After celebrating their 25th anniversary in November 2014 with 2 sold out gigs at the Doornroosje venue in Nijmegen, The Netherlands, The Gathering was put into a deep, cold fridge. It was time to do some other things in life, gather some new ideas and fulfill other challenges. After 4 years the hibernation is over and the band started playing live again this summer, doing club shows & festivals in The Netherlands, Bulgaria and Greece. For the first time The Gathering will play at the Prognosis festival, Eindhoven, the 22ndof March 2019! As 2019 will mark the band’s 30thanniversary, the Gatheringwill play a career spanning and cinematic set with some songs they didn’t play for a long time or didn’t play at all in a live situation. Trip-rock, post-rock, metal, shoegaze, The Gathering will always try to renew themselves. It will be a special trip for sure!
The line-up of the Gathering is with Gathering’s very first bass player Hugo Prinsen Geerligs, singer Silje Wergeland, keyboardist Frank Boeijen and brothers René (guitar) and Hans (drums) Rutten.
A creative, classy, and highly refined "symphonic metal" outfit from Holland, the Gathering debuted with 1992's Always, a fairly straightforward death metal album with vocals by Marike Groot, although heavy use of keyboards made it stand out a bit from other such albums at the time. The follow-up, 1994's Almost a Dance, saw the departure of singer Groot as well as "growling" vocalist Bart Smits, replaced primarily by Niels Duffhues, whose punkish tone was decidedly a littleout of step with the music. The album also featured occasional vocalsby Martine van Loon, a low-key singer with a pretty tone but one who
seldom took to the forefront of a composition.
It would appear that the seed had been planted in the bandmembers'heads to pair their uniquely compelling songwriting style with apassionate female vocalist; the result was the addition of Anneke vanGiersbergen, an incredible singer capable of stretching miles ofemotion out of each and every syllable. The next album, 1995'sMandylion, remains one of the very best Dutch heavy metal albums everrecorded. Van Giersbergen's poetic and haunting lyrics, together withthe band's orchestral ruminations, resulted in darkly important songsthat seamlessly blended from one to the next. The follow-up, 1997'sNighttime Birds, acted as a companion piece to Mandylion: similar intone and delivery, Birds was filled with the melodic and adventurousplay that became the trademark of the band. Superheat and If_Then_Elsefollowed in early 2000. After a break with Century Media following therelease of If_Then_Else, the band took time off before going into thestudio to work on the 2003 follow-up, Souvenirs.
The next three years saw the group release a semi-acoustic live albumcalled Sleepy Buildings (2004), along with a pair of concert DVDs. In2007 van Giersbergen left the Gathering to pursue a solo career, and
in 2008 they returned to the studio to begin work on their ninthfull-length outing. The resulting West Pole, released the followingyear, would mark the debut of new vocalist Silje Wergeland, formerlyof the Norwegian goth metal outfit Octavia Sperati. Disclosure arrivedin 2012, followed in 2014 by the companion piece Afterwords. That sameyear saw the Gathering perform a series of sold-out shows with four of
the group's previous vocalists (Bart Smits, Marike Groot, Anneke vanGiersbergen, and Silje Wergeland) in celebration of their 25thanniversary, after which they announced that they would be going on anindefinite hiatus. Blueprints, a double album of outtakes, demos, andunreleased songs from the recordings of Souvenirs and Home, arrived in2016.
In 2018 The Gathering decided to play live again and possibly startworking on some new material.