The Neoprogger Knight Area from Holland released masterpieces like "Realm Of Shadows" and "Nine Paths" in the past. Can you top albums like that? Difficult. In any case, we have stagnation at a high level here on their latest work "Hyperdrive". The opener "Afraid Of The Dark" comes like a steamroller. Heavy, aggressive guitars roll towards you before Mark Smit's melodic vocals begin. A strong opening piece followed by some weaker ones. With "The Lost World", for instance, which comes across rather melancholically, a certain boredom creeps in, which however is compensated by the varied "Bubble". Strong guitar work and beautiful keyboard passages clearly show the strengths of the band. What sometimes diminishes the quality of the album are pieces like "Living In Confusion", which simply come along too unimaginative. At the end Knight Area show their skills with "Hypmotised". A first class opus on a good, but unfortunately not outstanding album.
Top track: Hypnotised