The first track I heard was “Paper Waves” and honestly it was not too convincing while it’s kind of dissolving in the air, but fortunately, the almost 8 minutes of “Meltdown” incorporates everything what makes Magic The Gathering and washes away the Pop-like, but almost tasteless, ultimately a filling felt of “Paper Waves”.
So, the Dutch Alternative Rock driven force, The Gathering are back with their tenth studio album, “Disclosure”, the follow up of the 2009’s “The West Pole” which also marked the debut of their new vocalist Silje Wergeland (previous front woman of Octavia Sperati). Meanwhile, we had a free download on their Bandcamp page, originally released on May 16th, 2011, and still available, “Heroes For Ghosts”, a more darker melange of (Progressive/Alernative) Rock roots and Trip-Hop flavored cinematic moments. And the whole album it’s a journey through smoothly colored, subtly layered and gently flowing soundscapes, The Gathering merging in their own style every musical genre and style their previously explored from explosive and symphonic taste-like Rock to Trip-Hop with blowing Jazz and Electronic flavor. Not even the sky is the limit, not for The Gathering anyway – anymore. And “Disclosure” is a very glossy, joyful journey.
The album (CD/Vinyl/Digital Download) will be released on the band’s own Psychonaut Records on September 12, 2012, and the digital version comes with a colourfull PDF booklet with all lyrics and credits and a band picture.
As they declared, “Disclosure” is The Gathering’s most personal soundscape they’ve ever made. A great marriage between electronic and organic sounds and colourfull and diverse songs. It’s simply impossible to describe this new album in a few words. Keyboard player Frank says: “It’s for sure our most personal album we ever made, lyrically but also musically”.
“We tried a lot of new things, like harmony singing” he says. “ We stayed close to ourselves, working on long epic songs, which we love to work on knowing it is one of our strongest points. We took all the time to cristalize all ideas, not forgetting to experiment. We are incredibly proud of this album!”.
1. Paper Waves
3. Gemini I
4. Heroes For Ghosts
5. Missing Seasons
6. See For Miles
8. Gemini II
Produced by René Rutten
Drums recorded at SoundVision studio
engineered by George Konings
Additional drums recorded with Studio 2 mobile at Studiobizz
engineered by René Rutten
Vocals recorded at Conclave & Earshot
engineered by Herbrand Larsen and Arve Isdal
All additional recordings at Studio 2
engineered by René Rutten
Mixed by Guido Aalbers at GieSound
Mastered by Paul Matthijs Lombert at The Mastering Factory
René Rutten – guitars, theremin, backing vocals
Hans Rutten – drums, backing vocals
Frank Boeijen – keyboards, (backing) vocals
Silje Wergeland – vocals
Marjolein Kooijman – bass, backing vocals
Jos van den Dungen – violin and viola on Paper Waves, Meltdown, Paralyzed, Heroes for Ghosts, Missing Seasons, and I Can See Four Miles
Noel Hofman – trumpet on Meltdown and Heroes For Ghosts
Maaike Peterse – cello on Paper Waves, Paralyzed, Missing Seasons, and I Can See Four Miles