Erstwhile keyboard player with THE FLOWER KINGS Tomas Bodin strikes forth with his fifth solo venture: a mighty three song Progressive Rock Opera! Aimed squarely at people with beards, university degrees who like to elucidate on the finer points of astro physics of an afternoon and people, basically, with too much time on their hands.
Yes my friends welcome to an album so utterly 1970ís Progressive Rock that the very notion of Punk, Grunge and Nu-Metal might as well be breakfast cereal to the personnel involved. So entrenched in all things YES, ELP and PINK FLOYD is this album that the chaps involved must have be hiding in caves in the snowy wastes of Sweden perfecting strange and weird noises on a Mogg synthesizer. Honestly listening to this record is like going back thirty years and wiping all other recorded media.
Now I am all for a bit of Prog. Hell Iíve reviewed enough over the years but Bodin is seriously messing what the little mind I have left over the course of this album. Let me be straight this is an accomplished piece of music. Prog fans will be doing cartwheels in their flares as quite possibly nothing this Proggy has been put down since Rik Wakeman put Knights on ice some years ago.
But itís a seriously testing piece of music. This ainít David Lee Roth or Paul Stanley three minute Rock N Roll anthems this is heavy, protracted, prolonged passages of music that weave intricate bonds of musical genius all set against some dodgy concept about the main mans state of mind. This is not an album that you play to win friends and influence people. No this album is for those dark times when you have say fifty years to work out what the heck is going on and youíd still not fully understand the machinations of a Progressive Rock artist.
For Prog fans this is a wet dream, free World Cup final tickets and free beer for life all rolled into one. For everyone else this quite possibly could be your worst nightmare. Itís brilliant chaotic madness and not for the weak willed. (Online January 26, 2006)