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The Gathering : Almost a Dance

'Almost a Dance' is probably The Gathering's worst album. After getting a lot of praise for 'Always...', the expectations where high for this one. But with grunter Bart Smits no longer a part of the band and his job being taken over by the clean vocals of Niels Duffhues, it wasn't sure how this album would turn out.

The new vocalist was the greatest shock back then, as Niels' vocals are anything but good! They generally sound whiney and do not do justice to the music. The music on its own is also not the best The Gathering ever wrote. Most of the interesting elements from 'Always...' are gone in favour of a more straightforward approach.

This combination of more straightforward music and bad vocals, makes sure that any element of mysticism or emotion is butchered before it can even come to the surface. One of the few bright points on this album, are the occasional female vocals by Martine van Loon (who seems intent on appearing on at least one album of every dutch gothic/doom-metal band around; also see Lords of the Stone or the first album from Orphanage). She however can not save this potentially great album from slipping towards being just another mediocre metal album.

The name 'Almost a decent album' would as such have been more fitting.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. On a Wave
2. The Blue Vessel
3. Her Last Flight
4. The Sky People
5. Nobody Dares
6. Like Fountains
7. Proof
8. Heartbeat Amplifier
9. A Passage to Desire

Duration : Approx. 54 minutes

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Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Aldo Quispel
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