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FLOWER KINGS return with Banks Of Eden. Led by mastermind
Roine Stolt (Transatlantic), the material is classic
FLOWER KINGS, with all the dreamy, melodic and cinematic
elements that fans around the globe have learned to
love over the years. However, the 2012 incarnation of the
band mixes it up with both psychedelic and darker metal
passages that place this album somewhere in between
the late 60's proto prog and the new generation of art
Top Customer Reviews
All of the numbers are enthusiastically played and where the Flower Kings can seldom be accused of "going through the motions" there seems to be something that just sounds fresh and renewed about their performance. Dare I say that some of their recent work was getting boring?
One of the best things to come about during their recording hiatus is their new drummer Felix Lehrmann. Definitely the best drummer they have had since Jaime Salazar and may be the best they have ever had. While not as heavy handed as someone like Mike Portnoy, he has a similar style where drumming becomes much more than just keeping a beat. He fills in holes and adds runs and rhythm changes; making a significant and exciting change to their rhythm section. The strongest compliment I can give a drummer is that you notice them! You hear them doing something special and you concentrate on listening just to them. Felix is this type of drummer. When you add this to Jonas Reingold's superior bass work you now have one of the most exciting rhythm sections in progressive music. Missing is Hasse Bruniusson on percussion, but dare I say with Felix he is not missed. (Sorry) Even though Roine Stolt's guitar playing has always been impressive, his many solos on Banks of Eden are fresh, sharp, and often stunning.Read more ›
Ofc we all know that Roine Stolt, Jonas Reingold and Thomas Bodin are world class virtuoses and if anything they have only become better - taking part in many different projects like Karmakanic and Agents Of Mercy - during the 6 years break. And also the vocal parts have improved, the harmonies tighter and more varied.
A 25 min.long suite in classic F.K. style, "Numbers" and a bunch of shorter songs. The usual Stolt lyrics with their (understandably) gloomy outlook of the world of today though sprinkled with some hope of healing and inner transformation. Influences from Genesis, Yes and Procol Harum and a broad spectre from jazzrock to heavy.
Everything a prog and F.K. fan can dream of. It's just that they don't really come up with anything you haven't heard before. Definitely refined once again, but not breaking any new ground.
This is no prog-rock masterpiece from the 70's (like the Lamb Lies Down on Broadway), but it is solidly "progressive", has a live-in-studio sound, with many beautiful symphonic moments, soaring guitar solos and exciting interplay, and is easy to sit back and just listen to.Read more ›
"Numbers" is a sprawling 25+ minute track. It is littered with great lead guitar, time changes, timbre shifts, and song-within-songs. It contains some of the best moments on the album. The remained of the album (6 more tracks) are standalone songs that feature the Eric Johnson-like lead guitar, the manic drumming (the band picked up a young, new drummer for this album), and lyrics based in spirituality. "For the Love of Gold" sounds like a solid Yes song, with its refrain interjected between cymbal crashes. The closer, "Going Up," is an uplifting song that works great as an outro to the album. The lead guitar of Roine Stolt is more expressive than his voice, so it is only fitting that his solo brings BANKS OF EDEN to a close.
Fans of the Flower Kings will enjoy BANKS OF EDEN -- it's a solid album by the band and one of the better ones in recent years. Fans of Yes, early King Crimson, and early Porcupine Tree will find something here to enjoy. Again, it's not a bad album, there's just nothing that elevates it against its peers. BANKS OF EDEN is good in the moment, but it isn't strong enough to create any real lasting appeal. The execution of Flower Kings can't be argued; I'd just like to see a bit more individuality.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you once liked Yes or Genesis The Flower Kings write beautiful music that is well worth having as part of your collection. It should delight your ears.Published 4 months ago by Steven A. Blomerth DC
Maybe one day I'll stop handing out 5-star reviews for anything related to the F.K.s, but as long as they're making excellent music, along with excellent vocals(swedish accents... Read morePublished on March 20, 2014 by timothy white
Catchy prog rock. Good drumming. Epic first song. Upbeat later song,Published on March 19, 2014 by Kevin Finn
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I buy mostly CD's that I listened to them 1st and rated them 5 stars A Must for any Symphonic Prog LoverPublished on November 15, 2013 by Mayer More
My first listen to the Flower Kings was good. The more I listen to this CD, the better it gets - like all symphonic progressive rock.Published on March 19, 2013 by Justinto237
The Flower Kings have returned with another fine album.
The "Banks Of Eden", follows in the footsteps of their previous albums. Read more