Nighttime Birds (2CD Re-Issue)
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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.Read more ›
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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I enjoy many songs of The Gathering w/ Anneke as lead. This is an addition to the collection.Published 18 months ago by Topo
Not much can be said about this that isn't already known, excellent through and through, while not quite matching Mandylion.Published on February 19, 2014 by S. Denson
this amazing album is in my hands finaly!!! I had to wait almost two months to have it!! Must be internal issues... I hope next time I buy another album, it wont happen... Read morePublished on February 26, 2012 by Pipe
In this album The gathering shows what is called music. Atmospheric metal ate their best. All the tracks are amazing. The production is one of the best i have ever noticed. Read morePublished on February 25, 2011 by KOURKOULOS NIKOS
I was buying "West Pole" and tripped over this, and being in a Gathering mood, decided I had to have it, and I'm glad I did. Read morePublished on August 21, 2009 by Nobody