Band Photo: The Gathering (?)
From: Oss, Netherlands
Last Known Status: Active
It all began in 1989. Brothers Hans and René Rutten and Bart Smits got together with the intention of starting a band. Soon enough Hugo Prinsen Geerligs, Jelmer Wiersma and Frank Boeijen joined them… The Gathering was born.
In those days they rehearsed once a week, somewhere outside of the small Dutch city of Oss. Their love for metal music (though certainly not all metal) was the common denominator, but most band members liked other music as well. This, and their will to experiment rather than imitate, would prove a fertile musical basis. In 1990 they recorded the rehearsal tape An Imaginary Symphony, which was sent out to all kinds of magazines. At that time, using keyboards in metal-oriented music was rather unusual, but still, most reactions were positive. Their first gig followed in January of 1991, in a little town called Heesch, near Oss, opening for Deadhead and Invocator. In April 1991, the demo Moonlight Archer was recorded and picked up by several journalists. At the same time other people and bands started noticing The Gathering. Consequently, they were booked to open for bands like Samael, Morbid Angel and Death. The time was right to release an album.
After signing with Foundation 2000, Always… was released in 1992. On this album, Bart’s grunts were accompanied by the female vocals of Marike Groot, who also joined The Gathering on stage for most of the gigs. This gothic/doom album was very well received and earned them many more concerts, including a few in Belgium and Israel. Unfortunately, due to a shady contract, the band would never know how many copies of Always… were sold. On top of that, the band parted with Bart and Marike because they weren’t satisfied with the result and dark times were ahead...
In 1993 Almost a Dance was recorded, also on Foundation 2000. Though musically again a strong album, new vocalist Niels Duffhues and new female counterpart Martine van Loon turned out not to be the right choice for The Gathering. Both voices didn’t really fit the music. So it was key to find a new vocalist that fitted The Gathering’s music and personalities like a glove.
Though enthusiasm was low, anything was possible at that point. They had hit rock bottom and the only way was up. During auditions halfway through 1994, magic came in the form of Anneke van Giersbergen, whose angelic voice fitted the highly atmospheric music perfectly. It also clicked on a personal level and German label Century Media was willing to give the band a contract. The Gathering were back, better than ever before, and proved so with Mandylion (1995). The atmospheric album was highly successful, especially in The Netherlands, where the single “Strange Machines” ended up in the Dutch charts, as did the album. Extensive touring brought them to all corners of their home country, as well as to Belgium and Germany. Expectations were high for a new album.
Nighttime Birds (1997) came into existence, but not without an effort. Writing new songs in between touring (and studying!) wasn’t easy, and neither was recording it. Nevertheless, the album, which was musically quite close to Mandylion, turned out to be another success. Reactions were positive and subsequent touring even more intensive, taking the band to Eastern Europe, France, Italy and several other European countries.
At this time they started to long for something new. Jelmer even decided he didn’t want to tour and play guitar as much anymore, so he left the band in July 1998. The other members wanted to try out new ideas, other instruments and different recording techniques. The result was How To Measure A Planet?, a varied and experimental double-album. It was harder to promote and more difficult to understand for some die-hard metal fans. Still, positive reactions came from all over the world, including the United States, where they played 14 shows during the summer of 1999.
The Gathering were also fed up with the music industry, so they decided to take matters into their own hands and start their own label, Psychonaut Records. Always... was re-released on this label in 1999, followed by Almost a Dance in 2000, both re-mastered and fitted with new artwork. However, since their contract with Century Media hadn’t ended yet, their live album Superheat (2000) was released on this label. Most of the songs on this album are from How To Measure A Planet?, the others from Mandylion and Nighttime Birds and they were recorded in several Dutch venues during 1999.
Another successful chapter in The Gathering’s career followed with the release of if_then_else (2000). The album is filled with diverse, intense and emotional rock songs, more compact than its predecessor. Fifteen months of touring ensued, taking them to virtually every nook and cranny of Europe, with a little sidestep to Mexico, and ending with a small Dutch club tour in October 2001.
After this, the band members took a well-deserved break and attended to their private lives. However, there was no time to be lazy, they ended their contract with Century Media, The Gathering had to run their new born label Psychonaut Records and their 12½-year anniversary was coming up. To celebrate this with their dedicated fans, they released the mini-CD Black Light District on their own label. Writing the songs for this CD as well as for the forthcoming full-length that’s planned for early 2003, started in 2000. The band went through a rough time and this can be heard in the songs. The latter part of 2002 will be used for touring and finishing the upcoming album. That one too will be released through Psychonaut Records with a license deal at a major label.
So The Gathering are finally free to do what they want and do best: make beautiful atmospheric, experimental and emotional music.
Frank Boeijen - keyboards & programming (04/12/73)
Anneke van Giersbergen - vocals (08/03/73)
Hugo Prinsen Geerligs - bass (16/12/73)
Hans Rutten - drums & percussion (03/06/69)
René Rutten - guitars (02/07/72)
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The Netherlands has a long history of love for rock and metal music. The Eindhoven Open Air festival was once one of the main highlights of the calendar and the country also gave us one of the greatest driving anthems ever in the form of "Radar Love" by Golden Earring. They've also contributed to a wide range of metal, including death metal groups like Pestilence and God Dethroned, as well as symphonic metal outfit Within Temptation. Today we're taking a look at one of Holland's other cult names, The Gathering.
The Gathering were formed in North Brabant city of Oss in the south of the Netherlands in 1989 by Nijmegen born brothers Hans and René Rutten on drums and guitars respectively along with local vocalist Bart Smits, taking their name from the cult favourite movie, "Highlander." They soon completed their lineup with the additions of bassist Hugo Prinsen Geerligs, guitarist Jelmer Wiersma and Frank Boeijen on keyboards and started out performing doom metal, with some death metal influences, not unlike contemporaries such as Paradise Lost and Katatonia. This lineup recorded their first demo, "An Imaginary Symphony" in 1990 and followed it a year later with, "Moonlight Archer," which caught the attention of the metal underground and allowed them to open for such groups as Morbid Angel and Death, before being snapped up by Foundation 2000 Records. More...
The tenth studio full-length from Dutch atmospheric rock icons The Gathering, entitled "Disclosure," is nearing release, with a confirmed North American street date of September 25th via Psychonaut Records. The full album is now available for streaming via bandcamp or in the player below.
In other recent news, The Gathering's Silje Wergeland performed guest vocals on the new Katatonia album "Dead End Kings" (reviewed here).
"Disclosure" was produced by founding member René Rutten, mainly taking place in the The Gathering’s own home studio, with segments recorded at additional studios abroad, the final product then mixed by Guido Aalbers (Coldplay, Muse, Counting Crows, 16 Horsepower). This is the outfit’s second album with Norwegian vocalist Silje Wergeland -- who debuted her talents on "The West Pole" LP released in 2009 – her vocals for the new album recorded by Herbrand Larsen of Enslaved. The handcrafted cover art was created by Chilean artist Carlos Vergara Rivera.
“Disclosure is the most personal soundscape the band has ever made, both lyrically and musically,” stated The Gathering keyboardist Frank Boeijen, who presents himself vocally for the first time on Disclosure. “The album is a great marriage between electronic and organic sounds, and has a wide range of colorful songs. With long, epic songs, we stayed close to ourselves. We are incredibly proud of this album which is a reflection of what we do best, and our urge for experimentation. Every band says the same thing about their new album, but we think we’ve made our best album yet." More...
The tenth studio full-length from Dutch atmospheric rock icons The Gathering, entitled "Disclosure," is nearing release, with a confirmed North American street date of September 25th via Psychonaut Records. The following press release was issued about the band:
"Now in their twenty-third year as a band, and having sold over a million records worldwide to date, this next step in the band’s process was produced by founding member René Rutten, mainly taking place in the The Gathering’s own home studio, with segments recorded at additional studios abroad, the final product then mixed by Guido Aalbers (Coldplay, Muse, Counting Crows, 16 Horsepower). This is the worldwide renowned outfit’s second album with Norwegian vocalist Silje Wergeland — who debuted her talents on their The West Pole LP released in 2009 – her sensual vocals for the new album recorded by Herbrand Larsen of Enslaved. The handcrafted cover art was created by Chilean artist Carlos Vergara Rivera."
“Disclosure is the most personal soundscape the band has ever made, both lyrically and musically,” stated The Gathering keyboardist Frank Boeijen, who presents himself vocally for the first time on Disclosure. “The album is a great marriage between electronic and organic sounds, and has a wide range of colorful songs. With long, epic songs, we stayed close to ourselves. We are incredibly proud of this album which is a reflection of what we do best, and our urge for experimentation. Every band says the same thing about their new album, but we think we’ve made our best album yet.” More...
Katatonia is currently working on a new album and follow-up to "Night is the New Day" (reviewed here). The band has now checked in with the following announcement about a guest vocalist appearing on the album:
"Remember we revealed there would be a guest on the new album making a duet with Jonas on one of the songs? We're proud to give you her name now, our friend Silje Wergeland, currently the singer in The Gathering. A beautiful fit in every way!
"We suggest to like her page and check out her activity if you haven't already."
To find out more about the upcoming release, check out our recent interview with Katatonia's Jonas Renkse.
The Gathering has issued the following announcement about offering a song titled "Heroes For Ghosts" as a free download:
"You can download a brand new The Gathering track called 'Heroes For Ghosts' right now at our Bandcamp page. For free! Go click here.
"You can choose various formats, such as mp3 320k or VBR, FLAC, ACC, ALAC and Ogg Vobis. 'Heroes For Ghost' is a song which will appear on our new album, title and release date t.b.a. We will play this song live in the Netherlands (may/june) and during our South American Ghost Ride Tour. We thought it would be nice if you people already know the song a bit so you can sing with us.
"We hope you will like it as much as we do. We think we made something really special. On top of this, our friend Marcus Moonen is also busy with a videoclip (or short movie). We let you know when it's finished. In the mean time, enjoy! (and yes, it's totally for free! :) ) If you like our music and want to support the band, check out other TG songs/albums on bandcamp or physical products at our webshop. Cheers!"
The Gathering has revealed the dates for its upcoming tour of South America. You can view the currently announced list of dates, cities and venues below with more expected to be announced shortly.
June 24 - Lima, Peru - Auditorio Derrama Majesterial
June 26 - La Paz, Bolivia - Teatro 16 de Julio
June 28 - Santiago, Chile - Teatro Caupolican
June 30 - Buenos Aires, Argentina - Teatro Colegiales
July 05 - Bogota, Colombia - Teatro Libre
Bjorn Strid, Guitarist of Swedish melodic death metak act Soilwork, will participate in the third annual "Winter Metal Symphony" show, formerly "Christmas Metal Symphony." The event is set to take place January 22, 2011 at 013 in Tilburg, The Netherlands. The singers will be backed by a six-piece band and a 30-piece classical orchestra as they perform classic heavy metal and hard rock songs. This unique show will contain "songs from all metal genres — from prog-metal to rock, from death to speed and from industrial to symphonic." The show also features members of Death Angel, Revamp and Pagan's Mind.
Björn "Speed" Strid (SOILWORK)
Floor Jansen (REVAMP)
Mark Osegueda (DEATH ANGEL)
Nils K. Rue (PAGAN'S MIND)
Anneke van Giersbergen (THE GATHERING)
Anna Phoebe (TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA)
George Oosthoek (ex-ORPHANAGE, PLEURISY)
Gothic metal act Pythia has issued the following statement about canceling a previously announced live show:
"The Gathering. It is great with regret that Pythia and The Lorien Trust have to announce that the planned performance by the aforementioned artist is canceled without prejudice. Unfortunately, due to an announcement on the band’s official site with slightly incorrect ticket pricing and ensuing reaction from the player base regarding IC/OOC issues of the performance on the Saturday night, and lack of infrastructure allowing the performance to go ahead on the Thursday as suggested by many, the show will not be going ahead.
"An unexpected backlash from established players has made LT and Pythia re-think the proposed show, as many thought this may interrupt the immersion of the IC aspect of the weekend. Not wanting to offend anyone, as Pythia are also well established participants in the RPG scene, it was thought best that the performance would be better suited to a different type of event, and hope that this is not a reflection upon the artists themselves, but merely the prospect of an electrically ‘live’ performance at The Gathering.
"Unfortunately, many people who were coming to the event to enjoy the LARP experience for the first time through being fans of Pythia who were looking forward to becoming regular members have been left feeling a little amiss. Should these players still attend the event, we suggest that it is best that all existing players extend them the same welcome as any new player should. More...
The Gathering has posted a music video online for the track "No Bird Call," which can be viewed below. The band also issued the following statement:
"Dearest friends, we want to thank all you nice people that has supported and followed us through 2009; a very exciting year for us here in The Gathering.
"We are truly grateful and it means a lot to us that we had such a nice response on The West Pole and the new line up of The Gathering! We are very much looking forward to another eventful year with touring lots of countries and meeting many of you friends and fans playing and sharing our common interest: music. When all the snow came down here before Christmas we used the opportunity to enjoy it making a brand new little video for No Bird Call. You can see it below." More...
Female fronted Dutch heavy rock band AUTUMN will be supporting THE GATHERING on their “The West Pole/20th Anniversary” European tour in January and February 2010. The tour dates are as follows:
22/01/10 – DE – Krefeld – Kulturfabrik
23/01/10 – DE – Erfurt – HsD
24/01/10 – DE – Berlin – Columbia Club
26/01/10 – DE – Karlsruhe – Substage
27/01/10 – DE – Nürnberg – Hirsch
28/01/10 – CZ – Praha – Abataon
29/01/10 – PL – Krakow – Loch Ness
30/01/10 – SI – Bratislava – Randal
31/01/10 – HU – Budapest – Diesel
01/02/10 – HR – Zagreb – Mochvara
02/02/10 – IT – Milan – Zoe
04/02/10 – ES – Barcelona – Salamandra 1
05/02/10 – ES – Alicante – Nave 8
06/02/10 – ES – Granada – El Tren
07/02/10 – ES – Madrid – Heineken
09/02/10 – FR – Lyon – Ninkasi Kao
10/02/10 – CH – Pratteln – Z7
11/02/10 – DE – Aschaffenburg – Colos-Saal
12/02/10 – BE – Vosselaar – Biebob
13/02/10 – FR – Lille – Le Splendid
14/02/10 – FR – Paris – Elysée Montmartre More...
WITHIN TEMPTATION will release their forthcoming (and delayed from a November 2nd release) live album, "An Acoustic Night at the Theatre," on December 15. The release will be available via all digital music providers, while physical copies will be available exclusively at the newly-launched Roadrunner Records web store.
In November 2008, Within Temptation embarked on a sold-out, intimate theatre tour in their native Europe, complete with seated audiences. The setup afforded the band the opportunity to rearrange several classics from its extensive catalogue to suit an acoustic performance. The album was recorded at the Muziekcentrum Frits Philips in Eindhoven, Holland on November 30 of last year.
Guitarist Robert Westerholt explained, “I was fascinated by the idea of giving our audience a much more individual experience by focusing on the essence of our songs and reducing the show to a minimum. At the same time the acoustic arrangements and sounds let you hear different influences in our music. For example, some Celtic elements which I think come out best when played acoustically.” Vocalist Sharon den Adel adds, “To show this other side of Within Temptation has been a dream of mine for quite some time. It was great to see that not only our existing fans but also people seeing us for the first time enjoyed it so much.”
Special guests include Life of Agony’s vocalist Keith Caputo for the single “What Have You Done.” Caputo guested on the album version, so it was only appropriate that he contributed to the live song, as well. Additionally, The Gathering’s Anneke van Giersbergen joins den Adel for a powerful partnership on “Somewhere.”
Of additional note, the album also contains the brand new song "Utopia," written during the rehearsals for the theatre tour. A duet with UK singer-songwriter Chris Jones (who Sharon met while working with world-famous DJ Armin van Buuren on his track In And Out Of Love), "Utopia" will also be available as a digital single prior to the album release. Utopia is about two lovers who can't be together because they are separated by their contrasting dreams of the ideal life. "The only way to be together is for one of them to sacrifice their dream,” clarifies Sharon. “It really is about this one moment that we each inevitably experience: reaching a point in your life where you have to decide what you want your future to look like."
The full tracklisting of "An Acoustic Night at the Theatre" is as follows:
1. Towards The End
2. Stand My Ground
4. All I Need
6. Somewhere (feat. Anneke van Giersbergen)
7. The Cross
9. What Have You Done (feat. Keith Caputo)
12. Utopia (feat. Chris Jones)
Dutch group The Gathering have announced two new Greek shows on the following dates:
2/27 2010 Block 33 club Thessaloniki
2/28 2010 Gagarin 205 club Athens
The Gathering's complete list of upcoming tour dates are as follows: More...
The Gathering has issued the following announcement about a string of European tour dates in January and February 2010:
"Dear all, we are proud to announce the first dates for our upcoming The West Pole/20th anniversary European tour(jan/febr. 2010). Please note there will be more gigs added this tour. We are still working on a couple of Greek dates too, as well as a South American tour and some more club gigs in The Netherlands. As you might know Marjolein will not be able to play with us the first week. Old band member Hugo Prinsen Geerligs will join us on stage, after 6 years! So these gigs will me memorable for sure! Hugo will join us from Krefeld untill Bratislava, Marjolein will be on stage again in Budapest until the end. We are thrilled and excited and we hope the same goes for you!"
The currently confirmed dates are as follows: More...
Dutch group The Gathering has issued the following statement about their 20th anniversary as a band:
"And then, suddenly it is there! The 20th anniversary of The Gathering. Exactly 20 years ago my brother René and me, together with Bart Smits on vocals, started this band. No strategy, we just wanted to write songs so we could release a rehearsal tape. Lots of people in Oss were playing in bands, and they triggered us to do something for ourselves.
"Exactly 20 years ago we biked from our parents house in Oss to a little village called Heesch, were we rented a rehearsal room on a farm, and started writing our first song: 'Anthology in Black'. Great, exciting times. I can remember clearly it was freezing cold in that room in wintertime. I see Bart struggling to get the heater on with matches. Every Sunday morning we biked to that farm, most of the time with a big hangover because of a rough Saturday evening, and started early in the morning writing and playing songs. More...
Dutch rockers The Gathering have announced that they are canceling their tour date in Pratteln on February 10th, 2010. The Gathering's currently confirmed tour dates are as follows:
10/9 Le Coliseum Charleroi
10/11 Z7 Pratteln
11/21 Women in rock festival Tholen
12/12 Boerderij Zoetermeer
12/13 W2 Den Bosch
12/18 Bibelot Dordrecht
12/20 Patronaat Haarlem
The Gathering has issued the following update about posting a "behind-the-scenes" video clip from their recent trip to Prague for the Sazava Festival:
"We are just back from our trip to Prague where we played at Sazava festival. The festival was outside the city in a little village, really pretty with lots beautiful nature in the surroundings. We had a great time there and the gig went very well! We also had a few days in Prague relaxing and doing some nice walking in the streets of the old town and it all amazed us with it’s beauty and atmosphere! We wanted to share some moments with you so we’ve made a little video from the weekend you can watch here at The Gathering youtube channel."
The clip can be viewed below. More...
The Gathering has issued the following update about adding on three extra tour dates:
"Hi all, We will do a European mini tour (Belgium, France and Switzerland) this October!:Friday 9 October 2009: Belgium, Charleroi, Le Coliseum. Tickets: €18 in advance; €20 at the door.Saturday 10 October 2009: France, Metz, Tattoo The Mind 2 (festival), Les Arènes (venue). Tickets: €38 (day ticket); €70 (2 day ticket).Sunday 11 October 2009: Switzerland, Pratteln, Z7. Tickets: CHF 35 in advance + presale tax; CHF 40 at the door.We are very much looking forward to play in Belgium again, and of course this is the first time with Silje that we will play in France and Switserland. We are excited! See you all there!"
The band's current list of upcoming tour dates is as follows:
8/1 Sazavafest near Prague
8/7 Vagos Open Air. Aveiro
10/9 Le Coliseum. Charleroi
10/10 Les Arènes (Tattoo The Mind 2 festival) Metz
10/11 Z7 Pratteln
12/12 Boerderij Zoetermeer
12/13 W2 Den Bosch
12/18 Bibelot Dordrecht
12/20 Patronaat Haarlem
The Gathering has issued the following announcement about posting a new video clip online, which can be viewed below:
"After the try out Impressions we put online yesterday, we want to present our brand new video 'All You Are' from our latest album 'The West Pole'. We've just finished it and didn't want to keep it from you any longer! The video contains lots of live images shot at Graspop Metal Meeting 2009 festival. It has been a very nice creative process, and we're planning do make more video's from songs of our album 'The West Pole' in the near future!" More...
The Gathering has posted a behind the scenes "rockumentary" video online, which can be viewed below. The band issued the following statement about the video clip:
"Hello everybody! A brand new piece on our YouTube channel! It's a short rockumentary that gives you a little peek on- and off stage of our first (try out) shows a few weeks ago. We hope you enjoy it! We sure did, seeing it all back on video! Futhermore, we are working on a video for All You Are. It's in postproduction now and will be released very soon!. The amount of members of our official YouTube channel is growing very fast and we're very happy with that. If you're not a member yet, you can subscribe yourself here and get notified of new posts immediately!" More...
Alternative rock band The Gathering have announced a celebratory contest for their June 19th and 20th shows, because these dates will be their first in almost two years (which will be the first with their new singer Silje of Octavia Sperati). They will be giving out new merchandise, signed posters and CDs, and meet-and-greet opportunities. The winners of this contest might be filmed. In order to partake in the contest, you must email email@example.com and briefly explain why you’re deserving of said listed prizes. You must include your full name. The winners will be announced during the gigs.