The Flower Kings Debuts ‘Black Swan’ Video

Courtesy: InsideOut Music

The Flower Kings debuted the video for its latest single this week.

The band debuted the video for its new single ‘Black Swan‘ Tuesday. The song is the fourth single from the band’s latest album Islands, which was released in October through InsideOUt Music. Its premiere follows that of the album’s current singles ‘Morning News,’ ‘From The Ground,’ and ‘Broken.’

The video features the band performing its new single, each member of the band performing his respective part alone as the song plays. The song’s musical arrangement is a clearly classic rock-influenced composition. There are moments in the song that hint especially at a Queen influence. There are also some clear influence from the synth-driven sounds of the 80s.

Guitarist and founding member Roine Stolt talked about the song’s musical arrangement in a prepared statement.

“’Black Swan’ was a little piano melody I wrote around spring 2019 – I thought of it as ‘Polish melancholic’ or a ballet piano piece,” he said. “I did present a demo for the Transatlantic sessions but when it didn’t stick there I brought it along to the TFK ‘Islands’ session. Here it found its way in to the album and concept and with a slightly more dry guitar-driven sound and with nods to both The Beatles & Queen it became one of my favorite tracks. Hasse delivers some of his finest vocal on the album here.”

The song’s lyrical theme will appeal to listeners just as much as the song’s musical arrangement, with its metaphorical language.

Islands is available now. The album’s track listing is noted below.

Disc One (49:40)
1 – Racing With Blinders On 4:24
2 – From The Ground 4.02
3 – Black Swan 5:53
4 – Morning News 4:01
5 – Broken 6:38
6 – Goodbye Outrage 2:19
7 – Journeyman 1:43
8 – Tangerine 3:51
9 – Solaris 9:10
10 – Heart Of The Valley 4:18
11- Man In A Two Peace Suit 3:21

Disc Two (43:01)
1 – All I Need Is Love 5:48
2 – A New Species 5:45
3 – Northern Lights 5:43
4 – Hidden Angles 0:50
5 – Serpentine 3:52
6 – Looking For Answers 4:30
7 –Telescope 4:41
8 – Fool’s Gold 3:11
9 – Between Hope & Fear 4:29
10 – Islands 4:12

More information on The Flower Kings’ new album is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttp://www.roinestolt.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/TheFlowerKings

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The Flower Kings Debuts New Single, ‘Morning News,’ Companion Video

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The Flower Kings debuted its latest single and its companion video this week.

The band debuted the lyric video for its new single ‘Morning News‘ Friday. The song and its companion video are the third from the band’s forthcoming album Islands. The premiere follows that of the album’s singles ‘From The Ground‘ and ‘Broken.’

The ‘Morning News’ lyric video features the song’s lyrics set against various images, such as time lapse footage of cars driving along roads in England, descendants of the Mayans performing dances of their ancestors, people celebrating the Day of the Dead. The song’s musical arrangement is a stark contrast from that of its predecessors, presenting a more folk-infused sound than those works. Founding member/guitarist Roine Stolt compared the song’s arrangement more to works of Sir Paul McCartney in a recent interview.

Additionally, Stolt said during that interview, that the song’s lyrical theme touches on a very existential topic.

The song is about a beautiful end, realization and acceptance of our own mortality,” he said

The upcoming release of Islands will come less than a year after the band released its then most recent album Waiting For Miracles.  That album was released Nov. 8, 2019.

Stolt talked about the album’s release date in another recent interview.

“All shows and festivals were cancelled and the future didn’t really ‘unfold’ itself like we had hoped,” said Stolt. “To sit out the pandemic with no activities was not an option for us! We can’t be stopped by an evil virus! So, with members living in the USA, Italy, Austria and Sweden, the only way to realize this album, was to use the magic of the ‘net’, sending files around the globe and start building what now has become a mammoth-sized double album of 21 songs.”

The album’s track listing is noted below.

Disc One (49:40)
1 – Racing With Blinders On 4:24
2 – From The Ground 4.02
3 – Black Swan 5:53
4 – Morning News 4:01
5 – Broken 6:38
6 – Goodbye Outrage 2:19
7 – Journeyman 1:43
8 – Tangerine 3:51
9 – Solaris 9:10
10 – Heart Of The Valley 4:18
11- Man In A Two Peace Suit 3:21

Disc Two (43:01)
1 – All I Need Is Love 5:48
2 – A New Species 5:45
3 – Northern Lights 5:43
4 – Hidden Angles 0:50
5 – Serpentine 3:52
6 – Looking For Answers 4:30
7 –Telescope 4:41
8 – Fool’s Gold 3:11
9 – Between Hope & Fear 4:29
10 – Islands 4:12

The double-disc album will release on limited edition 3LP/2CD box; limited edition 2CD digipack, and standard digital.  Pre-sales for Islands are open.

Stolt said of the album’s concept, it is relevant to the world’s current situation.

“The theme of the album is isolation – so the title ‘Islands’ felt like a most relevant title – as much of it circulates around isolation, loss, and the fear of being disconnected,” he said. “Having to face this unexpected pandemic will leave marks on each one of us for a very long time and to lose loved ones forces us to soldier on, learning and growing a stronger version of ourselves in this fragile cycle of life.”

“Musically, the aim has been to  create a bigger grand epic piece out of 21 songs – so they are all connected with themes that weave in and out – like the way ‘Sgt Peppers’ or ‘The Lamb’ were built on shorter songs,  but yet linked,” added Stolt. “So view it as one mega song or as 21 separate pieces, it is all  tailored to be listened to as one piece – like a cinematic 90-min. long ride.”

More information on The Flower Kings’ new album is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttp://www.roinestolt.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/TheFlowerKings

To keep up with the latest entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

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The Flower Kings Debuts ‘From The Ground’ Video

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The Flower Kings debuted the video for its latest single over the weekend.

The band debuted the video for its single ‘From The Ground‘ Friday.  The song and its video are the second from the band’s forthcoming album Islands, which is scheduled for release Oct. 30 through InsideOut Music.  The band debuted the album’s lead single ‘Broken‘ and its video Sept. 11.

The video features a montage of pictures taken from various live performances by The Flower Kings.  The pictures were taken by Lilian Forsberg and Gunter Ori.

Founding member and guitarist Roine Stolt talked about the pictures in a recent interview.

“This video is a very simple photo gallery of recent touring – something most of us cannot experience right now – something that we all – band and fans – wanna get back to as soon as possible,” he said. “Meanwhile; stay healthy – keep the distance when needed  – stay friendly – and let our minds stay positive and full of compassion! PEACE & LOVE!”

The song’s musical arrangement is a light, upbeat presentation that is grounded in its guitar and bass lines.  The drums and vocals add their own touch to the presentation to enhance its presentation even more.

Stolt said of the song’s lyrical theme, it is A celebration of all the small things – the importance of family, friends, a home, simple things in our everyday life.”

The upcoming release of Islands will come less than a year after the band released its then most recent album Waiting For Miracles.  That album was released Nov. 8, 2019.

Founding member  and guitarist Roine Stolt talked about the album’s release date in a recent interview.

“All shows and festivals were cancelled and the future didn’t really ‘unfold’ itself like we had hoped,” said Stolt. “To sit out the pandemic with no activities was not an option for us! We can’t be stopped by an evil virus! So, with members living in the USA, Italy, Austria and Sweden, the only way to realize this album, was to use the magic of the ‘net’, sending files around the globe and start building what now has become a mammoth-sized double album of 21 songs.”

The album’s track listing is noted below.

Disc One (49:40)
1 – Racing With Blinders On 4:24
2 – From The Ground 4.02
3 – Black Swan 5:53
4 – Morning News 4:01
5 – Broken 6:38
6 – Goodbye Outrage 2:19
7 – Journeyman 1:43
8 – Tangerine 3:51
9 – Solaris 9:10
10 – Heart Of The Valley 4:18
11- Man In A Two Peace Suit 3:21

Disc Two (43:01)
1 – All I Need Is Love 5:48
2 – A New Species 5:45
3 – Northern Lights 5:43
4 – Hidden Angles 0:50
5 – Serpentine 3:52
6 – Looking For Answers 4:30
7 –Telescope 4:41
8 – Fool’s Gold 3:11
9 – Between Hope & Fear 4:29
10 – Islands 4:12

The double-disc album will release on limited edition 3LP/2CD box; limited edition 2CD digipack, and standard digital.  Pre-sales for Islands are open.

Stolt said of the album’s concept, it is relevant to the world’s current situation.

“The theme of the album is isolation – so the title ‘Islands’ felt like a most relevant title – as much of it circulates around isolation, loss, and the fear of being disconnected,” he said. “Having to face this unexpected pandemic will leave marks on each one of us for a very long time and to lose loved ones forces us to soldier on, learning and growing a stronger version of ourselves in this fragile cycle of life.”

“Musically, the aim has been to  create a bigger grand epic piece out of 21 songs – so they are all connected with themes that weave in and out – like the way ‘Sgt Peppers’ or ‘The Lamb’ were built on shorter songs,  but yet linked,” added Stolt. “So view it as one mega song or as 21 separate pieces, it is all  tailored to be listened to as one piece – like a cinematic 90-min. long ride.”

More information on The Flower Kings’ new album is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttp://www.roinestolt.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/TheFlowerKings

To keep up with the latest entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

The Flower Kings Debut ‘Broken’ Lyric Video

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The Flower Kings debuted the video for its new single this week.

The band debuted the lyric video for its new single ‘Broken‘ Friday.  The song and video are the first from the band’s forthcoming album Islands, which is scheduled for release Oct. 30 through InsideOut Music.

The video places the song’s lyrics over a variety of images.  The whole is a very psychedelic presentation.  The song’s musical arrangement will appeal to fans of Transatlantic while its lyrical content will reach audiences in its own way.

The upcoming release of Islands will come less than a year after the band released its then most recent album Waiting For Miracles.  That album was released Nov. 8, 2019.

Founding member  and guitarist Roine Stolt talked about the album’s release date in a recent interview.

“All shows and festivals were cancelled and the future didn’t really ‘unfold’ itself like we had hoped,” said Stolt. “To sit out the pandemic with no activities was not an option for us! We can’t be stopped by an evil virus! So, with members living in the USA, Italy, Austria and Sweden, the only way to realize this album, was to use the magic of the ‘net’, sending files around the globe and start building what now has become a mammoth-sized double album of 21 songs.”

The album’s track listing is noted below.

Disc One (49:40)
1 – Racing With Blinders On 4:24
2 – From The Ground 4.02
3 – Black Swan 5:53
4 – Morning News 4:01
5 – Broken 6:38
6 – Goodbye Outrage 2:19
7 – Journeyman 1:43
8 – Tangerine 3:51
9 – Solaris 9:10
10 – Heart Of The Valley 4:18
11- Man In A Two Peace Suit 3:21

Disc Two (43:01)
1 – All I Need Is Love 5:48
2 – A New Species 5:45
3 – Northern Lights 5:43
4 – Hidden Angles 0:50
5 – Serpentine 3:52
6 – Looking For Answers 4:30
7 –Telescope 4:41
8 – Fool’s Gold 3:11
9 – Between Hope & Fear 4:29
10 – Islands 4:12

The double-disc album will release on limited edition 3LP/2CD box; limited edition 2CD digipack, and standard digital.  Pre-sales for Islands are open.

Stolt said of the album’s concept, it is relevant to the world’s current situation.

“The theme of the album is isolation – so the title ‘Islands’ felt like a most relevant title – as much of it circulates around isolation, loss, and the fear of being disconnected,” he said. “Having to face this unexpected pandemic will leave marks on each one of us for a very long time and to lose loved ones forces us to soldier on, learning and growing a stronger version of ourselves in this fragile cycle of life.”

Musically, the aim has been to  create a bigger grand epic piece out of 21 songs – so they are all connected with themes that weave in and out – like the way ‘Sgt Peppers’ or ‘The Lamb’ were built on shorter songs,  but yet linked,” added Stolt. “So view it as one mega song or as 21 separate pieces, it is all  tailored to be listened to as one piece – like a cinematic 90-min. long ride.”

More information on The Flower Kings’ new album is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

 

Websitehttp://www.roinestolt.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/TheFlowerKings

 

To keep up with the latest entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

The Flower Kings Announces Release Date, Specs For Its Next Album

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The Flower Kings will tentatively release its next album this fall.

The band is scheduled to release its new album Islands Oct. 30 through InsideOut Music.  Its release will come less than a year after the band released its then most recent album Waiting For Miracles.  That album was released Nov. 8, 2019.

Founding member  and guitarist Roine Stolt talked about the album’s release date in a recent interview.

“All shows and festivals were cancelled and the future didn’t really ‘unfold’ itself like we had hoped,” said Stolt. “To sit out the pandemic with no activities was not an option for us! We can’t be stopped by an evil virus! So, with members living in the USA, Italy, Austria and Sweden, the only way to realize this album, was to use the magic of the ‘net’, sending files around the globe and start building what now has become a mammoth-sized double album of 21 songs.”

The album’s track listing is noted below.

Disc One (49:40)
1 – Racing With Blinders On 4:24
2 – From The Ground 4.02
3 – Black Swan 5:53
4 – Morning News 4:01
5 – Broken 6:38
6 – Goodbye Outrage 2:19
7 – Journeyman 1:43
8 – Tangerine 3:51
9 – Solaris 9:10
10 – Heart Of The Valley 4:18
11- Man In A Two Peace Suit 3:21

Disc Two (43:01)
1 – All I Need Is Love 5:48
2 – A New Species 5:45
3 – Northern Lights 5:43
4 – Hidden Angles 0:50
5 – Serpentine 3:52
6 – Looking For Answers 4:30
7 –Telescope 4:41
8 – Fool’s Gold 3:11
9 – Between Hope & Fear 4:29
10 – Islands 4:12

The double-disc album will release on limited edition 3LP/2CD box; limited edition 2CD digipack, and standard digital.  Pre-sales are scheduled to open Sept. 11.

Stolt said of the album’s concept, it is relevant to the world’s current situation.

“The theme of the album is isolation – so the title ‘Islands’ felt like a most relevant title – as much of it circulates around isolation, loss, and the fear of being disconnected,” he said. “Having to face this unexpected pandemic will leave marks on each one of us for a very long time and to lose loved ones forces us to soldier on, learning and growing a stronger version of ourselves in this fragile cycle of life.”

Musically, the aim has been to  create a bigger grand epic piece out of 21 songs – so they are all connected with themes that weave in and out – like the way ‘Sgt Peppers’ or ‘The Lamb’ were built on shorter songs,  but yet linked,” added Stolt. “So view it as one mega song or as 21 separate pieces, it is all  tailored to be listened to as one piece – like a cinematic 90-min. long ride.”

More information on The Flower Kings’ new album is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

 

Website: http://www.roinestolt.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TheFlowerKings

 

To keep up with the latest entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Beardfish’s New LP Another Sleeper Hit Of 2012

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Most music fans generally think of either Abba or extreme metal when thinking of Sweden.  However, Sweden has become increasingly associated with another sub genre of rock in recent years thanks to the likes of The Flower Kings.  The Flower Kings is just one band that is beginning to change audiences’ perception of music from Sweden.  On the heavier end of the prog spectrum is a band by the name of Beardfish.  Fans of Dream theater or its former drummer Mike Portnoy might recognize the name of Beardfish as he actually recently gave the band a shout out on his personal Facebook page.  He had quite the positive things to say of Beardfish.  And it’s no wonder why he had such good things to say.

Beardfish’s new album, “The Void” is an extensive prog-metal experience.  It opens somewhat abruptly with the narrator led ‘Introduction.’  But once it launches into ‘Voluntary Slavery’ listeners know they’re in for quite the hard rock experience.  The best comparison one can make with Beardfish on this album is to Tool. Vocalist Richard Sjoblom’s vocals are just as powerful as those of Tool front man Maynard James Kenan.  When the band launches into ‘Turn To Gravel’, audiences really get a taste of that vocal ability.  Strangely enough, there’s even a touch of Glen Danzig and James LaBrie in his voice here, too.  Sjoblom’s band mates get their chance to shine here, too. Guitarist David Zackrisson, drummer Magnus Ostgren and bassist Robert Hansen play like a well oiled machine throughout the song’s five and a half minute run time.    

Fans of Dream Theater will enjoy ‘This Matter of Mine.’  Zackrisson’s guitar work is similar to that of Dream Theater’s John Petrucci here.  And Ostgren’s work behind the kit is as strong as former DT drummer Mike Portnoy.  That being noted, it’s no wonder why Portnoy himself recently sang the praises of this band on his own Facebook page.  For all the intensity of the band’s new album, there is a lighter moment.  ‘Seventeed Again’ is an interesting little piano based prog/jazz hybrid that will keep any listener’s ear despite its near eight minute run time.

Fans of really classic rock and classic prog rock will also find themselves jamming out to ‘He Already Lives In You.’  There are hints of so many classic prog acts in this song that it will leave listeners’ heads spinning.  Whether for this song or any of the others on this album, it goes without saying that Beardfish may very well have another of this year’s sleeper hits.  “The Void” is available now in stores and online.  The band is currently slated to perform in Tallinn, Estonia on October 7th.  To keep up with the latest tour dates and news from Beardfish, fans can go online to http://www.beardfishband.com, http://www.facebook.com/beardfish, http://twitter.com/beardfishband, http://www.myspace.com/beardfishband, and http://www.youtube.com/user/beardfishband.

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The Flower Kings Return With Another Solid Opus

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“The Banks of Eden” is another good effort from The Flower Kings.  This record boasts sounds not only from the band’s older material, but also from Roine Stolt’s side project, Transatlantic.  The similarities to Transatlantic are obvious in the album’s opener, ‘Numbers.’  This song sounds like it could easily have fit onto any of the band’s current releases.  At the same time, it builds on what Stolt helped create with Transatlantic, and made it even better.  This near twenty-five minute opus opens with a semi-hard rocking movement with guitars that could just as easily be compared to songs from fellow prog rockers, Dream Theater and Spock’s Beard.  It eventually becomes a little more introspective and slow as the song progresses before moving into its more Pink Floyd influenced closing movement.  By the song’s end, listeners will be left feeling like they’ve not just listened to a song.  They’ve experienced what music is all about.

The album’s opener isn’t the only one that shows the band’s Pink Floyd influence.  The closing number on the expanded edition of the album shows a very blatant Floyd influence through guitarist Hasse Froberg’s work.  The second half of the expanded edition picks up where the first half left off, with an equally impressive work in ‘Fireghosts.’  It only gets better from there, harkening back to even more old school rock with ‘Going Up’, ‘Illuminati’, and ‘Lo Lines.’  All three are very guitar driven.  Again, that, mixed with the musicianship of new drummer, Felix Lehrmann, makes for even more enjoyable songs.  All together, they combine for an album that any long time Flower Kings fan will enjoy.

“The Banks of Eden” is available now in stores and online.  It can be ordered direct through Century Media at http://www.centurymedia.com.  Fans can also pick up the band’s album at its concerts throughout its European tour.  To get all the latest tour dates and news from the band, fans can go online to http://www.facebook.com/TheFlowerKings and http://www.flowerkings.se

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