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NIGHTTIME BIRDS

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  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
  10. The May Song [Radio Edit]
  11. The Earth Is My Witness [Edit]
  12. Confusion [Live]
  13. The May Song [Live]
  14. New Moon, Different Day [Live]
  15. Adrenaline [Live]

Disc: 2

  1. New Moon, Different Day
  2. Kevin's Telescope [Instrumental]
  3. Shrink
  4. The Earth Is My Witness
  5. Diamond Box [Instrumental]
  6. Nighttime Birds
  7. On Most Surfaces
  8. Hjelmar's [Instrumental]
  9. In Power We Entrust the Love Advocated [Dead Can Dance Cover Version]
  10. When the Sun Hits [Slowdive Cover Version]
  11. Confusion [Eroc Session][Demo Version]
  12. Shrink [Alternative Version]
  13. Adrenaline
  14. Third Chance [Alternate Version]


Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 15, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: May 15, 2012
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Century Media
  • ASIN: B000UZ4E52
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,290 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Seems fitting on the 10th year anniversary to reissue this one from a band that was just ahead of the wave of female fronted metal bands of the late 90's. I started with Almost A Dance, then got Mandylion (1995), and now the new double disc package of Nighttime Birds is finally here!

One of the first so called female fronted metal bands of the mid 90's, the Gathering first featured vocals by Martine van Loon, who performed on Almost A Dance a few years earlier, but not really at the forefront of many songs, it was a brief tease of things to come perhaps.

Anneke van Giersbergen fronted the band for 1995's Mandylion, and this was to me just such a wonderful album with great passion and wonderful musicianship. 1997's Nighttime Birds, continues this formula and cements them to me as the first and best to perfect this style of haunting somewhat symphonic metal featuring female vocals throughout.

Faves include "Third Chance" (love this song), it has a more streamlined chugging vibe to it, and the alternate version featured on Disc 2 is just as good I think. "The May Song" is another one along with "Confusion", and I like the vocal delivery at times on the song "New Moon, Different Day", Anneke stretches her vocals here in a segment to a slightly opera style I guess you'de perhaps call it that raises any eyebrow, and it's a really good song of course.

That there is a second disc included seals the deal for me, some nice bonus material here, some Instrumentals and covers etc. that give a slightly different dimension to the Gathering. 10 years and still sounding better than any other clones to jump on the bandwagon over the years.
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First we had the reissue of Mandylion with valuable bonus tracks and a second cd with alternate versions of the songs, and now we have Nightime Birds, also accompanied by a second cd bonus tracks consisting in radio edits and live versions of some of the songs. Given the fact that both cds inaugurated the band's period with fabulous singer Anneke van Giersbergen, who is now gone from the band, leaving them with a huge challenge of reingenering, we have with both albums the opportunity of reviewing the construction of an original style of rock music, defined first as doom or death metal, it turns out that the music offered in these cds defy those labels. Yes, there is a strong massive guitar sound that approaches the band to some sort of heavy metal, but it is accompanied by a fine work of keyboards that serve the purpose of creating a peculiar sound that at times nears an operatic quality, and other times it reaches a delicate cadence with soothing electric guitar atmospherics and even piano harmonic touches! The good thing is that the Gathering kept evolving from here without losing the seal that they managed to fabricate in these two albums. I remember that in an interview with Anneke van Giersbergen the expression "Dream Rock" trascended in order to define what they were aiming at musically. Labels will not represent fully the richness of a band's ouput that is so original. The second cd of Nighttime Birds brings two interesting covers: Dead Can Dance¨s "In power we entrust the love advocated", and Slowdive's "When the sun hits".Read more ›
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What a fantastic album. It bridges several genres, from metal to goth to shoegaze, in a wonderfully seamless way. The female vocals are superb and at times hauntingly beautiful. I only wish the recent plethora of this band's imitators was as good (only Leaves' Eyes comes close, and even they are more traditionally viking-metal oriented).
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A MUST FOR ALL EARS STILL OPEN TO REAL MUSIC ......

One that will stun you first time round and never let you go.... Ever! Hard to believe their first Album with Anneke ,Mandylion , came out just a year or so before. Much of that at first underwhelmed me , maybe down to some overlong tracks that somehow didnt let Anneke's vocals to really cut loose at full intensity like she does here. And how-few if any can say so much in so few words, or with such sustained passion.

One UK review called this a more "aggressive" album . But that's so completely the wrong word. Assertive anger and anguish in "The Earth Is My Witness" , yes - this is a dynamic , inventive and inspired album, but no way one violent in tone. More an out of this world Shamanic Journeying almost zen-like feel, not least in the opener "On most surfaces (Inuit)", "The Earth Is My Witness" and the Title Track itself . In other words this is the album ,way more than Mandylion, where the band really evolves to the full power of its "Trip Rock" maturity.

...BUT WHICH VERSION??

Amazon sell both a 1997 and a 2007 edition. As you might guess from the 2 prices, 1997 is the 9 -track original single CD. 2007 is a Special Edition double with no less than 20 extra tracks of both demo and live versions of most of the originals, plus a couple of instrumentals and live show covers of other bands . These are also on their "Accessories"album, but unless you already have that ,then the extras are well worth the extra.

Last , I would normally never bother to comment on any "packaging",good or bad. But I just have to here ,the 2007 pack is a masterpiece in its own right. If CD player or power were ever to fail, you'd still be left with a superb book of Anneke's short almost haiku-like poetry in the midst of some sublime photography!
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