The West Pole

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The West Pole
Studio album by The Gathering
Released 12 May 2009
Recorded 2008
Genre Progressive rock
Length 54:01
Label Psychonaut
Producer René Rutten
The Gathering chronology
Home
(2006)
The West Pole
(2009)
City from Above
(2009)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Rock Sound 8/10 stars[2]
Sputnikmusic 4/5 stars[3]
Blogcritics (Positive)[4]
Sea of Tranquility 4/5 stars[5]
MusicTAP 4/5 stars[6]
Lords of Metal (89/100)[7]
Gravemusic 8/10 stars [8]
Dangerdog Music 3.5/5 stars [9]

The West Pole is the ninth studio album by The Gathering. It is the first album to feature the new vocalist Silje Wergeland, previous front woman of Octavia Sperati. This album also includes two guest singers, Dutch Anne van den Hoogen and Mexican Marcela Bovio (Stream of Passion), as well as other guest musicians. Music videos were made of the songs "All You Are" and "No Bird Call".

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "When Trust Becomes Sound"   Instrumental René Rutten 3:53
2. "Treasure"   Silje Wergeland René Rutten 4:06
3. "All You Are"   Silje Wergeland René Rutten 4:34
4. "The West Pole"   Silje Wergeland René Rutten 6:35
5. "No Bird Call"   Silje Wergeland Frank Boeijen 5:38
6. "Capital of Nowhere"   Anne van den Hoogen René Rutten 6:35
7. "You Promised Me a Symphony"   Silje Wergeland Silje Wergeland 2:54
8. "Pale Traces"   Marcela Bovio Frank Boeijen 7:46
9. "No One Spoke"   Silje Wergeland Frank Boeijen 4:32
10. "A Constant Run"   Silje Wergeland Frank Boeijen 7:44

Charts[edit]

Chart (2009) Peak
position
Dutch Albums Chart[10] 98

Personnel[edit]

Band members
Additional musicians
  • Marcela Bovio - vocals on track 8
  • Anne van den Hoogen - vocals on track 6, megaphone nonsense on track 1 and megaphone backing vocals on track 2
  • Jos van den Dungen - violin and viola on tracks 2, 3, 4, 5 and 8
  • John Mitchell - cello on tracks 3, 4, 5 and 8
  • Marije de Jong and Jonas Pap - narrative on track 4

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "The Gathering The West Pole review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2012-04-29. 
  2. ^ Burt, Jim (June 2009). "The Gathering - The West Pole". Rock Sound (123): 92. 
  3. ^ Spencer, Trey (6 May 2009). "The Gathering - The West Pole". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved 2012-04-29. 
  4. ^ Perkins, Jeff (18 August 2009). "Music Review: The Gathering - The West Pole". Eurorock. Blogcritics. Retrieved 2012-04-29. 
  5. ^ Glenday, Duncan (3 June 2009). "The Gathering - The West Pole". Sea of Tranquility.org. Retrieved 2012-04-29. 
  6. ^ Dunphy, John (29 June 2009). "The Gathering - The West Pole". MusicTAP.net. Retrieved 2012-04-29. 
  7. ^ "The Gathering - The West Pole". Lords of Metal.nl. Retrieved 2012-04-29. 
  8. ^ "The Gathering - The West Pole". Gravemusic.com. 23 August 2009. Retrieved 2012-04-29. 
  9. ^ Hartranft, Craig (30 April 2009). "The Gathering: The West Pole". Dangerdog Music Reviews. Retrieved 2012-04-29. 
  10. ^ http://www.dutchcharts.nl/showitem.asp?interpret=The+Gathering&titel=The+West+Pole&cat=a