Mandylion (album)

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Studio album by The Gathering
Released August 22, 1995
Recorded Woodhouse Studios, Hagen, Germany, 1-16 June 1995
Genre Progressive metal, Doom metal, gothic metal
Length 52:40
Label Century Media
Producer Siggi Bemm, Waldemar Sorychta, and The Gathering
The Gathering chronology
Almost a Dance
Nighttime Birds
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Sputnikmusic 3.5/5 stars[2]
Metal Storm 9.5/10 stars[3]

Mandylion is the third album by the Dutch former-doom metal band The Gathering. It was released on August 22, 1995 by Century Media Records. It is their first album to feature vocalist Anneke van Giersbergen. The album was recorded and mixed at Woodhouse Studios in Hagen, Germany between June 1st and June 16th, 1995 under the guidance of Siggi Bemm and Waldemar Sorychta.

Two of the songs have quotes from popular culture inserted into them: "Strange Machines" contains a passage from George Pal's film version of H.G. Wells's The Time Machine, and "Sand & Mercury" ends with a recording of J.R.R. Tolkien reading a quote from Simone de Beauvoir.

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Anneke van Giersbergen, all music composed by The Gathering.

Original release
No. Title Length
1. "Strange Machines"   6:04
2. "Eléanor"   6:42
3. "In Motion #1"   6:56
4. "Leaves"   6:01
5. "Fear the Sea"   5:50
6. "Mandylion" (instrumental) 5:02
7. "Sand & Mercury"   9:57
8. "In Motion #2"   6:08

Disc 2, 1–3 Demo recorded in June 1994 at Beaufort Studio.
Disc 2, 4–7 Demo recorded in early 1995 at Double Noise Studio in Tilburg.


Chart (1995) Peak
Dutch Albums Chart[4] 20



  1. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "The Gathering Mandylion review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2012-04-29. 
  2. ^ Spencer, Trey (16 July 2007). "The Gathering - Mandylion". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved 2012-04-29. 
  3. ^ "The Gathering - Mandylion". Metal Storm. 5 March 2004. Retrieved 2012-04-29. 
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