The Gathering - Home review
|Release date:||April 2006|
01. Shortest Day
02. In Between
04. Waking Hour
06. A Noise Severe
09. Your Troubles Are Over
11. The Quiet One
13. Forgotten Reprise
As is often the case with bands that never stand still in terms of musical conventions and styles, every new album is a bit of a challenge for the long-time fan to come to terms with. Home is exactly this sort of album. Obviously, the Gathering's music is no longer even remotely metal. Instead, this new album seems to be the final conclusion of the journey that the band has been on ever since they decided that monolithic doom riffs were kinda boring in the long run.
Atmospheric and subdued modern rock songs fill this album and more often than not, they work wonders. The band paints beautiful textures and sets the perfect mood for Anneke to enrich with her consistently groundbreaking vocals. If there ever was a woman in rock music who could make the style her own without imitating male vocalists, Anneke is that woman. Her melodic murmur is seductive both to the ear and to the heart and takes the music into places that few bands can reach. It is this awareness of hearing something that is beautiful in a very subtle way that is this album's strongest trait. It could also be seen as a bit of a flaw; however, since there are certain points when we do wish that the band did crank up the guitars a little or churn out a more catchy refrain. This lack of dynamism is easily overlooked though since by forcing us to listen more closely, the band makes us divulge into the subtleties of the music more.
It has been quite obvious that this is the direction The Gathering were heading for the last 7 years or so. They finally got there and although the journey has been tough, they emerged as victors. If you liked the previous Gathering album, you will also love this one.
||Written on 19.04.2006 by With Metal Storm since 2002, jupitreas has been subjecting the masses to his reviews for quite a while now. He lives in Warsaw, Poland, where he does his best to avoid prosecution for being so cool.|
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