The Flower Kings
Back in the World of Adventures


3.5
great

Review

by NightmareCinema16 USER (36 Reviews)
November 28th, 2012 | 89 replies | 2,007 views


Release Date: 1995 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The Flower Kings join the progressive rock world.

4 of 4 thought this review was well written

The 1990s was a great decade for more progressive rock and metal revitalization. Dream Theater made their breakthrough album in 1992, Porcupine Tree started to become popular around that time too. Spock’s Beard debuted with The Light in 1995. Opeth was picking up the pace along with many other prog metal groups. It was around the mid-1990s that a less known prog group under the work of guitarist and vocalist Roine Stolt would be created. After finishing his solo album, the Flower King, his next work would make a studio album involving the group he had worked with in his solo album. This album would become Back In the World of Adventures.

The first thought that may come to mind is this: will the Flower King’s first studio effort still sound like it should be a solo artist album? It has happened many times before and after. Zeitgeist was considered as just another Billy Corgan work. The same could be said about Genesis’s Invisible Touch with Phil Collins. At first when listening to the first song or two, it may seem like just another Roine Stolt album, but as the album progresses, there are moments in which the drummer or the keyboardist steals the show for a while. So, it is not completely a soloist album. However, it still has its signs to make other listeners think differently. And since this was only the first Flower Kings album, the music was still developing. So, there are places in the album that may be questionable. Other than that, Back in the World of Adventures is mostly composed of good elements.

One nice factor is that Stolt is continuing to improve both his vocals and his guitar playing from his previous works. He adds more emotion into his voice and puts more of a mood to his guitar melodies. Take for example, Stolt executes more difficult solo passages, heavier riffs, and builds more onto the foundation of the group. This only helps them more than they already were.

All the other members as well as Stolt seem to know their prog rock pretty well. They appear to make their music off of the influence of older albums. Oblivion Road sounds like a cross breed between something from Any Colour You Like by Pink Floyd and Moonchild by King Crimson. Perhaps the same could be said about Temple of Snakes. There are times when Theme For a Hero, World of Adventures, and Atomic Prince gives you the ballad feel of Close to the Edge.

The Flower Kings aren’t just good at knowing their prog elements in their first album. They also know each of their instruments pretty well too. Roine’s brother, Michael, who plays the bass, could possibly match up his level of musicianship with him. The only factor that prevents that from happening is that Stolt has more experience in more instruments than his brother does. Thomas Bodin plays very beautiful keyboard passages throughout the album, giving it more magic. Hans Bruniusson and Jaime Salazar both have a nice percussion talent that gives the album more flavor, rigor, intensity, and eccentricity. And the soprano sax is like the spice; thus completing the recipe that is the Flower King’s first album. This proves that the Swedish can make some pretty neat progressive rock.

Another great advantage of this album is that each of the songs is pretty well spread out in time length. The songs longer than 10 minutes are guaranteed to keep the listener busy and interested while the shorter songs are fun, catchy, and contain some the more upbeat feeling to bring the listener back to focus. And another plus: The Flower Kings’s content blooms with some of the greatest modern prog elements without sacrificing the older, more traditional ones. This is where another nice sense of balance in the music is found. The only content this album could have used more of is some more moody tunes.

So to conclude, The Flower King’s first album is a pretty well done effort, showing a good deal of musicianship, progressive rock content, and balance. There were minor flaws in the first album, but there were more positive impacts in it than bad ones. The Flower Kings would continue to improve over the years until there were even better albums such as Space Revolver, Stardust We Are, Unfold the Future, and much more after this. All of this would be because of an album that brought a new prog rock band to life.



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NightmareCinema16
November 28th 2012



2016 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I am definately going on a prog rock voyage. I wasn't so sure if my review rating was quite right with my all my positive facts I talked about. But, it's one of the first Flower Kings reviews in a very long time.

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
November 28th 2012



19923 Comments


Good review. Haven't heard this one, might check it out at some point.

NightmareCinema16
November 28th 2012



2016 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks, man. It's album that got me interested pretty quickly. Most of the songs are great, there are some areas that are iffy, but most of it is pretty exceptional.

AStableReference
November 28th 2012



1844 Comments


Never liked the Flower Kings, even when I was on more of a prog rock kick.

NightmareCinema16
November 28th 2012



2016 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Whatever. Everyone has their own opinions, so that doesn't really surprise me.

OmairSh
November 28th 2012



9949 Comments


I smell some prog around these here parts. Good review, a few places you need to look into, but nothing too major.

Digging: Conjure One - Conjure One

OmairSh
November 28th 2012



9949 Comments


Yeah Stable I can understand why you'd feel that way. The Flower Kings can seem too linear and the longer songs can feel dragged.

Zettel
November 28th 2012



582 Comments


Is it correct to assume English is not your first language? The review needs polishing, but it is nice to see TFK reviewed, they deserve a little more exposure.

OmairSh
November 28th 2012



9949 Comments


Zettel is there at the mention of TFK or Karmakanic ;-)

NightmareCinema16
November 28th 2012



2016 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks. I spoke English most of my life, I guess I not quite the type of guy who's real great when it comes to coming up with clever words or proper grammar.

Zettel
November 28th 2012



582 Comments


A have a soft spot for these bands, especially Karmakanic, you know ;-)

OmairSh
November 28th 2012



9949 Comments


Where you from?

NightmareCinema16
November 28th 2012



2016 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The United States, really. I get to witness all the crap that happens in our country.

AStableReference
November 28th 2012



1844 Comments


I probably should have tried some of their oldest stuff. Still doesn't strike me much like it would be my thing but it seems better.

CaptainDooRight
November 28th 2012



28300 Comments


pre chill band now and then

Digging: IQ - The Road of Bones

NightmareCinema16
November 28th 2012



2016 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Ever tried Space Revolver? I feel like that one's my fav Flower Kings album so far.

OmairSh
November 28th 2012



9949 Comments


Stable if you don't mind lengthy tracks (like the length of an episode of a sitcom), and likes some diversity, jazzy tracks, etc. then you should check out Unfold the Future. Its a double CD and is incredibly lengthy but it does have some great tracks.

Why did you move on from prog btw?

AStableReference
November 28th 2012



1844 Comments


I don't mind lengthy tracks, and I've heard Unfold the Future.

I didn't really care for it much at the time, but it's been five years or so since I last heard so I can't really go in depth as to why. Sure, their musicianship is top notch but it struck me as too overblown for the sake of it. The longest tracks felt rather forced to me.

It was cool to hear Daniel Gildenlow's vocals on some of the tracks.


JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
November 28th 2012



19923 Comments


Pradox Hotel is a pretty good Flower Kings album imo, perhaps a bit too long though.

NightmareCinema16
November 28th 2012



2016 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

That's also one I need to check out too.



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