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Knight Area



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4 stars Behind the first release of KNIGHT AREA hides Dutch musician Gerben Klazinga,who -along with his brother Joop- worked steadily but slowly on this project for almost 20 years.The conditions had matured around 2002,when Gerben and Joop entered their own studio to record some keyboard and drum parts of the work.The two brothers were helped by a lot of well- and lesser-known Dutch prog musicians and the result was ''The sun also rises''.Named after the street where the studio was (''Ridderbuurt'' means KNIGHT AREA in Dutch),they signed on Laser's Edge label and debuted in 2004.

Extremely well-produced and with a superb clear sound,''The sun also rises'' is an excellent work deeped in melody with elements coming from both the neo and symphonic rock movements.Many parts will remind you of MARILLION with awesome guitar playing and slow-downed atmospheric keys around.On the other hand there a lot og groovy parts filled with fast-played synth solos and strong guitar parts,closer to the sound of PENDRAGON and JADIS.Most of the compositions are sung by Mark Smit,a great singer with a fantastic and very emotional voice.Additionally you will find plenty of grandiose symphonic keyboard work in this album,mainly in some superb instrumental passages,ready to please even the most demanding symphomaniac out there.So all we can say is:''Worth waiting!''.''The sun also rises'' is an album,which almost reaches the maximum in terms of musicianship,performance and production.Absolutely essential for fans of pleasant and dynamic music adventures!4 shining stars!

apps79 | 4/5 |


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