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The Gathering, the innovative band from Oss, the Netherlands, formed in 1989 and came to fame in the second half of 1990s with its unique blend of atmospheric sound, progressive elements and the compelling vocals of the passionate former singer Anneke van Giersbergen.

The highly acclaimed and influential Dutch band the Gathering is finally back releasing their 9th studio album: The West Pole. It has been 3 years since the bands last release Home and with their singer over 13 years Anneke van Giersbergen leaving the band in 2007, the band set their sails for a fresh new era. The band (celebrating their 20th anniversary this year) has during their past 8 studio albums showed that they have never been afraid of changing and evolving their musical style. The West Pole, with new singer Silje Wergeland, shows the Gathering is still standing amongst the pioneers of alternative rock music
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THE GATHERING albums / top albums

THE GATHERING Always... album cover 3.41 | 12 ratings
Death-Doom Metal 1992
THE GATHERING Almost a Dance album cover 2.32 | 10 ratings
Almost a Dance
Gothic Metal 1993
THE GATHERING Mandylion album cover 4.17 | 38 ratings
Gothic Metal 1995
THE GATHERING Nighttime Birds album cover 3.92 | 24 ratings
Nighttime Birds
Gothic Metal 1997
THE GATHERING How to Measure a Planet? album cover 3.72 | 25 ratings
How to Measure a Planet?
Non-Metal 1998
THE GATHERING if_then_else album cover 3.76 | 30 ratings
Non-Metal 2000
THE GATHERING Souvenirs album cover 3.67 | 14 ratings
Non-Metal 2003
THE GATHERING Home album cover 3.50 | 9 ratings
Non-Metal 2006
THE GATHERING The West Pole album cover 3.61 | 6 ratings
The West Pole
Non-Metal 2009
THE GATHERING Disclosure album cover 4.31 | 4 ratings
Non-Metal 2012
THE GATHERING Afterwords album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Non-Metal 2013


THE GATHERING Adrenaline / Leaves album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Adrenaline / Leaves
Gothic Metal 1996
THE GATHERING Black Light District album cover 3.93 | 3 ratings
Black Light District
Non-Metal 2002
THE GATHERING Monsters album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Non-Metal 2003
THE GATHERING City From Above album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
City From Above
Non-Metal 2009
THE GATHERING Afterlights album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Non-Metal 2012

THE GATHERING live albums

THE GATHERING Superheat album cover 3.75 | 4 ratings
Non-Metal 2000
THE GATHERING Sleepy Buildings: A Semi Acoustic Evening album cover 4.79 | 3 ratings
Sleepy Buildings: A Semi Acoustic Evening
Non-Metal 2004
THE GATHERING A Noise Severe album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
A Noise Severe
Non-Metal 2007
THE GATHERING TG25: Live At Doornroosje album cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
TG25: Live At Doornroosje
Gothic Metal 2016
THE GATHERING In Motion album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
In Motion
Gothic Metal 2016
THE GATHERING A Sound Relief album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
A Sound Relief
Non-Metal 2018

THE GATHERING demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

THE GATHERING An Imaginary Symphony album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
An Imaginary Symphony
Death-Doom Metal 1990
THE GATHERING Moonlight Archer album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Moonlight Archer
Death-Doom Metal 1991

THE GATHERING re-issues & compilations

THE GATHERING Downfall: The Early Years album cover 3.83 | 3 ratings
Downfall: The Early Years
Death-Doom Metal 2001
THE GATHERING Accessories album cover 4.19 | 4 ratings
Non-Metal 2005
THE GATHERING Sand And Mercury album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sand And Mercury
Non-Metal 2008
THE GATHERING TG25: Diving into the Unknown album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
TG25: Diving into the Unknown
Non-Metal 2014
THE GATHERING Original Album Collection album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Original Album Collection
Gothic Metal 2015
THE GATHERING Blueprints album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Non-Metal 2017
THE GATHERING The Singles Collection (1995-2001) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Singles Collection (1995-2001)
Non-Metal 2019
THE GATHERING Collection Boxset album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Collection Boxset
Gothic Metal 2019

THE GATHERING singles (7)

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4.00 | 1 ratings
Strange Machines
Gothic Metal 1995
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3.92 | 2 ratings
Kevin's Telescope
Gothic Metal 1997
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3.50 | 1 ratings
The May Song
Non-Metal 1997
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4.00 | 1 ratings
Liberty Bell
Non-Metal 1998
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0.00 | 0 ratings
Non-Metal 2000
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0.00 | 0 ratings
Non-Metal 2000
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0.00 | 0 ratings
You Learn About It
Non-Metal 2003

THE GATHERING movies (DVD, Blu-Ray or VHS)

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5.00 | 1 ratings
In Motion
Gothic Metal 2002
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4.00 | 1 ratings
A Sound Relief
Non-Metal 2005
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4.27 | 3 ratings
A Noise Severe
Non-Metal 2008



Live album · 2000 · Non-Metal
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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!

THE GATHERING Strange Machines

Single · 1995 · Gothic Metal
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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.

THE GATHERING Adrenaline / Leaves

EP · 1996 · Gothic Metal
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I will start my review by confessing that The Gathering have become one of my favorite bands. So, I have to admit some bias toward anything they put out! I think more of their music needs to be reviewed, so I did so. Anneke van Giersbergen had become the lead singer by this EP, Adrenaline/Leaves, was released; she's a large part of the reason for the band's success. She has a terrific alto voice, although I wish there was more variety to her singing. The band's early material is often considered simple, derivative death/doom metal, and usually not given a lot of respect. However, these songs come from The Gathering's breakthrough album Mandylion, which is excellent.

All three songs are good ones, with "Leaves" probably being my favorite. Generally I don't care for a lot of versions of the same song, but in this case the second version of "Leaves" takes up less than a third of the total playing time. This is a good listen for anyone who is interested in The Gathering and wants a brief introduction. This is certainly not their best EP or single; some greater variety could have boosted the over all rating. However, Adrenaline/Leaves is a good introduction to the innovative sound that first brought The Gathering to the world's attention.


Single · 1998 · Non-Metal
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To my way of thinking, there are two purposes for a single or EP release. One is to give casual listeners a short introduction to the music; the other is to give listeners familiar with the band something extra to enjoy. The Gathering is one of my favorite bands, so I appreciate this EP consisting of alternative versions. My only complaint is that "Shrink" and "Frail" are too similar in sound and mood, considering they make up more than half of the running time.

I think this EP is terrific. If you've already listened to How To Measure A Planet, you're already familiar with these songs. However I really like these alternative versions. I also don't object to the edited version of "Liberty Bell", which drags on a bit in the album version. This is a good representation of The Gathering, and I'm giving it four stars.


Album · 1995 · Gothic Metal
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"Mandylion" is the 3rd full-length studio album by Dutch doom/goth metal act The Gathering. The album was released through Century Media Records in August 1995. There´s been a very important change in the lineup since the release of The Gathering´s second full-length studio album "Almost A Dance (1993)" as male lead vocalist Niels Duffhues has been replaced by female lead vocalist Anneke van Giersbergen. This would have a major impact on the band´s future sound and consequently also on their popularity. The addition of Anneke van Giersbergen to the lineup meant that The Gathering suddenly sounded very original for the time. You won´t find many doom/death metal releases from 1995 featuring a female lead vocalist. For the most part female vocals were used for effect by the band´s contemporaries, and only in short sections or on specific tracks on an album. So instead of being reduced to a footnote in the history of the early nineties doom/death metal scene, forever being overshadowed by acts such as Paradise Lost and My Dying Bride, The Gathering branched out and tried something different. And they succeeded.

The instrumental part of the music on "Mandylion" has changed quite a bit since "Almost A Dance (1993)" too and has become much more accessible, memorable and melodic. Anneke van Giersbergen´s distinct, powerful and emotional vocal style brings a much needed improvement to the sound of the The Gathering. She is arguably one of the most unique sounding female vocalists in metal. The music is heavy and doomy at times but always with melodic vocal lines and dominant melodic keyboards courtesy of the very skilled keyboard player Frank Boeijen. The song structures are fairly simple for the most part, but the band almost always have a little section or detail up their sleeve to spice things up.

The sound production is grand and suits the music well, the musicianship are on a high level, and the songwriting is memorable, so all in all "Mandylion" is a quality release. The first part of the album with tracks like "Strange Machines", "Eléanor" and "In Motion #1", is especially strong, while the last part of the album is slightly less interesting, but still entertaining. Overall a 3.5 - 4 star (75%) rating isn´t all wrong.

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