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Dutch alt-prog artists, The Gathering, are currently in the studio recording the follow-up to their critically acclaimed (by me) album The West Pole. The currently untitled album will be the second to feature new vocalist Silje Wergeland. In order to create a bit of excitement for its eventual release, the band have released one of the songs as a free download and video. The song is titled “Heroes for Ghosts” and clocks in at just under eleven minutes.

Sonically “Heroes for Ghosts” shares the same crisp clear production featured on The West Pole (which dropped the grittier sound of the few albums before it), but musically it has more in common with the expansive and moody experimentation of How to Measure a Planet. Over the course of the eleven minute song, it seems to pull from a handful of different influences that the band have tried over the years. There’s the obvious experimentation of How to Measure a Planet, the synth/brass sounds and distorted guitars of Mandylion, the chill vibes of The West Pole and even a bit of Souvenirs in a few of the percussive elements. It’s definitely another excellent song by The Gathering and seems to imply that they aren’t ready to make the same album twice. With the lack of a clear, recurring chorus the song will take a few listens to sink in, but it seems to be The Gathering’s preferred method.

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Willie
06.17.11
It's another good song by these guys. Can't wait to hear what the rest of the album sounds like.

Deviant.
06.17.11
I only skipped through this because of the length but it sounded solid, will download

Fluorine
06.17.11
I was about ready to write this band off after The West Pole (I do not like that album much, and I'm still a little sore about Anneke's leaving), and then they come back with one of the best songs they've ever made. Magical stuff.

Spare
06.17.11
i fucking love the gathering but i never listened to the west pole because i was worried about the new vocalist. should probably do so.

Loanshark
06.17.11
Didn't know the band before this, now I'll check their other stuff out!

DoubtGin
06.17.11
song is great

BallsToTheWall
06.17.11
West Pole is great you shmucks. Way to be close minded. Kidding i've been there before but seriously it's a great album.

AnotherBrick
06.17.11
awesome

Spare
06.17.11
second half of this song is pretty spectacular

Willie
06.18.11
Yeah. Their new vocalist is great and so is The West Pole. And their next album sounds like it will be awesome too.

Apollo
06.18.11
cool video, I like this

ButcheredChildren
06.18.11
I thought this was going be garbage, but I listened to the entire thing... and I really liked it.... I am downloading this!

Willie
06.19.11
Why did you think it would suck?

Spare
06.19.11
yeah i'm wondering that too

Dreamflight
06.20.11
Nice song here. Not that confident about next album though.

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