Formed in October 1989 by drummer Hans and Rene Rutten and vocalist Bart Smits, Holland's The Gathering began their career as a Celtic Frost / Hellhammer-inspired primitive death metal act before adding guitarist Jelmer Wiersma, bassist Hugo Prinsen Geerligs and keyboardist Frank Boeijen and changing their direction towards a more experimental, "atmospheric" approach. After issuing their first demo recording, Moonlight Archer, in 1990, the group landed several gigs with Morbid Angel and Death in their home country, in the process establishing a loyal fan-base and eventually attracting the interest of small Dutch indie label Foundation 2000, who signed the band in late 1991.


 Issued in June 1992, The Gathering's debut album, Always..., became a great success on the European continent, where it went on to shift nearly 20,000 units over the next couple of years. Sadly, it would also be the last record to feature the aforementioned line-up, as musical differences led to the departure of Smits and addition of two vocalists, Niels Duffhues and Martine van Loon, who joined the group halfway through the pre-production for the band's second album.



THE GATHERING (selective) discography:

1. An Imaginary Symphony rehearsal demo 1990

2. Moonlight Archerer demo 1990

3. Unreleased e.p. 1990

4. Always, full length, Foundation 2000, 1991

5. 6 track pre production recording, 1991

6. Almost a Dance, full length 1993.





line up (1989 – 1992)

Frank Boeijen - Keyboards, programming

Hans Rutten - Drums, percussion

René Rutten - Guitars

Jelmer Wiersma - Guitars

Bart Smits - Vocals

Hugo Prinsen Geerlings– Bass.


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