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The Gathering


Experimental/Post Metal

3.59 | 37 ratings

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4 stars After 3 defining studio albums with Anneke Van Giersbergen as lead vocalist, the Gathering released this stunning live album that managed to capture all live energy and strength of this band.

A first point to be noted is it the amazing sound. It's equally clear as the studio albums but it adds that small but important rough edge that makes each of the songs even more overwhelming then their studio counterparts. Especially the goose bumps stirring vocals by Anneke Van Giersbergen are fantastic. On Most Surfaces here is one of her highest glories ever. She easily surpasses her own performances of the studio albums.

Also the other members run the extra mile. They may not be the most proficient musicians around but the rhythm section especially works as a tight unit here. The drums, bass and rhythm guitars soar through the material and reveal their focus and dedication. Frank Boeijen's confidence with his battery of synths has clearly grown since Mandylion and Nighttime Birds. Don't expect any improvisations or even changes though, all songs stick closely to the originals. But as pointed out before, they benefit from the intensive performances.

Coming from a live-album sceptic like myself, a 4 star recommendation shouldn't be taken lightly. This is a stunning album that brings out the best out of each member and that pours with live adrenaline.

Bonnek | 4/5 |


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