The Gathering is so big and good that even in a tiny island of the caribbean (Puerto Rico)they have the fan #1…I love the live version of every song…Anneke you are awesome…!
Recorded on their How to Measure a Planet? tour, Superheat is the Gathering’s first live album. Songs like ’Sand and Mercury,’ ’Nighttime Birds,’ ’Rescue Me’ and ’Probably Built in the Fifties’ demonstrate the band’s ability to shift from ethereal bliss to malevolent metal, and these contrasting styles are only emphasized in concert. 11 tracks including one CD-ROM bonus track, ’Eleanor’. Digipak. Century Media. 2000.
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You never know what to truly expect from a band until you hear them in their natural environment. The Gathering’s natural Environment is none other than the stage itself. As far as I’m concerned, The Gathering has never sounded better. There are very few bands out there who can play better live than in the studio(and plus, seeing pictures of Anneke is worth the cash on its own).
Yet another great record of the gathering… They definitly create the ‘doom atmospheric’ sound… Anneke, I Love You…
THIS ALBUM HAS REALLY GOOD SOUND, BETTER THAN MOST LIVE RECORDINGS I HAVE HEARD. THE VIDEO OF “ELEANOR” ON THE CD IS REALLY HIGH QUALITY. AND ALL OF THE SONGS HAVE A NEW FEEL TO THEM.
Recorded in Europe on their “How To Measure A Planet” tour, “Superheat” captures all the dreamy tranquility of the Gathering while adding beautiful extended guitar solos. Anneke van Giersbergen’s operatic voice, ranging from quiet croon to full-on emotion, seems more powerful live. The opening keyboard drift of “The Big Sleep” sets the mood for the album augmented by Rene Rutten’s dense guitar chords. The elegence of Giersbergen’s voice in “Rescue Me,” the album’s best song, is wonderfully contrasted by the raw power of the guitar. Theremin adds a celestial dimension. The pounding bass piano keys in “Probably Built In The Fifties” adds weight an already imposing song. “Superheat” wisely includes “Strange Machines” from an earlier album, a song about the mystique of air travel from the point-of-view of an age long past. With influences as diverse as Daed can Dance, Slowdive, Pink Floyd and Celtic Frost, the Gathering prove that the words “metal” and “etherial” can indeed be used together in the same sentence.