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Release date: 9 November 1998
Style: Experimental rock


8.6 | 231 votes


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Disc I
01. Frail (You Might As Well Be Me)
02. Great Ocean Road
03. Rescue Me
04. My Electricity
05. Liberty Bell
06. Red Is A Slow Colour
07. The Big Sleep
08. Marooned
09. Travel

Disc II
01. South American Ghost Ride
02. Illuminating
03. Locked Away
04. Probably Built In The Fifties
05. How To Measure A Planet?

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Anneke Van Giersbergen - vocals, guitars
Frank Boeijen - keyboards
René Rutten - guitars, theremin, didgeridoo
Hans Rutten - drums
Hugo Prinsen Geerligs - bass

Additional musicians:
Attie Bauw - programming, additional percussion

Additional info
Produced, engineered and mixed by Attie Bauw.
Recorded at Bauwhaus, Amsterdam and Wisseloord, Hilversum between July and October 1998.
Mixed on ProTools at Bauwhaus, Amsterdam.
Mastered at Abbey Road, London by Chris Blair.
Vinyl mastering by Joona Lukala, Noise for Fiction.

Original layout and design by Cartsen Drescher.
Vinyl layout and design by Krister Dalhem.

On Svart Records vinyl release Travel and South American Ghost Ride traded places in the track list.

Guest review by
Joey Jo Jo

Bands can sometimes make painful sounds akin to nails on a black board when transitioning between styles. Especially if the band members aren't sure in which direction they want to go. However, for The Gathering, they make it seem as easy as breathing with their seamless transition and seemingly effortless excursion into some pretty experimental territory on "How To Measure a Planet?". It isn't such a far fetched idea that all the members of the Gathering have been blessed with ESP since an album of this magnitude must've taken perfect chemistry between all members to make.

published 03.10.2007 | Comments (5)

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Vonpire - 20.02.2010 at 04:39  
Rating: 10 My Fav album... EVER!

Masterpiece, Travel best song ever!
tirim4 - 08.07.2011 at 22:13  
Rating: 10 This album is kinda funny for me... I started out rating it as a six and though it was my least favorite The Gathering album. I Suppose I hadn't listened enough to it as during the last few months I have gradually improved the rating which is now a 10 for me. It's just a masterpiece! Heavy yet soothing and melodic. There are just some parts of this album I just can sit and listen to over and over again, like the second part of "Probably Build In The Fifties" or the title track's awesome riff, not to mention "Travel", one of the greatest masterpieces I've ever heard. The Gathering is successfully experimenting and creating a unnameable genre. It's the perfect middle station in between the heavier sound of Nighttime Birds and Mandylion and their later softer style.
Kenos - 20.08.2011 at 21:57  
  "All I want is to be where you are..."
musicalkaratekid - 22.10.2012 at 01:09  
Rating: 9 Never have I been so enchanted by an album of 'How to measure a Planet?'s grandiose quality. It is, truly and honestly for me, a flawless piece of work. I remember being shocked when the only album I had heard by the band was the Gothic Metal/Death-Doom Debut 'Always...', and then listening to this out of sheer curiosity-But that's exactly why it has to be listened to more than once to get to grips with its overall sound. At a monstrously large 103 minutes you could say that it is too long, but this isn't too long at all-It's long enough, yet it feels like a lifetime-But this lifetime is one that can be fully enjoyed. The title track and 'Travel' alone are worthy buying.
NocturnalStalker - 14.11.2013 at 17:06  
Rating: 8 Beautiful album...
buff - 16.04.2014 at 22:13  
Rating: 8 Good album with a few great songs, but nowhere near as good as the previous two albums. And the last track is a complete waste of space IMO. It seems that a top notch producer would have cut the chaff and reduced it to a very solid single disc.

It's truly sad that TG will never go back to their mandylion/nighttime birds sound.
M C Vice - 22.04.2015 at 11:22  
Rating: 8 A lot of this album reminds me of Ambeon's Fate Of A Dreamer.

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