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The Gathering


Experimental/Post Metal

3.40 | 100 ratings

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4 stars This album again expands on the evolving sounds of the Gathering.This time the sparse electronic sounds found on Souvenirs is replaced with a sound much more intimate although retaining a slight gothicness.This sound perhaps goes back to How to measure a planet? & Nighttime Birds with the Metal guitar pieces almost completely stripped out though or lower in the mix.There also no Siren like vocals that featured heavily on Mandylion & popped up intimitantly on subsequent albums.This is a bit of a pity as this always sent a shiver down my spine when she 'went for it' although her vocals are again A1.Apart from that this is an exellent album perhaps suited to more mature ears with nice textures throughout with a very tight and well rounded sound,perhaps too many mid tempo songs though.Overall I think I prefer this album to Souvenirs but not up to the standard of How to measure a planet? but perhaps more consistant than If_then_else.In fact the album is still growing on me after not being totally sure about it at first.My favourite tracks - Alone,Walking Hour.
Scratchy | 4/5 |


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