The Gathering (Atmospheric rock/metal band from Netherlands)

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The Gathering is a Dutch rock band, founded in 1989 by brothers Hans and René Rutten and vocalist Bart Smits in Oss, North Brabant.

The Gathering earliest releases were categorized as atmospheric doom metal with influences from death metal acts like Celtic Frost and Hellhammer. In 1998 with the release of their 5th studio album, How to measure a planet?, they had a major shift in musical style, with the group acknowledging the growing influence of shoegazing, post-rock, experimental rock and the more ethereal sounds of 4AD bands, such as Dead Can Dance, Cocteau Twins, as well as Pink Floyd and Massive Attack; they expanded their sound, which acquired characteristics of progressive, alternative rock, and trip hop and gained success and recognition beyond the European borders. The group continue to expand upon the experimental nature of their music.

In August 2007 Anneke van Giersbergen left the group to focus on her solo project Agua de Annique. On 12 March 2009, The Gathering announced that their replacement vocalist was Silje Wergeland (Octavia Sperati). Their most recent album, Disclosure, was released on 12 September 2012.

On 17 January 2014, the band announced that they decided to take a break from recording and touring, and also that Marjolein Kooijman left the band. To celebrate the band's 25th anniversary, a show featuring most of current and past members of the band took place on 9 November 2014 and was released as a live album in 2015.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1992 Always… The Gathering 3.35 6
1993 Almost a Dance The Gathering 2.5 3
1995 Mandylion The Gathering 5 8
1997 Nighttime Birds The Gathering 5 6
1998 How to Measure a Planet? The Gathering 4.25 6
2000 if_then_else The Gathering 4.35 5
2003 Souvenirs The Gathering 4.35 4
2004 Passengers in Time: The Musical History Tour Wim Kratsborn feat. The Gathering 2
2006 Home The Gathering 4.35 3
2009 The West Pole The Gathering 5 2
2012 Disclosure The Gathering 4.5 3
2013 Afterwords The Gathering 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2001 Downfall: The Early Years The Gathering 5 4
2005 Accessories The Gathering 5 2
2008 Sand and Mercury The Gathering 1
2014 TG25: Diving Into the Unknown The Gathering 1
2015 Original Album Collection The Gathering 1
2016 Blueprints The Gathering 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2000 Superheat The Gathering 4.5 3
2002 In Motion The Gathering 3
2004 Sleepy Buildings — A Semi Acoustic Evening The Gathering 5 2
2005 A Sound Relief The Gathering 3
2007 A Noise Severe The Gathering 5 3
2012 Superheat (Live) The Gathering 1
2016 TG25: Live at Doornroosje The Gathering 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1998 Liberty Bell The Gathering 1
2000 Rollercoaster The Gathering 1
2003 You Learn About It The Gathering 1
2011 Heroes for Ghosts The Gathering 1
2013 Echoes Keep Growing The Gathering 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1995 Strange Machines The Gathering 4 1
1996 Adrenaline / Leaves The Gathering 1
1997 Kevin’s Telescope The Gathering 5 2
1997 The May Song The Gathering 1
2000 Amity The Gathering 1
2002 Black Light District The Gathering 4.5 2
2003 Monsters The Gathering 1
2009 City From Above The Gathering 5 1
2012 Afterlights The Gathering 5 1

EP + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2010 A Sound Relief EP The Gathering 1

Other + Demo

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1990 An Imaginary Symphony The Gathering 1
1991 Moonlight Archer The Gathering 2

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