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Enter The Gathering « Ectomag

Enter The Gathering

It’s been a long night as sit on my sofa having a cocktail. It’s
having one of those days where all you want to do is sit alone in the
dark and think. Not about anything in particular, everything and


It’s been a long night as sit on my sofa having a cocktail. It’s
having one of those days where all you want to do is sit alone in the
dark and think. Not about anything in particular, everything and
nothing running through my mind all at once, my mood tonight calls for
some music. I pull out Home the latest effort from The Gathering. From
the moment the music begins to play Anneke’s voice hits me like a ton
of bricks. Lyrics ringing clear and true begin to ingrain themselves
into my mind opening up a floodgate of emotions and experiences. There
aren’t that many bands out there that can pull that sort of emotion
out of their listeners to make you feel as if each song was written
for you for a moment in your life. Now I can’t wait to have a sit down
with The Gathering.

Its been 15 years since a group of like minded friends got together to
form the band know as The Gathering. With everyone involved having
background in Metal, it would have been easy to turn this into just
another Metal band, but the group wanted to do something more with
their sound. Through the years The Gathering has become known as a
band that defies classification, just when you think you have them
sorted out they throw something unexpected at you. Their music blends
aspects from all genres to create music that is truly powerful and
moving. As fickle and fucked up as the music world is it can be really
difficult for bands to evolve and continue to put out relevant work
that keeps the people asking for more. Their new disc Home is more of
a return to their roots, with a more traditional rock sound to it. “We
took a different approach to recording Home”, keyboardist Frank told
me on the phone “The last album was really produced and thought out.
We wanted this one to sound more pure”. And that mission was
accomplished brilliantly; Anneke’s meaningful and heartfelt lyrics
definitely enhance the albums musical purity.

“The album is really broken into three parts”, Frank explains “the
first is about the hectic lives people are leading nowadays, the
second deals more with life changing events and the last part deals
with the acceptance of those events” with the album broken into pieces
for me its easy to see why the disc had such an effect on me in my
more reflective moments. Still I was having a hard time thinking of
Home as concept album. “I wouldn’t consider this a concept album.”
Frank said “concepts usually just focus on one idea, this album is
just more about life and you can see it any way you’d like”.

Things are steadily looking up for The Gathering; they have just
finished playing a mini tour of the US which included the South by
South West festival in Austin, Texas. while touring the US the band
found out that they had won the Dutch Edison Award, an award similar
to a Grammy here, for their live DVD. Now back in Europe, The
Gathering is gearing up for a tour of Europe as well as a few of the
larger festivals. There is also talk of doing another DVD in the
future, but whatever the future holds for The Gathering you can rest
assured that the work will be thrilling as always.

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