The Gathering
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4.5
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Review

by sulkenigma USER (10 Reviews)
August 22nd, 2011 | 7 replies


Release Date: 2000 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Breathtaking. Fusing the sound of Bristol's unique Trip-Hop with a delicious slice of genuine Alternative Rock, a delicate rarity of a genre is born. Ladies and gentlemen... welcome to Trip Rock!

It is evident that occasion upon occasion upon occasion, Dutch musicians 'The Gathering' deliver their full potential to craft a hidden yet rewarding album; whether it be on the modest yet explosive opener 'Rollercoaster' or the gentle ballad 'Amity' or the sheer desperation and climax of 'Saturnine'. Following in the staggering footsteps of their previous magnum opus 'How To Measure A Planet', this band manages to step in exactly the right direction. By going on a transition from a lengthy, yet not overstaying album centred around space travel to a record that is shorter, more accessible, and far more down to earth (no pun intended), this proves to be enough to allow The Gathering to evolve throughout the turn of the millennium with all praise and inevitable critical acclaim intact.

This review would not be nearly accurate enough without a mention of Anneke van Giersbergen's incredible vocals. With her powerful pipes fully liberating many of the songs such as 'Bad Movie Scene' and 'Colorado Incident', there can be so many different emotions to feel, either individually or all at once. Her serenading can deliver feelings of joy, reflection, celebration, settlement, unsettlement, ambition, exploration. Soaring above the industrial flaring of beats, the downtuned guitars and the blissful noises, this provides an everlasting spark on this somewhat ageing yet timeless parchment; similar to the prospect of a candle with a light that shall never disappear.

The prominent French horn on the instrumental middle track 'Beautiful War' is enough to signify a victorious and modestly successful follow up. The blurry cover art shown above also portrays the album's overall balance superbly. In order to fully understand this album, you must allow yourself to pause yourself from all kinetic action and delve head-first into the heart of liberty and emerge with enough solace to realise your excellent taste in music.



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Dreamflight
August 22nd 2011


1760 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Awsome review for an awsome album.

Saturnine is my fav song ever.

StreetlightRock
Emeritus
August 22nd 2011


3777 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Everything about this album is kickass. Review could have used more description of the sound, but what the hell, I'm just glad to see it's still being loved.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
August 22nd 2011


6287 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Amazing album.




Edit:

You don't neeeed to preach, you don't haaaaave...

I hope there's gonna be a reunion someday, because both Anneke and the rest of the band lie in the obscurity of blandness...

Digging: Madred - Supersonic Brainfuck Overdrive

sulkenigma
August 22nd 2011


62 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Cheers for the feedback guys :D

Dreamflight
August 22nd 2011


1760 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

"I hope there's gonna be a reunion someday, because both Anneke and the rest of the band lie in the obscurity of blandness..."

Oh man that would be so awsome. Agua de Annique is too poppy, and new the Gathering can't seem to emulate the feelings they once managed to. It's like heart and brains were torn apart.

coneren
August 22nd 2011


11111 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

So good

ksoflas
July 31st 2012


443 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I've heard Anneke live several times and she is the only artist that sounds better on stage than in studio...trully amazing voice.




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