- Audio CD (August 22, 1995)
- Original Release Date: 2000
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Century Media
- ASIN: B000005HMC
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #264,785 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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What strikes you most when you listen to this band is Anneke's vocals. She has a great voice. I've always loved hybrid metal bands and this one is no exception. I love the way Anneke usues clear female vocals in contrast to distorted guitars. She's definately a great singer. Not to mention rather cute ;-) (altho my friend Maaike who met her says she's not very nice.) But that aside this is a great band. The Sand And Mercury song is one of the best songs I've ever heard. Eleanore is also a highlight. And the great atmosphere of Mandylion makes you totally relaxed.
I normally don't really like Dutch music that much but I love this band. Go check it out.
For the most part, I never really listened to Goth metal music in the past. I had always thought the genre consisted of mostly boring and depressing industial-type rock music. With enough exploring on amazon for progressive and melodic heavy metal albums, I was inevitably led to the Dutch band Gathering. I first heard of them through the searching of talented female vocalists, and I'm always looking for a good female vocalist, most notably one who is backed by a band that can truly play. Thankfully, my preconceptions on the genre were all shattered upon first listen, and I was surprised to find out that they're actually pretty good! Anyone who likes heavy melodic metal music will find something to like with Gathering. I'd even say that this particular album classifies under slow, soft progressive metal music. The complexities are all there in the music, though the band never shows off once. Instead, they focus on creating moody melodies with the guitars and keyboards. Of course, let's not forget about miss Anneke van Giersbergen, the main reason this band has as many fans as it does. She sports a very soothing, talented, and beautiful voice which never fails to please, not to mention she's also easy on the eyes. Her range is broad, though she never shrieks or screams at all. Though her voice is what led me to this band, thankfully the rest of the band can also play very well too. Though many bands such as Evanescence feature talented singers fronting a generic, non-talented band, Gathering is one of the exceptions, at least on this album. There is great cohesion between the Anneke and the rest of the band, so the music ends up sounding very balanced.Read more ›
Stylistically, this is definitely metal, but it has a soft quality to it. Generally slow and carefully layered, the Gathering's music uses heaviness as an enhancement to its enchanting flow, which is the dominant characteristic. Keyboardist Frank Boijen gilds the clomping metal rhythms with resplendent (yet subtle) orchestrations, where radiant strains of van Giersbergen's voice float along. Although van Giersbergen has matured greatly as a vocalist since this album, her performance remains completely stunning. I admit, I'm in love with her voice. She could sing about triangles or celery and I would find it no less compelling than her own simple but evocative lyrics. Contrary to most female vocal styles in metal before _Mandylion_, she never screams or shrieks -- just melodious tides of feminine beauty. I could rave about Anneke van Giersbergen for quite a while, but that would be an injustice to the rest of the band, who write as a collective so they all deserve ample credit. Masterful work abounds on _Mandylion_: the achingly gorgeous melodies of "Leaves" speckled with keyboard stardust; the man-eating riff of "Fear the Sea"; the torrent of emotional pain on "In Motion" parts 1 and 2; the dry, autumn hues of the progressively exotic instrumental title track.
With the current hype surrounding the mainstream success of Evanescence (another heavy music w/ female vox kinda deal), it feels good to have identified such a good thing with the Gathering beforehand. One gets a pleasant feeling of knowing about a good thing sooner than other people pick up on it. Does that make sense? erm, this CD is good.
The great doom/death time-travel fantasy 'Strange Machines' opens the album powerfully and 'Eléanor', as mentioned earlier, is a death metal classic, albeit one stretching the boundries of the genre greatly, especially vocally (a highly recommended song for Opeth fans). 'In Motion No. 1' is defining of The Gathering's Mandylion/Nighttime Birds sound and opens a theme that runs through most of the album's remaining tracks. Ambient, powerful, with great importance of powerful keyboards. 'Leaves', like 'Sand & Mercury' later on, with its lyrics and slowish, crushing music, perhaps should be depressing but instead comes out cathartic, simultaneously relaxing and invigorating, thanks to power, energy, and emotional sincerity.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The Gathering came along at a time where female vocalists were not particularly welcome within the metal genre. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Chris
Would put this up there with Anglagard as one of my favorite Prog works. Anneke's vocals makes this album one of the best. Of course the instrumentals are fantastic.Published on July 12, 2013 by Nancy Stokking
An amazing album by The gathering. The female vocals are superb in this album. It is atmosperic metal (not gothic -> i doesn't makes you depressive ). Read morePublished on February 25, 2011 by KOURKOULOS NIKOS
Not being a metal fan...I'm very thrilled with this purchase. I can't find a single second of this recording to dislike or criticize, the voices and instruments work together... Read morePublished on September 19, 2009 by Bumble
Mandylion was the beginning of the new sound for the Gathering. The mix of hard rock guitars, textured keyboard layers and beautiful female vocals is amazing. Read morePublished on April 19, 2008 by Within The Coil
The Gathering is, on all accounts, a highly influential band. So I have no regret in saying Mandylion, after 12 years, has stood the test of time and still floors me everytime I... Read morePublished on April 2, 2007 by Brett Corkins
i absolutely love the gathering. everything they do is incredible but mandylion takes the cake. the whole album just floors me! you must get this album. it is a masterpiece. Read morePublished on June 25, 2006 by Marier
Beginning their life as a 'primitive, Celtic Frost inspired, death metal band' according to their bio, The Gathering have come a long way since their inception in 1989. Read morePublished on April 14, 2006 by Erika