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NINE PATHS

Knight Area

 

Neo-Prog

3.67 | 70 ratings

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gertjanvm
5 stars It was not whether, but when the Dutch band Knight Area would make a good step forward. After three acclaimed albums, it was time the band would renew and thereby show that they're serious about their commitment to make each album better. With 'Nine Paths' the band has gone the right way...

The opening track 'Ever Since You Killed Me' captures the listener from the first tones. Sturdy and quiet sections follow one another without a hitch in this nearly 10-minute composition. The song sets the tone for an album full of varied progressive rock.

For the first time not all the music is written by keyboardist Gerben Klazinga. Gijs Koopman delivered with 'The River' a little masterpiece, which also can be said of Angel's call, a song written by Mark Smit. Most notable track is surely 'The Balance'. The first three minutes are sampled, to be followed by a stunning finale.

'Nine Paths' shows the progress of Knight Area in every way. The compositions are strong and all the band members seemed to have increased the bond with their instruments. The keyboard parts by Gerben Klazinga are very strong, Mark Vermeule (guitars) excels as never before, the bass tones of Gijs Koopman come to full advantage and Pieter van Hoorn's strikes on the drums form a solid surface.

Really notable on Nine Paths are the strong vocals of Mark Smith. He seems to have more skills, is more daring, and shows more feelings in his voice.

Nine Paths is in every aspect better than its predecessor. While 'Realm of Shadows' sometimes was too bombastic and even sounded occasionally forced, 'Nine Paths' is a one-piece album that will be better every time you listen to it. Highly recommended!

gertjanvm | 5/5 |

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