Silje Wergeland is a Norwegian singer and pianist. She is best known as the current lead vocalist of the Dutch progressive/alternative rock band The Gathering, she was the frontwoman of Norwegian doom/gothic metal band Octavia Sperati. Silje Wergeland was a founding member of the female group of gothic / doom metal Octavia Sperati in 2000, where she remained as vocalist and one of the main songwriters along with Gyri Losnegaard and Bodil Myklebust, until 2008. On 10 March 2009 it was announced that singer Wergeland joined Dutch rock band The Gathering, replacing singer Anneke van Giersbergen, who left to form her own band Agua de Annique, her first studio album with The Gathering, The West Pole was released on May 2009. Wergeland was born in Bergen, where she still lives, her partner is Mads Lilletvedt, drummer of the death / thrash metal local band Hellish Outcast and Sahg. They are the parents of two girls: Marie, born in August 2012 and Louise, born in February 2016. Guilty (demo, Winter Enclosure...and Then the World Froze Grace Submerged The West Pole City from Above Heroes for Ghosts Meltdown Disclosure Afterlights Echoes Keep Growing Afterwords The Gathering's official website Silje Wergeland on MySpace Silje Wergeland at Discogs Silje Wergeland at Metallum Archives Silje Wergeland at Facebook Silje Wergeland at Twitter The Gathering on Myspace
How to Measure a Planet?
How to Measure a Planet? is the fifth studio album by the Dutch alternative rock band The Gathering. It was released as a double CD on 9 November 1998 by Century Media Records; the album was recorded at Bauwhaus Studios and Wisseloord Studios, Hilversum between July and October 1998 under the guidance of producer Attie Bauw. The theme of space travel runs through many of the songs on the album as well as on the cover and CD booklet; the track "Liberty Bell" was released as a single in Europe, as well as in Canada on a bonus CD distributed with issue 12 of the metal magazine Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles. Upon release, the album received positive reviews from critics who appreciated the band's absorption of new styles such as shoegaze and trip hop into its sound. However, many fans of the more metallic side of the group were not so pleased and it sold about two-thirds as much as its two predecessors. Many of the Gathering's fans did stay with the band and, as the members have said, it brought them a whole new fanbase.
How to Measure a Planet? remains something of a high point for the Gathering, with tracks from the album making up the majority of their two subsequent live albums and Sleepy Buildings. In Japan, a one-CD version of the album was released. Having achieved some moderate success with Mandylion and Nighttime Birds, the group felt trapped in an artistically controlled corner, limited due to the high expectations from their fan base. Following the departure of guitarist Jelmer Wiersma, the remaining members of The Gathering decided they needed a change in musical direction. Having only one guitar player implied more space for different elements. Acknowledging the likes of Radiohead's OK Computer and Massive Attack's Mezzanine, the growing influence of such shoegaze bands as Slowdive and the more ethereal sounds of 4AD bands such as Dead Can Dance, the group took the opportunity to experiment with their sound and reinvent themselves. Under guidance from producer Attie Bauw, the band embraced innovative recording techniques and a will to experiment, turning away from the standard structuring of their previous recordings.
The group developed a different sound, less bombastic, more transparent, which vastly expanded the group's creative spectrum and style. All lyrics written by Anneke van Giersbergen; the Gathering Anneke van Giersbergen – lead vocals, guitars on tracks 1.4 and 2.3 René Rutten – guitars, didgeridoo on track 2.1, theremin on track 2.2 Frank Boeijen – keyboards Hugo Prinsen Geerligs – bass Hans Rutten – drumsProduction Attie Bauw - producer, mixing, some percussion, arrangements with The Gathering Chris Blair - mastering at Abbey Road Studios, London
Oss is a municipality and a city in the southern Netherlands, in the province of North Brabant. Dutch Topographic map of Oss, June 2015 Oss has a shopping center with outlets including The Sting and C&A, but not much more; the center has many squares. The only real shopping streets are the Heuvelstraat and the Peperstraat; the squares are connected with these shopping passages that contain shops. One of the passages had an overhauling renovation in 2014, it now resembles an old Dutch street. There is archaeological evidence that humans have lived around Oss for 4,000 years. Major archaeological finds were the Vorstengraf burial sites and the indigenous-Roman burial fields of Oss-Ussen. Oss was first mentioned in a letter by Pope Alexander II on 6 May 1069. Oss was granted city rights in 1399 by Hertogin Johanna van Brabant. Present-day Oss has several chemical and pharmaceutical industries like Merck & Co.. Oss is host to the professional football team FC Oss, is the birthplace of former Manchester United and Real Madrid star Ruud van Nistelrooy, although he did not play for the local side, but for rivals FC Den Bosch.
The gothic metal/alternative rock band The Gathering, formed in 1989 hails from Oss. Berghem is a small town east of Oss. Berghem is being expanded with many new houses in the Piekenhoef. Megen is a small city close to the river Maas. Megen used to be the'capital' of the county Megen, founded around 1145. City rights were obtained in 1357. In 1810, the County Megen became a municipality to which Haren and Macharen belonged, it became part of the municipality of Oss in 1994. There are two monasteries in Megen. One is inhabited by followers of St. Clare of Assisi; the other is occupied by followers of St. Francis of Assisi. Of the two castles Megen used to have, only one tower remains. Ravenstein was a municipality until 2003, when it was added to the Oss municipality; the municipality covered an area of 42.68 km² and included villages: Demen, Deursen, Herpen, Keent, Neerlangel, Overlangel. Ravenstein received city rights in 1380. Railway stations: Oss, Oss West, Ravenstein Michel van der Aa, composer Chris Berens, visionary painter working in Amsterdam Samuel van den Bergh, one of the main European margarine and soap manufacturers in the early 20th century John van den Berk, motocross world champion Frank Boeijen songwriter and keyboardist with Dutch metal band The Gathering C. C.
Catch, pop singer Rens van Eijden, footballer Bas van de Goor, volleyball player Mike van de Goor, volleyball player Arno den Hartog, field hockey international Jacques de Kadt, political thinker and writer Marjolein Kooijman bass player with Dutch metal band The Gathering since 2004 Joop Falke Goldsmith and Sculptor Albert Kraus, K-1 World MAX Champion Marc Lammers, field hockey player and coach Jan Marijnissen politician, belonging to the Socialist Party Loek van Mil, professional baseball player Ruud van Nistelrooy, Netherlands international football player Pieter Nooten and composer best known for his work with Clan of Xymox. Rick van der Ven, 2012 Olympic Games archery contestant Gino Vos, darter Haren en Macharen Media related to Oss at Wikimedia Commons Official website
René Rutten is a Dutch guitarist for The Gathering. He founded the band with his brother Hans in 1989, together they released eleven studio albums, four live albums, four EPs, his latest work is The Gathering's Afterwords, released in 2013. With The Gathering: Always... A Dance Mandylion Adrenaline / Leaves - EP Nighttime Birds How to Measure a Planet? if else Superheat - Live Amity - EP Black Light District - EP In Motion - DVD Souvenirs Sleepy Buildings - A Semi Acoustic Evening - Live Accessories - Rarities and B-Sides - Compilation A Sound Relief - DVD Home A Noise Severe - DVD The West Pole Disclosure Afterwords TG25: Live at Doornroosje René Rutten at The Gathering's official website
Radiohead are an English rock band formed in Abingdon-on-Thames in 1985. The band consists of Thom Yorke, brothers Jonny Greenwood and Colin Greenwood, Ed O'Brien and Philip Selway, they have worked with producer Nigel Godrich and cover artist Stanley Donwood since 1994. After signing to EMI in 1991, Radiohead released their debut single "Creep" in 1992, it became a worldwide hit after the release of Pablo Honey. Their popularity and critical standing rose in the United Kingdom with the release of their second album, The Bends. Radiohead's third album, OK Computer, brought them international fame; the group's next albums Kid A and Amnesiac, recorded marked a dramatic change in style, incorporating influences from experimental electronic music, 20th-century classical music and jazz. Kid A divided listeners but was named the best album of the decade by Rolling Stone and The Times. Radiohead's sixth album, Hail to the Thief, mixed rock and electronic music with lyrics inspired by the War on Terror, was the band's final album for EMI.
Their subsequent releases have pioneered alternative release platforms such as pay-what-you-want and BitTorrent. Their eighth album, The King of Limbs, an exploration of rhythm, was developed using extensive looping and sampling. A Moon Shaped Pool prominently featured Jonny Greenwood's orchestral arrangements. Radiohead had sold more than 30 million albums worldwide by 2011, their work places in both listener polls and critics' lists of the best music of the 1990s and 2000s. In 2005, they were ranked 73rd in Rolling Stone's list of "The Greatest Artists of All Time". In 2009, Rolling Stone readers voted Radiohead the second-best artist of the 2000s, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2019. The members of Radiohead met while attending Abingdon School, an independent school for boys in Abingdon, Oxfordshire. Guitarist and singer Thom Yorke and bassist Colin Greenwood were in the same year, guitarist Ed O'Brien and drummer Philip Selway the year above, multi-instrumentalist Jonny Greenwood, brother of Colin, two years below.
In 1985, they formed On a Friday, the name referring to the band's usual rehearsal day in the school's music room. Jonny was the last to join, first on harmonica and keyboards, but soon became the lead guitarist. According to Colin, the band members picked their instruments because they wanted to play music together, rather than through an interest in the particular instrument: "It was more of a collective angle, if you could contribute by having someone else play your instrument, cool." At one point, On a Friday featured a saxophone section. The band disliked the school's strict atmosphere—the headmaster once charged them for using a rehearsal room on a Sunday—and found solace in the school's music department, they credited their music teacher for introducing them to jazz, film scores, postwar avant-garde music, 20th-century classical music. Oxfordshire and the Thames Valley had an active independent music scene in the late 1980s, but it centred on shoegazing bands such as Ride and Slowdive.
Although all but Jonny had left Abingdon by 1987 to attend university, On a Friday continued to rehearse on weekends and holidays. At the University of Exeter, Yorke played with the band Headless Chickens, performing songs including future Radiohead material, he met artist Stanley Donwood, who created artwork for Radiohead. In 1991, On a Friday regrouped, sharing a house on the corner of Magdalen Road and Ridgefield Road, Oxford; as On a Friday continued to perform in Oxford, including more performances at the Jericho Tavern, record labels and producers became interested. Chris Hufford, Slowdive's producer and co-owner of Oxford's Courtyard Studios, attended an early On a Friday concert at the Jericho Tavern. Impressed, he and his partner Bryce Edge became On a Friday's managers. In late 1991, after a chance meeting between Colin and EMI A&R representative Keith Wozencroft at Our Price, the record shop where Colin worked, On a Friday band signed a six-album recording contract with EMI. At the label's request, the band changed their name.
Radiohead recorded their debut release, the Drill EP, with Chris Hufford and Bryce Edge at Courtyard Studios. Released in May 1992, its chart performance was poor; the band enlisted Paul Kolderie and Sean Slade, who had worked with US indie bands Pixies and Dinosaur Jr. to produce their debut album, recorded in an Oxford studio in 1992. With the release of the "Creep" single that year, Radiohead began to receive attention in the British music press, not all of it favourable. Radiohead released their debut album, Pablo Honey, in February 1993, it stalled at number 22 in the UK charts, as "Creep" and its follow-up s
Samael is a Swiss extreme metal band formed in 1987 in Sion, Switzerland. The current line up of the band include founding members and brothers Vorphalack and Xytraguptor, guitarist Drop and bassist Zorrac. A few other members have been part of the band throughout the years: Rodolph H. Kaos and Makro. Samael is known to incorporate metal, industrial and symphonic music into their sound and mix it with massive beats, martial rhythms, up-tempo or blast beat. One of the key elements that distinguishes Samael from traditional metal bands is the use of a drum machine in studio and live on stage. Although Vorphalack jammed and played with his friend Pat on drums since April 1987, it was when his brother Xytraguptor first sat behind the drums kit on 14 July 1988 that Samael started; the two brothers soon recorded and released a 7-inch EP with two original songs "Into the Pentagram" and "The Dark" and a cover from Hellhammer "The Third of the Storm". They played a few shows in Germany, France and Poland before entering Taurus Studio in Geneva to record their first album.
Samael became a trio when Masmiseîm joined the band as a bass player, the new formation played its first show in Poland. Worship Him become the first album released by Osmose Productions one year after being recorded; the band played a bunch of shows to promote the album including a short eastern tour with Napalm Death which ended with two shows in Moscow Samael signed with Century Media and record their second album at T&T Studio in Gelsenkirchen with producer Waldemar Sorychta. Blood Ritual is released on 1 December 1992, a month the band embarked on their first European Tour with label mates Unleashed and Tiamat; the 20-date tour ended in Belgium with an indoor festival with Fear Factory, Brutal Truth and Agnostic Front among other bands. Recorded and mixed in 10 days in Woodhouse Studios in Hagen Ceremony of Opposites was produced by Waldemar Sorychta and released on 18 February 1994; the addition of keyboards in every song is accountable for the recruiting of Rodolph H who joined the band as keyboards player.
A few samples could be heard throughout the album and most notably the voice of Aleister Crowley on the song "Crown" and the beginning of "The Hut on the Hen's Legs" of the Pictures at an Exhibition from Modest Mussorgsky in "Baphomet's Throne". The crunchy and aggressive guitar sound, the keyboards orchestration, the metallic sound of the drums and over the top screaming vocal turned Ceremony of Opposites into a seminal black metal album; the band got invited by Martin Eric Ain to play at the Lucifer Rising convention in Zurich in March before they joined the Full of Hate Festival tour headlined by Morbid Angel and Cannibal Corpse. A video for the song "Baphomet's Throne" was shot during that tour; the tour was followed by Samael's first headliner tour in Europe with Grave Massacra and Therion as supports. The same year the band did their first US tour: 23 dates in 23 days up and down the East Coast as support for Cannibal Corpse and continued that tour in Europe for another 41 shows. February 1995 the band was back in studio to record the Rebellion mini album.
Two new tracks, two re-arranged songs and a cover version of "I Love the Dead" from Alice Cooper. "Static Journey" were the first songs Samael recorded with programmed drums. The Rebellion Tour ended with two shows in Mexico; the band decided to work with a drum machine. Xy programmed all the drums parts. Kaos joined the band as second guitarist and the band went back to Woodhouse Studios for a 3 weeks session; the first show with the drum machine and new line up was on 26 June in Z7 in Pratteln as opener for Kreator, the following day Samael played in Full Force Festival alongside Ministry and Front Line Assembly. Passage was released on 19 August 1996 and a full European tour followed with support from label mates Moonspell and Rotting Christ. A video was shot in Berlin for the song "Jupiterian Vibe" directed by Andreas Marshall. Samael co-headlined the 1997 Full of Hate Festival tour with Obituary, Entombed and Strapping Young Lad completed the line up. On that year they took part in another tour festival across Germany alongside Kreator, Exodus, Grip Inc and In Flames.
That summer the band played for the first and only time at Dynamo Open Air in Eindhoven as well as Wacken and Full Force Festival. In the meantime Xy released on his own label a neo classical version of Passage under the name Xytras. Exodus mini album was released in April 1998, in June Samael played in Istanbul with Kreator. In Montreux at the Mountain Studios, Samael recorded their new album with rock producer David Richards The sound and the overall production of Eternal was much rooted in the 1970s while the approach of the songs was contemporary; the gap between the opening song "Year Zero" and "Infra Galaxia" or between the Deep Purple sounding "Radiant Star" and the electronic stamped "Ways" is wide. It is a real challenge to categorize that album; the band toured in Europe with Grip Inc. and Lacuna Coil before going to the US with Dimmu Borgir and Epoch of Unlight. The following summer they played with Iron Maiden at Artefact Fest in France. Early 2002 Kaos was replaced by Makro. With the new line-up, the band played a couple of shows before the Summer Breeze which became the core of Samael's first DVD Black Trip.
In the meantime, Vorph and Xy worked on an electronic project, released in 2006 under the name Era One. In January 2003 Samael was bac
Invocator are a Danish technical thrash metal band featuring Esbjerg-based guitarist/singer Jacob Hansen, founder of the band. They are considered influential on the European thrash metal/heavy metal scene, known for incorporating elements from death metal, thrash metal, groove metal and progressive metal into their style. Invocator's first demo proper Genetic Confusion was released in 1988; the band played numerous shows in support of the demo, supporting the Danish thrash metal act Artillery, among others. The following demo, which sold nearly 2000 copies, was released in 1989. Following up on the demo, the band played successful shows with major acts such as Entombed, Edge Of Sanity, Psychotic Walts and Incubus. Having signed with Swedish/German label Black Mark Production, Invocator released their debut album, Excursion Demise, recorded at Montezuma Studios in 1991, Stockholm where the likes of Memento Mori and Edge Of Sanity had recorded albums; the album received a nomination for the Danish Grammy for "best heavy metal album of the year".
In support of the album, Invocator played numerous shows with the likes of and toured with legendary US metal act Dark Angel throughout Europe in 1992. The tour was followed by Invocator supporting Sepultura at their Danish "Arise" show in Saga in Copenhagen and at the Roskilde Festival, playing in front of 5,000 people. Musically, the album and the early demos fall under the genre rubric of death-thrash metal, containing several fast and aggressive parts, including original lead guitarist' Jakob Schulz' fast Slayer-inspired solos; the average song of that era consisting of several different parts and numerous tempo changes, Invocator's early style displays some of the emphasis on technicality and progressivity that would characterize their releases. Invocator went through both musical and line-up changes in the time between their first and second albums; the original line-up, which included Jacob Hansen, Jakob Schulz, Jesper M. Jensen and Per M. Jensen, was abandoned as Perle Hansen took up the duty as new lead guitarist, Per Jakobsen took over the bass duties.
The band's new style, previewed on a promo tape in 1992, retained the complexity of the debut album, but emphasis on speed had been abandoned an higher focus on technicality and progressivity taking its place. Not only were Perle Hansen's lead guitar more complex and nuanced than the lead guitar on the debut album, Per M. Jensen's drumming had become complex and progressive compared to the high speed pounding of Excursion Demise; the recordings of 2nd album Weave The Apocalypse began in 1993 with engineer/producer Eric Greif, Death co-producer and manager, at Elsound Studio in Copenhagen. The release garnered positive reviews. Weave the Apocalypse is remembered by fans and critics alike as the strongest Invocator record in terms of songs and production; the band toured with Paradise Lost on their "Icon" Denmark tour, Invocator recorded two cover songs for a CD, entitled Early Years, featuring their old demo tapes in a remastered version - namely, "The Promise Of Agony" by Dark Angel and "The Eternal War" by Artillery.
Early Years marked a label change from Black Mark to Progress/Die Hard Music. Dying To Live, the band's third album, which musically combines groove metal with the technicality of the predecessor, was recorded and released in 1995, with another line-up change preceding it, as bassist Per Jakobsen being replaced by Carsten Mikkelsen. During a Denmark tour to support the album, the chemistry within the band suffered from different musical directions desired by its different members and the band decided to split the same year. While Per M. Jensen subsequently performed and recorded with Artillery and Geronimo and would join The Haunted, Jacob Hansen pursued a successful career as a producer, working with death metallers Pestilence, neo-rockers The Storm, hardrockers Pretty Maids and progressive metallers Cryoshell and Anubis Gate among others. In the early 2000s, Jacob Hansen started to write new songs together with guitarist Flemming C. Lund, known for his work with Autumn Leaves and The Arcane Order, a temporary drummer was found in Brian Rasmussen from Behind The Curtain and Mnemic, in 2002 a demo was released.
Through the Flesh to the Soul was released in 2003 with Hasen on vocals and guitars, Lund on guitars, who had rejoined the band, on bass, Jakob Gundel known for his work with Danish melodic death metal act Withering Surface and American progressive metal act Lord Bane, on drums. Through the Flesh to the Soul is more melodic and modern in sound than the preceding albums and more straightforward with more fast parts; the music is somewhat complex with some polyrhythmic sections. After another hiatus, the band went on tour in Denmark with Raunchy and The Burning in 2010 in the Danish leg of the Headbangers Ball Tour with Perle Hansen having rejoined the band. Most of their set consisted of tracks from Weave the Apocalypse and Dying to Live with the title track of Through the Flesh to the Soul and the title track of Excursion Demise being the only tracks from the two other albums. Invocator were joined onstage by guests Flemming G. Lund, now in Raunchy, Jacob Schulz, who