Late 2003, Gerben and Joop completed the production of the album, and sent it out to several record companies. The reward came when 10 out of the 12 approached record companies were interested in releasing the album! The American record company The Laser’s Edge was chosen and soon the first Knight Area album, The Sun Also Rises, was a fact. The success of the album more or less forced the Klazinga brothers to form a band to play the songs live. In the sympho- and progrock loving world, many people were dying to hear the music live on stage. Gerben managed to get very experienced and skilled musicians to participate in his band.
Some of those musicians also contributed to the album. The line-up is listed below. The band had its first gig in November 2004. It was a great success and since then Knight Area played major stages in Holland, Belgium, Germany and France. In 2005, the band was contracted for NearFEST in the USA, "the most prestigious progressive music festival in the world".
This was the absolute climax of the speedy start the band made. Knight Area was the first Dutch band ever to play on NearFEST! Knight Area shows are praised in press reviews, and audiences love the variety of music styles the band is offering on stage. The band has developed a style of its own which is a crossover of different styles in the progrock and sympho area. In 2007 Knight Area released their second album ‘Under A New Sign’ again at the Laser’s Edge label. This album even gets better reviews than the debut album, a great compliment to the band! Common remarks are that Knight Area grew in compositions, sound, playing techniques and as a band.
The new Knight Area album Under A New Sign is even nominated for a Progrock Award in Italy (best foreign album and best recording!), together with the new albums of Rush and Porcupine Tree!. Also in 2007 Knight Area returned to the USA to play on the ‘Life Rocks’ festival in Greensboro (NC). Also in 2007 2 band members left the band. Joop Klazinga and Rinie Huigen decided to leave Knight Area. The band said goodbye with a marvellous concert at ‘Het Kasteel’, this was a very nice way to thank them for their contributions. 2008 again was a wonderful year for Knight Area.
They played the Loreley festival in Germany, the FMPM festival in Montreal Canada and their first UK appearance was made in London. In 2009, the concept album ‘Realm of Shadows’ was released. The live recording of the cd presentation appeared in 2010 as the double live album ‘Rising Signs From The Shadows’. The fourth studio album ‘Nine Paths’ appeared one year later. The album was mixed and mastered by the famous Neil Kernon and Alan Douchess respectively.
Delain lead singer Charlotte Wessels contributed to the album. Knight Area promoted also this album by doing a short tour in the USA. In 2012 Mark Bogert joined the band, followed by Peter Vink (ex Q65, Finch, Ayreon) in the beginning of 2013. With these newcomers the band received a heavier, fuller sound, which can be clearly heard on the EP ‘Between Two Steps’ which was released in September 2013. On October 14, 2014 the band released the fifth album “Hyperdrive”. The album has been mixed by Joost van den Broek (After Forever, Ayreon, Star One among others).
Arjen Anthony Lucassen (Ayreon, Star One) contributed to the album by playing guitar on one track. In April 2015 the band for the first time played in Poland as support for Arena (UK). The concert in Katowice on April 9the is recorded by Metal Mind Productions and released on dvd in September 2015. In 2016 the band finishes recording the sixth studio album “Heaven and Beyond”. This album was released in February 2017 on cd and on vinyl. http://www.knightarea.com Part till 2008 written by Brandaris (Joop Klazinga), co-founder of Knight Area From 2009 biography from www.knightarea.com Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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