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The Gathering

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. ~ James Bickers
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Disclosure

1. Paper Waves

2. Meltdown

3. Paralyzed

4. Heroes For Ghosts

5. Gemini I

6. Missing Seasons

7. I Can See Four Miles

8. Gemini II

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Track List: The West Pole

1. When Trust Becomes Sound

2. Treasure

3. All You Are

4. The West Pole

5. No Bird Call

6. Capital Of Nowhere

7. You Promised Me A Symphony

8. Pale Traces

9. No One Spoke

10. A Constant Run

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Track List: Home

1. Shortest Day

2. In Between

3. Alone

4. Waking Hour

5. Fatigue

6. A Noise Severe

7. Forgotten

8. Solace

9. Your Troubles Are Over

10. Box

11. The Quiet One

12. Home

13. Forgotten Reprise

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Track List: Accessories: Rarities & B-Sides

Disc 1

1. In Motion #1 (Live)

2. Leaves (Live)

3. Adrenaline

4. Third Chance (Alternate Version)

5. Strange Machines (Live)

6. In Power We Trust The Love Advocated (Dead Can Dance Cover Version)

7. When The Sun Hits (Slowdive Cover Version)

8. Confusion (Demo)

9. Shrink (Alternate Version)

10. Frail (Live)

11. Theme From 'The Cyclist'

12. Leaves (Live)

13. Life Is What You Make It (Talk Talk Cover Version)

14. Amity (Live)

Disc 2

1. New Moon, Different Day

2. Kevin's Telescope (Instrumental)

3. Shrink

4. The Earth Is My Witness

5. Diamond Box (Instrumental)

6. Nighttime Birds

7. On Most Surfaces

8. Hjelmar's (Instrumental)

9. My Electricity

10. Probably Built In The Fifties

11. Illuminating

12. Red Is A Slow Colour

13. Travel

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Track List: Souvenirs

1. These Good People

2. Even The Spirits Are Afraid

3. Broken Glass

4. You Learn About It

5. Souvenirs

6. We Just Stopped Breathing

7. Monsters

8. Golden Grounds

9. Jelena

10. A Life All Mine

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Track List: If Then Else

1. Rollercoaster

2. Shot To Pieces

3. Amity

4. Bad Movie Scene

5. Colorado Incident

6. Beautiful War

7. Analog Park

8. Herbal Movement

9. Saturnine

10. Morphia's Waltz

11. Pathfinder

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Track List: How To Measure A Planet?

Disc 1

3. Rescue Me

4. My Electricity

5. Liberty Bell

6. Red Is A Slow Colour

7. The Big Sleep

8. Marooned

9. Travel

Disc 2

2. Illuminating

4. Probably Built In The Fifties

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Track List: Nighttime Birds

1. On Most Surfaces

2. Confusion

3. The May Song

4. The Earth Is My Witness

5. New Moon Different Day

6. Third Chance

7. Kevin's Telescope

8. Nighttime Birds

9. Shrink

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Track List: Mandylion

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Please don't refer to Evanescense when talking about The Gathering, there is no comparison. Evanescense are a pop group, nothing more, put together by a record company, just like Linkin Park.
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This band is magic
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Annexe's voice is amazing! Great song!
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I will always love the GATHERING no matter how many years pass by Anneke and the gathering have no comparison
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greatest band over this planet!
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greatest band over the planet earth!
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fan
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Hell yeah always good to get a little gathering in you
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progpond3
this reminds me of evanescence that description above as heavy metal or whatever doesn't really make sense
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I forget how awesome the gathering is sometimes then I'll hear a track off mandylion and freak out.
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None better
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I suppose it's possible that some day I will hear a song by this band that I don't like immediately.
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Ooh I love all you are by them!!!
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Aside from the always awesome Mandylion, I like How To Measure A Planet second best.
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Wow stunning. Just heard this. Strong remake.
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Takes you to place you want to stay.
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fredythefox
So good
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emilyrizz123 4 5 4 3 2 1 you and your ilk are sleazes desecrating the face of commentary. You are worthy of the curse placed on chain letters. What? Haven't heard of it? :

This freaked me out. This isn't fake. Apparently, if people like copy and paste this sort of s**t you will have the worst f**king year of your life. You will get kissed and breakout with herpes for the rest of. If we break your chain you will see the dead girl in your room and your body will be her! In the next 53 minutes will say
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emilyrizz123 4 5 4 3 2 1
This freaked me out This isn't fake. Apparently if you copy and paste this on ten comments you will have the best day of your life tomorrow. You will either get kissed or asked out. If you break the chain you will see a dead girl in your room tonight. In the next 53 minutes someone will say I love you or I'm sorry This freaked me out This isn't fake. Apparently if you copy and paste this on ten comments you will have the best day of your life tomorrow. You will either get kissed or asked out
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One of the best gothic rock bands from Europe. Simply amazing.
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First time I heard then omg they r so awesome
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Great band loved them since i was 16 most beautiful voice ever
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sneakyvolta
the only regret i have in life is not stumbling upon this band sooner
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luismoreno54 8
I love the gathering!! \m/ hell yeahh \m/
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Always have loved this band thru transitions can't wait to hear more stuff!:)
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Esta banda realmente ha entregado algo único y de gran valor ala forma de hacer música , me encanta lo que han hecho en su historia musical
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I like this band.
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tristanhi88
sounds like good music when making love with ur soulmate
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why isn't the Gathering well known this band is f**kin amazing got the pleasure of seeing them twice.
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In regards to how metal they are, I think The Gathering is a different and breathtaking breed of metal. One might consider them Avant Rockor Avant Guarde Metal, but regardless of Genre classificati o n , the result is amazingly serene and powerful at the same time.
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Always loved the Mandylion album.
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My absolute favorite Anneke moment
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After listening to the band for several years, I have only now come to the sudden realisation that The Gathering is the solution to all of the world's problems. Glad we got that sorted.
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Anneke is incredible, and The Gathering set a standard for virtuosity and creativity that few other bands can even approach. If_Then_Else is in my Top 10 for the Desert list. I can't remember the name of the clerk in the CD store that recommended The Gathering, but I thank him everytime I hear this amazing band!
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Trippy and dark - like it !
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Hands down, The Gathering are one of my favorite bands of all time. Unlike a lot of artists, each of The Gathering's albums are truly unique from one another. The manner in which their sound has evolved is truly amazing, and it speaks to the creative genius of each one of the band's members. I feel truly blessed to have been able to see this band live during their brief tour of the USA back in 1998. I was sad to see Anneke go, but "The West Pole" was still a great album.
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They need to do the soundtrack to a movie that is about me and no i dont want to meet them just sign and leave me alone. a tool. that kinda sucks but its an artist kinda thing oh and i dont know how to make a movie im lazy and forgetful now
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huaynacapac3 5 7
Well, their first 3 albums (first two especially) were doom metal/sympho n i c black metal. But with Nighttime Birds on they changed direction a lot.
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Anneke's voice is fantastic, but I'd hardly consider this band to be metal. Doesn't detract from how great they are, though!
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Anneke is a roof-shaker, that one. At their best, this group dominates.
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Wonderful. As good (almost) as Dead Can Dance.
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the_seropian
I always need a fix of The Gathering. Although, I would never consider the band to be a Metal band. Anneke is such a delight to listen to. Her voice is so powerful yet angelic. GREAT BAND!
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Anneke did a collaboratio n with Devin Townsend? Well holy hell... I'm def going to check that out.
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Anneke's recent collaboratio n with Devin Townsend was pretty awesome though.
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The Gathering is one of my favourite bands. I LOVE Anneke's voice. I was SOOOO sad when they announced she was leaving and was doubtful if Silje could fill her shoes. But to my joy, Silje is wonderful, although I'd have to say the overall sound is just not the same. Anneke's new band, Agua de Annique, is good, but doesn't compare to her days with The Gathering.
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Most of the songs I've heard from them aren't what I'd consider metal, but they're still great.
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"Alone," is a fun song.
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From what I've heard so far these seem like a good band. I think two songs total have played on my Met@1 station and I've givin both songs a thumbs way way up.
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The Gathering is the best mix of ambiance and symphonic sounds I have heard. I have all the Anneke albums, plan to acquire the Silje version soon!
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Interesting sound. I'm gunna listen to more of their stuff . .
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