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The Gathering


Experimental/Post Metal

3.88 | 154 ratings

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4 stars This is the album in which I fell in love with this band, after hearing what is still one of my all- time favourite songs - "In Motion #1".

In this album the band made the transition from a basic Death Metal sound to a beautiful Gothic-Progressive-Metal blend. Many bands have since attempted to create similar albums, but this is truly a one-of-a kind. Newcomer Anneke van Giersbergen delivers her haunting and sad lyrics with such a power and intensity that the words are actually FELT rather than heard. Also present are some heavy riffes, nice guitar solos, epic synths and an eery atmosphere. Unlike other Prog Metal albums, the songs here rely on emotion and layered song structure, instead of skillful playing, which might disappoint some listeners, but appeal to others. Hence, I gave it the 4/5.

All in all - a fine album, although the band has since produced albums which were much more sophisticated, mature, and interesting. Way to go, guys !

| 4/5 |


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