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Flower Kings - By Royal Decreee

Flower Kings continue to make album and 04-03-2022 the double album By Royal Decree will be released. This album comes only 17 months after the double album From The Ground. We can safely state that Flower Kings is a productive band, and as a bonus, the music is always of top quality.

With an epic length of close to 90 minutes the band offers all trademark sounds and melodies, the band is renowned for including vintage keys, brilliant guitar solos, odd drum patterns and symphonic elements. Rounded off by beautiful artwork, Flower Kings once again present a dynamic and complex record that is bold, bombastic and beautiful.

The band are back at their most creative, flowery and playful – mirroring the 70’s melting pot of folk, symphonic, electronic, jazz, blues, funk & prog. On the new album they have looked for more organic and vintage sounds, still centered around the foundation of drums, bass, guitars and the iconic Hammond, grand piano, mellotron & Moog synthesizers.

 The album also sees the return of founding member Michael Stolt, who takes up bass guitar and vocals, alongside the line-up of Mirko DeMaio on drums, Zach Kamins on keyboards, Hasse Fröberg on vocal & guitar and Roine Stolt on vocal & guitars. The band convened in the middle of 2021 at Fenix Studios in Sweden to record through the fully analogue Rupert Neve mixing desk. The album also features beautiful cover art, once again created by Denver-based artist Kevin Sloan.

Next year’s tour will also see the band revisiting their early years, performing tracks from Retropolis, Stardust We Are, Flower Power, Space Revolver and Back In The World Of Adventures. This will coincide with the release of newly remastered editions of The Flower Kings albums on CD & Vinyl later in 2022. The first confirmed live dates are as follows:

March 30th, 2022 – Katalin, Uppsala, Sweden

March 31st, 2022 – Musikens Hus, Gothenburg, Sweden

April 1st, 2022 – Södra Teatern, Stockholm, Sweden

Tracklist:

Disc 1

01. The Great Pretender (06:55)

02. World Gone Crazy (05:04)

03. Blinded (07:45)

04. A Million Stars (07:11)

05. The Soldier (05:23)

06. The Darkness In You (05:13)

07. We Can Make It Work (02:48)

08. Peacock On Parade (05:15)

09. Revolution (05:59)

Disc 2

01. Time The Great Healer (06:12)

02. Letter (02:25)

03. Evolution (04:47)

04. Silent Ways (05:01)

05. Moth (04:31)

06. The Big Funk (04:39)

07. Open Your Heart (05:17)

08. Shrine (01:08)

09. Funeral Pyres (07:14)

Flower Kings was founded in Uppsala, Sweden in 1994 but have a hiatus between 2008 – 2012. There’s so much to say about them, so any attempt of telling their history may seem insufficient.

This essential 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 Mamams 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.

Line-up:

Roine Stolt (Transatlantic, Kaipa, The Sea Within) – Vocal, Guitars

Hasse Fröberg – Vocal, Guitar

Jonas Reingold (Karmakanic, The Tangent, Kaipa, Steve Hackett) – Bass

Zach Kamins (An Endless Sporadic) – Keyboards

Mirko DeMaio (Mind Key) – Drums, Percussion

Michael Stolt – Bass, Vocal

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Om Ulf Backstrøm (6841 Artikler)
Mitt hovedfokus er musikk som er basert på progressiv tenking. Jeg er på ingen måte ensporet innen musikksmak, i likhet med intensjonen bak prog. Sjangerbegrepet er egentlig temmelig uinteressant annet enn til å gi en pekepinn om hva slags musikk det er snakk om i en anmeldelse. Jeg søker god musikk for å utfordre meg som lytter. God musikk til å trigge mine musikalske smaksløker, og til å sette i gang mine refleksjoner. Da er sjansen stor for at jeg utvikler meg og lærer, noe som bør være drivstoff for et hvert menneske. Fordi det å lære og utvikle seg er noe som tilfører livet en nødvendig porsjon "krydder". Slikt krydderet finner man blant annet i musikk. Ikke overraskende mener jeg at progressiv musikk har den fineste "smaken". På den annen side kan musikk med eller uten progressive elementer være godt nok til hverdags. Til fest derimot holder bare rendyrket prog! Må jo også få med at jeg rimelig kritisk, og jeg mener at det lages mye prog som er i beste fall uinteressant, og faktisk mye som er pinlig dårlig. Heldigvis oppveies dette av ekstremt dyktige aktører som for eksempel: Flower Kings, Mostly Autumn og White Willow, for å nevne noen tilfeldig valgte.
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