The Gathering
Born:
01 January 1989
Genres:
Pop/Rock
Releases:
125
Biography: Creative, classy and highly refined "symphonic metal" outfit from Holland. First album (Always, 1993) was a fairly straightforward death metal album, although heavy use of keyboards made it stand out a bit from other such albums at the time. Followed by Almost A Dance (1994), an album which saw the departure of "growling" vocalist Bart Smits. Smits was replaced primarily by Niels Duffhues, a strange choice for the band; Duffhues' punk-ish tone was decidedly out of step with the music, and the album was largely written off as a result. A shame, because many of the songs on Almost A Dance are quite well written. The album also featured occasional vocals by Martine van Loon, a low-key singer with a pretty tone but one that seldom took to the forefront of a composition. It would appear that the seed had been planted in the band's head to try their uniquely compelling songwriting style with a passionate female vocalist; the result was the addition of the incomparable Anneke van Giersbergen, an incredible singer capable of stretching miles of emotion out of each and every syllable. The next album, 1995's Mandylion, remains one of the very best heavy metal albums ever recorded. van Giersbergen's poetic and haunting lyrics, paired with the band's orchestral ruminations, resulted in darkly important songs that seamlessly blend from one to the next. The follow-up, 1997's Nighttime Birds, acts as a companion piece to Mandylion: similar in tone and delivery, Birds is filled with the melodic and adventurous play that has become the trademark of this very important band. Superheat and If-Then-Else followed in early 2000. After a break with Century Media following the release of If_Then_Else, the band took time off before going into the studio to work on the 2003-released followup Souvenirs. The Gathering will be of interest to more than just heavy metal fans: they have the potential to appeal to countless different audiences, from metal to progressive rock to anyone who values excellent songwriting and powerful female vocalists.
A Sound Relief
A Sound Relief
Tracks: 16
Year: 2018
A Sound Relief
A Sound Relief
Tracks: 16
Year: 2018
Blueprints [2 CD]
Blueprints [2 CD]
Tracks: 24
Year: 2016
Blueprints [2 CD]
Blueprints [2 CD]
Tracks: 24
Year: 2016
Afterwords
Afterwords
Tracks: 9
Year: 2013
Afterwords
Afterwords
Tracks: 9
Year: 2013
Disclosure
Disclosure
Tracks: 8
Year: 2012
Meltdown
Meltdown
Tracks: 1
Year: 2012
Meltdown
Meltdown
Tracks: 1
Year: 2012
Disclosure
Disclosure
Tracks: 8
Year: 2012
A Sound Relief
A Sound Relief
Tracks: 5
Year: 2010
A Sound Relief
A Sound Relief
Tracks: 5
Year: 2010
City From Above
City From Above
Tracks: 5
Year: 2009
The West Pole
The West Pole
Tracks: 10
Year: 2009
City From Above
City From Above
Tracks: 5
Year: 2009
City From Above
City From Above
Tracks: 5
Year: 2009
The West Pole
The West Pole
Tracks: 10
Year: 2009
In Motion
In Motion
Tracks: 13
Year: 2008
In Motion
In Motion
Tracks: 13
Year: 2008
Nighttime Birds (2CD)
Nighttime Birds (2CD)
Tracks: 29
Year: 2007
Home
Home
Tracks: 13
Year: 2006
Home
Home
Tracks: 13
Year: 2006
Monsters
Monsters
Tracks: 5
Year: 2003
Monsters
Monsters
Tracks: 5
Year: 2003
You Learn About It
You Learn About It
Tracks: 2
Year: 2003
You Learn About It
You Learn About It
Tracks: 2
Year: 2003
Souvenirs (single)
Souvenirs (single)
Tracks: 1
Year: 2003
Amity
Amity
Tracks: 7
Year: 2001
Amity
Amity
Tracks: 7
Year: 2001
Downfall - The Early Years
Downfall - The Early Years
Tracks: 13
Year: 2001
Downfall - The Early Years
Downfall - The Early Years
Tracks: 13
Year: 2001
Rollercoaster
Rollercoaster
Tracks: 3
Year: 2000
Rollercoaster
Rollercoaster
Tracks: 3
Year: 2000
if then else
if then else
Tracks: 11
Year: 2000
if then else
if then else
Tracks: 11
Year: 2000
Superheat
Superheat
Tracks: 10
Year: 1999
Superheat
Superheat
Tracks: 10
Year: 1999
Liberty Bell
Liberty Bell
Tracks: 3
Year: 1998
Liberty Bell
Liberty Bell
Tracks: 3
Year: 1998
The May Song
The May Song
Tracks: 4
Year: 1997
Nighttime Birds
Nighttime Birds
Tracks: 9
Year: 1997
Nighttime Birds
Nighttime Birds
Tracks: 9
Year: 1997
Kevin's Telescope
Kevin's Telescope
Tracks: 4
Year: 1997
The May Song
The May Song
Tracks: 4
Year: 1997
Kevin's Telescope
Kevin's Telescope
Tracks: 4
Year: 1997
Adrenaline / Leaves
Adrenaline / Leaves
Tracks: 4
Year: 1996
Adrenaline / Leaves
Adrenaline / Leaves
Tracks: 4
Year: 1996
Mandylion
Mandylion
Tracks: 8
Year: 1995
Strange Machines
Strange Machines
Tracks: 4
Year: 1995
Strange Machines
Strange Machines
Tracks: 4
Year: 1995
Mandylion
Mandylion
Tracks: 8
Year: 1995
Always... (Remix)
Always... (Remix)
Tracks: 8
Year: 1994
Almost A Dance
Almost A Dance
Tracks: 9
Year: 1993
Almost A Dance
Almost A Dance
Tracks: 9
Year: 1993
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