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For the "if, then, else" conditional statement in computer programming, see Conditional.
Studio album by The Gathering
Released 25 July 2000
Recorded January to March 2000
Genre Alternative rock, trip hop, progressive rock[1]
Length 52:46
Label Century Media 77298-2
Producer The Gathering; co-produced by Zlaya Hadzich
The Gathering chronology
How To Measure A Planet?
Black Light District
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
Chronicles of Chaos 9.5/10 stars[3]
Metal Storm 9.3/10 stars[4]

if_then_else is the sixth studio album by the Dutch alternative rock band The Gathering. The album was released on 25 July 2000 through Century Media.


The album was recorded at the Koeienverhuurbedrijf Studio, Purmerend, and at S&K Studio, Doetinchem between January and March, 2000, under the band's own guidance with Zlaya Hadzich as co-producer. The album was engineered by Zlaya Hadzich and Dick Kemper, mixed and mastered on Pro Tools by Attie Bauw at Bauwhaus Studio, Amsterdam in April 2000.

Its title combines two frequently used computer programming notations:

"Colorado Incident" is about a real-life experience of having to cancel a gig in Colorado because of overbooking, exhaustion and the band members' illnesses. Fans were frustrated, and the band was later very apologetic about this "incident".[5] (It is apparently not about the 1999 Columbine High School massacre, as often speculated.)

An excerpt of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland is heard between "Analog Park" and "Herbal Movement".

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Anneke van Giersbergen except when noted; all music composed by The Gathering.

No. Title Length
1. "Rollercoaster" 4:45
2. "Shot to Pieces" 4:10
3. "Amity" 5:57
4. "Bad Movie Scene" 3:49
5. "Colorado Incident" (René Rutten, van Giersbergen) 4:53
6. "Beautiful War" 2:33
7. "Analog Park" 6:06
8. "Herbal Movement" 4:11
9. "Saturnine" 5:12
10. "Morphia's Waltz" 6:37
11. "Pathfinder" 4:39


Chart (2000) Peak
Dutch Albums Chart[6] 47
German Albums Chart[7] 76

Additional musicians[edit]

  • Bart van Vegchel - French horn [tracks 1, 6, 11]
  • Ad Verspaandonk - Trombon [tracks 6, 11]
  • Emmeke Bressers - Oboe [track 6]
  • Jasper Slotboom - cello [track 6]
  • Marthe Kalkhoven - cello [track 6]
  • Jiska ter Bals - violin [tracks 3, 6, 9, 10, 11]