THE GATHERING — Superheat (review)

THE GATHERING — Superheat album cover Live album · 2000 · Non-Metal Buy this album from MMA partners
4/5 ·
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Like our fellow reviewer Bonnek, I'm not much of a fan of live albums. Check out his fine review of Superheat on the sibling site Prog Archives, by the way. For me, the benefit of a live concert is the way the band interacts with the audience. Otherwise, I'd rather listen to the studio album. This live album goes a long way towards overcoming my bias.

Anneke Van Giersbergen is a terrific live performer, beyond her obvious singing skills. Check out their other concerts on Youtube, or better yet buy a DVD. The enthusiasm she brings to "On Most Surfaces" here is particularly outstanding. THE GATHERING just sound energized in these concerts from their homeland. As other reviewers have mentioned, the rhythm section of Hugo and Hans drives the music to new heights. The band sounds like they drank a bunch of Red Bull before they went on stage. I hope they make a habit out of it!
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