||It’s hard to believe that the
Gathering have been around for well more than a decade. They have
quite a fan base in Europe, why they never got as popular in the US
is beyond my comprehension. As you might know, premier female metal
vocalist Anneke van Gierbergen fronts the band. She has a presence
like no other, such a beatific voice and amazing singing ability.
Her soaring vocals are always so alive! I was lucky enough to catch
the Gathering at the Milwaukee Metal Fest six or seven years ago.
Wow, what a performance! On this 2 CD set there are quite a compendium
of unique tunes. This includes rare and unreleased material; B-sides,
import CD singles, covers, unreleased demos and alternate versions…is
that enough? How about their amazing songs writing ability? They know
how to write songs filled with their gothic rock and doom-laden riffs
that pull in the listener. All the tracks listed are from their Century
Media catalogue. Not much else to say accept this is a great disc
for the Gathering enthusiast.