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Review of the Album Called "Almost a Dance" by Dutch Metal Band The Gathering

Updated on May 6, 2022
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Ara is a journalism graduate from California State University, Northridge, who is always looking to explore his writing opportunities.


What Is the Musical Style of Almost a Dance?

Almost a Dance is the second studio album by Dutch metal band The Gathering released way back in 1993 and this one has a different vocalist once again. Replacing Bart Smits behind the microphone for this one is Niels Duffhues and how is this one you might ask? Well, there is certainly a symphonic kind of element in this one and the vocals at least in the first song are not the death metal growling type.

Almost a Dance Songs 1-4 Including "On a Wave"

On a Wave is a song that is trying to tell us to take risks because security is just a game. With notable exceptions, job security at least for those of us in the United States is a thing of the past. The Vessel is a song that tries to point out that in the face of increasing science and technology, people are blaming each other today and hurting each other tomorrow for whatever goes wrong and that is a recipe that does not bode well for the future of mankind. With that stated, let’s continue with the review by saying that once The Gathering got Anneke Van Giersbergen, that’s when they really began to excel musically. “The Sky People” is a song that talks about setting goals at a time when life looks bleak. But as we look forward, we see that there is a light at the end of the tunnel and that gives us hope, satisfaction, and enables us to hang on to our dreams and desires.

About the Song "Nobody Dares"

Nobody Dares is an acoustic song that we have never heard from this band before that lyrically tells the story of a land that is owned by men that have a stone that provides them with nutritious minerals. This is a land that nobody dares to come to because they just don’t know about it. The women wash during the day while the children just smile, laugh and pray. The song may as well be about some kind of Shangri-La or some kind of place where there is no disease, no worries, no foul moods and just paradise on Earth. The men have killed buffaloes that have been grazing their land. During the winter months, they wear their buffalo overcoats to protect themselves from the cold as the women still are washing and the children play.

"On a Wave"

How Is the Rest of the Album "Almost a Dance?"

Like Fountains is a sort of heavy and atmospheric song about not being able to let go of mental and emotional scars that can drag a person down. Almost a Dance kind of suffers from having the same vocal style throughout the album and the sometimes chunky guitar sound is not enough to make it an excellent album. Proof starts with this sort of Theatre of Tragedy style guitar play as there are soft vocals in this one. Almost a Dance may be The Gathering’s weakest album musically not because it is a bad album but because there is not that extra wow factor that really lets the listener know that there is something special indeed. So what we have here is an average album from one of the Netherland’s best heavy metal bands though they would kind of transition into alternative metal in 2009 with The West Pole.

"Nobody Dares"

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© 2019 Ara Vahanian


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