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The Gathering


Experimental/Post Metal

3.98 | 132 ratings

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4 stars After the rather toned-down How To Measure A Planet? If_Then_Else is a return to a heavier sound. However this means in no way that the band returns to the sound of Mandylion and Nighttime Birds, instead they mix some modern rock influences (Smashing Pumpkins?) in the music, particularly in the first half.

On the other hand, several ballads are present as well. Amity could have been on HTMAP? as well, but songs like Morphia's Waltz and Saturnine follow a definite new path and are a bit more coming from the chamber pop corner.

Not a very accessible record (a trend they settled on HTMAP?, to follow for future albums, save perhaps for Souvenirs), but in the end one of the best records from this amazing Dutch band.

Casartelli | 4/5 |


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