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The Gathering To Release Rare, Unreleased Material

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The Gathering and Century Media are opening their archives to present a luxurious double CD set full of rare and unreleased material. "Accessories - Rarities And B-Sides" will be released on August 22nd, 2005 all over Europe.

CD1 offers “the b-sides” from all of their out-of-print CD-Singles – including rarities like “Adrenaline” and “Theme From ‘The Cyclist”, as well as cover versions from "Talk Talk, Dead Can Dance" and "Slowdive."

CD 2 is full of unreleased demo recordings. In the end of 1996, The Gathering did demos for their "Nighttime Birds" album with German Krautrocker Eroc (Grobschnitt, etc.). For the first time ever you can hear all of the alternate versions as well as two instrumentals that were not used on "Nighttime Birds". Drummer Hans Rutten comments: “We love the sound of this demo Eroc mixed, crystal clear and with a lot of dynamics. Eroc had some great, crazy ideas, a pity we didn’t work together on the album.”

Eroc adds: "Quite often demos and pre-productions end up having a lot more of that 'special something' as compared with the corresponding final results - where endless weeks of trying to 'get things perfect' have a tendency to squeeze out every last drop of spontaneity from the music."

The other lost pearl from the band’s archive are the so-called “Texel Tapes” with pre-productions for "How To Measure A Planet?" including great alternate versions.
Accessories - Rarities And B-Sides also features detailed liner notes by the band, rare photos and a special packaging.

Starting as a raw, death metal influenced band, and creating what later should be called gothic metal, The Gathering have been an extraordinary group since the early ‘90s. From their rough metal roots, to the atmospheric tunes "Mandylion" had to offer, to dreamy, profound songs on "Nighttime Birds" or "How To Measure A Planet?" to their latest adventures within the progressive/triprock field, the Dutch crew always remained true to themselves while building up a continuously increasing fan base.

The Gathering "Accessories - Rarities And B-Sides” tracklisting:

CD one – the b-sides:
1. In Motion #1 (live, taken from Strange Machines CD-Single)
2. Leaves (live, taken from Strange Machines CD-Single)
3. Adrenaline (taken from Adrenaline/Leaves CD-Single)
4. Third Chance (taken from Adrenaline/Leaves CD-Single)
5. Strange Machines (live w/ orchestra, taken from The May Song CD-Single)
6. In Power We Trust The Love Advocated (Dead Can Dance cover version, taken from Kevin’s Telescope CD-Single)
7. When The Sun Hits (Slowdive cover version, taken from Adrenaline/Leaves CD-Single)
8. Confusion (demo Eroc session, taken from Adrenaline/Leaves CD-Single)
9. Shrink (taken from Liberty Bell CD-Single)
10. Frail (live, taken from Liberty Bell CD-Single)
11. Theme From ”The Cyclist," taken from Rollercoaster CD-Single)
12. Leaves (live w/ orchestra, taken from Rollercoaster CD-Single)
13. Life Is What You Make It (Talk Talk cover version, taken from Amity CD-Single)
14. Amity (live at Isabelle, taken from Amity CD-Single)

CD two – the rarities:
1. New Moon, Different Day *
2. Kevin’s Telescope (instrumental) *
3. Shrink *
4. The Earth Is My Witness *
5. Diamond Box (previously unreleased instrumental) *
6. Nighttime Birds *
7. On Most Surfaces *
8. Hjelmar’s (previously unreleased instrumental) *
9. My Electricity **
10. Probably Built In The Fifties **
11. Illuminating **
12. Red Is A Slow Colour **
13. Travel **

* Demo session for Nighttime Birds, recorded at Woodhouse Studios, Germany. Mixed by Eroc November 1996.
** Demo session for How To Measure A Planet?, recorded at Texel, the Netherlands, February 1998.

Source: Century Media Records

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