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The Gathering

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1. On Most Surfaces
2. Confusion
3. The May Song
4. The Earth Is My Witness
5. New Moon Different Day
6. Third Chance
7. Kevin's Telescope
8. Nighttime Birds
9. Shrink

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  • Audio CD (August 12, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Century Media
  • ASIN: B000005HNQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #474,384 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The guitar sounds are superb and fits so nicely with each song.
Kindle Customer
Vocalist Anneke van Giersbergen completely carries this record by enchanting the listener with her soothing, ethereal vocals.
B. Frey
All songs are very good and I really like the transition from Third Chance into Kevin's Telescope into the title track.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Lord Chimp on February 24, 2003
Format: Audio CD
A long time ago this was my first purchase of The Gathering's catalogue because the general consensus seemed to indicate it was their best. I have all of their albums now and often feel torn about which album of theirs I like the most. However, it's easy to make a case for _Nighttime Birds_ as top of the line.
The Gathering left the whole doom metal thing behind before _Mandylion_, and with _Nighttime Birds_ they continue their exploration of beautiful female vocals with the heavier backdrop. _Nighttime Birds_ shows the lighter, more ethereal side of the band taking hold more strongly as well. "On Most Surfaces" opens the album surging through heavy riffs and moody atmospheres, and it has a soaring vocal that would probably be dismissed as bombastic were Anneke van Giersbergen's voice not so incredible. Hers is a voice of diamond and ice, beautiful but chilling. It is not surprising that when she sings, "I am the snow falling down on you," the spine-tingling kiss of her words are as soft and light as falling snowflakes. Songs like "Kevin's Telescope" and the later parts of "Confusion" climb to great heights, heaved up by powerful epic billows of keyboards and electric distortion. Cryptic lyrics go well with the aura of mystery painted by ethereal guitar lines and penetrating vocal melodies of the title track, as well as the inconspicuous layer of stark percussion which hides behind guitar and keys. "The May Song" is interesting, juxtaposing the warmth of a mellow Hammond organ (love that sound) and softly strummed guitars with a confrontational vocal backed by a more aggressive arrangement on the chorus. "Shrink" is a haunting piano ballad with van Giersbergen's voice bleeding onto the floor in the prettiest way.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Lumazu on June 23, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Anneke and Tarja from Nightwish are my two favorite female lead singers when it comes to this kind of music. While with Nightwish, we have over-the-top sythesizers and powerful operatic voices, The Gathering are more laid-back, delivering a more subtle power through lead-vocalist Anneke.

Anneke is by far superior to the Evanescense singer. It's difficult for me to compare the two, as I see them as from two completely separate genres. The Gathering sounds more gothic and less like Britney Spears trying to be gothic. Evanescense is okay...they're better than Tapping the Vein, but that's not saying a whole lot. This band is miles above the two: they started as a gothic band and slowly became more acceptable to a larger audience. But the fact is that they appeal to BOTH the goth AND the pop crowds, and if that is not signs of a talented band, I don't know what is.

Only reason I rate it four stars is because I don't really like the more pop-sounding melodies they use, but that's more an issue of personal taste than a defect of the band.

Highlights for me include: "Nighttime Birds", "Confusion", and "Kevin's Telescope".
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By wordnerd64 on October 5, 2003
Format: Audio CD
On their second release featuring vocalist Anneke van Giersbergen, the Dutch band The Gathering moves even further away from their death metal roots, though they continue to be inexplicably lumped into that genre. It's unfortunate, because most of the bad reviews you'll read of The Gathering are a result of this confusion. Either way, the band shows a growth in their sound, a continuation of the atmospheric, moody beauty first presented on their previous release "Mandylion." Annke's vocals, while certainly haunting and beautiful, may not be technically perfect, as pointed out by a few narrow-minded reviewers, but there has rarely been a case where a singer's voice was so perfectly suited to the music she's singing. It really is magical at times (right around the 5 minute mark in "On Most Surfaces," for example). "Nighttime Birds" is a solid progression to the sound the band cultivated on "Mandylion," being a little less metal, a little more atmospheric, carrying themselves futher from "death" and closer to "prog."
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By B. Frey on October 7, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This was my first taste of The Gathering since their very first album (with death vocals!)and I must say I was very impressed. Vocalist Anneke van Giersbergen completely carries this record by enchanting the listener with her soothing, ethereal vocals. And the band ain't no slouch either, as their musical backdrop complements Anneke's vocals perfectly and makes listening to "Nighttime Birds" an experience unto itself. Tracks like "On Most Surfaces", "May Song", "Nighttime Birds", and "Shrink" were favorites of mine, but it was hard to pick songs of note since most of the tracks are 'compilation worthy.'
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By djhexane on November 12, 2003
Format: Audio CD
If god were a female with a beautiful voice.
I love her vocals, they are absolutely beautiful and divine. I rank her right up there with Tarja of Nightwish as my favorite female vocalist.
They mix rock, prog, and etherial atmosphere with her beautiful (soprano is it called?) singing. The mix is absolutley perfect. The yearning is obvious is Kevin's Telescope as well as wishing to be free as a bird is Nighttime Birds. The Earth is my Witness talks about the rejuvination of life and Shrink tells about inadequacies in like.
Do yourself a favour and buy this album (along with the rest of their albums). You won't look back.
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