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« Reply #2325 on: Dec 16th, 2007, 3:44pm »

Thanks Steph for all the Ritual info smiley
Thanks Nov for the pic grin
Now there's blokes with long hair that make them look like a country and western singer, like the Ritual bloke shocked ....... or there's blokes with long hair like this .......

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Relax and breathe Nik, relax and breathe ....... grin
Jonas looking pretty hot there too smiley
No ........ Hasse wins every time kiss
This pic was from the London gig ....... god that was brilliant cool
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« Reply #2326 on: Dec 16th, 2007, 7:04pm »

on Dec 16th, 2007, 3:44pm, squonknikki wrote:
No ........ Hasse wins every time kiss


Just for you Nikki........

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« Reply #2327 on: Dec 17th, 2007, 3:57pm »

Some nice pics of Hasse there folks.
You know, Hasse and me really are like twins; apart from the hair, the nationality, the talent, etc, you couldn't tell us apart. grin
We are both left handed though!
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« Reply #2328 on: Dec 17th, 2007, 3:59pm »

Oh yes, nearly forgot - watched the whole of disc two of 'Instant Delivery' yesterday, and watched a couple of tracks off disc one as well.
Still an amazing dvd! cheesy
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« Reply #2329 on: Dec 17th, 2007, 4:12pm »

haha! I thought Nikki had the hots for Hasse the percussionist cheesy
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« Reply #2330 on: Dec 17th, 2007, 5:14pm »

on Dec 17th, 2007, 4:12pm, demolition man wrote:
haha! I thought Nikki had the hots for Hasse the percussionist cheesy


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Ahh yes, Hasse Bruniusson is every bit the dream-boat that Hasse Fröberg is, eh Nikki?

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« Reply #2331 on: Dec 17th, 2007, 5:16pm »

on Dec 17th, 2007, 3:57pm, Chessman wrote:
Some nice pics of Hasse there folks.


Did you look at all the pictures from that guy? They are amazing!

Here's the link: http://www.willemklopper.nl/fotos/concerten/Flower%20Kings%20nov07/FlowerKings/index.html

Here's a few more. They are so sharp:

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« Reply #2332 on: Dec 17th, 2007, 5:43pm »

Don't get too excited Nov grin
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« Reply #2333 on: Dec 17th, 2007, 5:50pm »

Too late I think.
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« Reply #2334 on: Dec 17th, 2007, 5:56pm »

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« Reply #2335 on: Dec 17th, 2007, 5:57pm »

btw is Roine playing the guitar or asleep? huh rolleyes
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« Reply #2336 on: Dec 17th, 2007, 6:23pm »

And Jonas too. what is he doing? what is he thinking?

Great photos btw. Regardless of what demo says.
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« Reply #2337 on: Dec 18th, 2007, 02:27am »

So Nikki goes for the rougher looking bit of stuff in guitarists grint grin wink kisshe stubbly kind weatherworn grinstill hot though that Hasse grin
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« Reply #2338 on: Dec 18th, 2007, 06:11am »

Here's a great review of the latest album I found on the internet:

The Flower Kings are one of my favorite bands, in any genre, of any era. In fact, I would say that they're actually my second- favorite band ever, and my absolute favorite in the Symphonic-Prog genre, including old giants and current outfits. So, with great pleasure I will share a few words about their latest release, THE SUM OF NO EVIL.
Well, first of all, it’s a The Flower King’s album, and as such, don’t expect to hear anything but traditional TFK music, classical symphonic-prog played with the biggest passion, by some of the best musicians in the “business” (as people call the music world). If you come here waiting to listen to post-rock elements or incredibly revolutionary structures and harmonies and rhythms, well, you’ll be disappointed, and it won’t be TFK’s fault, but yours, as the Swede band has proved with 9 previous albums that this is what they are, and this is what you can expect. But if you purchase THE SUM OF NO EVIL looking for lush, great melodies, huge songs with instrumental parts every second, a peace-and-love message delivered through true fountains of musical colors, then you’re in for a great ride, as the album lives up to the expectations, if maybe doesn’t manage to surpass them.
As opposed to PARADOX HOTEL which was probably one of the most accessible TFK’s albums to date, THE SUM OF NO EVIL takes more listening sessions to start to get it, to start to love it. There are only 6 songs, four of those last more than 12 minutes and one of them more than 20. Not only that, but some of them avoid traditional structures and playing the melodic-chorus card. There’s a lot of instrumental moments scattered through the album, with enough jazz, fusion and typical “prog-rock show-off” to satisfy even the most demanding classical prog-fan.
As always, the band proves that each and every one of them is at the peak of their respective instruments’ level of playing: Bodin with his generous, playful keyboards; Reingold with masterful jazzy bass lines that showcase him as one of this generation’s greatest; Csorsz with incredible, amazing drumming that leaves the listener wondering why he’s not included in best- of lists; Froberg with his ever-improving voice, vocals that really speak of love and peace, soaring towards the skies. But of course, the absolute master is the mastermind, Roine Stolt, whose guitar playing is nothing short of beautiful, his singing precise for his purposes, and his composing-skills in the same level as the best musicians in all prog (in all rock). The man has a vision, has stuck with his vision since he start back when he played for Kaipa, and constantly delivers huge opuses full of music, of colors, of living noises. That he manages to record 70+ min. albums almost every year (oftentimes double albums) is only further proof of his passion for music, and his mastery of the art.
A REALLY brief mention about the songs:

One More Time (9.5/10) A masterful song with great melodies, a sticky chorus (try it twice at least) which is one of the best moments in the album.

Love Is The Answer (10/10) The big monster, the 25-min epic, the best song in the album (and among the best monster-epics in all TFK). It takes a while to start to get familiar with it. Remember: repetition, memory play probably the biggest part in our appreciation and love for music. Give this gigantic kaleidoscope a few tries, and you’ll discover the art behind the sounds, the beauty behind the solos. A masterpiece.

Trading My Soul (8.5/10) A great track with a distinct flavor. Fails to grab my affection after a few listens, but it’s very good.

The Sum Of No Reason (9.5/10) Another brilliant long track. It’s clear by now that 10+ minute songs are what TFK do best, and they show it. The lyrics are rather unusual for TFK, as they don’t speak of love but criticize, point out issues (religion, etc.) Stolt has done it before, he does it again.

Flight 999 (Brimstone Air) (9/10) An instrumental piece that paints the picture of a flying…van? You can hear the influence of Rimsky-Korsakov’s classic “Flight of the Bumble-Bee” from THE TSAR ZALTAN here, and we would think we’re hearing a little fly wondering around, yet the picture in the cover makes us think: is it a flying… van? No problem, anyway we fly with it.

Life In Motion (9/10) A great closing to a great album, near the end the song, which was not too optimistic, becomes overly optimistic, and we’re conquered, again, by the light that Stolt and his team can produce in all of us who desire to listen.

All in all, an album deserving a 9.5 out of 10. The only flaw in THE SUM OF NO EVIL is its not-immediate-accessibility, or its initial-inaccessibility, in better words. But that’s a problem that’s taken care of with repeated listens, as is common with all music that’s created for music's sake.
Recommended for: every lover of symphonic prog and classic prog. Every music fan who really wants to hear music being born.
9.5/10


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« Reply #2339 on: Dec 18th, 2007, 3:08pm »

Thanks for the pics Nov!
Just what a TFK lass needs when she gets off a long and busy shift grin kiss
Helps me unwind nicely shocked wink
Yep Hasse Froberg is the one for me grin
Bruniusson is just bonkers really wink
But a fab percussionist none the less, but i think bonkers goes with the territory in that line of work laugh
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