|Having moved away from their doom-metal roots on 'Always...' a long, long time ago and also having let their metal sound go after 'Nighttime Birds', The Gathering seem to finally have found themselves a comfortable new musical home. Where they still seemed a bit uneasy and lacking direction on 'How to Measure a planet?', not so on 'if_then_else'.|
This album is a continuation of 'How the Measure a planet?', but the structures of the songs are a lot better, stronger and not too mention catchy. Also not being afraid anymore of a little distortion, the guitars sound a lot fuller again. Songs like 'Shot to Pieces', 'Saturine' or 'Morphia's Waltz' are highlights in their career. In fact 'Saturine' sounds more depressive then most of their previous work!
While I was a bit sceptical about Anneke and co. original decision to make experimental rock, I'm definately looking forward to more of their work in future. I will even go as far as to say that this is my favourite The Gathering album to date. Yes, even surpassing 'Mandylion'. This was one of the highlights of 2000!
2. Shot To Pieces
4. Bad Movie Scene
5. Colorado Incident
6. Beautiful War
7. Analog Park
8. Herbal Movement
10. Morphia's Waltz
Duration : Approx. 53 minutes
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