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
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)
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.
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