic Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

4 stars I wasn't the only one to be extremely disappointed with the last Flower Kings CD, as although they have some excellent ideas and are superb musicians, there was the feeling that the effect would have been much better if there had been someone to cut the CD from a double to a single. So it was with a little trepidation that I put this in the player. I certainly didn't expect to be playing the most consistent album since Roine's own 'The Flower King' album which started this all off. The first song, ''Love Supreme'', is twenty minutes long, but stays interesting throughout. It is packed full of Yes references, but is much more than just a copied style as The Flower Kings' manage to make it very much their own.

Shorter songs intersperse the longer ones, and even though there is another song that is over eighteen minutes in length there is never a feeling that they have outstayed their welcome. ''Vampires View'' at nine minutes is a delight, a gothic dark number with sinister overtones that certainly never feels as if it comes from Scandinavia as it the sort of eclectic number that surely could only be English. If you have investigated this band before but have been put off by the sense of self interest and 'aren't we clever', then rest assured that this is an outstanding return to form with strong songs and musicianship throughout. A must for all progheads.

Originally appeared in Feedback #80, Sept 2004

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 Desolation Rose by FLOWER KINGS, THE album cover Studio Album, 2013
4.12 | 314 ratings

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Desolation Rose
The Flower Kings Symphonic Prog

Review by AtomicCrimsonRush
Special Collaborator Symphonic Team

4 stars Following the masterful "Banks of Eden" was never going to be an easy task but somehow The Flower Kings pull off yet another well produced album chock full of melodic prog with exceptional musicianship. "Desolation Rose" flies by with one catchy song after another and no epics to speak of this time round, though the lengthy 'Tower ONE' is almost 14 minutes and has many twists and turns within, like ascending the tower itself.

The tracks that made me really sit up and take notice are the brilliant riff heavy 'Dark Fascist Skies' with its incredible infectious hook and wonderful dark texture. The band really take off when allowed to explore genres in the instrumental sections. Shimmering Hammond and soaring lead guitar are the sections to revel in such as on the opening track, 'The Resurrected Judas' and 'Sleeping Bones'. The guitar riff on this track is similar to sounds heard on other TFK albums but that familiar feel is welcome. 'White Tuxedos' is more experimental with a deep resonating voice over and some odd time sigs; a genuine curio and surprisingly off the wall on this album.

I prefer the heavy side of the band, though they can perform dreamy ballads very well such as 'Blood of Eden' a type of sequel to 'Banks of Eden' in a sense. 'Silent Graveyards' is quite silent in the opening section, and not as morbid as one might expect. I really like the way it builds with its repeated mantra and the hope that it instills with upbeat keyboards.

The second CD is a wonderful addition to the album proper with its own share of excellence. The Yes like 'Runaway Train' is a great start with rollicking time sig changes and a tremendous guitar lick. 'Interstellar Visitations' is back to more lengthy prog at 8:23, with a ton of inventive musicianship and is an instrumental showcase for Stolte and Reingold. It is very spacey and like vintage Pink Floyd complete with amazing slide guitar solo similar to 'One of These Days'.

Shorter tracks 'Lazy Monkey' (2:23) 'Psalm 2013' (2:08) and 'The Wailing Wall' (3:18) follow in succession. 'Lazy Monkey' is quirky and features nice little sig switches like a demented circus. 'Psalm 2013' is atmospheric haunting melodies and ethereal chimes with gentle keys, distant thunder, and flute passages. 'The Wailing Wall' has violining upswept guitar lines and dreamy keyboards. The album has gone instrumental and spacey at this point which surprised me after all the singing previous. Again the organ and guitar have a Pink Floyd sound and are exceptionally performed.

Next is 'Badbeats' that returns to the distorted guitar crashes and swirling synths, then the sound switches to a Gentle Giant vibe with a very unusual signature. Again there are no vocals making it sound a bit incomplete as this is the third in a row sans vocals. 'Burning Spears' follows with a quiet King Crimson like intro, and some off kilter percussion, and spacey guitars. It does indeed sound like a King Crimson improvisation, and again an instrumental with its own sense of adventure. 'The Final Era' ends things with a drum roll intro and glorious lead guitar embellishments in a final instrumental track.

Overall this is a fabulous album that is well worth hearing. I closed off the year with this and it is a great way to see 2013 out. It is an uplifting album with infectious tracks that grow on the ear and the bonus CD is delightful made up of mostly instrumentals. I recommend it for any of TFK fanbase and anyone who enjoys Symphonic Prog without too much heaviness.

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