The Gathering have some bad news for their fans. Longtime bassist Marjolein Kooijman is leaving the band after ten years of service and the band is taking this time to reflect on their future. After being very active in terms of releases, the Dutch group will be taking a break. The two shows in Nijmegen and Dordrecht next week will be the last with Marjolein Kooijman.

The Gathering explained the impending break in this statement: "Dear friends, with some great shows and the release of Afterwords, a special album that had a fantastic response, we had a good year. But looking in the near future we have decided that we all need a break. After almost 25 years of making albums, touring, etc, we need some time to reconsider how we will shape the future of TG. Also, Marjolein has decided to take other directions and go her own path. We have played, toured and made music together for ten years with a lot of joy. She is a great person and musician and she will be missed by all of us. We wish her only good things for the future. We want to inform you that the shows next week in Nijmegen and Dordrecht (The Netherlands) will be the last ones for a while, and the last ones with Marjolein. We want to thank you for your enduring support, and hope to see you at one of the shows."

Marjolein Kooijman broke the news: "Dear fans & friends of The Gathering, I have something to tell you, because after quite some time of thinking I have decided to leave The Gathering.

"The ten years with The Gathering have been a great experience for me and a dream come true. Making music, traveling all over the world and meeting wonderful people everywhere: I am very thankful and happy to have been a part of this. But in this life things change, and that's a good thing. Life is never boring. I feel it's time for me to move on and focus on new things. Also musically. So, with this backpack full of great memories I look forward to what the future will bring. The open road is inspiring, I guess that's the beauty of uncertainty.

"From the bottom of my heart I want to thank everybody for their love and support throughout the years. I'm looking forward to play two intense final shows in Nijmegen and Dordrecht & hope more good music and experiences will follow. Until we meet again! Lots of love, Marjolein."


Source: facebook.com
Band profile: The Gathering
 
Posted: 19.01.2014 by BloodTears



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PocketMetal - 19.01.2014 at 18:45  
Such a respectable band , I hope they come back soon. I didn't like Afterwords but Disclosure was very good.
Bad English - 19.01.2014 at 19:02  
Good news, band does sucks, never realised anything good after ''Always'' and ''Almost A Dance''
JohnDoe - 19.01.2014 at 19:39  
Written by Bad English on 19.01.2014 at 19:02

Good news, band does sucks, never realised anything good after ''Always'' and ''Almost A Dance''


And the point of your post is that... oh, nevermind, there isn't any.
Bad English - 19.01.2014 at 19:44  
What is point of saying that band is good as dude in 1th post?
JohnDoe - 19.01.2014 at 19:48  
Written by Bad English on 19.01.2014 at 19:44

What is point of saying that band is good as dude in 1th post?


the guy only said that the Gathering's album Disclosure was very good, your reading comprehension really sucks.
annodomini - 20.01.2014 at 09:41  
"Home" and "Disclosure" still remains one of my favorites. It's really sad, I hope this won't lead to dissbanding.
AnGina-- - 21.01.2014 at 00:19  
Written by Bad English on 19.01.2014 at 19:02

Good news, band does sucks, never realised anything good after ''Always'' and ''Almost A Dance''


Oh c'mon K7, now that's just BS you're talking here.

Just because they drifted away from metal genre, doesn't mean they suck. Inside the experimental rock (trip rock, post rock, call you what you like) their albums (especually How To Measure A Planet?, and If_Then_Else) were friggin masterpieces. Their first works were their weekest, because they found themselves in experimental rock much more than in metal (considering Mandylion and Nighttime Birds here as a bridge somewhere beteween the early and the exp.rock The Gahering).

I actually do think a hiatus will do band some good, since Afterwords really was their weakest album in my opinion. Maybe releasing it so fast after Disclosure wasn't such a good idea, since they could just put Echoes For Ghosts and Gemini III on Disclosure and make an EP out of S.I.B.A.L.D, Bärenfals and Sleep Paralysis. The rest could be easily deleted and forgotten.

As for Marjolein's departure, I can't recall her being stated as a big part of composing, so I guess rather than an average almost-shed-a-tear won't happen. When it comes to The Gathering, no departure and replacement went wrong so far, so I'm sure the band will pursue in finding a more than decent replacement.
Bad English - 21.01.2014 at 00:26  
Written by AnGina-- on 21.01.2014 at 00:19

Written by Bad English on 19.01.2014 at 19:02

Good news, band does sucks, never realised anything good after ''Always'' and ''Almost A Dance''


Oh c'mon K7, now that's just BS you're talking here.

Just because they drifted away from metal genre, doesn't mean they suck. Inside the experimental rock (trip rock, post rock, call you what you like) their albums (especually How To Measure A Planet?, and If_Then_Else) were friggin masterpieces. Their first works were their weekest, because they found themselves in experimental rock much more than in metal (considering Mandylion and Nighttime Birds here as a bridge somewhere beteween the early and the exp.rock The Gahering).

I actually do think a hiatus will do band some good, since Afterwords really was their weakest album in my opinion. Maybe releasing it so fast after Disclosure wasn't such a good idea, since they could just put Echoes For Ghosts and Gemini III on Disclosure and make an EP out of S.I.B.A.L.D, Bärenfals and Sleep Paralysis. The rest could be easily deleted and forgotten.

As for Marjolein's departure, I can't recall her being stated as a big part of composing, so I guess rather than an average almost-shed-a-tear won't happen. When it comes to The Gathering, no departure and replacement went wrong so far, so I'm sure the band will pursue in finding a more than decent replacement.


those genres what you named all sucks
AnGina-- - 21.01.2014 at 00:28  
Written by Bad English on 21.01.2014 at 00:26

those genres what you named all sucks


No they don't & don't be a kid. Now cut the crap and go watch some football game and drink some beer.
Marcel Hubregtse - 21.01.2014 at 00:33  
Written by AnGina-- on 21.01.2014 at 00:28

Written by Bad English on 21.01.2014 at 00:26

those genres what you named all sucks


No they don't & don't be a kid. Now cut the crap and go watch some football game and drink some beer.



K7 is right and wrong. Always is a great album and easily their best followed by Mandylion. Almost A Dance sucks total donkey balls and Nighttime Birds is a very weak copy of Mandylion but the everything after that is wannabe Pink Floyd crappy stuff
Bad English - 21.01.2014 at 00:38  
Written by AnGina-- on 21.01.2014 at 00:28

Written by Bad English on 21.01.2014 at 00:26

those genres what you named all sucks


No they don't & don't be a kid. Now cut the crap and go watch some football game and drink some beer.


Gathering sucks after they stoped played doom, its like ToT whit out Liv, sorry even Kari R muisc is better (even its not close as The 3tha nd the mortal) then Gatering
I dont like those bands who was metal, consider them as metalheads, play in the metal fests, but play non metal, I like Pink floyd a smarcel mention, but its not metal, such music as not metal and not part of metal commiunity is good, same shit whit Anathema ...

PS no football now, maybe some Marcd Dorcel film and I will drink swedish porter soon(review comes up asap)
Angel_Lament - 21.01.2014 at 08:49  
Well, it sucks about the bassist leaving, but they do need a break. Afterwords was really nothing new after the great Disclosure. Still, their early two albums are unbearable to me, they are really bad in terms of music and production. Mandylion still holds the spot for me as their best album, followed by How To Measure A Planet and Souvenirs. The rest are good as well.
JohnDoe - 21.01.2014 at 13:20  
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Gathering sucks after they stoped played doom, its like ToT whit out Liv, sorry even Kari R muisc is better (even its not close as The 3tha nd the mortal) then Gatering
I dont like those bands who was metal, consider them as metalheads, play in the metal fests, but play non metal, I like Pink floyd a smarcel mention, but its not metal, such music as not metal and not part of metal commiunity is good, same shit whit Anathema ...



ToT and The Gathering made different music, maybe just The Gathering's debut album has something in common with ToT. Liv Kristine left ToT in 2003 (looked it up), so I don't see what point are you trying to make there. Only Gathering's debut is doom/death. I don't get it. ToT made some synth-pop-goth (whatever it was) on Music and Assembly, much much worse than anything The Gathering ever did IMO.

I don't see the point of bringing Pink Floyd into the discussion either.
What's wrong with having a rock band, experimental or not, playing at a metal festival, you know, there are metalheads that don't listen exclusively to metal, they listen to other genres.
musclassia - 21.01.2014 at 17:02  
I can't comment much on their earliest stuff - the only thing I've heard pre-Mandylion is The Mirror Waters, which was a perfectly alright song but didn't really compel me to look further. I do like Mandylion and Nighttime Birds, although I haven't heard them much as albums, mostly just through songs popping up on shuffle, but when it does come around I do pay attention. HTMAP didn't really do much for me and I missed everything since that until Disclosure. Disclosure I found very uneven - maybe giving it another go would change my mind, but I found some of the songs really boring and uninspired; on the flipside, I still regularly listen to Heroes For Ghosts and I Can See Four Miles (and Gemini I to a lesser extent), and those two are amongst my favourite songs released this decade, very emotional and wonderfully composed. Afterwords unfortunately didn't live up to those songs, but they convinced me so much of their potential that I was looking forward to another full-length that didn't involve remaking Disclosure tracks. So this is a bit disappointing. Also find the comments by BE pretty immature - actively celebrating the (hopefully temporary) demise of a band plenty of others like when they have very little impact upon you personally is rather unnecessary even if you don't like them. As is writing off an entire genre as 'sucking' tbh.
AnGina-- - 23.01.2014 at 14:44  
Written by JohnDoe on 21.01.2014 at 13:20

I don't see the point of bringing Pink Floyd into the discussion either.
What's wrong with having a rock band, experimental or not, playing at a metal festival, you know, there are metalheads that don't listen exclusively to metal, they listen to other genres.


[sarcasmon]OMG dude you're sooooo false!!!!! You should like leave the hall, right now, before someone gets Manowar all over you![/sarcasmoff]

It's one thing to be thick in the head but.... Correct me if I'm wrong, but The Gathering hasn't stated themselves to be metal for years (deacdes?) now, neither do (us) fans claim so. It's easy to bring PF into discussion and compare a ''little band'' such as The Gathering to ''rock giants'' such as PF and bash them. But you need to do better than that and better than calling them ''crappy'' or ''sucky''. We're not 13 anymore.
Troy Killjoy - 23.01.2014 at 14:57  
Nice to see someone defending a band that receives undue negative attention from some of the elitists around here in spite of, as a certain individual has pointed out, said band at no point referring to themselves as a metal band in recent memory.

There are plenty of other non-metal bands on this site that seem to fly under the radar of this negativity but for whatever reason The Gathering get dumped on because they used to be metal, which is a weird thing to get upset about. I mean it's not like the world is in short supply of other metal bands to listen to...
JohnDoe - 23.01.2014 at 20:00  
Written by AnGina-- on 23.01.2014 at 14:44

Written by JohnDoe on 21.01.2014 at 13:20

I don't see the point of bringing Pink Floyd into the discussion either.
What's wrong with having a rock band, experimental or not, playing at a metal festival, you know, there are metalheads that don't listen exclusively to metal, they listen to other genres.


[sarcasmon]OMG dude you're sooooo false!!!!! You should like leave the hall, right now, before someone gets Manowar all over you![/sarcasmoff]

It's one thing to be thick in the head but.... Correct me if I'm wrong, but The Gathering hasn't stated themselves to be metal for years (deacdes?) now, neither do (us) fans claim so. It's easy to bring PF into discussion and compare a ''little band'' such as The Gathering to ''rock giants'' such as PF and bash them. But you need to do better than that and better than calling them ''crappy'' or ''sucky''. We're not 13 anymore.


I think you bashing for a wrong reason, I NEVER said the Gathering sucks ot anything, in fact, The Gathering is one of my favorite bands, so wtf is going on?
AnGina-- - 23.01.2014 at 20:31  
Written by JohnDoe on 23.01.2014 at 20:00

I think you basdh for a wrong reason, I NEVER said the Gathering sucks ot anything, in fact, The Gathering is one of my favorite bands, so wtf is going on?


You misunderstood.... That's why I put the [sarcasmon][/sarcasmoff] in the first paragraph. It was a joke. (I'm sorry if your sarcasm detector is broken though, thought it was very obvious. My bad. What's a basdh anyway? )

The second paragraph wasn't a reply to you, butto the words of some bashers that came here, being all elitistic and smartass (Troy said it allready), even though the news is about a bassist leaving. I think it's rather clear K7 and Marcel are the ones with such rich vocabulary, using ''suck'' and ''crap'' in so many variations.
JohnDoe - 23.01.2014 at 20:51  
I meant "bashing" - I rushed when i wrote, wtf was I doing?
Marcel is an elitist of some kind, but K7 talks non sense as usual. Oh well ...

I don't get it, how did you understand my comment being negative?
AnGina-- - 03.02.2014 at 00:24  
Written by JohnDoe on 23.01.2014 at 20:51

I don't get it, how did you understand my comment being negative?


Seriosuly?

I was being sarcastic.
That's why I wrote [sarcasmon][sarcasmoff] around the paragraf that was a reply to your words.

Quote:
sar·casm
noun \ˈsär-ˌka-zəm\

: the use of words that mean the opposite of what you really want to say especially in order to insult someone, to show irritation, or to be funny
JohnDoe - 03.02.2014 at 01:20  
Written by AnGina-- on 03.02.2014 at 00:24

Written by JohnDoe on 23.01.2014 at 20:51

I don't get it, how did you understand my comment being negative?


Seriosuly?

I was being sarcastic.
That's why I wrote [sarcasmon][sarcasmoff] around the paragraf that was a reply to your words.

Quote:
sar·casm
noun \ˈsär-ˌka-zəm\

: the use of words that mean the opposite of what you really want to say especially in order to insult someone, to show irritation, or to be funny



thank you for the vocabulary lesson.
AnGina-- - 03.02.2014 at 13:08  
Written by JohnDoe on 03.02.2014 at 01:20

thank you for the vocabulary lesson.


YW. I hoped it cleared the massive misunderstanding.
JohnDoe - 03.02.2014 at 14:00  
Written by AnGina-- on 03.02.2014 at 13:08

Written by JohnDoe on 03.02.2014 at 01:20

thank you for the vocabulary lesson.


YW. I hoped it cleared the massive misunderstanding.


I was sarcastic myself, did you really think I don't know what sarcasm is? If I did not get your sarcasm, it does not mean I don't know what sarcasm is.
AnGina-- - 03.02.2014 at 14:59  
Written by JohnDoe on 03.02.2014 at 14:00

I was sarcastic myself, did you really think I don't know what sarcasm is? If I did not get your sarcasm, it does not mean I don't know what sarcasm is.


I know.

Relax.
Troy Killjoy - 04.02.2014 at 01:45  
At some point someone should probably get this conversation back on topic...

For those who don't remember, here's what we're talking about: "The Gathering - Bassist Quits, Band Taking Break"

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