Knight Area was founded in 2004 by Gerben Klazinga. That year he released the album ‘The Sun Also Rises’, for which he wrote all the music, and to which contributed numerous musicians. The album became a worldwide success and was followed by live performances in the United States (NEARfest) and other leading progressive rock venues in Europe.
The second album ‘Under A New Sign’ appeared in 2007. Also this album received excellent reviews both on national level and abroad. The promotional tour took the band again to the United States and European Festivals and venues. 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 and Peter Vink (ex Q65, Finch, Ayreon) joined the band. 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 2012. At this moment Knight Area is working on its fifth studio album, which is expected in
the first half of 2014.
STYLE OF MUSIC
Knight Area plays rock music, with roots in symphonic and neo-progressive rock. The music blends a variety of styles using very melodic keyboards and guitars and the dynamic songs vary from ballads to more rock and metal kind of music.
2003 Release of 1st album: The Sun Also Rises
2004 First live appearance in Holland
2005 Knight Area played at NEARfest, USA, Knight Area played main sympho/progrock stages in Holland, Belgium and France
2006 First appearance in Germany
2007 Release of 2nd album: Under A New Sign (nominated for several Prog Awards in Italy), US appearance in Greensboro and several gigs in Europe
2008 First UK appearance and successful gigs at main festivals in Germany (Loreley, Night of the Progs) and Canada (FMPM, Montreal)
2009 Release of 3rd album: Realm of Shadows. Appearance on main festivals like ProgPower Europe, Prockfest and the Classic Rock Society Octoberfest (UK)
2010 Release of 4rd album: Rising Signs From The Shadows, recorded at CD-release in Alpen ad Rijn (NL). Appearance on Slottsskogen festival (Sweden)
2011 Appearance on iO Pages festival (The Netherlands) and ProgSud (France). Release of 5th album: Nine Paths
2012 Tour in USA (east coast). Rewarded with the IO-pages Award
2013 Release of EP 'Between Two Steps'. Appearance on festivals like Rock ITtervoort en the Progmotion Festival (NL)