Acclaimed progressive rock band The Flower Kings has announced the release of a new studio double album titled ‘Waiting For Miracles.’ Set for release November 8th, 2019, the album includes 15 new tracks, recorded over the summer at RMV studio in Stockholm, Sweden, a vintage studio space owned by ABBA star Benny Andersson.
Band leader Roine Stolt said: “We have gone back to the joyful and playful style that made the band famous in the late 90s. So here ‘more’ is always ‘more’! At time the lyrics have a bit of a serious concern about the state of our world, but overall the theme is full of joy and color.”
The current The Flower Kings lineup includes Roine Stolt, Jonas Reingold, Hasse Fröberg, Zach Kamins and Mirko DeMaio (the most recent live line-up).
The album will be released as a 2CD, Gatefold 2LP + 2CD & as digital album, featuring stunning artwork by American artist Kevin Sloan.
1.House Of Cards
3.Miracles For America
6.Ascending To The Stars
7.Wicked Old Symphony
8.The Rebel Circus
9.Sleep With The Enemy
10.The Crowning Of Greed
Disc 2: 1.House Of Cards Reprise 2.Spirals 3.Steampunk 4.We Were Always Here 5.Busking At Brobank
The Flower Kings started as a conduit for Swedish guitarist, singer and composer Roine Stolt in 1994. It was a time when a third generation of progressive rock artists appeared in the international scene.
The first album was a solo effort. On “The Flower King” (1994) Roine played all instruments except for drums and the project was a self-produced/self-financed endeavor quickly pushed the Swedish guitarist into international progressive rock stardom.
Stolt formed a touring band to present the album. He recruited two musicians who had participated in “The Flower King” album: Jaime Salazar on drums, and Hasse Fröberg on vocals. Two additional musicians joined the band, Stolt’s brother Michael on bass and Tomas Bodin on keyboards.
The Flower Kings released a series of successful albums as a band and quickly gained popularity in progressive rock circles and was one of a small set of bands helping to revive the progressive rock scene worldwide.
The Flower Kings got back together in 2019. The 2019 lineup included Roine Stolt on guitars and vocals; Hasse Froberg on vocals and guitar; Jonas Reingold on bass; Zach Kamins on keyboards; and Mirko Demaio on drums.
Swedish guitarist, composer and progressive rock marvel Roin Stolt is a prolific artists who has been involved in numerous projects as band leader or as part of super bands: The Flower Kings, Transatlantic, Agents of Mercy, and Kaipa DC. His latest project is called Roine Stolt’s The Flower King, which is a subtle way to clarify that this is a solo endeavor rather than a new Flower Kings album.
Although many identify Roine Stolt as a progressive rock musician (which he is), the multi-faceted artists is also influenced by classic rock, blues and jazz.
The album begins with a short atmospheric piece titled Rainsong. This is followed by the least favorite song on the album, Lost America, which is a classic rock/hard rock song with catchy hooks.
Progressive rock starts trickling in with “Ze Pawns,” a track with dreamy keyboards and mesmerizing slide guitar. The introspective vocals recall the work by Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters.
High Road is one of the finest pieces on the album, symphonic progressive rock at its best; full of memorable and beautiful electric guitar work.
Rio Grande is an instrumental epic with outstanding guitar, drums and keyboard work, including evocative mellotron.
Next To A Hurricane is a happy, sing-along song with pop and jazz harmonies.
On The Alchemist, another instrumental, Roine Stolt incorporates jazz fusion, Zappaesque zaniness and blues, including interplay with saxophonist Rob Townsend.
Baby Angels is a sweet song with unexpected ukulele.
Thirty Wakeup sounds like a tribute to Focus’ signature classically-rooted instrumentals, with Roine’s guitar joined by electric organ and flute.
Roine Stolt has a great ability at making epic progressions. The Spell of Money is an instant-epic that feels familiar right from the dramatic beginning. It combines superb musicianship with politics and social criticism about the dark side of money.
The album includes Roine Stolt on lead vocals, electric and acoustic guitars, keyboards, bass, ukulele and drums; Hans “Hasse” Fröberg on vocals; Nad Sylvan on vocals; Max Lorentz on vocals and Hammond B3; Zach Kamins on organ, Moog synth and Mellotron; Rob Townsend on soprano saxophone and flute; Michael Stolt on bass and vocals; Jonas Reingold on fretted and fretless basses; and Marco Minnemann on drums
The album is available in various formats: limited edition CD digipak, Gatefold 180g 2LP + CD and as digital download.
The InsideOutMusic label that has released some of the best-selling progressive rock acts in recent years, will be celebrating its 25th anniversary with a tour by two of its best-known artists, Spock’s Beard and Roine Stolt’s The Flower King’s.
Spock’s Beard said: “It will be a co-bill with Roine Stolt’s The Flower King’s revisited band, so each show promises to be a great evening of music. We’ve been getting a lot of questions about who will be playing drums on this tour, so at this time let me introduce our new touring drummer, Mr. Mike Thorne, from Saga! We are really excited to have him on board and are looking forward to seeing you on tour.”
Roine Stolt adds: “Asked to put together a band to go on the road, celebrate our label InsideOut’s 25 year anniversary; I was thinking of the ‘treasure’ that is the music I wrote for The Flower Kings during that same period. I felt compelled to bring out this music for yet another round and in the process bring in some old friends and some new.
The music is universal; some songs timeless and by November I hope to have an exciting set-list to not only celebrate my 1st album and the origin of all things “The Flower King” but to cover the rest of TFK’s history and eventually a new tune and a few new faces. Tune up the engine. Time to prog!”
30th November – Cosmopolite, Oslo, Norway
1st December – Kulturhuset Studion, Stockholm, Sweden
2nd December – KB, Malmo, Sweden
4th December – Zeche, Bochum, Germany
5th December – Z7, Pratteln, Switzerland
6th December – La Machine, Paris, France
7th December – De Boerderij, Zoetermeer, Netherlands
8th December – Hedon, Zwolle, Netherlands
9th December – Islington Assembly Hall, London, UK
10th December – Academy Club, Manchester, UK
The word supergroup gets thrown around a lot, although in the case of new and The Sea Within it’s real. The Sea Within brings together a multinational cast of musicians who have performed with high profile progressive rock acts: guitarist and vocalist Roine Stolt (The Flower Kings, Transatlantic); bassist Jonas Reingold (The Flower Kings; keyboardist and vocalist Tom Brislin (Renaissance); drummer and vocalist Marco Minnemann (Steven Wilson, The Aristocrats); and vocalist and guitarist Daniel Gildenlöw (Pain Of Salvation).
The five musicians have put together an excellent recording featuring charismatic and nuanced vocals and top of the line instrumental musicianship. Although the album contains plenty of state of the art progressive rock, featuring memorable guitar and keyboard solos, outstanding vocals and a formidable rhythm section, there is also classic and hard rock and even pop. The dreaded word metal has been thrown around in some of the press releases but, thankfully, it’s barely perceptible.
The album features well-structured songs and some jams, where the band members and their guests get to showcase their talent.
The lineup includes Marco Minneman on drums, percussion, vocal, and guitar; Jonas Reingold on bass; Tom Brislin on keyboards, vocals; Roine Stolt on guitars, vocals, and additional keyboards; Daniel Gildenlow on vocals & additional guitar; and Casey McPherson on vocals.
Guests include Jon Anderson on vocals on Broken Cord; Jordan Rudess on Grand Piano on The Hiding of Truth; and Rob Townsend on soprano saxophone on The Ashes of Dawn.
The album was recorded in London to facilitate travel for all musicians. Jonas lives in Austria, Daniel and Roine are in Sweden, Tom is based in the East Coast of the United States of America, whereas Marco is on the West Coast of the U.S.
The Sea Within will make its stage debut at ‘Night of the Prog’ in Loreley, Germany, July 13-15, 2018 and will feature special guests.
The album is available in CD (with a bonus CD), vinyl and digital formats.
The Sea Within presents impeccable examples of progressive rock craftsmanship.
Swedish singer, composer and multi-instrumentalist Nad Sylvan has risen to the top of the progressive rock scene because of his solo work and collaborations with Steve Hackett and Roine Stolt. The Bride Said No is his new solo album and continues the story he initiated with the acclaimed Vampiric album Courting The Widow.
The Bride Said No still has plenty of first class symphonic progressive rock inspired by 1970s bands like Genesis and UK. However, The Bride Said No adds a music theater element and masterful vocal interplay between Nad and his guest lead vocalists Tania Doko and Jade Ell.
Nad Sylvan is a generous vocalist. His albums always provide plenty of space to the virtuoso instrumentalists that participate in his recordings. The most noticeable difference I find in The Bride Said No is that there is less mellotron than in the previous album. However, keyboard lovers don’t despair, Nad and his colleagues provide plenty of succulent synth solos and majestic keyboards throughout the album.
For prog rock guitar fans, track 5 ‘What Have You Done” is true delight. Nearly half the piece features two outstanding, hats off epic electric solos. The first is by the grand master of progressive rock guitar, Steve Hackett. The second solo is by the equally talented Guthrie Govan (The Aristocrats, Asia, Erotic Cakes). But there is more. If you manage to filter out the guitars (which is hard to do because they’re so good), you’ll notice remarkable bass work underneath by yet another master, Tony Levin.
Although Nad Sylvan’s vocals are superb throughout the album, on track 6, ‘Crime Of Passion,’ Nad stands out even more, delivering all vocal parts, lead and backing vocals. Guitars also play a leading role with Steve Hackett again, along with another regular collaborator, one of the busiest and finest guitarists in the prog world, Sweden’s Roine Stolt.
Another favorite is ‘A French kisses in an Italian Café,’ a beautiful laid back song with a trip hop beat that captivates you right away. It’s enriched with beautiful orchestrations by Nad Sylvan, Steve Hackett’s fabulous guitar, Tony Levin’s masterful Chapman stick and bass, and the delightful backing vocals.
The final song on the album is the most theatrical, with attention-grabbing interplay between Nad Sylvan and his female guest vocalists. It’s prog rock meets neosoul. This track has a hidden song. There are over 2 minutes of silence and then a pop song appears.
The lineup includes Nad Sylvan on vocals, keyboards, guitars, orchestrations; Jade Ell on vocals; Sheona Urquhart on vocals and saxophone; Anders Wollbeck on keyboards, programming, orchestration and additional sound design; Tania Doko on vocals; Jonas Reingold on bass; Nick D’Virgilio on drums and percussion; Tony Levin on Chapman Stick and bass; Doane Perry on drums; Alfons Karabuda on waterphone; Steve Hackett on guitar; Guthrie Govan on guitar; and Roine Stolt on guitar.
The Bride Said No is another captivating forward-thinking progressive rock album by the multi-faceted and talented Nad Sylvan.
Kaipa Da Capo is the current incarnation of iconic Swedish progressive rock band Kaipa. Guitarist Roine Stolt and two other original Kaipa musicians have recorded new music with vocals in Swedish.
“Dårskapens Monotoni” begins with the title track featuring epic symphonic progressive rock showcasing Stolt’s outstanding solo guitar work along with masterful electric organ, synths and mellotron by Max Lorentz. There’s fascinating interplay together with catchy, sing along vocal sections.
Track 2, “När Jag Var En Pojk,” is over 10 minutes long and begins as a great blues rock song. Halfway throughout the piece, the band shifts towards progressive rock with a spectacular organ and epic electric guitar that lead to climactic conclusion.
In terms of progressive rock, track 3, “Vi Lever Här” is the weakest song. It has an AOR feel with pop hooks.
With track 4, “Det Tysta Guldet,” Kaipa Da Capo returns to exquisite progressive rock. This piece has really strong Focus influence in the guitar, organ and arrangements. Although the keyboards also seem to have a strong Rick Wakeman influence.
“Spår Av Vår Tid” is a beautiful laid back song with a strong Genesis flavor in the acoustic guitars and symphonic keyboards. This track has the best lead and harmony vocals on the album.
Track 6, “Tonerna” is the longest piece on the album, bringing together progressive rock and jazz improvisation, featuring superior guitars and keyboards as well as saxophone. As expected, this composition has some of the best guitar and keyboard work on the album. Roine Stolt does not disappoint and delivers a fabulous ending.
The last song is “Monoliten,” a finely-crafted ballad with one of the best, and longest, guitar solos on the album.
The lineup on the album includes Tomas Eriksson on Rickenbacker and Fender bass; Roine Stolt on acoustic, lapsteel and electric guitars, vocals, Moog bass, grand piano and synthesizers; Michael Stolt on lead vocals, guitars, Keyboards, Moog bass, and tubular bells; Max Lorentz: on Hammond B3 and pipe organs, mellotron, Rhodes, cembalo, mini Moog, flute, vocals, piano, bass, recorder, tuba and percussion; and Ingemar Bergman on drums and percussion.
Guests are Merit Hemmingsson on vocals; Ludde Lorentz on saxophones; and Peter Lindberg on steel guitar.
Although we’re used to English vocals in many of Roine Stolt’s recordings, listening to progressive rock in other languages, in this case Swedish, has a special charm. Yet another great album by one of the busiest musicians in the progressive rock arena.
Anderson/Stolt, the collaboration between Jon Anderson (Yes) and Roine Stolt (Kaipa, (The Flower Kings, Transatlantic), have released a new music video titled ‘Know’. The song appears in the duo’s acclaimed first album, ‘Invention of Knowledge‘ (InsideOut Music). The video was created by Jon’s daughter, photographer Deborah Anderson.
Jon Anderson recently picked up the Prog God award, presented to him by Rick Wakeman and Trevor Rabin of ARW at the Progressive Music Awards 2016 in London.
Progressive rock stars Jon Anderson (Yes) and Roine Stolt (The Flower Kings) have released a new music video. The clip features the song “Knowing” extracted from the album ‘Invention of Knowledge‘ (InsideOut Music, 2016).
Vocalist, songwriter, composer and painter Jon Anderson is going through a highly creative phase. Progressive rock made him famous and he is revered by several generations of musicians and music fans. While his former Yes bandmates are wasting time recording mediocre rock albums, in recent years Jon Anderson has teamed up with progressive music masters. He formed a band with jazz-rock violin wizard Jean-Luc Ponty and now he has teamed up with one of the great musicians in the current progressive rock scene, Roine Stolt.
Jon Anderson and Roine Stolt’s collaboration is titled Invention of Knowledge and this is full-blown progressive rock. Jon Anderson has created new songs infused with the magic that made Yes famous. For progressive-rock era Yes fans, Invention of Knowledge has plenty of connections to the Yes sound in the form of Anderson’s lead, harmony and overdubbed vocals as well as the bass lines and magnificent keyboard work. But this album does not sound completely like a classic Yes album. Roine Stolt has a very different guitar style from Steve Howe and the additional guests brought to the recording sessions add exciting new elements.
“For me, this is an album that will prove to be timeless,” says Swedish musician Stolt. “In the way that you can put on a Yes album from the ’70s now and it still sounds fresh, so I feel people will be able to listen to what we have done here in 10 years’ time and it will still make an impact.”
The initial idea to bring together the iconic former Yes vocalist and The Flower Kings and Transatlantic’ virtuoso Roine Stolt came from the owner of the InsideOut label, Thomas Waber. “It was Thomas who originally told me that I should work with Jon Anderson,” remembers Stolt. “But at the time, Jon was just so busy that I couldn’t see any way this might happen.”
Luckily, the two musicians met at the Progressive Nation At Sea cruise. Mike Portnoy, a member of intercontinental progressive rock band Transatlantic proposed doing a couple of songs live with Jon Anderson. What was originally planned to be a 20-minute collaboration turned out to be one hour, with Transatlantic playing the first side of the Yes masterpiece ‘Tales from Topographic Oceans.’ Jon and Roine got along very well. “Roine and I had a wonderful instant connection when we met on that boat out of Miami two years ago,” says Anderson.
After that, ideas started flowing. Jon and Roine exchanged musical ideas across the Internet. Current technology enabled this transatlantic collaboration. Jon Anderson sent files to Roine with his ideas. Jon Anderson indicated that he wanted the freedom to go beyond a traditional album, incorporating musical traditions from any part of the world. Although Invention of Knowledge is definitely a progressive rock, it does incorporate global music traditions like tribal rhythms, sitar and other sounds.
Roine Stolt recruited bassist Jonas Reingold on bass (The Flowers Kings), drummer Felix Lehrmann (The Flowers Kings) on drums, American keyboardist Tom Brislin (the Yes Symphonic Tour), Lalle Larsson on keyboards and Michael Stolt on bass. The backing vocalists include Nad Sylvan (Steve Hackett), Daniel Gildenlow (Pain of Salvation), Anja Obermayer, Maria Rerych, Kristina Westas, and Roine Stolt.
Invention of Knowledge is a beautifully-crafted progressive music masterwork that brings together two highly creative minds. One of the best progressive rock albums of the year. Highly recommend.