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Release date: 1995
Style: Atmospheric gothic metal

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01. Strange Machines
02. Eléanor
03. In Motion # 1
04. Leaves
05. Fear The Sea
06. Mandylion
07. Sand And Mercury
08. In Motion # 2

Top 20 albums of 1995: 3
Top 200 albums of all time: 62

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manic

Rating:
9.5
There were rough times for the Gathering somewhere before 1994. The contract with Foundation 2000 was slight and some of the members left the Gathering due to the lack of co-operation and the shady results from the label. These were really dark times, and there was nowhere else to go, but back to the better days. And the better days came. Came in the form of Anneke van Giersbergen and her angelic voice that was perfect for the experimental atmospheric style The Gathering was producing these days (and what they are doing till now). Besides that they got a new contract with a German label - Century Media. And in 1995 the album 'Mandylion' was released.

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published 05.03.2004 | Comments (8)

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Vonpire - 17.08.2010 at 16:59  
Rating: 10 A precious work that can't be missed by anyone who really like Metal ! Great review also.
Timmeh - 15.06.2011 at 07:08  
Rating: 9 Oh man... That voice!
Metal_4Ever - 14.07.2011 at 04:09  
Rating: 10 MasterPiece!!
nilbe - 28.04.2012 at 06:18  
  Love it!
Góral - 14.02.2013 at 19:14  
Rating: 8 Today I spend Valentine's evening with Anneke Van Giersbergen
Pazdzioch - 14.02.2013 at 21:33  
 
Written by Góral on 14.02.2013 at 19:14

Today I spend Valentine's evening with Anneke Van Giersbergen

We're all damn jealous...
Góral - 15.02.2013 at 04:27  
Rating: 8
Written by Pazdzioch on 14.02.2013 at 21:33

We're all damn jealous...

She said to give you a juicy kiss from her
Pazdzioch - 15.02.2013 at 04:32  
 
Written by Góral on 15.02.2013 at 04:27

She said to give you a juicy kiss from her

Shite in my pants.
Cynic Metalhead - 15.02.2013 at 07:20  
 
Written by Góral on 14.02.2013 at 19:14

Today I spend Valentine's evening with Anneke Van Giersbergen


ugh, she look's like an ugly lady who just got up from government hospital for constant swivel diarrhea problem. *spits in disgust*
Góral - 15.02.2013 at 14:01  
Rating: 8
Written by Cynic Metalhead on 15.02.2013 at 07:20

ugh, she look's like an ugly lady who just got up from government hospital for constant swivel diarrhea problem. *spits in disgust*

"Let us leave the beautiful women to men with no imagination".
Pazdzioch - 15.02.2013 at 14:59  
 
Written by Góral on 15.02.2013 at 14:01

"Let us leave the beautiful women to men with no imagination".

Don't worry about his ornery words. We all know that no woman doesn't live up to his good/old hand. Fairly nice album btw
Spirit Molecule - 15.02.2013 at 15:03  
 
Written by Cynic Metalhead on 15.02.2013 at 07:20

Written by Góral on 14.02.2013 at 19:14

Today I spend Valentine's evening with Anneke Van Giersbergen


ugh, she look's like an ugly lady who just got up from government hospital for constant swivel diarrhea problem. *spits in disgust*


Hahaha, wtf is swivel diarrhea ??
Marcel Hubregtse - 15.02.2013 at 15:58  
  Strt ignoring the house troll. And peabrain makes it sound she's skinny, which she isn't not that she's fat. I don't think she's gorgeous either but she is okay looking. Nothing ugly about her at all.
Mr. Doctor - 15.02.2013 at 17:00  
 
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 15.02.2013 at 15:58
And peabrain makes it sound she's skinny, which she isn't not that she's fat. I don't think she's gorgeous either but she is okay looking. Nothing ugly about her at all.


Is Anneke fat now? Huh...
!J.O.O.E.! - 15.02.2013 at 17:06  
 
Written by Spirit Molecule on 15.02.2013 at 15:03


Hahaha, wtf is swivel diarrhea ??

Cynic Meathead often used absolutely nonsensical combinations of words to try and come across as clever sounding. Suffice to say swivel diarrhea means nothing at all.



As for what's-her-name, assuming this is her, I don't think ugly can be legitimately used to describe her. Unless you're another Ellrohir who has weird perceptions of beauty.
Marcel Hubregtse - 15.02.2013 at 17:18  
 
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 15.02.2013 at 17:06



As for what's-her-name, assuming this is her, I don't think ugly can be legitimately used to describe her. Unless you're another Ellrohir who has weird perceptions of beauty.


yes, that's Anneke van Giersbergen. Even though it's not what would drool over, it certainly isn't ugly either.
Góral - 15.02.2013 at 18:09  
Rating: 8 Don't forget that we are in topic "Mandylion". Anneke van Giersbergen at the time:

Marcel Hubregtse - 15.02.2013 at 18:13  
 
Written by Góral on 15.02.2013 at 18:09

Don't forget that we are in topic "Mandylion". Anneke van Giersbergen at the time:



but why a clip of that immensely annoying festival?
Góral - 15.02.2013 at 18:22  
Rating: 8
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 15.02.2013 at 18:13

but why a clip of that immensely annoying festival?

festival doesn't matter, I suggest more concentration onstage
Marcel Hubregtse - 15.02.2013 at 18:34  
 
Written by Góral on 15.02.2013 at 18:22


festival doesn't matter, I suggest more concentration onstage


It does matter for a Dutchman, like me

and to be honest Mandylion was a great album but the last one which was any good by them. Nighttime Birds is just Mandylion part 2 and after that they really lost it totally.
Btw second album also sucks. Best is still Always.
Góral - 15.02.2013 at 19:07  
Rating: 8
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 15.02.2013 at 18:34

and to be honest Mandylion was a great album but the last one which was any good by them. Nighttime Birds is just Mandylion part 2 and after that they really lost it totally.
Btw second album also sucks. Best is still Always.

I think that if someone doesn't know The Gathering (!) and wants to get to know well, "Mandylion" should be listen to the last. Definitely the most interesting album (as for me). After hearing "Mandylion" the rest seems to be weaker. "Nighttime Birds" still good, but a little worse.
Unhealer - 15.02.2013 at 19:11  
Rating: 9 I also don't think she's at her best right now, but I've seen her live and she has some extra magic beside her looks
Spirit Molecule - 18.02.2013 at 09:35  
 
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 15.02.2013 at 17:06

Written by Spirit Molecule on 15.02.2013 at 15:03


Hahaha, wtf is swivel diarrhea ??

Cynic Meathead often used absolutely nonsensical combinations of words to try and come across as clever sounding. Suffice to say swivel diarrhea means nothing at all.


True, I don't think it comes across as clever sounding anyway. But I would still like to see what he means by it
I mean, when you string words together, you obviously have some meaning intended, even though you're outrageously daft.
Fritillaria - 18.02.2013 at 10:55  
  She is gorgeous but not as much as her voice and singing is
IronAngel - 18.02.2013 at 11:38  
Rating: 8 I don't know, I find Mandylion a good bit weaker than Nighttime Birds. That album is much more subtle and diverse. Mandylion is perhaps more even, but I love how Birds builds up to the climax of the latter half. Of course, it's only later they would reach their peak in Souvenirs.

That said, I don't feel there's a clear progression in their quality, even if there is one in style. If I had to name the great/awesome albums in their discography, it would be Nighttime Birds, How to Measure a Planet?, Sleepy Buildings (the live album), Souvenirs and possibly Disclosure. The just good, solid albums are Always, Mandylion, If_Then_Else and Home. Almost A Dance and The West Pole are pretty meh. So about every second album they hit gold.

(I'm not entirely sure how I feel about If_Then_Else. They're comfortable in their new style and the album has some of their best songs, but somehow it doesn't flow that well as a whole.)
Erik M. - 28.04.2013 at 23:43  
Rating: 9
Written by Góral on 15.02.2013 at 19:07

Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 15.02.2013 at 18:34

and to be honest Mandylion was a great album but the last one which was any good by them. Nighttime Birds is just Mandylion part 2 and after that they really lost it totally.
Btw second album also sucks. Best is still Always.

I think that if someone doesn't know The Gathering (!) and wants to get to know well, "Mandylion" should be listen to the last. Definitely the most interesting album (as for me). After hearing "Mandylion" the rest seems to be weaker. "Nighttime Birds" still good, but a little worse.


Mandylion is indeed far better than Nighttime Birds, which is rather "poppy", which is obviously a negative thing.

That being said, a mosh pit with this kind of music is totally ridiculous.
robpal - 30.01.2014 at 22:28  
Rating: 10 Just ridiculously good piece of music. Nothing to add here, really.

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