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Knight Area



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erik neuteboom
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4 stars Three years ago (in 2004) the Dutch progrock formation Knight Area released their debut CD entitled The Sun Also Rises on the known USA progrock label The Laser's Edge, owned by Tron-Maniac Ken Golden. This debut CD gained worldwide appreciation and Knight Areas was even invited on the annual Nearfest Festival in 2005, among Italian progrock legends Le Orme and Banco, the promising vintage keyboard aficionados Wobbler and neo- prog giant IQ (soon a Nearfest 2005 DVD will be released, running time 3 hours!).

On this just released new CD entitled Under A New Sign I notice that Knight Area has matured on all levels (compositions, interplay, creativity, variety). The seven tracks frequently contain catchy mid-tempo's (featuring a fluent, often propulsive rhythm- section, pleasant vocals, wonderful keyboards and strong guitar work) that shift very flowing from dreamy and compelling to bombastic. Knight Area their sound scouts the borders between mid-Genesis (twanging guitars, Moog Taurus bass pedals, Mellotron waves and synthesizer runs) and early IQ (accessible and powerful with fiery guitar and heavy choir-Mellotron eruptions). Some songs deliver surprising elements like a jazzy Hammond organ solo in the alternating titletrack and melancholic violin play in the mellow Courteous Love. This strong and pleasant CD ends in great style: a splendid closing section in the final composition A Different Man Part II (firmly rooted in the 24-carat symphonic prog tradition) with a compelling and bombastic climate featuring a deep Moog Taurus bass pedal sound, lush choir-Mellotron and a howling guitar solo, this is Progheaven, goose bumps!

Highly recommended, I am proud to be Dutch!

erik neuteboom | 4/5 |


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