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Release date: 5 April 2009
Style: Experimental rock

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01. When Trust Becomes Sound
02. Treasure
03. All You Are
04. The West Pole
05. No Bird Call
06. Capital Of Nowhere
07. You Promised Me A Symphony
08. Pale Traces
09. No One Spoke
10. A Constant Run

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Line-up
Frank Boeijen - keyboards, piano, harmonium and vibraphone
Marjolein kooijman - bass
Hans Rutten - drums and percussions
René Rutten - electric and acoustic guitars, stylophone
Silje Wergeland - vocals, grand piano


Additional info
Produced by René Rutten.
Mixed and mastered by Zlaya Hadzich and René Rutten at Loud! Studios, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Drums and bass guitar recorded at New Road Studios, Wijchen, the Netherlands. Engineered by Rob van Boeckel.
Electric and acoustic guitars, keyboards, violins, cello, vibraphone, stylophone, megaphone, Anne's vocals and piano recorded at Studio 2, Nijmegen, the Netherlands. Engineered by René Rutten.
Silje's vocals recorded at Outhouse Studios, Reading, England. Engineered and co-produced by John Mitchell.
Marcela Bovio appears with friendly permission of Napalm Records handels GmbH.
Grand piano on You Promised Me a Symphony recorded at Conclave & Earshot Studios, Bergen, Norway. Engineered by Bjønar E. Nilsen.
Vocals on Pale Traces by Marcela Bovio.
Vocals on Capital Of Nowhere by Anne van den Hoogen.
Grand piano on You Promised Me a Symphony by Silje Wergeland.
Violin and viola on Treasure, All You Are, The West Pole, Pale Traces and No Bird Call by Jos van den Dungen.
Cello on All You Are, The West Pole, Pale Traces and No Bird Call by Marije de Jong and Jonas Pap.
Narrative on The West Pole by John Mitchell.
Megaphone nonsense on When Trust Becomes Sound and megaphone backing vocals on Treasure by Anne van den Hoogen.
Stylophone on The West Pole and handclaps on A Constant Run by René Rutten
Rhodes on No One Spoke by Frank Boeijen.
Cover photography by Adam Abernethy.
All art on this record: Psychonaut Records
All songs published by Psychonaut Records music publishing.

Guest review by
Ernis

Rating:
7.8
The silence that arrived after Anneke Van Giersbergen left The Gathering was quite a challenge for those who loved the band and their singer. Anneke delighted the audiences with a beautiful solo album but it was still unknown what would happen to The Gathering or who would fill the bottomless gorge (because gap would be too small of a word to describe it) Anneke had left. The anticipation grew day by day until The West Pole was finally released in May this year and Octavia Sperati's Silje Wergeland was announced as the new lead vocalist.

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published 25.08.2009 | Comments (5)

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Kenos - 14.07.2011 at 03:06  
  "There's no Anneke = it must suck", most pepole might have thought.

Well, guess what: no suckage at all.
Ozman - 14.07.2011 at 03:24  
 
Written by Guest on 25.04.2010 at 19:15

I think this is the second best studio album from The Gathering. Mandylion #1, Souvenirs #3, Nighttime Birds #4, Always #5.


What the bleeeeeeeeep.

Nr. 1 will always be ...Always followed by miles after it though Mandylion
Metal_4Ever - 14.07.2011 at 03:28  
Rating: 9
Written by Ozman on 14.07.2011 at 03:24

Written by Guest on 25.04.2010 at 19:15

I think this is the second best studio album from The Gathering. Mandylion #1, Souvenirs #3, Nighttime Birds #4, Always #5.


What the bleeeeeeeeep.

Nr. 1 will always be ...Always followed by miles after it though Mandylion

No I don't think so Mr I agree with Array...
Ozman - 14.07.2011 at 03:43  
 
Written by Metal_4Ever on 14.07.2011 at 03:28

Written by Ozman on 14.07.2011 at 03:24

Written by Guest on 25.04.2010 at 19:15

I think this is the second best studio album from The Gathering. Mandylion #1, Souvenirs #3, Nighttime Birds #4, Always #5.


What the bleeeeeeeeep.

Nr. 1 will always be ...Always followed by miles after it though Mandylion

No I don't think so Mr I agree with Array...


Your problem
...Always was ahead of its time and still the best thing they ever did. They never came close again. They moved towards a Pink Floyd copying band afterwards
Ozman - 14.07.2011 at 17:34  
 
Written by Guest on 14.07.2011 at 17:11

Written by Ozman on 14.07.2011 at 03:24

Written by Guest on 25.04.2010 at 19:15

I think this is the second best studio album from The Gathering. Mandylion #1, Souvenirs #3, Nighttime Birds #4, Always #5.


What the bleeeeeeeeep.

Nr. 1 will always be ...Always followed by miles after it though Mandylion

Always... is a good one. And it was more original than, for instance, Nigthtime Birds. But I happen to like Nighttime Birds more. Always' biggest problem to me is in its onwards-flowing, it starts superbly, flows into 'funny tunes' (those 'cheap' keyboard-driven sections, but this is also a + -thing for the uniqueness 'though as a downside it hits the progression of the album). And somehow at the middle of this album my mood has turned into just 'good' but the last tracks of the album improves the whole experience again. Track-wise I can differ the classic ones from the good/decent ones. It's quite odd that unlinke many bands at the time, The Gathering didn't shine on their second album Almost A Dance, it was an early letdown.

Mandylion delivers all the time


Almost A Dance is horrendous, but then again had different vocalists to Alaways. Mandylion I find to get boring pretty quickly cause it's all a little too same the song. And Nighttime Birds is just a watered down weaker copy of Mandylion
NocturnalStalker - 02.06.2014 at 05:42  
Rating: 7 This album starts out quite nice, but somewhere in the middle I can't help getting bored with it. Even if you don't try to compare Silje to Anneke (which is utterly pointless), the music itself sounds nice, but no more than that.

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