Home (The Gathering album)


  • Vocals: Anneke van Giersbergen
  • Guitar: René Rutten
  • Bass: Marjolein Kooijman
  • Drums: Hans Rutten
  • Keyboard: Frank Boeijen

Home is the eighth studio album by the Dutch band The Gathering. It was released on April 15, 2006 via Noise Records. Home was the last album the band with longtime singer Anneke van Giersbergen and the first with bassist Marjolein Kooijman.


For the recordings, the band chose producer Attie constr, with The Gathering already on their album How to Measure a Planet? worked together. Constr suggested the band not to include in an ordinary studio. In the south-eastern Dutch city Maurik the band came across a small chapel called " La Divina Commedia ", in which the recordings finally took place in the autumn and winter of 2005. Most of the songs were recorded live. Only occasionally there were some overdubs.

The shooting ended tragically. In December 2005, died Henk Rutten, the father of the guitarist René and drummer Hans. While Henk Rutten in the studio kitchen prepared dinner for the band joined him suddenly to severe pain in the abdomen. In the hospital, it was found that his aorta was destroyed. Despite emergency surgery, he could not be saved. Henk Rutten was for many years manager of the band. He dedicated the band the title song of the album.

Other recordings took place in the studios " Fish Market " held in Nijmegen and in " Bauwhaus " in Amsterdam. Attie constr took over the mix, while Darius van Helfteren has mastered the album in the " Wisseloord " studios in Hilversum.

The band describes Home as a concept album about the successes and challenges of daily life is. The texts were written by Anneke van Giersbergen, the music of the whole band. Originally appearing on the band's own label Psychonaut Records Home. Since the company is still too small and the promotion was too expensive licensed the band's work on Noise Records.


The album received pages of the music press good reviews. Boris Kaiser by the German magazine Rock Hard Home compared with a film and spoke of a " usual good album ," which he evaluated with eight out of ten. According to Petra Schurer from Metal Hammer Home is " due to its complexity valuable because it is like life itself: not always easy, but that is why exciting."

Home rose in the Dutch album charts at number 34 and in the French album charts at # 58. Outside the two countries, the work could not place in the charts.

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