I was familiar with some of The Gatherings work before I considered purchasing 'Sleepy Buildings', and so fueled by a fiancee despairing of Morbid Angel, Carcass, and Cannibal Corpse, decided to go ahead and add it to 'Your Basket'. I wasn't disappointed by it one bit. Showcasing fourteen of the bands classic songs from their decade plus career, this is a semi acoustic, seated performance in their home country The Netherlands, which at times is utterly awesome in its scope and atmosphere.
Vocalist Anneke's voice is strong throughout, and occasionally surpasses her studio work in at least its emotional strength, with the only weakness perhaps being during 'Shrink', which is without the haunting harmonies evident on the studio original.
For some unknown reason however, this group, who outclass their most similar mainstream imitators, Evanescence, by a league, have failed to make much impact in the UK. On the continent and in the US however, they are performing very well, for what are still essentially an underground band.
It is my aim to get more people in the UK to discover this band. They would appeal to both metalheads, more mainstream rock fans, and anyone who admires beautiful, remarkable music. If more people in the UK buy this, then maybe The Gathering would then see fit to play some UK dates in their next tour, then we could all have a good sit down to their music.