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The Gathering

The Gathering is a Dutch alternative rock band founded in 1989. They started off as an atmospheric death/doom metal group, drawing inspiration from underground acts like Celtic Frost and Hellhammer. In 1994, the addition of vocalist Anneke van Giersbergen marked a shift in their musical style. Influenced by shoegaze, post rock, experimental rock, and bands from the ethereal sounds of 4AD label such as Dead Can Dance and Cocteau Twins, as well as Pink Floyd and Massive Attack, The Gathering expanded their sound to include elements of progressive, alternative, and trip rock. They gained recognition beyond Europe and continue to experiment with their music.

In 2007, Anneke van Giersbergen left the band to focus on her solo project Agua de Annique. Silje Wergeland (ex-Octavia Sperati) became the replacement vocalist for The Gathering in March 2009. Their album "Afterwords" was released on October 25th, 2013.

Aside from their discography, The Gathering has also collaborated on notable projects. In 2005, they provided music for the educational project "Passengers In Time: The Musical History" by professor Wim Kratsborn. Although not considered an official release by the band themselves, four members of The Gathering contributed to [m=458449].

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