Knight Area
Nine Paths


3.5
great

Review

by pizzamachine USER (211 Reviews)
October 30th, 2011 | 23 replies | 4,524 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: prog for the thinking man.

3 of 5 thought this review was well written

Imagine, if you will, a time when people played music just for the fun of it. A time when using LSD, acid, and marijuana was socially acceptable. I am, of course, talking about the 1960s and 70s. Those times may have been highlighted by craziness, but there also happened to be a lot of good music at the time. In fact, a whole lot of music on the radio now comes from back then. This brings us to a strange question. Why not make music that sounds like 60s and 70s music? While I let you ponder that thought, allow me to introduce a band that does this very thing… with progressive rock.

Knight Area actually started off as a solo project from some Dutch keyboardist called Gerben Klazinga, but ultimately became a full-fledged band. In Nine Paths, it is clear that the band have matured quite nicely since their debut album. It doesn’t sound like a solo project driven by a keyboardist, it sounds like a band driven by like minds (who happen to have a good keyboardist). They also have an amazingly skilled bassist, and a terrific singer that keeps the band out of the realm of cheese. They are all quite skilled at their respective instruments and mesh perfectly together. Although their first album was released in 2004, it sounds like they’ve been in this band for their entire lives.

As stated before, this is progressive rock in the style of the 60s and 70s (think Rush, Yes, Genesis, Pink Floyd, etc.) and man is it good. With classic songwriting and soaring melodies, Nine Paths is an impressive album. Also commendable are their laid-back music rhythms which barely exist in prog these days. It’s the kind of music you can smoke a joint to (if that’s your thing), and lie on the patio to while looking at the stars. It’s fairly chill stuff and its elegance is unmatched - exactly what the genre needs. If you can adjust your expectations to fit its ponderous pace, you may find a relaxing, enjoyable prog rock landscape.



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pizzamachine
October 30th 2011



12571 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

So basically, sonictheplumber would love this.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
October 30th 2011



31058 Comments


Isn't the majority of prog for the thinking man?

Digging: Marcel Dettmann - Fabric 77

bloc
October 30th 2011



34740 Comments


Nah yo

Digging: Royal Blood - Royal Blood

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
October 30th 2011



31058 Comments


I guess that's why you like it so much then

bloc
October 30th 2011



34740 Comments


I am a thinking man

pizzamachine
October 30th 2011



12571 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'm a more intelligent man.

bloc
October 30th 2011



34740 Comments


You must enjoy intelligent dance music then

pizzamachine
October 30th 2011



12571 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Indeed I do!

bloc
October 30th 2011



34740 Comments


kintups > Dev

AfterTheBreakdown
October 30th 2011



7108 Comments


album art is cool

Tyrael
October 31st 2011



20801 Comments


PIZZ FOR STAFF 2012

pizzamachine
October 31st 2011



12571 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Anything's possible!

Jethro42
October 31st 2011



12390 Comments


YES WE CAN
Congratz dude!!!

bloc
October 31st 2011



34740 Comments


The admin must have gotten my email...

pizzamachine
October 31st 2011



12571 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

If you actually did that I am eternally thankful.

Jethro42
October 31st 2011



12390 Comments


Progressive rock, oh wait! Classic prog rock from 2011. Of what I heard on youtube, nothing new under the sun. Derivative with a capital D. Excellent passages/musicianship though.
I enjoyed the review.

GROK
October 31st 2011



127 Comments


shit dude, almost like g elf rune

pizzamachine
October 31st 2011



12571 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah the album doesn't really punch me. ty

greg84
Staff Reviewer
October 31st 2011



7346 Comments


I youtubed a couple of songs. Their music is pretty meh tbh.

Digging: Kimbra - The Golden Echo

pizzamachine
October 31st 2011



12571 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

On the one hand it's good, on the other hand it's kinda boring.



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