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    Posted: October 12 2011 at 15:05
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Swedish Quintet of Progressive Rock Royalty Agents of Mercy To Release New Concept Album 'The Black Forest'

10/12/2011 – Sweden - Progressive rock aficionados across the globe are clamoring for the new release by the Swedish quintet of progressive rock royalty Agents of Mercy. The celebrated ensemble's third release, 'The Black Forest', is a concept album; one 56-minute mega-tune of prog bliss edited into separate slices. Now you've heard the term 'concept' a million times, but the new album by Agents of Mercy takes the idiom to a higher level, all the while pushing the prog envelope to its extremes.

'The Black Forest' is a surreal journey – a mysteriously glowing metaphor for a trip through dark, disturbing, scary times; a lifelong uncertain journey encompassed by greed, lust, hunger for power and money, eternal life, and mind control. And guess what – we're the prey!!! This is Agents of Mercy's first concept album with a longer song format. Tales of dark future times, seen through the eyes of a weary traveler in wiggly warped woods of our imaginary journey some 300 years ago. Elzbeth Bathory meets unholy rapists and flesheaters in a quiet town and deformed freaks of a traveling sinister circus haunt you at bedtime. Did you lock the door? Is the monster your neighbor?

“The music this time is a more rock oriented path we've taken,” says guitarist, band leader and Flower Kings legend Roine Stolt, “for good reasons – we are a rock 'n' roll band at the core, but we sprinkle bits of symphonic, world, jazz, medieval and folk. Guitars and drums have moved forward in the soundscapes, but the gnarly Moogs and mellotrons are still present, this time a bit more haunting and angular. The songs are longer and more elaborate, but sometimes with an iron fist of raw power riffage that resembles Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin or early King Crimson rather than YES or Genesis. Don't fret – in this 56-minute journey there is plenty of symphonic bombardment too. In fact, we think there is even more than on previous albums!”

The music press has described the new album as, “More muscle, more progressive interplay, fat riffing insane keyboard shredding, but with plenty of melody combined with pure classic prog and symphonic moments.”

“We laid down the basic tracks on 24-track analog tape in a lovely studio in the middle of Sweden's countryside in April,” says Roine, “a place called Varnhem (very dark age). The studio is a top notch, super hi tech, newly built million dollar sanctuary – to our ears it sounds bigger than pure digital; modern but yet fat analog.”

Agents of Mercy are:
Nad Sylvan – Lead Vocals and Keyboards
Roine Stolt – Guitars and Vocals
Lalle Larsson – Keyboards and Vocals
Jonas Reingold – Bass and Bass Pedals
Walle Wahlgren – Drums and Percussion

And what does the immediate future hold for the Agents of Mercy? “I would love to perform 'The Black Forest' as one long piece of music, but we're awaiting the reaction and have not yet decided since we play plenty of older material,” explains Roine. “We've just finished a short promotional tour of shows for the release in Europe, and will plan for a longer tour the beginning of next year, In the meanwhile we are playing one-off gigs and festivals. We are also working on a few video things for the album and eventually a vinyl version of it.”

In closing Roine has a message for Agents of Mercy fans around the world: “My message is pretty much what it has been for decades: 'Love is the only answer' – with the power of love and compassion almost anything is possible. In the absence of love, the world and our souls are in decay. This new album is indeed called 'The Black Forest', but it does not for a minute salute the darkness, it just tries to point out that it exists here and now and that we can turn to the light at any moment – such is the power of will!”

Agents of Mercy – The Black Forest can be obtained at: www.flowerkings.se ;

For more information: www.AgentsofMercy.com

Press Inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158, glassonyonpr@cs.com


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As far as I know, this was released (in the US) on September 25th. I bought it a few days ago, and it's quite good.
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Vinyl!!!! YESSSSSSSSSS!

Now please look into getting the previous two albums on vinyl too! :)

With the previous albums I saw a few full-page ad's in magazines like `Classic Rock presents Prog' and it looked like the CD cases of the albums WERE vinyl releases, really got my hopes up! Turns out it was all an illusion! :(

Can't wait to get this! I've hugely enjoyed the last few Lalle Larsson albums too, but missed out on the first 2 cd run of his most recent one! :(

PS - Please get some of those Karmakanic albums on vinyl too!
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Yea I got the album over 2 weeks ago here in the US only on Zune download though, I will be getting the vinyl version too.........Hopefully this is a trend

I love this statement.........
 
“We laid down the basic tracks on 24-track analog tape in a lovely studio in the middle of Sweden's countryside in April,” says Roine, “a place called Varnhem (very dark age). The studio is a top notch, super hi tech, newly built million dollar sanctuary – to our ears it sounds bigger than pure digital; modern but yet fat analog.”
 
CD's sux...... Big smile LOL
      
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Anthony H. Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 13 2011 at 21:37
TFK albums would be cool on vinyl. The double-albums would have to be four LPs each, though. LOL
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Post Options Post Options   Quote darkshade Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 15 2011 at 13:53
Would this be a good album to start for a AoM newbie?

btw, yes, TFK albums would be at least 4-LP sets. I wonder how Garden of Dreams or one of their half hour epics would be split up.
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^ TFK on vinyl....that would be a awesome !!!
I find Dramarama a tough listen, its very different than The Black Forest. I think Roine knew that and created something more "prog" as he likes to say.
I think you would like it for sure.......
      
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Post Options Post Options   Quote darkshade Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 15 2011 at 14:06
I'll check it out.

I guess their half hour epics could fit on vinyl, as Utopia made it happen on their debut, but still not sure about GoD
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Catcher10 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 15 2011 at 14:19
Since GoD are individual passages...it could work. Roine just has to pick a cut point....Similar to PT The Incident. Now something like Echolyn-Mei would be tougher....it would have to be a fadeout then a flip of the vinyl with a fadein...I think most of TFK would work, 20-22 min per side works on vinyl but it would have to be 180gram, I don't think Roine would do it any other way.
 
I hope they issue some! I can just image the gatefold artwork and content....shweeet!
      
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Post Options Post Options   Quote darkshade Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 15 2011 at 14:31
What about something like "The Truth Will Set You Free" which is over 30 minutes?
I know Utopia has a 31 minute epic on their debut, and it sounds fine on CD, but I don't know how the quality is on the vinyl.

We should bring this discussion over to the TFK appreciation thread


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^ Some obviously will not work......and probably never make it to vinyl.
 
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