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The Gathering : How to Measure a Planet?

All metal has gone on this CD. The Gathering has decided to leave the well-known paths, in order to explore new musical areas. Never has a song of The Gathering sounded so experimentall. The distortion on the guitars has been left away for a great deal, to make place for more acoustically sounding guitar tones. Drums are accompanied by a programmed drum computer, all kinds of noises and samples were added. On one song, Anneke's voice is electronically altered.

Emotionally, this album has nothing to do with darkness or sadness. The rather ambient feel of the album in the first place wants to please the listeners and put them at ease. But does that in a great way. 'GREAT ocean road', 'LIBERTY bell' and 'probably built in the FIFTIES' are some of the outstanding songs. The second CD (yes, it is a double CD) ends with a 28 minute long ambient track, filled with samples and undescribable noises.

This album deserves a serious chance if you also like some "softer" music and if you don't mind that the guitars are a bit mixed to the back for once.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Frail {you might as well be me}
2. Great Ocean Road
3. Rescue Me
4. My Electricity
5. Liberty Bell
6. Red is a Slow Colour
7. The Big Sleep
8. Marooned
9. Travel

1. South American Ghost Ride
2. Illuminating
3. Locked Away
4. Probably Built in the Fifties
5. How to Measure a Planet?

Duration : Approx. 104 minutes

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