Novità discografiche Nome : THE FLOWER KINGS

Genere : Pop rock

Titolo del CD : The sum of no evil

Prodotto da : Insideout

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Dopo il fortunato tour mondiale 2006 del precedente CD Paradox Hotel, tornano in Italia per tre date a Novembre gli svedesi Flower Kings, con il nuovo sorprendente CD The Sum of No Evil, maestoso lavoro dalle ampie e accattivanti linee melodiche, sottolineato dalle loro notevoli maestrie vocali e strumentali. (n.s. 06 Novembre 2007)


FOTO E BIOGRAFIA NON PERVENUTE Tornano a Novembre in Italia gli svedesi Flower Kings.
I Flower Kings sono oggi il gruppo più rappresentativo di quel Progressive Rock sinfonico che ebbe negli Yes di "Close to the Edge" e nei Genesis di "Selling England by the pound" i principali alfieri di questo genere. Capitanati sin dal 1995 dal chitarrista, cantante e compositore Roine Stolt {già nel supergruppo Transatlantic formato con Mike Portnoy dei Dream Theater), i Flower Kings sono anche Hasse Froberg alla voce, Tomas Bodin alla tastiere e il bassista Jonas Reingold.

Un concerto e una band, quindi, di altissimo livello che non potrà che soddisfare i fan più esigenti e appassionati del progressive rock sinfonico che ancora oggi amano Yes, Genesis, Emerson Lake and Palmer, Camel., Focus, Pink Floyd e King Crimson. Ai Flower Kings si unirà in questo tour quale special guest il famoso batterista dei King Crimson, Pat Mastelotto.

Con lui i Flower Kings eseguiranno dal vivo l'intero nuovo lavoro e alcune delle loro più note epics, ma ci sarà spazio anche per le improvvisazioni che rendono ogni loro concerto un evento unico, a maggior ragione in questo tour data la presenza di un vero e proprio sperimentatore quale è Pat Mastelotto, pioniere dei looping elettronici applicati alla percussioni.

A brief history

They are regarded by many as one of the leading, if not THE leading, progressive rock outfit of the new millennium. The Flower Kings are led by progrock icon, guitarist, vocalist, composer, producer Roine Stolt into a world of unlimited musical fantasy and flair. Playing it's first ever live date in August 1994 as a result of the interest in Stolt's solo album "The Flower King", the band quickly became somewhat of a phenomenon in the progressive rock community for everyone that once loved bands like Pink Floyd, Genesis, Zappa, UK, Utopia, Yes, ELP, King Crimson or Focus.

The band quickly finished the first proper band recording "Back In The World Of Adventures" released 1995 on it's own label "Foxtrot Records" and played shorter tours in Europe the same year, the ball started rolling...just a bit. Building on the success of albums like "Retropolis" & the already classic double CD's "Stardust We Are" and "Flower Power" they toured Europe, Japan & South America and started to build a worldwide following.

Successful tours resulted in the recording of the live album, "Alive On Planet Earth", which was compiled from shows in both the USA and Japan -98 & -99.

It shows the essence of the textural and emotional offering that is now the trademark of The Flower Kings and shows that this is a band that probably has as much in common with Mozart, Debussy, Andrew Lloyd Webber or Miles Davis as with Pink Floyd, Beatles, Bowie or Yes. There is always an element of soulfulness and drama and the richness of moods and inventiveness has to be heard to be believed. Flower Kings signed to German label in 1999.

Roine Stolt is keeping himself busy with numerous sideprojects around the world like TransAtlantic (alongside Mike Portnoy, Neal Morse & Pete Trewavas), plus the reunion of Swedish progrockers KAIPA, his 70's band, Another one is he new highly acclaimed "Tangent" CD featuring Van Der Graaf Generator saxman David Jackson and the obscure "Flying Food Circus" project.

With the albums "Space Revolver" 2000 and "The Rainmaker" released in September 2001 The Flower Kings sound shifted to a more accessible level but maintains all the elements that have established this band as one of those most colourful exponents of progressive rock in the world today.

In November 2002 Flower Kings released yet another astonishing and adventurous musical statement : "Unfold The Future". A double CD containing everything from classic symphonic rock in pure 70's fashion ( read Yes, Crimson, ELP, Genesis) to weird Zappaesque or Miles Davis like early 70's fusion, there's even the odd pop song.

Flower Kings are no simple copycats that merely try to relive the glorious 70's, they rather fuse their sound with a remarkable knowledge of their past but still containing elements contemporary music and of all music history, still looking into the future, always ready to point out new directions and new possibilities, where to take progrock next, always ready to take risks !!! With this comes of course a healthy portion of criticism from the more conservative progfan or prog metal lovers, but Flower Kings still go the way they find most fruitful and rewarding and taylored to stand the test of time, may it be pop or experiment.

Not unlike bands like, Phish or Greatful Dead, by incorporating jamming and new twists to every show Flower Kings have built a devoted fanbase of "Flowerheads"that follow them all over the globe, Europe, USA, Japan, Canada, South America. There even seem to be an element of what is "more than music" a way of life that resound the positive music and thoughtful lyrics. Depending more on the soulful elements Flower Kings have left audiences raving for weeks about what seemed to be a highlight of their concertgoing life, EVER !!!

(Bio e foto tratte dal sito ufficale della band)