- Audio CD (November 23, 1993)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: Pavement Records
- ASIN: B0000021IF
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #530,457 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Top Customer Reviews
Released in 1993, almost 10 years ago, this album is truly a predecessor for today's melodic death/doom metal.
Incorporating deep, dreary growling and occasional female vocals with keyboards, flutes, windchimes, and even a grand piano The Gathering truly produced a melodic metal masterpiece with "Always".
Not nearly as hard as metal contemporary Amorphis' release "Karelian Isthmus," "Always" makes up for it with beautiful acoustical work and symphonic keyboard interludes... all the while never losing its distinct metal edge.
With the exception of two tracks, all songs on this album are over 6 minutes long, which provides the listener with plenty of melodic instrumental work and dynamic death/doom vocals. If you're into the newer releases of Tiamat, Lacuna Coil, Therion and the like, you'll be more than pleased with this early work of The Gathering.
Recommended for Doom-metal fans and for anyone who is interested in the history of this amazing band.
I personally find that there are aspects of The Gathering's "Always..." that I like and dislike. This release may appeal to Metal listeners who can appreciate heavy use of keyboard and female vocals in a unique Death/Doom Metal setting.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This their worst album. The production is terrible and the male vocals are awful compare to the future female vocals. This album reminds me Paradise lost in their beginning . Read morePublished on February 25, 2011 by KOURKOULOS NIKOS
it only gets a 4 because it's somewhat boring by today's standards, but im sure if i heard this in 1993 i would've hailed it as one of the greatest metal concepts of all time; if... Read morePublished on March 17, 2003 by T. Ellis
This is absolutely the best "light" doom metal with angelical vocals sided by rough gloomy ones. Read morePublished on February 20, 2003 by Chris Phillips
This is back in the day when they had low, death vocals. It's amazing how much they have changed from then 'til now. Read morePublished on May 6, 1999 by B. Frey