Progressive rock band THE FLOWER KINGS will release its new studio double album, "Waiting For Miracles", on November 8. The LP is comprised of 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 comments: "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 band, currently comprised of Roine Stolt, Jonas Reingold, Hasse Fröberg, Zach Kamins and Mirko DeMaio (the most recent live lineup), has crafted an adventurous collection of pure prog-rock. Expect boat-loads of vintage keyboards, odd time signatures and long guitar solos — with elements of pop, symphonic and cinematic music.
The album will be released as a 2CD, gatefold 2LP + 2CD and as a digital album, featuring beautiful artwork by American artist Kevin Sloan.
"Waiting For Miracles" track listing:
01. House Of Cards
02. Black Flag
03. Miracles For America
05. The Bridge
06. Ascending To The Stars
07. Wicked Old Symphony
08. The Rebel Circus
09. Sleep With The Enemy
10. The Crowning Of Greed
01. House Of Cards Reprise
04. We Were Always Here
05. Busking At Brobank
THE FLOWER KINGS will head out on tour this December with labelmates KAYAK.
Stolt states: "We're happy to go on tour in Europe again in December. We will present THE FLOWER KINGS music from the early days — concert favorites — plus some brand new music that is along the lines of the early music of the band: symphonic rock. We're happy to bring our friends in KAYAK along for this proggy double bill. It will be a monumental meltdown of melodic prog not to be missed."
THE FLOWER KINGS started in 1994 as an outlet for Stolt. The band quickly gained momentum and was one of a handful of bands helping to revive the progressive rock scene worldwide. Roine has since collaborated with a host of legendary musicians across various projects, including his acclaimed 2015 album with YES legend Jon Anderson, progressive-rock supergroup TRANSATLANTIC alongside Neal Morse, Mike Portnoy and Pete Trewavas, and a year as bass player with GENESIS guitarist Steve Hackett.