THE FLOWER KINGS – Islands [Limited 2CD Digipak] (2020)

Islands” is the new double album by Scandinavian progressive rockers THE FLOWER KINGS. The creative mind of songwriter Roine Stolt (Transatlantic, The Sea Within, Anderson/Stolt etc.) now presents 92 minutes of brand-new music with his competent line-up also featuring Hasse Froberg, Zach Kamins, Jonas Reingold, Mirko DeMaio and special guest Rob Townsend.
Due to the Covid-19-pandemic the album comes out quite a bit sooner than originally planned as Roine explains: “All shows and festivals were cancelled and the future didn’t really ‘unfold’ itself like we had hoped. To sit out the pandemic with no activities was not an option for us. We cannot be stopped by an evil virus. With members living in the USA, Italy, Austria and Sweden the only way was to use the magic of the ‘net’ sending files and start building, what now became, a double album of 21 tracks in an accessible song format.”
The 92 minutes long “Islands” features artwork by legend Roger Dean (Yes, Uriah Heep etc.) and all trademark sounds and melodies the band is known for – from vintage keyboards to epic guitar solos, from odd drum patterns to symphonic elements, THE FLOWER KINGS present a superb, playful and…