THE GATHERING — Strange Machines (review)

THE GATHERING — Strange Machines album cover Single · 1995 · Gothic Metal Buy this album from MMA partners
4/5 ·
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The MANDYLION album, where most of these songs originated, initiates The Gathering's real growth. IMO the band lost a key component when they shed their metal trappings about the time of SOUVENIRS. However, all three of the songs on this EP are strong ones. The general consensus seems to agree with me, and rates the MANDYLION album highly.

I won't discuss the individual songs at length. I only have two criticisms of this Strange Machines EP. The first is that there's nothing to suggest to the listener that the two "live" tracks were actually recorded live. The other one is that an album track and an edited version of the song for radio is unnecessary IMO. Otherwise this is a very enjoyable way to spend 20 minutes.
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