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GATHERING THE // Agua de Annique

See for more info of Agua de Annique, down below.

Dutch band with a mix of metal, gotic and best prog-musik and great vocals of;

Anneke van Griesbergen, top 5: Frank Zappa - The yellow shark
Radiohead - O.K. Computer
Ben Cristophers - My Beautiful Demon
Prince - Sign o the Time
Uncle - Psyence Fiction
Hugo Prinsen Geerlings - bass,top 5: Talk Talk - Laughing Stock
Motorpsycho - Blizzard
King Crimson - Lizard
David Sylvian - Gone to Earth
Mussorgsky - Pictures at an Exhibition

Frank Boeijen - synthesizers,top 5: Pink Floyd - Atom Heart Mother
Dead Can Dance - Serpents Egg
The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart Club Band
Talk Talk - Spirit of Eden
Slowdive - Souvlaki

Rene Rutten - guitar top 5: Pink Floyd - all albums
Slowdive - Just for a Day
Radiohead - O.K. Computer
Mogwai - Young Team
Massive Attack - Mezzanine
...and Philip Glass - almost all his albums.
and brother,
Hans - drums,top 5: Radiohead - OK Computer
Massive Attack - Mezzanine
Motorpsycho - Timothy's Monster
Masters of Reality - Sunrise on the Sufferbus
Voivod - Nothingface
...and I love all the work of Rush and Pink Floyd.

How to measure a Planet? ('98) is a double album with the almost 20 minute epos How to measure a Planet? Two years later followed up by a live record, Superheat and If_Then_Else.

Black Light District (2002) is a mini-ceedee.

Souvenirs, Monster ('03) & Home ('06) are the next releases.


Anneke sings a few lines with Arjan Lucassen, another Dutch progger.

Within Temptation is a similar band.


A snapshot of an interview with www.dprp.vuurwerk.nl/:

DPRP: The Gathering started out as, let's say, a Death Metal band. When you, Anneke joined the band, this style was quite radically changed. Was that your personal influence that caused this change?
Anneke: Well, the style was already a bit broader than just death metal, even with Bart grunting on Always... Subsequently The Gathering recorded an album (Almost A Dance) with Niels, who had a Mike Patton like sound, but the vocals didn't really match the music, so Niels left. The Gathering was then searching for a new vocalist, but continued to write music. Through a common friend I got in contact with the band and it just worked.

DPRP: So then you were lead singer of The Gathering. Did you have a vocal education before that?
Anneke: Well, 16 years of singing lessons, also classical, but I quitted lessons a couple of years ago. I wanted to go to the "Conservatorium" but then The Gathering came along. At that point, I thought I could as well learn the trade in practice. The music for Mandylion was already almost finished when I joined, only the vocal lines needed to be written. I had great joy in doing that and thought, well let's just skip the Conservatorium. This way you learn all facets of music, including the business side.

DPRP: Looking at styles, people often see you as the ones who paved the way for bands like Within Temptation or After Forever. Do you see that this way too?
Anneke: I don't know.... I can see where it comes from, we were among the first in The Netherlands or even Europe who combined heavy music with relaxed female vocals. But it was never conceptualised that way, we just threw it all together and it worked and was new. But don't forget that Within Temptation are also already 12 years working, they exist almost as long as we do. At a certain time there was just an underground genre arising with female vocals. Currently it is very hot, Within Temptation is doing really well, but we sort of drifted away from that style. We found new music, new people, new inspiration, even though the record company asked us to make a second Mandylion, which is still our best sold record.

DPRP: Something completely different. A lot of sympho fans will know you from the Ayreon album Into The Electric Castle. Did you do a lot of these side-projects?
Anneke: Not really. no. I am too busy with the band normally. It was very nice to work with Arjan, who is a very passionate man. He locks himself up and creates an album. It is quite healthy to work with someone else for a change. The band is very close, I see them more then my own boyfriend! Well almost...I am asked more often, but don't do that a lot. But it was nice to be on the same record as someone like Fish. I listened to the record in its entirety lately again, and it is remarkable how he manages to get all these characters together. But it is not really my "thing". I asked Arjan if I could do the softer tracks, I am not into that really bombastic thing.


A double-DVD called A Sound Relief is a new sign of life of this band ('05).

News June '07:
Singer Anneke van Giersbergen has announced she will be leaving the Gathering after 13 years!

See below for more info.

The band new album is called; "The West Pole".
The Gathering will do a couple of try out gigs before we start the festival season. We will play in Heerlen and Purmerend, both located in The Netherlands. Please note these are try-out gigs. Things will go wrong. But that’s also the fun part, we just play and we will see what happens! Both evenings will be a lot of fun for sure.

We have now received The West Pole vinyl test pressing. As we are living in a digital world I forgot the sound of a black 12 inch on a turntable. It is incredible! The sound is so much warmer, rounder, the high tones are crispy, bass sounds so creamy, … Well I can go on for a while, but above all be sure you grab a copy of The West Pole on vinyl before they cost 200 dollar on eBay! Btw, it is a double album, 180 grams, specially remastered for vinyl, and with a different running order. Still available at our webshop, but we will only make 500 copies (limited), and they go faaast.

We have just made a 4th track of The West Pole available for streaming. This time we didn’t use myspace, which despite of its popularity, only provide poor quality mp3s. No Bird Call is exclusively available for streaming on our webshop with a quite higher quality than the myspace player. We hope you like it! The Gathering's "West Pole" was in May '09.

The West Pole.

Silje Wergeland
Marjolein Kooijman
Frank Boeijen
Hans Rutten
René Rutten

Anne van den Hoogen &
Marcela Bovio.
A really fine progressive rock album, Silje (ex-Octavia Sperati) has an absolute amazing voice, so welcome to the band ;-)
It's more mainstream as i had expected, no metal licks, no gothic touch, no industrial powers. But a lot great guitar work and this amazing voice of Silje. Well produced and in balance. All the songs are highly enjoyable. So i looking forward to see them play life.
If you like this, you'll probably like the other Dutch bands in this genre too: Kingfisher Sky, Delain (a bit harder), Within Temptation (more gothic) & Skytah.

We had the pleasure to see the Gathering @ de nieuwe nor in the lovely South.
The show was really top, the guitarist, Rene Rutten, is a great craftsman, excellent solo's, great enjoyable riffs. A few times i had to think of Steve Wilson.
The strong rhythm-section rocked, solid drums from Hans Rutten and some nice bass loops from Marjolein. Keyboards played by Mr.Boeijen en Silje made the sound complete.
Silje did a fantastic job, okay she hasn't the stage experience as Hanneke, but her voice was Top and attemps to get contact with the audience desrved appause and a smile.
The whole band rocked and selist had a great mix from the industrial noise till the more mainstream new songs.
Very very enjoyable!

Pictures from Jaak Geebelen, please visit his site.

Brand new album in progres June 2012.
‘Meltdown’ is a song which will appear on our new album Disclosure. You can already pre-order the new album and various packages right here: shop.gathering.nl/.
And listen to thir song at their homepage.

Frank Boeijen – keyboards, vocals,
Marjolein Kooijman – bass,
Hans Rutten – drums,
René Rutten – guitars,
Silje Wergeland – vocals
Backing vocals by Frank, Marjolein, René and Hans

Guests: Jos van den Dungen - violin and viola,
Noel Hofman – trumpet

Tour 2012, dates you can find here.

The Gathering are currently working on a new album, for release in September, some tour-dates are planned in Spring & Summer.

30 Jun 12 Dokkum Dokk’em Open Air NL the old school TG ‘Always…’ line up will play this summer!
04 Aug 12 Lierop Nirwana Tuinfeest NL

15 Sep 12 Groningen Simplon NL with The 11th Hour
16 Sep 12 Utrecht Tivoli de Helling NL with The 11th Hour
22 Sep 12 Apeldoorn De Gigant NL with The 11th Hour
23 Sep 12 Haarlem Patronaat NL with The 11th Hour



Anneke van Griesbergen:

Dear friends

Over the last 10 years I have turned many dreams and experiences into songs. I started recording a selection of the very personal ones during the past 6 months. We've laid down the basic tracks at the Waterfront Studio's in Rotterdam and recorded overdubs at The Void in Eindhoven, as well as in the comfort of my own home studio. I'm excited to send these songs off into the world and share them with you all!

I have formed a band called
Agua de Annique to help me voice these songs. We will release an album called 'Air' in the fall of 2007. Besides the wonderfully talented people in the band, a few of my friends will make appearances on this album.

The lovely Kristin Fjellseth will sing additional vocals, Jeffrey Fayman has made a string arrangement for a song called "Ice Water". Heleen de Witte plays the flute and Timothy Conroy provided some killer trumpet work. The album is mixed by Jon Anders Narum.

Agua de Annique is:
Anneke van Giersbergen (vocals/piano),
Joris Dirks (guitars/vocals),
Jacques de Haard (bass) and
Rob Snijders (drums).

On 30th January 2009, Agua De Annique released their new album "Pure Air. Anneke describes the album as "an acoustic album with all nice and mellow songs and duets. I am so proud of all the different vocalists and instrumentalists who have worked with me on this album! Over the last years, I have done many guest appearances for a wide range of artists. This time I wanted to be the one to invite an outstanding lineup of musicians to contribute to my album." The album includes performances of Anneke with:

Anneke Van Giersbergen: vocals, acoustic guitar, keys,
Jacques De Haard: bass
Rob Snijders: drums
Danny Cavanagh (Anathema),
John Wetton (King Crimson, UK, Asia), and
Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon).
Sharon Den Adel: vocals
Ewa Albering: flute
Niels Geusebroek: vocals, guitar
Marike Jager: vocals
Dewi Kerstens: cello
Kyteman: trumpet
Arjen Lucassen: acoustic guitar
Svetlana Tratch: domra
Marcel Verbeek: guitars, backing vocals
John Wetton: vocals

Anneke van Giersbergen, former singer with The Gathering, and her band Agua de Annique are busy preparing two different live sets: a semi acoustic-evening (to celebrate the release of their new album Pure Air) and a rock show. Anneke syas "we can't wait - both events promise to be awesome in their own way!".
The semi-acoustic evening will be staged at two shows, one on 12th February 2009 at the Melkweg, Amsterdam, The Netherlands and on 13th February 2009 at Oosterpoort, Groningen, The Netherlands. For these two shows Anneke will be joined by Sharon den Adel from Within Temptation. The rock show will be staged at concerts in Mexico and Latin America at the end of February/early March.

Hanneke sings great lines in the live version of Maiden United, a coverband with Damian Wilson.

For more information, visit www.aguadeannique.com.


Anneke's MySpace page.




Updated June 2012 by Nick.
Shine On!