I have only recently become aware of The Flower Kings and I have to say that that is not necessarily a bad thing. In fact, for me, it has proven to be of real benefit.
Reading the many reviews that I had prior to my first purchase I was expecting to hear a band that were all form and little discernable content, if you know what I mean. The many comparisons to Yes, ELP, King Crimson, Zappa et al were of serious concern. But I went ahead and ordered that first album anyway, thank heavens. Indeed, there are many places over many albums, including this one, where you can just about say from which part of which album by which artist that their inspiration was drawn from.
Thing is, they do this whilst at the same time making it all their own. All artists give homage to their roots in one way or another, it is the ability to take ownership of these influences that sets apart the gifted from the not so's of this world, and The Flower Kings do indeed take that ownership.
Havind said all of that all that I can say about Blood of Eden is: Fabulous! It really is. If you were around in the early 70's and thought that punk was predominantly a fashion thing and that the development of real music got put back 30 or more years, you're dead right. Thank whomever you hold holy that things seem to be getting back on track.