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THE FLOWER KING

Roine Stolt

 

Symphonic Prog

4.10 | 288 ratings

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Evolver
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Crossover & JR/F/Canterbury Teams
4 stars Roine Stolt is one of the treasures of the prog rock world. And thanks to the Internet, he is finally getting some of the recognition he deserves.

This album, as should be obvious by it's title, was the prototype for the band The Flower Kings. The sound of The Flower Kings is here, as it should be, since TFK members Hans Fröberg (vocals), Hasse Brunisson and Jaime Salazar (both on drums) are all present on this album.

Stolt has a way of progressing his music, while also paying homage to the past heroes of prog. On The Flower King he seems to be channeling the spirit of Steve Howe in his guitar fills. Dissonata has a very obvious reference to King Crimson's Red. And I hear a bit of ELP in The Sounds Of Violence. All the while the pieces are not clones. They all have Stolt's unique vision driving them.

If you are a fan of classic styled prog, and especially if you like The Flower Kings, get this one.

Evolver | 4/5 |

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