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Release date: 1993
Style: Doom metal


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01. On A Wave
02. The Blue Vessel
03. Her Last Flight
04. The Sky People
05. Nobody Dares
06. Like Fountains
07. Proof
08. Heartbeat Amplifier
09. A Passage To Desire

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Niels Duffhues - vocals, acoustic guitars
Martine van Loon - vocals
René Rutten - electric & acoustic guitars
Jelmer Wiersma - electric & acoustic guitars
Frank Boeijen - keyboards, samples
Hugo Prinsen Geerligs - bass
Hans Rutten - drums

Additional info
Produced, recorded and mixed by Tom Holkenborg.
Recorded and mixed in Spitsbergen studio, in IX.1993.
All music by the Gathering, except "The Blue Vessel" [R. Rutten], "Her Last Flight & A Passage To Desire" [R. Rutten, F. Boeijen, H. Prinsen Geerligs], "The Sky People" [F. Boeijen], "Nobody Dares" [N. Duffhues], "Like Fountains" & "Heartbeat Amplifier" [F. Boeijen, R. Rutten], "Proof" [J. Wiersma, F. Boeijen].
All lyrics by N. Duffhues, except "Like Foutains" & "A Passage To Desire" [N. Duffhues, M. van Loon].
Arrangements by Hans Rutten, except "Nobody Dares", arrangement by Niels Duffhues.
Re-released by Dark Descent Records (03.08.2000), remastered by Attie Bauw at Bauwhaus studios.
Re-released by Psychonaut Records march 2000.

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"Almost A Dance" is the second full-length album of the Dutch group The Gathering. The album is a step into a very different dimension from the doom-death metal realm the band dwelt in during their early years. Bart Smits and Marike Groot had left the crew and new singers had arrived. Namely Niels Duffhues and Martine Van Loon.

published 07.01.2008 | Comments (1)

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musicalkaratekid - 29.06.2015 at 13:55  
Rating: 5 Well, it's not an absolutely terrible album, but weighing the prod and cons eventually led me to give this rating. Yeah, the vocals are the stand-out worst thing here, but some of the songs are pretty boring instrumentally too. Obviously the musical direction here largely follows from the creative backbone of the band's debut album (which I still believe is so underrated), but there's not as much vigour or passion it seems for the most part. I'd say the best songs here are opener "On a Wave" and "Proof", both of which just so happen to be vocally bearable-more so than anywhere else on the album. Nonetheless, it's faulty footsteps for a band still in their early days, but it would have been less surprising had this been the debut instead of Always...

Also, do the vocals ever remind anyone of Mike Patton in his earlier FNM days? I mean, like a considerably weaker version of that style, not a direct imitation.

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