"Clearly heard on the assorted characteristics of the multi-faceted opening tune “Numbers,” clocking in at over 25 minutes, it bridges the gap between Tales from Topographic Oceans and Animals, retaining all of the patented Flower Kings well served techniques. The folk-rock influenced and harmony laden “For the Love of Gold,” the jam session “Pandemonium,” the sinisterly cynical “For Those About to Drown,” and the welcomed darkened “Rising the Imperial” all see the band cutting loose, but tightly shaping their groove outside of the fringes, staying true to the modern art-rock-meets-classic-prog sound without any conventions to blow peoples’ minds with some vain riddled anomaly – they do what they do best on their own terms, naturally, and that’s what we have always loved them for. - Banks of Eden is a fulfillment of The Fower Kings long awaited return as they are the real deal, they aren’t some studio project consisting of some gimmick, these guys are a rea
"The choice to break the silence of their 5 year break with an opening track of 26 minutes shows that Stolt and co. want to make one thing absolutely clear from the get go: they mean business. “Numbers” ends up being a track that you can seriously rock out to" " Between the timpani roll that kicks off the piece, Felix’s aggressive drumming, and some extremely dark, heavy, and thick moments, these Swedes aren’t ashamed to add a few new shades to the band’s already diverse palate of sounds. Here we have everything that we’ve come to love about the band. Mr. Bodin gives us some great symphonic moments along with great Rhodes playing and some of his signature eclectic patches, Jonas shows us once again just how capable he is of laying down some really melodic and slamming grooves, and Hasse and Roine deliver the goods on guitars and vocals as we can expect. I would have to say this is one of their most precise long compositions; "
"The very first track “Numbers” kicks of the proceedings in true prog rock style clocking in at a gaudy 25:20. It is a superior amalgamation of advanced musical craftsmanship. I think the combination of Roine and Hasse Forberg (make sure you check out his recent Music Companion release) on vocals is magical and they play off each other beautifully. And as usual Roine’s guitar work is exceptional. The only position in this band that is rotating is behind the drum kit but it always seems to work out. Felix Lehrmann pounds the skins this time out and every other member is in their proper place to round out the band’s unique sound." ---"The Flower Kings have not missed a step with the release of Banks of Eden. Their music always turns me inside out and then back again. I am mesmerized with their sound and stunned with the quality of musicianship offered up on this set. Is this a triumphant return to glory for The Flower Kings? Wave your flag Sweden because that is an understatement
"Legendary prog rockers The Flower Kings have released their first new album in five years today, titled “Banks Of Eden” and these masters of prog have proven that they only seem to get better with time. The band features members of Transatlantic, Karmakanic and Agents of Mercy and the new album’s first single “Numbers” appears to be garnering quite a bit of positive feedback." - “Banks Of Eden” is one of those albums that you can put on, sit back, and let the music take you where it may. Fans of true progressive rock will not be let down and casual listeners may just open up their senses to check out something new!
"The album wastes no time in setting the record straight, with the twenty-six minute “Numbers” making an immediate statement that all is as it has ever been. Winding through musical passages with seamless grace, Stolt and company fill the space with tasteful playing that never tries to do more than the song requires. Stolt contributes several melodic solos, each a highlight. Few players wrench as much emotion out of their instrument as he can, saying as much with his phrasing as most songwriters can accomplish with an entire composition. Keyboard player Tomas Bodin is as integral a part of the sound, providing flourishes of texture that propel the varying sections of the epic. His quivering, almost horror movie tone in the middle of the song is mesmerizing, the perfect note to bisect the song. Writing epics is a hallmark of the band, and for good reason. Few can make them as listenable as “Numbers”.