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2.07 | 64 ratings | 5 reviews | 0% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1993

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. On a Wave (5:51)
2. The Blue Vessel (6:04)
3. Her Last Flight (8:45)
4. The Sky People (4:26)
5. Nobody Dares (3:31)
6. Like Fountains (7:39)
7. Proof (6:16)
8. Heartbeat Amplifier (4:51)
9. A Passage to Desire (6:44)

Total Time: 54:07

Line-up / Musicians

- Martine van Loon / lead vocals
- Niels Duffhues / lead vocals, acoustic guitars, arrangements (5)
- René Rutten / electric & acoustic guitars
- Jelmer Wiersma / electric & acoustic guitars
- Frank Boeijen / keyboards, synthesizers, samples
- Hugo Prinsen Geerligs / bass, flute
- Hans Rutten / drums, windchimes, arrangements

Releases information

Recorded Live in studio

Artwork: Kirsten Van Toosten with Jack Tillmanns (photo)

CD Foundation 2000 ‎- FDN 2008 2 (1993, Netherlands)
CD Psychonaut Records ‎- PSYN0002 CD (1999, Netherlands) Remastered by Attie Bauw

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THE GATHERING Almost A Dance ratings distribution

(64 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(0%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(6%)
Good, but non-essential (27%)
Collectors/fans only (41%)
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Review by UMUR
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2 stars "Almost a Dance" is the 2nd full-length studio album by Dutch doom/ goth metal band The Gathering. The album was released in 1993 through the Foundation 2000 label. This is the last album by the band before they would change direction with "Mandylion (1995)" adding a female lead vocalist.

The music on "Almost a Dance" is doom/ goth metal with clean male vocals and occasional clean female vocals. As on the debut "Always (1992)" the music is very melodic with some rather dominant keyboards for the genre. A great treat as keyboardist Frank Boeijen is a skilled musician. He has a great style. The tracks are generally well written and performed but unfortunately thereīs one thing that really drags the album down. I really enjoyed the growling vocals by Bart Smits on the debut but he has been replaced with Niels Duffhues on "Almost a Dance". The latterīs clean vocals sound rather strained and thereīs almost no recognisable moments in the melody lines. Therefore his singing comes of as weak and monotone. A real listening experience killer.

Besides Niels Duffhues questionable performance, the musicianship is solid.

The production on the album is allright but nothing special.

An otherwise good album is unfortunately destroyed by an annoying singer and a sure 3 star rating, as a consequence, ends up a small 2 star rating. I end up rather frustrated because of this and I canīt really recommend the album to fans of the genre and maybe not even to the hardcore fans of the band who havenīt heard this one yet. Fortunately Niels Duffhues would leave the band after the release of "Almost a Dance" and The Gathering would have to re-think their approach which led to the inclusion of female lead vocalist Anneke van Giersbergen to the lineup on the next album "Mandylion". "Mandylion" would prove to be the bandīs big breakthrough.

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1 stars What a let down after the exciting debut album Always. The Gathering goes melodic on Almost A Dance with clean male vocals. Vocals that sounds like a male moose in heat, though. Frankly, they are that terrible. The guitars are melodic and the guitar solos is diddly-dei without much originality. ... (read more)

Report this review (#550420) | Posted by toroddfuglesteg | Friday, October 14, 2011 | Review Permanlink

3 stars Since I wrote a review for "Always...", I thought I'd do the same for "Almost A Dance". I got this album out of curiosity, since even die-hard fans on The Gathering's official forum advise against buying it. They said the male vocals, although non-grunting, are rather off key. I'm afraid th ... (read more)

Report this review (#93949) | Posted by Tailscent | Tuesday, October 10, 2006 | Review Permanlink

1 stars I'm afraid that most of what I wrote about the first one ALWAYS is just as true for the second one ALMOST A DANCE. It's not to be compared with THE GATHERING of later days. Still, I think it already shows the very first small steps into a future direction. The songs are more refined than on the ... (read more)

Report this review (#88158) | Posted by Waylander | Friday, August 25, 2006 | Review Permanlink

3 stars This is the last album I bought from The Gathering, basically to see what it would sound like without the voice of Anneke van Giersbergen. Well it's not a bad album, songs like "On A Wave" and "Like Fountains" are quite good, not to mention the beautiful ballad "Nobody Dares". The singer uses ... (read more)

Report this review (#65397) | Posted by zaxx | Wednesday, January 18, 2006 | Review Permanlink

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