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The Gathering


Experimental/Post Metal

3.40 | 100 ratings

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The T
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2 stars This will be my shortest review ever, mainly because this album is very easy to review in just a few words: this a mediocre record, a rather uninspired effort by a quite talented band (although their prog-afiliation is still not 100% clear).

I can say tell you my personal problem with this disc in just one word: DECIBELS. What??! yes, I can BARELY HEAR the music. No, it's not that is badly recorded (although the recording is nothing to be particularly amazed of, too). It's just that, it seems, the dutch fellas decide to play all of their new songs WITH NO DYNAMICS, no changes, everything sound the same, and bad for us, they chose a LOW dynamic level at that. I can honestly say I think, if we put it in musical terms and if we put this music in one instrument's perspective, this album is only played PIANISSIMO. Now, as I've said, I love quiet music (I love classical composer Bruckner, and the adagios in his symphonies are very, very quiet save one or two blasts), I like peace and quiet..... but quiet music has to be GOOD music for me to appreciate. When you are playing at a low volume level, you probably won't be playing ultra difficult wizardy music, so you have to play melody, you have to make good music with unique harmonies, or at least a good instrumentation (have you heard ELP's quiet moments? They may sound low but never boring, you can tell there's three musicians playing there). But in this case, what we get is not only too repetitive in dynamic terms, but TOO WEAK, too. There's not great melodies whatsoever, no good choruses (I can't remember any), no good solos, not much originality. We get a lot of DARK POP ROCK, but without the catchyness of pop.

What's to applaud? Well, the singer saves this from utter disaster. She's good and she, BY HERSELF, manages to give some emotion to these rather bland, boring collection of songs.

Not recommended for: People eager to find a new, exciting band with great music.

Recommended for: people that are worried thinking they are going deaf. Buy this album! If you can HEAR IT, not only you aren't going deaf, you actually are an owl, for you hear sounds the human ear is not capable of distinguishing.

The T | 2/5 |


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