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The Flower Kings bloom again ahead of new twelfth album

The Flower Kings

The Flower Kings are a progressive rock group from the mighty nation of Sweden. Their sound could be compared to that of Yes and Genesis, but they forge their own take on that classic sound. Formerly, Daniel Gildenlow of Pain of Salvation was a member, and was prominent on the band’s strongest album Unfold the Future, but has since left the group.

The band have released eleven full length albums, and are preparing to release their twelfth – titled Desolation Rose - in a few days. In the meantime, they have released a lyric video for the album’s title track.

The song itself is a nice little prog rock tune, about four minutes in length. More ‘prog’ than ‘rock’, it reminds me quite a bit of the band Camel. The keyboards are nice and soothing, and singer Roine Stolt’s vocals lay a nice melody over the bassline in the gently flowing verse, which almost feels like an old Ambrosia song. About two and a half minutes in, the song takes on a darker tone. The keyboards sound more sinister, and the instrumentation is a little more disharmonious. A keyboard solo enters, and is really cool, but then the song just sort of cuts off. Most likely, this is just an excerpt of a full song that is much longer, though we’re not told that and it is a little strange the way it ends so abruptly, especially as it seems to happen right in the middle of something interesting happening.

Lyrically… I really can’t tell what this is about. Prog rock lyrics can be strangely vague sometimes. It talks about a road to desolation, and the song seems almost wistful. That’s about all I can glean from it.

Desolation Rose will be released on InsideOut Music on October 28th and can be pre-ordered now.

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