The Flower Kings are back with a new album, the first sign of life in 5 years.
Now with the band coming back to service from the recent cryonic state, bandleader Roine Stolt makes a promise of more new albums and touring in both Europe, America and Asia in the coming years.
The new album is called “Banks of Eden” and is the result of work in progress since December 2011.
The updated version of the band showcases the classic lineup of Stolt, Bodin, Reingold and Froberg with the addition of new German prodigy powerhouse drummer Felix Lehrmann.
The Flower Kings emerged as one of the brightest beacons of the early 90’s Prog scene.
They quickly grew status as one of the leading new icons together with Porcupine Tree, Spocks Beard and Dream Theater as a living proof that progressive rock did not die a death with Love Beach or Abacab in post punk confusion.
There’s no surprise that Flower Kings bandleader Stolt then ended up in Prog supergroup Transatlantic in 1999.
The new album “Banks Of Eden” was recorded with the band playing live in one room in a studio in January 2012, a recording much like in the old days of classic prog, before computers hit the market and this time with plenty of original 60’s and 70’s recording equipment, for a true warm analogue vintage sound.
“We aimed for the classic big warm vinyl-sound of old records by Queen, Genesis, Zeppelin or Deep Purple,” says Stolt.
Here is the tracklisting incl. the 4 bonus tracks:
THE FLOWER KINGS – “Banks Of Eden”
2. For The Love Of Gold
4. For Those About To Drown
5. Rising The Imperial
6. Fireghosts (Bonus Track)
7. Going Up (Bonus Track)
8. Illuminati (Bonus Track)
9. Lo Lines (Bonus Track)
Interview with the band in the studio – video feature
GERMANY / AUSTRIA / SWITZERLAND / NORWAY: Friday, June 15, 2012.
UK / BENELUX / FRANCE / GREECE / DENMARK / PORTUGAL / REST OF EUROPE: Monday, June 18, 2012.
SPAIN / ITALY: Tuesday, June 19, 2012.
SWEDEN / FINLAND / HUNGARY: Wednesday, June 20, 2012.
AUSTRALIA / NEW ZEALAND: Friday, June 22, 2012.
The music contains most of the trademarks that put The Flower Kings at the top of modern Prog.
The theme, or the “concept”, of the album is the struggle between a world in constant motion and in addictive consumption, and on the other side, finding a place and a little time where our souls find rest and peace.
The album opener is a 26 minute centrepiece that displays a few new harder and more angular sides of the band.
As a first amuse-bouche the band are now presenting the official album trailer:
In all likelihood the band will go on an extended headlining tour across Europe in September. But it’s for sure that they will play their first official re-union gig at the Sweden Rock Festival on June 8th.