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The Gathering

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Like some of you, I took a while getting into them thinking they'd be more metal or loud alt-guitar, so this would have been a good starting place for me. Might be my favorite The Gathering release.

 

 

The Gathering is too often titled as a metal band, when in fact they started going into more experimental direction after Mandylion. And since How to Measure a Planet they started doing this Radiohead/Massive Attack-type of alt rock some have called "trip rock". More neoprog and even triphop-influences instead of that doom/goth-style they had when they began. Quite similar approach to Anathema, IMO, they are like musical cousins. 

 

With this many changes in a bands musical style, it takes a while to fully enjoy their catalogue. And yes, Travel is a masterpiece.

 

 

To be honest, I feel The Gathering's greatest achievement gets consistently overlooked.

 

That would be successfully ripping off The Serpent's Egg-era Dead Can Dance (released 23 years ago today!).

 

Lot of people have tried, but I think only The Gathering in the title track to Mandylion managed to pulled it off.

 

I think reusing the DoD formula to the letter (complete with vocalizations, african drums and synth pads) without sounding like a third-rate imitator is something to be very very proud of.

 

For hew uninitiated, compare:

 

 

 

 

 

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This unreleased track is part of a new release called "Blueprints", it features 24 tracks of outtakes, demos and unreleased songs taken from the "Souvenirs" and "Home" recordings. Amazon will release it in February but it's already available at the Gathering webshop - http://www.webshopgathering.com/product-p/blueprints-2cd.htm

 

blueprints-2CD-2T.jpg

 

Tracklist:

CD 1

1. Blister

2. Alone (demo)

3. Waking Hour (demo)

4. Converted Shuffle

5. Shortest Day (demo)

6. Fatigue (demo)

7. A Noise Severe (demo)

8. In Between (demo)

9. Silent Hymn

10.Forgotten (demo)

11.Inner Combat

12.Box (demo)
 

CD 2

1. Mokaka

2. Monsters (rough mix)

3. Zion (early ‘In Between’ version)

4. The Intangible

5. These Good People (rough mix)

6. Disarm (demo version of ‘You Learn About It’)

7. We Just Stopped Breathing (rough mix)

8. A Life All Mine (demo)

9. Oil

10.Debris (rough mix)

11.Film Glass

12.Out Of Breath (‘We Just Stopped Breathing’ live jam)

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Sugarcoated has uploaded a few videos from Anneke's fan weekend canal cruise. 

 

Mirror Waters with Bart Smits. 

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Gorgeous cover on that 'Blueprints'-album!  :sunny:  

 

My general experience with those 'outtakes & demo's'-albums is that it's meant more for die-hard fans than it's of an outstanding quality, but maybe I will very pleasantly surprised by this one (I certainly hope so). I think the only worthwhile 'outtakes & demo's'-release that I've got in my possesion is a U2 one.  

 

 

@Harvest

 

I think that kind of gig is so totally up your streak!

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@Harvest

 

I think that kind of gig is so totally up your streak!

 

Yep, you are right. I'm not that big on festivals or major outdoor-shows, but give me Anneke singing in a cozy boat, cruising in a canal or a lake with a couple of dozen people and I'm so there. 

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I can listen to her all day, all night, all year!!! Nice set of songs :)

I envy those who went to this Anneke fan day while sailing on the canals of Amsterdam! I can imagine how relaxing and surreal the feeling is..

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@Roestseel

 

Taking the canals, Amsterdam, Anneke, her singing and her character all into account, she really is 'a gentle storm'!

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