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The Gathering


Experimental/Post Metal

3.88 | 196 ratings

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5 stars The perfect female fronted goth progressive metal album in my view.

I was around when the band distributed a tape in the underground. You did not have to be particular clever to understand that this band had massive potential. A potential they have not entirely fulfilled in my view due to some strange decissions and change of vocalists. The scene also became overcrowded with The Gathering copycats and the band lost their thunder to bands like Nightwish. It is always a shame when the originals loose out to copycats.

Mandylon has everything. Excellent vocals from the right vocalist for the right songs. Excellent songs. Great use of the right instruments. Excellent sound. I cannot fault a single song here. That even after been listening to this album from the day it was released. I always comes back to this album, time after time (and I was very surprised to find out I had yet to submit a review).

The songs are both dramatic, heavy and sometimes tender. The guitars underlines the heaviness. The keyboards adds spice + add some tenderness when required. This album is a pretty heavy album and one in Richard Wagner's spirit. Just like what prog metal is all about in my view.

The perfect prog metal album in my view and miles ahead of their competitors in the female fronted division. Eleanor is the best song on an album without any chinks in it's armour.

5 stars

toroddfuglesteg | 5/5 |


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