Knight Area - The Sun Also Rises


Year of Release: 2004
Label: Laser's Edge
Catalog Number: LE 1037
Format: CD
Total Time: 51:03:00

In reading about Knight Area, the concept and songs for The Sun Also Rises were conceived approximately 20 years ago by leader Gerben Klazinga. The music, not surprisingly, fits the mold of bands like IQ, Pendragon and Pallas. Knight Area have a few hurdles in their path, the biggest of them are the vocals of Mark Smit, who unfortunately has a very ordinary voice. His delivery seems flat, although that could also be pinned on the lackluster melody lines. The shining moments come during the keyboard and guitar solos, and were the only moments of the album that I really enjoyed. Slick production even ruins these sections, as it tends to take the life out of the songs. Neo-Progressive does not have to equal ordinary and bland, but in Knight Area's case, I am afraid it does.


Tracklisting:
Beyond... (0:27) / The Gate Of Eternity (7:21) / Conspiracy (5:38) / Forever Now (4:21) / The Sun Also Rises (5:51) / Conviction (5:44) / Mortal Brow (6:21) / Moods Inspiring Clouds (5:14) / A New Day At Last (5:21) / Saevis Tranquillis In Undis (3:14)

Musicians:
Gerben Klazinga - keyboards, drums (1, 2, 5-9), and vocals (8)
Joop Klazinga - flute (2-9)
Mark Smit - lead vocals (2-4, 6-9)
Peter Van Heijningen - lead guitar (1, 2, 4, 6, 9, 10)
Jeroen Hogenboom - guitar (1-5, 7-9)
Arjan Groenendijk - guitar (4, 6, 7, 9)
Gijs Koopman - bass (1, 3, 4, 5, 6), bass pedals (1, 3)
Ron Van Der Bas - bass (2, 6-9)
Mark Van Nieuwenhuizen - drums (3, 4, 5)
Vincent Frijdal - acoustic guitar (6)
Kees Flameling - accordion (2)
Stephanie Lagrande - vocals (7)

Discography:
The Sun Also Rises (2004)
Under A New Sign (2007)
Realm Of Shadows (2009)
Rising Signs From The Shadows (2010)

Genre: Progressive Rock

Origin NL

Added: October 30th 2005
Reviewer: Eric Porter

Artist website: www.knightarea.com
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Language: english

  

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