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Knyght - 2007 Destination Unknown



ARTIST: Knyght
ALBUM: Destination Unknown [ep]
LABEL: Self Released
SERIAL: -
YEAR: 2007

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Tommaso 'Tommy' Forni - vocals * Oliviero Forni - guitars, backing vocals * 'Doc' - keyboards * Dario Stagnitto - bass * Paolo Montinaro - drums

TRACK LISTING:01 Stop Me * 02 Neverland * 03 The Believer * 04 I'll Live In Your Shadow * 05 Destination Unknown

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WEBLINKS: www.knyghtband.com


Background
A decade ago, new bands were plying their trade and gaining exposure on mp3.com. You've often heard us talk about the old version of mp3.com, which up until 2001 was a great site. Now it sucks big time, but of course, new bands wanting to get their foot in the door need only go to MySpace.com to draw the bees to the honey. And so it is with Italian pretenders Knyght, who at very tender ages admittedly have a long way to go to make it in this business. But where best to start than to chuck some music out to the hungry hordes, which is exactly what they've done with their self-released EP 'Destination Unknown'. These Rome natives mix a little glam with hard rock, and though the image and relative youth sees them very much in the now, you can tell these boys have a re


The Songs
The band have a few things in their favour. Firstly, the Queen and Bon Jovi reference points. Secondly the use of keyboards is always (in my books) a good thing. Now, the not so good. Bon Jovi from 1984 to 1989 is excellent. BJ from 1990 onwards is a waste of space in my opinion. Leave the cowboy hats and boots at home boys, and go back and take a listen to Bon Jovi's 1984 debut album.. Use that as your reference point. Should you choose to undertake that mission, I will reinvestigate your future songs with interest! The use of keys is good, so long as they are located in the mix correctly. They should be used for colour, not for domination. Most good bands that come out of Europe do so with an excellent vocalist with no hint of a local accent. Steve Lee of Gotthard is an excellent example, but there are many others too. Use them as a reference too. As for the songs, Knyght deliver five outings. Opener 'Stop Me' is probably the best tune on offer. A good mix of guitar power and interlaced keys, though I found the overall mix quite loud when compared to the other four tracks. 'Neverland' is the band's 'happy rocker' tune. It's more of a guitar rocker with less reliance on keys, though the piano sneaks through in the mix. 'The Believer' has an epic feel to it, but has identity issues.. does it want to be a semi-ballad or an angst driven rocker? I'm not sure.. 'I'll Live In Your Shadow' cuts across numerous styles, and again, it has its influence in the 70's I feel. The tappy piano dominates 'Destination Unknown'. It has a definite 70's glam touch, which will appeal to Queen and Moot The Hoople fans.


In Summary
This quintet will have no problems attracting members of the opposite sex to their stageroom door. Whether they'll find the time to get out on stage with adoring blondes and brunettes in tow remains to be seen. Admittedly, this EP is the first step along the way, and by having something physical in the hand (a CD), they should be able to improve musically and (perhaps) lyrically as well. For Glory Daze readers, Knyght might be an acquired taste, and it's not totally AOR nor melodic hard rock, but it's a start, and the journey will be long.. welcome to the world of rock n roll boys!


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#1 | Eric on January 11 2008 00:33:10
Some of what I heard on the band's Myspace page had potential, but like many Italian, Spanish and French bands, the vocals seemed forced when it comes to hard rock. The 'romantic' languages, and vocalist who sing in English from the region are better in a prog mode I think (just my op of course), but Knyght do have promise...
#2 | gdazegod on January 13 2008 12:49:28
Well yes, they are very young. But put them up against fellow Italians Pathosray (who are prog metal), its like comparing men against boys. In time, who knows how Knyght will evolve..
 
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