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Release date: 1997
Style: Atmospheric gothic metal


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Disc I
01. On Most Surfaces (Inuït)
02. Confusion
03. The May Song
04. The Earth Is My Witness
05. New Moon, Different Day
06. Third Chance
07. Kevin's Telescope
08. Nighttime Birds
09. Shrink
10. The May Song [radio edit] [2007 Re-release bonus]
11. The Earth Is My Witness [edit] [2007 Re-release bonus]
12. Confusion [Live in Krakow] [2007 Re-release bonus]
13. The May Song [Live in Krakow] [2007 Re-release bonus]
14. New Moon, Different Day [Live in Krakow] [2007 Re-release bonus]
15. Adrenaline [Live in Krakow] [2007 Re-release bonus]

Disc II [2007 Re-release]
01. New Moon, Different Day
02. Kevin's Telescope [instrumental version]
03. Shrink
04. The Earth Is My Witness
05. Diamond Box [instrumental version]
06. Nighttime Birds
07. On Most Surfaces
08. Hjelmar's [instrumental version]
09. In Power We Trust The Love Advocated [Dead Can Dance cover]
10. When The Sun Hits [Slowdive cover]
11. Confusion [Demo]
12. Shrink [alternative version]
13. Adrenaline
14. Third Chance [alternative version]

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Top 200 albums of all time: 164

Lyrics (9)

Additional info
Deluwe re-release version (2007):
Disc 1
Tracks 1-9 taken from "Nighttime Birds" album
Tracks 10 and 11 taken from "The May Song" EP
Tracks 12-15 taken from "In Motion" DVD
Disc 2:
Tracks 1-8: Eroc demo session fir "Nighttime Birds", November 1996
Tracks 9-11 taken from the "Kevin's Telescope" EP
Track 12 taken from "Liberty Bell" CD-Single
Tracks 13 and 14 taken from "Adrenaline/Leaves" EP

Guest review by

"Nighttime Birds" is another beautiful chapter in the story of The Gathering. After the slight downfall with the "Almost A Dance" period the band found themselves again and discovered the beautiful voice of Anneke Van Giersbergen to carry on the sounds of the group's creation. After "Mandylion" which was still similar to the doom style of "Always", Nighttime Birds, their second album to feature Anneke as lead vocalist is a step closer to atmospheric Gothic metal.

published 21.02.2008 | Comments (2)

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musicalkaratekid - 06.01.2012 at 19:09  
Rating: 10 A personal favourite, and a powerful exit to their 'Progressive metal' era, before treading into poppier and more alt.rock territory. Outstanding album, with songs like 'Shrink' and 'New Moon, different day' proving beautiful.
Erik M. - 26.05.2013 at 17:59  
Rating: 7 Extremely overrated album. Musically it's great, but the lyrics are laughably bad and really bring this album down for me. Mandylion and Always... are better than this for sure.
Kuroboshi - 08.07.2013 at 17:21  
Rating: 7 I don't really like Anneke's effort on this one. And, I guess this means blasphemy for some, I prefer the new vocalist. ^^

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