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« Reply #20 on: 07 March 2005, 16:26:17 »

I didn't have a breakup experience, but Saturnine is my favorite track on if_then_else.
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« Reply #21 on: 07 March 2005, 19:29:22 »

Hm... Saturnine and Amity are mine.... I really love Amity...
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« Reply #22 on: 07 March 2005, 20:00:31 »

Well, Saturnine is my fave song in general... Maybe it's just the way it makes me feel, since it's hard to pick a fave as each album has its own stlye and songs, but I simply love this song....

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« Reply #23 on: 07 March 2005, 20:08:01 »

Regarding all albums of the Gathering my favorite song would be Black Light District. I just love this long epic that takes you on a really beautiful journey.
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« Reply #24 on: 09 March 2005, 00:29:08 »

Sand and Mercury is one of my favorite songs of all time.  Has anyone seen the DVD In Motion?
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« Reply #25 on: 09 March 2005, 03:22:37 »

Sand & Mercury is a masterpiece.
Yes, I have seen their in motion DVD. It's a great piece for any fan, and it features a great performance of Sand & Mercury. I only wish there was some more content. 87.5 minutes isn't really much for a DVD.
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« Reply #26 on: 09 March 2005, 08:49:53 »

The DVD is produced by Century Media, and The Gathering had nothing to do with it and they recommended their fans not buy it...
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« Reply #27 on: 09 March 2005, 10:54:29 »

I know Century Media was their old label, and they were already on their new label Psychonaut Records when the DVD got out. But why not release some old footage that would otherwise rott away in some archive?

After the DVD Century Media also released their superb semi-unplugged album Sleepy Buildings, and the Gathering went on tour to support that album. If they were dissatisfied with the behaviour of CM why support them for Sleepy Buildings?
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« Reply #28 on: 09 March 2005, 13:43:40 »

Because they had to release one last album for them.... and it would have been very cruel of them if they wouldn't have done this tour for their fans.. it was so beautiful... :)

But they didn't sell Century Media CDs on this tour.. so this tour was a thing of their own I suppose...

THey were dissatisfied with this DVD because it didn't hold their own quality standards... but they releasing one this year... with their own label... I'm really looking forward do it... :)
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« Reply #29 on: 09 March 2005, 23:53:28 »

I thought the quality of the content was alright. It was like something you'd see on TV, so there's no 5.1 mix and it wasn't shot very professionally. The way it was put on DVD seemed cheap, like some left overs they found in their archieves thrown together. But it says that it's just 87:33 minutes on the back cover. So when you buy it you know that you won't get whole lot of content.

If they were so worried about the quality of their content I wonder why they put some low quality mpeg live video and interview footage (in 352x288 resolution) on their Monsters single. I'm not complaining, because you already get a 20-minute single and the videos are just a bonus on top. It's just that there are better codecs to encode a video that could easily improve the quality without necessarily taking more space. Personally I'd rather have some low quality video on a cd than no video at all, especially when it's from a concert I've attended.

Yeah the upcoming DVD is going to be exciting.
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« Reply #30 on: 24 May 2005, 18:22:18 »

I got back from Amsterdam this morning, slept a couple of hours, but I'm still tired. The Gathering shows were great. It was worth the stretch. Unfortunately they didn't play 'Black Light District', but they played a new song which was a slightly new style. It sounded almost like a medley of different elements, but really cool. I can't wait for the DVD to come out.
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« Reply #31 on: 24 May 2005, 19:31:18 »

Would be very nice if you can tell a little bit more... I'm really excited.. :)
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« Reply #32 on: 24 May 2005, 21:19:20 »

... and I'm jealous :P I really really hope I'll get to see The Gathering live one day....

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« Reply #33 on: 24 May 2005, 22:16:37 »

You really should.. really magic band... and because of that I'm really considering spending 50 for that Double DVD + Shirt...:)
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« Reply #34 on: 24 May 2005, 23:01:52 »

What can I tell?

The venue was the famous Paradiso club which is a church that was reconfigured into a club in the 70s.

The manager advised the audience to turn their cell phones off and to not take any pictures because the flashlights might ruin the video footage. They had the gigs filmed on digital beta cameras, two fixed and two or three mobile cameras to get enough angles. It was a seated show. Anneke told us were people from 30 different countries in the audience. They played for 45 minutes, took a 20 minute break, probably for the cameramen to reload tapes. Then they played another 45 minutes plus one short encore. Most songs were accompanied by animated video footage projected onto a big screen. The footage captured the mood of the songs pretty well.

Here is the setlist:
The Big Sleep
Rescue Me
Amity
Broken Glass
Locked Away
Red Is A Slow Colour
Saturnine
Like Fountains

Golden Grounds
A Life All Mine
Alone
Souvenirs
Kevin's Telescope
In Motion 2
Marooned
Travel

Herbal Movement

On the second gig they played the same songs, but Anneke announced the songs slightly different and used different gestures while she was singing. Everybody who's seen The Gathering live knows that their performances are almost perfect. On the first gig Anneke slightly giggled while she was singing a line. I thought the performance of A Life All Mine was better on the second gig, but she got one word of the lyrics wrong then. It shows they're just humans, and there wasn't anything that lessened the experience. They got many standing ovations this night.

The acoustic of the venue, at least on the position where I sat, was close to perfect.
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« Reply #35 on: 24 May 2005, 23:04:08 »

Thanks...really would have liked to be there...  and if you can describe the new song a little bit I'd really be pleased...  :)
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« Reply #36 on: 24 May 2005, 23:07:56 »

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As far as I know it will be just one DVD. The second DVD A Noise Severe is coming in 2006. I bought the package for 50. I only received the shirt which looks really nice. I will get the DVD and a concert photo by mail as soon as they release it.
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« Reply #37 on: 24 May 2005, 23:31:24 »

hmm.. is ist possible for you to post a photo of that t-shirt?... please excuse me for being so annoying...
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« Reply #38 on: 24 May 2005, 23:37:23 »

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I'll try. It's not very easy to describe a complex song when you only heard it twice. The new song started with an echoing guitar riff, just one note repetitively for a beat or two and then another note, and some heavy electronic keyboard sequence, like some of the Souvenirs work taken to a harder level. Anneke was singing pretty high mostly throughout the song. There also was a harder guitar part that made the crowd rock. The song seemed complex and fast. It had a lot of contrast. I enjoyed it better the second time I heard it.
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« Reply #39 on: 24 May 2005, 23:46:18 »

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Right now, I can't. Maybe if I can find some spare time tomorrow I'll do it.
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