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Disclosure

My very favourite band, The Gathering‘s 10th studio album will be available on 12 September. For 24 hours, however, on this day the whole album is free to stream and listen to on Bandcamp:

Meltdown

Just hours ago, somewhat out of the blue, The Gathering released a song from their upcoming album Disclosure.


Clocking in at almost eight and a half minutes this one’s as epic as expected with nice long instrumental sections. As a novelty the track starts with the keyboardist Frank Boeijen singing some vocals.

The song is not only for streaming, it is free to download in a multitude of formats.

Heroes for Ghosts (music video)

Following a total eclipse of the moon, the music video for the pre-released The Gathering song has just been released. Written, directed, filmed and edited by Marcus Moonen, their friend, the clip has been shot in Norway (Silje’s homeland) in its entirety.

After numerous listens I can assert that Heroes for Ghosts is still masterfully composed: especially the instrumental parts range from ethereal beauty to angry oscillation. The video just strengthens these impressions. Do yourselves a favour and watch it in HD.

Heroes for Ghosts

The Gathering quite unexpectedly released a surprise track from their upcoming album the title of which is yet to be announced. The song is called Heroes for Ghosts and in exchange for an email address you can download it in any format your heart desires. You can also listen to it here. It’s awesome.

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Team Silje

In advance, I’d just like to show this. This is how high the bar was set:

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I stumbled upon The Gathering while I was in Japan only a few years ago and couldn’t stop listening to them. But then Anneke left the band and first there was a lot of silence and uncertainty then the announcement of Silje joining and some new songs posted to MySpace. Which, actually, failed to convince me.

My thoughts were mixed. Somehow the singing voice wasn’t distinct or powerful enough. The heavily guitar-driven sound a little mushy. I couldn’t pick a favourite song from The West Pole either. I was sticking to the old albums for a while.

Not that all this could stop me from going to their show yesterday.

The warm-up band, Autumn, was okay, but I haven’t done my research and didn’t know any of the songs. But then The Gathering took the stage and I was reduced to a fanboyish existence. I knew the rest of the band from all the live DVDs, but Silje was a surprise: she almost looked fragile, contrary to what I expected. She was much more likable at barely an arm’s length than on the band pictures. (Some people chose seats but I went right up to the stage, first line. Basically I was at Marjolein’s feet.)

About half of the songs played were not from The West Pole, rather from previous albums. I knew that they rehearsed old material with Silje but I wasn’t expecting this many. No complaints of course, it was beyond belief rocking out to Saturnine.

I’m also not really sure what transformed me… maybe listening to TWP tracks live or Silje’s non-studio voice… anyway for one I grew to like new material and I wholeheartedly accepted the lead singer swap. I’m Team Silje now.

Just listen to this:

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I disagree with @kelt that The Gathering only used to be cool five years ago. They are still going strong after twenty years and they are still very cool, thank you very much.

Surprisingly few attended though: the place was only a little more than half full. I wasn’t looking back too often, nevertheless I think we, the audience, managed to make up with enthusiasm what we lost with numbers. Time will tell, I hope the lower interest won’t prevent or delay a return. I can’t speak in anyone else’s name but I was left craving for more in the end, even though we got two encore songs (Leaves) not just Travel which was on the setlist.

Probably I was the only person wearing a turtleneck in the history of rock gigs.

This coming Sunday

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The West Pole

The waiting is over. Well … almost!

We are very happy and proud to announce the release of our 9th studio album in April 2009! The album will be called The West Pole. You probably are curious who is singing on our new record. We have found a new [female] vocalist, and we will have two [also female] guest singers on The West Pole.

I want it all and I want it now!

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But… who’s this girl?

The new vocalist? Someone’s girlfriend? Or just an innocent bystander? Hans is so evil! :evil:

pics (c) Gema Perez

And again the rain falls down…

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When The Sun Hits

The Gathering, csak úgy.