The Gathering is a Dutch alternative rock band, founded in 1989 by brothers Hans and René Rutten and vocalist Bart Smits in the small city of Oss, North Brabant. The Gathering earliest releases were categorized as atmospheric death/doom metal, inspired by such underground acts like Celtic Frost and Hellhammer.
THE GATHERING – ALWAYS…
“Always…” was The Gathering’s debut full-length album. Originally released in 1992 , it is a prime example of classic atmospheric death/doom metal with brutal vocals & slow funereal riffing influenced by bands such as Celtic Frost, as well as the implementation of keyboards to accentuate the dark ambience. Now released on Peaceville for the first time, a track from the release was even featured on an early Peaceville Records compilation, “Volume 4”, with the track “In Sickness & Health”.
This new 2-disc edition of “Always…” features an extra disc including a full version of the album with an alternate 1994 remix. The packaging also contains updated layout plus new liner notes written by the band.