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CD review THE FLOWER KINGS "Desolation road"

Veröffentlicht am 16. Oktober 2013 von Markus W. in The Flower Kings, Prog Rock, Prog Metal, CD Review

(9/10) Swedish progressive rockers The Flower King will release end of October their new album which is called "Desolation rose". It will be album number twelve in the bands 19 years long history. The Flower Kings play music for musicians, but not only. It is highly technical and progressive material, but never without really losing the idea of the song.

Contentwise the songs are about the failure of mankind when it comes to create a paradise and the greed, fear and intolerance which made that failure real. The story is told from the perspective of an angel who watches the insanity and tries to help. Material for a movie and "Desolation rose" could be the ideal soundtrack.

The album starts with an epical opener of 14 minutes called "Tower One". Already this track contains more ideas than some other bands have for an whole album. Thunder introduce the next song called "Sleeping bones". The track has a dark vibe plus slow and melancholic guitars. The vocals are a mix between singing and storytelling. A very interesting song. The atmosphere canges in "Desolation road". The song has a great melody and is one of the more 'catchy' songs on the album. "White tuxedos" comes with a very intesice rhythm and reminds has some moments from the good old Alan Parsons Project. The harmonies of "The ressurection Judas" could have been from the older Genesis and "Silent masses" convinces with a great melody. And all the songs are always on a high technical level and never even get close to mainstream. After the almost happy "Silent masses" it get's dark and heavy again. "Last carnivor" and "Dark fascist skies" are signalising disaster and evil. The music transports in an excellent way the emotions of those songs. The last two songs are than more the 'silence after the storm'. Both, "Blood of eden" and "Silent graveyards" are slower and acosutic based songs- again with great melodies and a lot of ideas.

"Desolation rose" became an awesome album with a lot of details and an intelligent story. It reminded me to big prog bands as Genesis and Jethro Tull, but also to Queen. Roine Stolt reated another milestone in prog rock. Listen to the album.  But please give the album time. It's not easy to diggest, but it's worth the effort. This is not only music, this is art in the broadest sense of the word. Respect.





  1. Tower ONE
  2. Sleeping bones
  3. Desolation road
  4. White Tuxedos
  5. The resurrection Judas
  6. Silent masses
  7. Last carnivore
  8. Dark fascist skies
  9. Blood of eden
  10. Silent graveyards


Label: InsideOut

Genre: Prog Rock



CD review THE FLOWER KINGS "Desolation road"