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|Years active||2004 – present|
|Labels||The Lasers Edge (USA)|
Jan Willem Ketelaers
Pieter van Hoorn
|Past members||Joop Klazinga|
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.
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.
In December 2012 it has been announced that bass player Gijs Koopman is no longer a part of the group.
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.
On 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). The show on April 9, 2015 in Katowice will be released on DVD November 13, 2015 by Metal Mind Productions (Poland), including a live CD of the same show. The DVD/CD is titled “Hyperlive”.
In December 2018 the band announced they had parted ways with lead singer Mark Smit. Jan Willem Ketelaers, who had formerly worked with Ayreon and Robby Valentine, was announced as the new lead singer.
|The Sun Also Rises||2004||The Lasers Edge|
|Under a new Sign||2007||The Lasers Edge|
|Realm of Shadows||2009||The Lasers Edge|
|Rising Signs from the Shadows (live-album)||2010||Independent|
|Nine Paths||2011||The Lasers Edge|
|Between Two Steps (EP)||2013||Independent|
|Hyperdrive||2014||The Lasers Edge|
|Hyperlive (DVD/CD)||2015||Metal Mind Productions|
|Heaven and Beyond||2017||Butler Records|
- Jan Willem Ketelaers - Lead vocals
- Gerben Klazinga - Keyboards / backing vocals
- Mark Bogert - Guitars
- Pieter van Hoorn - Drums / backing vocals
- Peter Vink - Bass
- Mark Smit - Lead vocals / keyboard
- Joop Klazinga - Keyboards / flute
- Rinie Huigen - Guitars / backing vocals
- Mark Vermeule - Guitars / backing vocals
- Gijs Koopman - Bass / Moog Taurus bass pedals
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- "Knight Area and lead singer Mark Smit separate ways – Knight Area". Retrieved 2019-01-02.
- "New lead singer announced – Knight Area". Retrieved 2019-01-02.