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Knight Area

Saturday, 8th October 2011
Dru Cultuurfabriek, Ulft, the Netherlands

Article and photos By Menno von Brucken Fock

A special show this evening in the eastern part of Holland because it was the launch of Knight Area's fourth studio album Nine Paths. One of Holland's flagships of symphonic rock left no doubt, because it was a night to remember....

Knight Area

Knight Area


Some 250 people showed up in this nicely improved building that used to be a factory. Too bad the location of the place is somewhat remote because it proved to be a very friendly and nice venue with helpful staff and an awesome big stage. The five Dutchmen worked hard on this album and it appears to be a group effort even more than the three previous albums. Before the break Knight Area played impeccable renditions of all the songs on the new album.

Excellent lighting and an excellent sound quality and one would think there was a major act on stage! Only Charlotte Wessels had to be excused in the track Please Come Home, because she was residing in Sweden to record the new Delain album at the time of this show. Mark Smit had to do it alone and again, he did a great job. As a live act the band is still improving.

Considering the few performances they do on a yearly basis, I'd say it's pretty impressive a band is able to play a new album in its entirety without the aid of extra musicians or digital 'assistance'.

Most of the visitors in the audience had never heard one note of the album so far and immediately it become clear that all new music went down very well. My advantage was I already knew the album so I was really impressed the band could come so close to the excellent studio sound recordings.

Knight Area

Although keyboardist Gerben Klazinga is still the main composer and the producer of Knight Area, it's a good thing both former Cliffhanger and NoVact bass player Gijs Koopman and vocalist Mark Smit contributed one composition each. The River by Gijs Koopman is a very cool majestic song in which he uses his newly bought Moog Taurus pedals to the full. I always tend to think these pedals sound much better live because you can really feel the deep vibrations throughout your whole body. Angel's Call is a song written by Mark Smit and not only a challenge to sing but also beautifully written in the vein of Knight Area's bombastic symphonic music, but has some intimate and subtle parts nonetheless.

Before the break Pieter van Hoorn handed over the first CD to someone who had proved to be extremely helpful in promoting the band for this concert. Subsequently it was running to the booth of Knight Area to buy the new album.

Knight Area

After the break the band performed a selection of their classic songs. Especially the older songs, originally performed by seven members of the band, had to be arranged in order to be able to play those as five piece. Also some of the songs were linked together in a new arrangement. Together with the light show, the smoke and the lasers it was all quite impressive and with this show Knight Area will certainly will impress audiences outside of the Netherlands too. Altogether the band played for over two hours and left the crowd in a state of ecstasy. In my opinion the band would have deserved a 'full house'. Unfortunately duty called and I had to drive home straight after the show so I wasn't able to speak to the guys in the band and to compliment them on their exquisite performances, so here's to you guys: well done indeed!

Slideshow

Setlist
Ever Since You Killed Me
Summerland
Please Come Home
Clueless
The River
Pride And Joy
The Balance
Wakerun
Angel's Call

Beyond/The Gate Of Eternity
Exit L.U.M.C./Courteous Love
Ethereal
Forever Now
Two Of A Kind
Under A New Sign
Occlusion
Dark Souls

Solo by Mark Vermeule
Saevis Tranquillis In Indis
Mortal Brow

Links
Knight Area Official Website
Knight Area Myspace

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