The Gathering are a progressive/alternative rock band from the Netherlands. Forming in 1989, their early works were categorized as atmospheric death/doom metal, but their sound and style has progressed since the addition of vocalist Anneke van Giersbergen in 1994. Their subsequent and breakthrough release, Mandylion (1995), sold over 130,000 copies in Europe. The band continued the success of Mandylion with 1997's Nighttime Birds, but for 1998's How to measure a planet?, the band acknowledged the growing influence of shoegaze and the more ethereal sounds of 4AD bands such as Dead Can Dance and incorporated it into their sound.
Their eighth album, Home (2006), was to be the last to feature Anneke van Giersbergen, who left the band in August 2007 to focus on her solo project Agua de Annique. On 12 March 2009, The Gathering announced that their replacement vocalist was Silje Wergeland (ex-Octavia Sperati). Their most recent album, The West Pole, was released in May 2009.
In 1989, ...