The Gathering (1991-present): a Death Metal band from Oss, Netherlands.
tarting around 1991 under the line-up of Bart Smits (vocals), Frank Boeijen (keyboards), Rene Rutten (guitar), Jelmer Wiersma (guitar), Hugo Prinsen Geerligs (bass) and Hans Rutten (drums) they launched their debut Always in 1992 as death metal but before long Gathering began experimenting with atmospherics in the same way as Tiamat did, not to mention adding a different vocalist for their sophomore effort on Almost ADance (1994). Niels Duffhues replaced Smits on that album, but even more interesting to their long term prospects was the added vocal presence of Martine Van Loon, but after seeing Anneke Van Giersbergen perform at a gig in their hometown of Oss they pursued to include her female vocal talents to replace Van Loon for the Mandylion (1995) and Nighttime Birds (1997) albums. Nighttime Birds would also see the departure of Wiersma andthe band reduce its number accordingly.
Their death metal roots now long gone, they pursued almost Prog. heavy metal endeavors with vocal acrobatics on albums like How To Measure A Planet (1999), Superheat (2000; a live effort), If... Then... Else (2000), the Black Light District EP (2002), Souvenirs (2003) and Sleepy Buildings - A Semi Acoustic Evening (2004).
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Previously, in 2001, they released their album of original demo tracks titled Downfall - The Early Years featuring a very early original guitar player Jelmer Wiersma and singer Bart Smits. More recently, however, Geerligs would leave and Marjolein Koojiman would replace him.
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