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The Gathering


Experimental/Post Metal

3.78 | 136 ratings

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3 stars Mandylion is the third full-length studio album by Dutch doom/ goth metal act The Gathering. The album was released in 1995 through Century Media. There´s been a very important change in the lineup since the release of The Gathering´s second full-length studio album Almost A Dance (1993) as male lead vocalist Niels Duffhues has been replaced by female lead vocalist Anneke van Giersbergen. This would have a major impact on the band´s future. The inclusion of Anneke van Giersbergen in the lineup meant that The Gathering is now considered a major player in the female lead part of the metal genre instead of being reduced to a footnote in the history of the early nineties doom/ death metal scene. Forever being overshadowed by bands such as Paradise Lost and My Dying Bride.

The music on Mandylion has changed a bit since Almost A Dance and become much more accessible, memorable and melodic. Anneke van Giersbergen´s distinct, powerful and emotional vocal style brings a much needed improvement to the sound of the The Gathering. She is without a doubt one of the most unique female vocalists in metal. The music is heavy and doomy at times but always with melodic vocal lines and dominant melodic keyboards courtesy of the very skilled keyboard player Frank Boeijen. The song structures are rather ordinary for the most part. I enjoy the epic sound that the band sometimes conjure up. All songs are of high quality but I´ve always had a special relation to Eléanor. Simply because it was my introduction to The Gathering through a Century Media sample CD I purchased with a metal magazine in 1995.

The production is grand and suits the music well.

Mandylion is a great album by The Gathering but it could have been more interesting with more adventurous song structures and less repetition ( Sand and Mercury is an exception). A 3.5 star rating is deserved.

UMUR | 3/5 |


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