lunes, 16 de abril de 2012

¡THE FLOWER KINGS nos presentan la portada de su esperado "Banks of Eden"!

Volvemos a la carga después de unas mini-vacaciones y sintiendo haberos dejado con el blog "en standby"... ¡Deseo que también vosotros hayáis disfrutado, tanto o más que yo!

Y nada mejor que seguir con una nueva notícia de parte de los reyes del retro-prog suecos THE FLOWER KINGS y su ansiado por todos nuevo larga duración.
Después de esperar unas cuantas semanas, Stolt y compañía han sacado a la luz el artwork perteneciente a "Banks of Eden", que como podéis ver a continuación se trata del título del 11º trabajo de esta magnífica banda formada en 1994.

La fecha de lanzamiento en Europa está programada para el 18 de junio, mientras que en Estados Unidos será un día mas tarde, ambas bajo el sello InsideOut Music/Century Media.

Si os interesa leer el comunicado oficial (en inglés):

/// "It was both a scary and exciting prospect to go back into the studio after an almost 5 year-long, well-earned hiatus. We have all been active with Transatlantic, Karmakanic, Agents Of Mercy since, so we were up to speed in the playing department, but starting TFK again put some weight on my shoulders I suppose, but it's fun. We knew we could make an album 'cause this is what we do and we know we do it good, but the question was if we had anything new or anything important to contribute in 2012, in a time when the internet fills every hour with entertainment and every town or village seems to have emerging prog superstars. Realizing now with ELP, Crimson, Genesis, Gentle Giant, Pink Floyd being history we are among the new eldermen of Prog and we feel responsible for keeping the standard up, so a lot of hard work is gonna go into the coming months.

The core members were there and for this re-starting of TFK we brought in new 26 year old drummer prodigy Felix Lehrmann. Without playing one single note together, or no audition, we started the recording at Varispeed studios in Sweden, January 23rd, taking a big, big chance. It is with happy smiles on our faces that we can conclude that it was a jackpot and a great choice and we feel Felix is gonna breathe life into both the new and old material in a live setting, possibly with a more hard hitting edge. His outgoing personality and general love for music and playing will be very evident live and for coming albums I can feel he may contribute even in writing.

The progressive daredevil at the helm made us start the new album with a 25 min epic centerpiece that is NOT easy listening, it is in fact a quite demanding task. But the material also has all classic elements of the Flower Kings style with all the dreamy melodic & cinematic glow sprinkled all over, that the band's fans have come to love over the years. My advice is: just give it time and it will be very rewarding." ///

Y un par de vídeos con entrevistas e imágenes de la grabación...

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