Knight Area is a Dutch melodic (progressive) rock band, founded in 2004 by the brothers Gerben and Joop Klazinga. The group started off as a seven-headed formation. After a few lineup changes, the group now consists of five people: Guitars: Mark Bogert, Drums: Pieter van Hoorn, Keyboards: Gerben Klazinga, Vocals and Keyboards: Mark Smit, Bass and Bass Pedals: Peter Vink (Q65, Finch, The Boxx, Ayreon, Star One).
On October 14 2014, the new Knight Area album was released. The album is called Hyperdrive and has been released world wide by the American label The Laser's Edge.
Hyperdrive is the fifth official studio album, and the first one with the new lineup. The album has been mixed by Joost van den Broek (After Forever, Ayreon, Star One among others). Special guest on guitars is Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon, Bodine, Vengeance, Stream of Passion, Star One). The album artwork is by Gustavo Sazes (famous for his artwork for artists including James LaBrie, Kamelot, Manowar, Firewind and Arch Enemy).
Hyperdrive is the successor to the world wide acclaimed album Nine Paths from 2011. In 2013, the self-produced EP Between Two Steps was released, which introduced Knight Area's new sound. On Hyperdrive, this sound has been taken a step further. Songs like "Crimson Skies," "Bubble," "The Lost World" and "Hypnotised" are examples of this powerful new sound.
The album is available at the Knight Area webshop and in CD stores in 90 countries, and as a download from channels such as iTunes.
On Friday, November 7 2014, Hyperdrive was officially presented at a live event at De Cacaofabriek in Helmond (NL). Support acts were HeKz (UK) and Distorted Harmony (Israel). A European promotional tour for Hyperdrive is scheduled for April 2015, as follows:
2015-04-09: Rialto, Katowice, PL -- Support for Arena, DVD recording
2015-04-10: Proxima, Warsaw, PL -- Support for Arena
2015-04-17: Bibelot Power Stage, Dordrecht, NL
2015-04-25: De Boerderij, Zoeteermer, NL --Support for Arena
Afraid Of The Dark
The Lost World
Avenue Of Broken Dreams
Living In Confusion
Songs From The Past
[Source: Knight Area]