Knight Area originally started as a solo project of Gerben Klazinga. After the release of the debut album The Sun Also Rises in 2004 the decision was made to form a band.
Musically, the band is a cross-over between retro-prog and neo-prog. After various gigs throughout Europe and NEARfest in the USA, the second album Under a new Sign was released in 2007.
Originally, the band contained 7 members but due to personal circumstances, it was reduced to a 5 piece formation. In this line-up the band released their concept album Realm of Shadows and their double live album Rising Signs from the Shadows. In 2011 the band released their 4th studio album Nine Paths which has been mixed by Neil Kernon. On one track there is a special guest appearance of Charlotte Wessels from the Dutch prog metal band Delain.
In April 2012 the band announced that guitarist Mark Vermeule would leave the band. After a brief tour in the U.S.A. May 2012, the band announced the replacement of Vermeule by Mark Bogert.
During the iO Pages festival 2012, the band received the "prog award 2012" for the album Nine Paths.
The award was presented by Ryo Okumoto of Spock's Beard.
In December 2012 it has been announced that bass player Gijs Koopman was no longer a part of the band and 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.
In 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. On April 9 and 10, 2015 the band played for the first time live in Poland as support for Arena (UK).
I was very excited when the band asked me to join them in December 2018 to work on
the seventh studio album about D-Day. Looking forward meeting you all!
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f.l.t.r.: Gerben Klazinga (Keys), Peter Vink (Bass guitar), Jan Willem Ketelaers (Vocals), Mark Bogert (Guitars), Pieter van Hoorn (Drums)
Photo by: Frank Diemel
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