who has been following The Gathering ever since their early
days knows, that you have to expect the unexpected from them. And
with "Home" their 9th album, they once more push the
boundaries beyond my wildest expectations.
is an hour long bombardment of the mind, hypnotising and soothing
collages of sounds. Multiple layers of sounds supporting the
outstanding vocal performance from Anneke van Giersbergen, who on
this album has a lot more in common with singer/songwriters like
Björg or Tori Amos vocally.
avoiding any kind of trends, respect is due for not calculating
commerce. This album is not trying to reach any specific market
segment, yet alone almost impossible to put into a category or use
a commercial description that fits the mould.
true to their beliefs, this is an inner journey for the soul,
creating art for the listener. Music for the mind, translating
images into sounds. Avoiding the
safe road, this album is surely one of those you either love or
expect to put this album on and be blown away by metal sounds;
this album is very far away from any kind of metal. Expect a
musical roller-coaster ride of atmospheric sounds that will either
capture you or throw you off... just like life itself!
This album is addictive - this attack of the senses
will get under you skin and stay there for a long time... It's not
a millennium album, I do miss some heavier parts... but I'll stop
trying to explain this unique album. All I will say is do keep an
open mind and be ready for the unprecedented, when you listen to