Knyght – Bet Everything (2009, Anko Music)
- Goin Anywhere
- Heaven Or Hell
- A Million Times
- The Game Of Love ‘N Hate
- Shut Up
Tommaso ‘Tommy’ Forni – lead vocals
Oliviero ‘ Olly’ Forni – electric/acoustic guitar and background vocals
Dario Stagnitto – bass
Francesco ‘The Doctor’ – keyboards and backing vocals
Matt ‘Mr’ Svarione – drums
Producer: Heiko Hinze
Total Time = 20:46
Knyght has been a band I’ve been keeping my eye on for a couple of years now because their 3rd demo, DESTINATION UNKNOWN (2007), had a lot of promise. What I heard then was a band with a lot of talent that needed to tighten their sound, songwriting and production but, for a new young band, it was a decent start. Fast forward two more years and Knyght has progressed in some of these areas and stayed the same in others.
First off, the production is much better on BET EVERYTHING than on their previous E.P., I understand that DESTINATION UNKNOWN was an indepenent demo but the production value was pretty rough. The band has signed on with Anko Music and producer Heiko Hinze has made the band sound a lot better and tighter. Tommy Forni’s vocals are still way up front in the mix and his voice is very high, almost like a Geddy Lee meets Bret Michaels kind of sound. At times the vocal gets a little distracting because it’s too high. The guitars are pushed back just a little too much…..if they were brought up, and the vocals evened out, I think the band would sound a lot better. The band is a lot tighter, that comes with years and experience, and they have a lot of good ideas written down, especially the melodies. I think what they need to do now is concentrate on writing to their strengths and finding a way to compensate for Forni’s ultra-high vocal delivery. Maybe a little heavier guitar? Maybe a faster pace? Bigger background vocals?
‘Goin Anywhere’ starts the E.P. off in a Poison style due to Forni’s Bret Michaels sounding vocals, I think if the guitar was slightly higher in the mix and the background vocals were better then this would be a great song. ‘Heaven Or Hell’ is a mid-tempo song that has a few faster flourishes in it…..it’s melodic and there are some complimentary keyboards at work, good guitar solo too. The vocals are a little to high at times but that can be improved as Forni’s voice gets stronger, and it has since 2007. The proper ballad on the E.P. is ‘A Million Times’ and it’s decent but a little weak in some areas. You can hear the direction the band is taking and they have a good ballad base I think they just need to flesh out the song a bit and the lighters will be out in full force. More Poison influences come out in ‘The Game Of Love ‘N Hate’ and there are some cool piano bits that compliment the guitar very well, reminds me of Savannah a little as well. Best song on the album is ‘Shut Up’ and this one definitely reminds me of Savannah and parts of Royal Hunt. First off the guitar rocks completely (the best guitar sound on the album) and the lead and background vocals are working in perfect harmony. The song is heavy and guitar driven but melodic at the same time with the underlying keyboards. Throughout the whole E.P. I thought that the rhythm section was very good but they go above and beyond on ‘Shut Up’ and the tradeoff between the guitar & keys during the solos is a highlight. If you want to hear Knyght’s full potential, ‘Shut Up’ is the perfect example.
Knyght is getting better with more experience. BET EVERYTHING is a collection of four good songs that need a little work and polish and one great one (‘Shut Up’) that shows the band’s full potential. The production is much improved but there are some slight mixing problems between the vocals and the guitar, once they get the sound even then it will be better. There are a lot of good ideas here and you can hear the ’80s Glam/Poison influence throughout. The areas Knyght need to continue to improve on are the vocals (Tommy needs to keep strengthening his voice and fattening his range), and they need to lead with the guitar, there are some decent riffs here but they need to be bigger and heavier. Maybe some bigger background vocals too? All in all, Knyght is improving well, there is a lot of promise in this band and I’ll be keeping an eye on them for the future.
Favorite Songs: ‘Shut Up’, ‘The Game Of Love ‘N Hate’