The Gathering - The West Pole review
|Album:||The West Pole|
|Release date:||April 2009|
01. When Trust Becomes Sound
03. All You Are
04. The West Pole
05. No Bird Call
06. Capital Of Nowhere
07. You Promised Me A Symphony
08. Pale Traces
09. No One Spoke
10. A Constant Run
The silence that arrived after Anneke Van Giersbergen left The Gathering was quite a challenge for those who loved the band and their singer. Anneke delighted the audiences with a beautiful solo album but it was still unknown what would happen to The Gathering or who would fill the bottomless gorge (because gap would be too small of a word to describe it) Anneke had left. The anticipation grew day by day until The West Pole was finally released in May this year and Octavia Sperati's Silje Wergeland was announced as the new lead vocalist.
I had imagined Lotta Höglin and Erik Molarin from Beseech as replacing Anneke in the band, a male vocalist would have added quite a lot, I think, and Lotta would have been one of those female singers with the colour in her voice fit to replace Anneke. But along came Silje and I don't have any hard feelings about it at all. Silje Wergeland is a professional singer and her soft voice meets the needs of the band. Silje was accompanied by two guest vocalists, a Dutch singer Anne Van Den Hoogen and Marcela Bovio, the frontwoman of Stream Of Passion and former singer of Elfonia who add more colour to the new album, especially Marcela.
The album begins seemingly in a faster and heavier mood than it's recent predecessors with the opening track "When Trust Becomes Sound" sounding quite a lot like the introduction of the song "Valge nägu" by Loits. There ain't any extreme metal after that, nevertheless, as most of the album consists of simple and light rock songs and slow thoughtful tracks. On the other hand, The West Pole is somewhat heavier and more "metal", if to say so, than Home. The profound dark and poetic style shared with Lacuna Coil from the time when Anneke joined the band is to be missed but their newest album is not bad and no complaints can be made whatsoever.
Best peas of the pod this time are "No One Spoke", "Capital Of Nowhere", "Pale Traces" and "A Constant Run". The admirers of Anneke will surely miss her voice a lot and may find themselves imagining what the songs would be had she performed them but life goes on and Silje Wergeland gives the best of her on this album and as the new frontwoman. May she also give new life to the old songs of the band. She will surely make wonderful music with The Gathering in the future. And what's most important, a great group is back and ready to conquer the stages.
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