Alternative rock, gothic metal, doom metal, triprock, shoegaze, postrock, progressive rock, melodic rock; The Gathering’s unique sound makes them hard to pigeonhole.
The band formed in Oss (Netherlands) in 1989 as a doom metal band, and has since evolved into an experienced alternative rockband. Founded by brothers Rene Rutten (guitars) & Hans Rutten (drums) and Bart Smits (vocals), soon joined by Frank Boeijen (keyboards) and Hugo Prinsen Geerligs (bass), the band has seen some different line-ups ever since. In 2008 current singer Silje Wergeland joined the band, after the previous vocalist, Anneke van Giersbergen, pursued a solo career.
The Gathering has released 19 albums to date, with worldwide sales and multiple tours through Europe and North and South America. No album is similar to the previous one, with ‘Strange Machines’ (Mandylion), ‘Travel’ (How to measure a planet), ‘You learn about it’ (Souvenirs) and ‘Echoes keep growing’ (Afterwords) as some of their most successful songs.
The last albums (Disclosure & Afterwords) were released in 2012 and 2013, but in 2019/2020 the band celebrates its 30th (!) anniversary and is working on new material.
Silje Wergeland, René Rutten, Hans Rutten, Frank Boeijen, Hugo Prinsen Geerligs.