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REALM OF SHADOWS

Knight Area

 

Neo-Prog

3.82 | 129 ratings

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Tarcisio Moura
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4 stars It seems to me that Knight Area gets a little better with each release. That was the case between their first and second CDs and this the same thing with Realm Of Shadows. Even if they had lost two membres along the way (including one of the Klavinga brothers), the new release shows the band still growing strong and the songwriting maturing even more. While I canīt really say it is a masterpiece, there is little doubt that those guys from Holland are on the right path to deliver something like that anytime soon.

The band is much tighter, the arrangements are more concise and they are now sounding very much like their own. It is always good to see a good group finding their way of delivering good, melodic prog with passion and conviction. I specially liked how the members are sounding better and still they are team players: every instrument comes and goes at the right time, with ho unnecessary display of virtuosity. I specilly liked Gijs Koopmanīs bass lines, very precise and reminding me of the great Chris Squire. The keyboards are very well the lead instrument (echoes of Genesis around the time of Wind & Wuthering are quite recurring here), while the guitar is a little subtle, but very well played. Mark Smitīs singing is getting better with each release. The production is quite good too.

All in all I found Realm Of Shadows to be a fine CD with some great moments and no fillers to be find. Nothing new or groundbreaking here, but still excellent, beautiful music. If youīre into neo prog, or melodic music in general, this is a must have. 4 stars.

Tarcisio Moura | 4/5 |

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