I still remember the year 1990 when The Gathering released their demo An Imaginary Symphony, the melodic death doom made a big impression on me. Their second demo Moonlight Archer made an even bigger impression and the debut album Always… was one of the highlights of 1992.
After Always… vocalist Bart Smits left the band and a new vocalist was found in Niels Duffhues and the album Almost a Dance was released. Things already changed then, the music got more progressive and the vocals, well they weren’t that good so to say.
In 1995 The Gathering came back strong, really strong, and had Anneke van Giersbergen on vocals and the mindblowing Mandylion album was released. The atmospheric doom the band showed us in 1995 with this album was unheard and laid down the basis for the years to come. Eventually, The Gathering moved on to a more progressive rock style still with loads of atmosphere and Anneke said goodbye to the band in 2007 and started doing solo projects.
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