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« Reply #1215 on: Aug 24th, 2007, 6:41pm »

Welcome back Nov!

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« Reply #1216 on: Aug 25th, 2007, 4:35pm »

More on the new TFK album.......


First a brief note on the album title and its slightly unusual history, because initially, the new Flower Kings opus was to be entitled simply 'Love'. Main composer and producer Roine Stolt says… "I intended to call the recording just 'Love' until I read with a surprise that The Beatles were releasing a new album with that title, so I guess the universe wasn't big for that much ´love` in one year. So by twisting the idea a bit, I came up with the alternative title The Sum Of No Evil, which sort of equals 'Love'. It also gave us a great platform for using some of Ed Unitsky`s surreal art for the cover, that ´fish-bus` is funny and in tune with the hippie and flower power vibe but yet a bit of surreal Monty Python style too. There are way too many dark serious melodramatic bands out there, we wanted to be the colourful, friendly alternative."




Their latest album, The Sum Of No Evil, is a perfect example of a timeless prog rock release that easily lives up to classics such as Lamb Lies Down On Broadway or Yessongs. Stolt refers to the album as "Flower Kings to the max", explaining: "We wanted to make a real hardcore symphonic rock and prog album. We took away all the pop, the jazz and the experimental or ambient stuff and concentrated on the pure prog that we do best." An apt description of the almost 75 (!) minutes of playing time and the six expansive tracks. "To make all this a real trip for the prog rock fan we have worked in a studio that specializes on 60's &70's vintage recording equipment, plus we used lots of real vintage analogue keyboards, Hammond organ, Wurlitzer, Rhodes and grand pianos plus lots of Mini Moog and old tube amplifiers for the guitars," says Stolt.

"Any fan of early 70's prog up until the first UK album should love this album," The Flower Kings mastermind reckons of the effective depth of The Sum Of No Evil. "The trademarks are the melodies, the mix of intricate, busy prog-fusion and grand symphonic pieces. The album has some hints of Stardust We Are and Retropolis perhaps, but also has a lot in common with the two Transatlantic studio albums." The consistency with which The Flower Kings have translated their vision of atmospheric and multi-faceted rock music is unmistakeable. More than ever before, the musicians have relied on their self-imposed "purity law", concentrating entirely on the symphonic and classic prog rock ideas. "I suppose the way I write is the trademark," says Stolt. "I mean, you cannot get away from yourself, I cannot change that much. As usual I had way too much material. I also invited the rest of the band to contribute their songs, but this time they didn't come up with much, they just seemed all very happy working mainly on what I had written, as it was sort of just what we were aiming for, it had all the elements that take us to Flower Kings to the max."

Roine is referring to epic numbers such as the multi-layered 'One More Time' or the accessible, atmospherically dense 'Trading My Soul'. At the centre of the album is the almost 25-minute 'Love Is The Only Answer', an eventful journey through the history of this musical genre, with contemporary arrangements and topical themes with both Stolt and Hasse Fröberg contributing vocals. "As always, my lyrics try to be uplifting, but they also try to understand every angle of human behaviour and portray us as we are: earthbound, yet divine." On the other hand, there's the unusual 'Flight 999 Brimstone Air', an instrumental track contributed by keyboardist Tomas Bodin. "It has quite a weird middle section, where our drummer Zoltan really shines in a sort of solo free-tempo thing, while bassist Jonas Reingold plays an ostinato in a mean atonal kind of Zappa/Crimson style and percussionist Hasse Bruniusson adds all his audio weirdness. Not easy to play, not easy to dance to but we wanna keep the audience on their toes, because that's the spirit of progressive rock."

The discussion about the pure doctrine of prog rock is as old as the genre itself. Starting with King Crimson through Camel to Marillion, it has always been debatable exactly how progressive prog rock should be to deserve its name. For Roine Stolt, guitarist, vocalist and composer with Swedish band, The Flower Kings, all these considerations are unnecessary. Over the years, Stolt has developed his own, unmistakeable songwriting style, a unique signature that leaves no doubt and has found countless fans all over the world. Although the contemporary scene may be developing into a tougher direction, the media demanding innovation and new impulses, The Flower Kings are always at their best when they don't give a damn about supposedly new trends but simply continue to do what they do best, grand vintage style symphonic prog rock and this album proves it, they indeed are the Kings of prog 2007, by a good margin.
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« Reply #1217 on: Aug 25th, 2007, 5:01pm »

on Aug 25th, 2007, 4:35pm, Nov wrote:
and this album proves it, they indeed are the Kings of prog 2007, by a good margin.


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« Reply #1218 on: Aug 25th, 2007, 5:30pm »

Great news Nov, where did you find it? Man, I can't wait for the album and the concert..

BTW, I'VE GOT TICKETS!!!! 6th of November in Oslo, in a venue that takes almost 2000 peoplesmiley I am going with my girlfriend and my brother, so there are two new souls that will be properly introduced to the Kingssmiley
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« Reply #1219 on: Aug 25th, 2007, 6:43pm »

What I particularly like about that post from TFK is Roine's comment about 'As usual, I had way too much material.'
It really does make you wonder just how much raw stuff is lying on the cutting room floor, or stored away on cds. I suspect there is literally tons of music that the band have never used.
Of course, not all of it will be fit to release, but I bet there is a healthy portion of it that is good enough, if tweaked a little, to be released as bonus material.
That's another thing I like about TFK; when they release bonus tracks, they are bonus tracks, not just live versions or edited versions of existing songs.
For me, bonus material should be stuff never heard before.
(Of course, their live material is phenomenally good, but I prefer it to be released as a live album, not tacked on the end of a studio release.)
Wouldn't you just love to be a guest at Roine's recording studio? Just to see what goes on, and what is lying around? That would be quite something. cheesy
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« Reply #1220 on: Aug 25th, 2007, 6:51pm »

on Aug 25th, 2007, 5:30pm, Didrik wrote:
Great news Nov, where did you find it? Man, I can't wait for the album and the concert..


I did a google search for "Sum Of No Evil" and found that on the Inside Out site.


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BTW, I'VE GOT TICKETS!!!! 6th of November in Oslo, in a venue that takes almost 2000 peoplesmiley I am going with my girlfriend and my brother, so there are two new souls that will be properly introduced to the Kingssmiley


Wow - a 2000 seater! That is ambitious. I'd love to think that they could fill a venue that size. I know that they filled a couple of theaters in Sweden on the last tour so maybe things are starting to happen for TFK in Scandinavia. Do your best to spread the word Didrik.

You'll love the concert!

Now where are the UK dates!



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« Reply #1221 on: Aug 25th, 2007, 6:54pm »

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Porcupine Tree are a great band and I've seen them several times but (IMHO) pale when compared to The Flower Kings.

Give me TFK's spiritually uplifting, positive and happy vibe any day against Steve Wilson's relentless doom and gloom and "isn't everything shit" lyrics. They're great musically though (but not as good as TFK) wink

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« Reply #1222 on: Aug 25th, 2007, 6:56pm »

on Aug 25th, 2007, 6:43pm, Chessman wrote:
What I particularly like about that post from TFK is Roine's comment about 'As usual, I had way too much material.'
It really does make you wonder just how much raw stuff is lying on the cutting room floor, or stored away on cds. I suspect there is literally tons of music that the band have never used.
Of course, not all of it will be fit to release, but I bet there is a healthy portion of it that is good enough, if tweaked a little, to be released as bonus material.
That's another thing I like about TFK; when they release bonus tracks, they are bonus tracks, not just live versions or edited versions of existing songs.
For me, bonus material should be stuff never heard before.
(Of course, their live material is phenomenally good, but I prefer it to be released as a live album, not tacked on the end of a studio release.)
Wouldn't you just love to be a guest at Roine's recording studio? Just to see what goes on, and what is lying around? That would be quite something. cheesy


All good points (as usual) Carl wink

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« Reply #1223 on: Aug 26th, 2007, 12:17pm »

Steph has done the unthinkable grin rolleyes tongue and not watched a Hackett dvd today. grin rolleyes tonguewhen ironing!!!
Instead I watched Meet the FlowerKings dvd Instead disc one so far, what a wonderful dvd this is!!!
I lurrve The Truth Will Set You Free 31.mins 20.
See what you mean Nikki about Mr Hasse grin rolleyes grin
Nice to see Mr Gildenlow on there too smiley
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« Reply #1224 on: Aug 26th, 2007, 2:11pm »

on Aug 26th, 2007, 12:17pm, Narnialady wrote:
Steph has done the unthinkable grin rolleyes tongue and not watched a Hackett dvd today. grin rolleyes tonguewhen ironing!!!
Instead I watched Meet the FlowerKings dvd Instead disc one so far, what a wonderful dvd this is!!!
I lurrve The Truth Will Set You Free 31.mins 20.
See what you mean Nikki about Mr Hasse grin rolleyes grin
Nice to see Mr Gildenlow on there too smiley


Crumbs Steph! Are you saying you've been missing Hasse's charms all this time? shocked

Heck, I'm a bloke and even I really fancy his, errrr, guitar grin

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« Reply #1225 on: Aug 26th, 2007, 4:28pm »

Well, I try to convert as many people as i can, i think i might be able to drag my whole band with me at least, that's five people, and i will try to persuade a few other friends too.. shouldn't be too difficult if you ask me.. but i checked it out, the venue takes about 1350 people, not 2000.. but hey, still pretty coolsmiley It is a very nice venue too, great atmosphere and sound!!

Just a day in Roine's studio or a minute inside his brain is probably a unique adventure!! I just can't get enough Flower Kings..

I was actually asked a very nice question today, I was driving with my brother, and he said:
-Didrik, can't you just put on some Flower Kings REALLY loud?? They are so fucking great!

i accepted the request..
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« Reply #1226 on: Aug 26th, 2007, 5:44pm »

on Aug 25th, 2007, 4:35pm, Nov wrote:
they indeed are the Kings of prog 2007, by a good margin.
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Carlsberg don't do prog rock bands ......... but if they did they'd be called TFK ....... grin kiss
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« Reply #1227 on: Aug 26th, 2007, 5:46pm »

on Aug 24th, 2007, 6:41pm, Chessman wrote:
Welcome back Nov!

(Notice anything different about my, er, rather succinct and subtle post compared to, er, other people's rather longish ones?) grin

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No worries Carl, length isn't everything ....... shocked wink
Except when it involves TFK epics and then we get into a whole new territory ........ laugh
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BTW, I'VE GOT TICKETS!!!! 6th of November in Oslo, in a venue that takes almost 2000 peoplesmiley I am going with my girlfriend and my brother, so there are two new souls that will be properly introduced to the Kingssmiley


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« Reply #1229 on: Aug 26th, 2007, 5:53pm »

on Aug 26th, 2007, 2:11pm, Nov wrote:
Crumbs Steph! Are you saying you've been missing Hasse's charms all this time? shocked

Heck, I'm a bloke and even I really fancy his, errrr, guitar grin


Nah its just I have been watching Mr Hacketts lucky charms for a while, Hasse is good ,but Mr Hackett does it for me rolleyes grinjust agreeing with Nikki about Hasses allure grin Mr Bodins not bad either grin
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