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Release date: 2000
Style: Experimental rock


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01. Rollercoaster
02. Shot To Pieces
03. Amity
04. Bad Movie Scene
05. Colorado Incident
06. Beautiful War
07. Analog Park
08. Herbal Movement
09. Saturnine
10. Morphia's Waltz
11. Pathfinder

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The Gathering is a Dutch band with the most colourful musical background and history. Here's "if_then_else," their effort after the release of the major opus "How To Measure A Planet" which marked a shift from the Gothic-oriented style to a wider plane of alternative and experimental metal.

"If_then_else" is like an amalgam of the characteristics from their smooth and more melancholic "Nighttime Birds" and of the more experimental "How To Measure A Planet." The band have not quit using their original atmosphere they created already in the form of their early works but have retained it in it's basic form and now have woven the new discoveries, patterns and effects into the music. The album starts with a wonderful song, "Rollercoaster," a true ride into the environment of the art and poetry of the band. The lyrics, the melodies, the effects, everything lies on its place and forms a most enjoyable composition.

published 02.01.2009 | Comments (1)

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It took me a long time to really get into The Gathering, but once I did, I was never too sure why it took so long. I was probably so preoccupied with all of the music out there that this gem of metal lay undiscovered amongst my collection for almost five years. I bought the album second hand in 2003, enjoying the odd song on it now and again for years. Then one night while driving between Sydney and Armidale about a six hour drive I put it in the CD player and listened to the album on repeat for some unknown reason. With each listen of this masterpiece of music I became more and more captured and amazed by the songs, lyrics, music and of course the amazing voice of Anneke Van Giersbergen. Needless to say that once I arrived home I had the usual craving for more.

published 25.01.2010 | Comments (1)

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musicalkaratekid - 30.06.2015 at 15:51  
Rating: 8 A generally very relaxing album in my opinion (more so than How to Measure a Planet?), but which lost none of the adventurousness and musical vigour of the band's previous releases. There are some really spectacular songs here, namely "Beautiful War" and "Saturnine", though which also stand out as being for me the highlights of the album. I like the fusion of a lot of different musical elements too, though some may argue the trip-hop and electronic sounds are more prominent on this record than any other Gathering album to date. All in all, it's another excellent record from the band, and a great way to kickstart the beginning of the 21st Century.

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