After five long years, The Flower Kings are back with new album Banks of Eden, to be released June 19th (US, June 18th Europe) via InsideOut Music. The Flower Kings emerged as one of the most popular bands of the early '90s Prog movement and became one of the scene's leading icons together with Porcupine Tree, Spocks Beard and Dream Theater.
In light of the album's impending release date, THE FLOWER KINGS are now debuting a medley of the 25-minute opening track "Numbers." The medley can be heard here: http://soundcloud.com/officialinsideoutmusic/the-flower-kings-numbers
Banks of Eden was recorded with the band playing live in one room in a studio in January 2012, a recording much like in the old days of classic prog, before computers hit the market.
"We aimed for the classic big warm vinyl-sound of old records by Queen, Genesis, Zeppelin or Deep Purple," says founder and frontman Roine Stolt.
The music contains most of the trademarks that put The Flower Kings at the top of modern Prog. The theme of the album is the struggle between a world in constant motion and in addictive consumption, and on the other side, finding a place and a little time where our souls find rest and peace.
"The album is a reflection of my thoughts on the world of today, I would say. I think this is where Roine Stolt as a person stands today. There are elements of both politics and religion, but I try to write lyrics without lecturing the fans. Still I always try to put something of a true wisdom of life or poetic beauty into the lyrics that hopefully stays with them." added Stolt.