Pays : Netherlands
Genre : Métal Progressif
Dates : 1989
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The Gathering is a Dutch band which came to fame in the second half of 1990s with vocalist Anneke van Giersbergen.
Their first two albums, Always... (1992) and Almost a Dance (1993), played a part in the formation of gothic metal, which were recorded with four different vocalists. Their subsequent release, Mandylion (1995), featured the debut of Anneke van Giersbergen singing with the band for the first time. It was also one of the first albums of its kind in respect to female fronted metal bands and it is still considered a standard by many.
Their following studio albums Nighttime Birds (1997), How To Measure A Planet? (1998), if then else (2000) and Souvenirs (2003) showed progress and maturation of the band. Sleepy Buildings, released in 2004, is a live semi-acoustic performance recorded by the band over a course of two nights.
The band's latest album is called Home and was released in Europe and North America in April 2006.
In 1989, brothers Hans and RenÃ© Rutten and Bart Smits got together with, the intention of starting a band. Soon after Hugo Prinsen Geerligs, Jelmer Wiersma and Frank Boeijen joined.
In those days they rehearsed once a week, somewhere outside of the small Dutch city of Oss. Their love for metal music was the common denominator. This, and their will to experiment rather than imitate, would prove a fertile musical basis. In 1990 they recorded the rehearsal tape An Imaginary Symphony, which was sent out to all kinds of magazines. At that time, using keyboards in metal-oriented music was rather unusual, but still, most reactions were positive. Their first gig followed in January of 1991, in a little town called Heesch, near Oss, opening for Deadhead and Invocator. In April 1991, the demo Moonlight Archer was recorded and picked up by several journalists. At the same time other people and bands started noticing the Gathering. Consequently, they were booked to open for bands l ...
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