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The Gathering : Always...

In the early nineties, a band in the Netherlands started with an experiment which would later on result in an important genre within the doom-metal scene. They tried to mix keyboards and female vocals in doom/death metal. And I think they succeeded very well. The album starts of with a guitar riff that let's no doubt about the rest of it. Heavy as fuck, but with great melodies and supported by nice keyboards in the back. Back in that time, Anneke was no part of the band yet, but there was a male singer called Bart Smits. The guy has a stunning deep grunt, really amazing to hear how low a voice can go, without losing the ability of clearly pronouncing the lyrics.

Every song is about 6 to 7 minutes long, taking the listener to the deepest dark pits of the doomsoul. Hypnotic, catchy riffs, heaviness and beauty, this record has all it takes to be labeled as a must. And if you consider the release date, it's even more astonishing.

Forget about Theatre of Tragedy and all other male/female vocal mixes. Try this one!

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. The Mirror Waters
2. Subzero
3. In Sickness and Health
4. King for a Day
5. Second Sunrise
6. Stonegarden
7. Always...
8. Gaya's Dream

Duration : Approx. 48 minutes

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Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Arnstein H. Pettersen
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