KNIGHT AREA

(NETHERLANDS)

UNDER A NEW SIGN

(2007)
LABEL:

LASER'S EDGE

GENRE:

PROGRESSIVE ROCK

TAGS:
Neo
""Under A New Sign" sees Knight Area evolve in a very melodic neo-progressive rock where a good balance between guitars and keyboards prevails."
PETER HACKETT (02.05.2007)  
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It has taken 3 years for the Dutchmen of Knight Area to offer us a sequel of " The sun also rises " which, for a first try, was a master stroke. First impression before the audition, a cover close to the one of the first album and especially a line-up with two new guitarists and a new drummer. It seems that the Netherlands are a melting pot of good musicians.

From the first track, we can notice that Knight Area, in spite of the changes of musicians, haven't changed their style and still evolve in a very melodic neo-progressive rock where a good balance between guitars and keyboards prevails. This mastery of the dosage and this way of playing in chorus with instruments which echo each other without ever crushing one another is their own hallmark. Mark Smit's vocals have gained in subtlety what he has lost in pomposity and the result is positive.

The new drummer seems to bring a much stronger strike than his predecessor and in the most muscular compositions (the beginning of 'Exit LUMC', 'Mastermind', the second half of 'Dreamweaver'), when the guitars are whirring, we are almost close to progressive metal. It is necessary to wait for the fifth title to breathe a little. This 'Courteous Love' starts with an intro on the piano that is accompanied by a cello to create a melancholic atmosphere. On this background with a slow rhythm then comes to set a superb song with beautiful rises in the high notes.

The last track, 'A different man part II', is a long piece of almost 13 minutes which sounds like a synthesis of the whole album. We find there the melancholy, the changes of rhythm, the piano, the flights of guitars and keyboards, the sweetness and the violence. In short all the music of Knight Area is found in this ultimate track. A melody as sweet as inspired is born around the ninth minute to give way to a brilliant final. What a beautiful conclusion!

This second album of Knight Area is a perfect example of what can be the neo-progressive rock when beautiful compositions are interpreted by talented musicians. A great success!
- Official website

TRACK LISTING:
01. A Different Man
02. Exit L. U. M. C.
03. Mastermind
04. Under A New Sign
05. Courteous Love
06. Dreamweaver
07. A Different Man - Part 2

LINEUP:
Bas Immerzeel: Guitares
Gerben Klazinga: Claviers
Gijs Koopman: Basse
Joop Klazinga: Flute
Mark Smit: Chant / Claviers
Mark Vermeule: Guitares
Pieter Van Hoorn: Batterie
Rinie Huigen: Chant / Guitares
Ruben Van Kruistum: Violoncelle
   
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