Mandylion (album)

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Studio album by The Gathering
Released 22 August 1995
Recorded 1–16 June 1995
Studio Woodhouse Studios, Hagen, Germany
Genre Gothic metal, doom metal, progressive metal
Length 52:40
Label Century Media
Producer Siggi Bemm, Waldemar Sorychta and The Gathering
The Gathering chronology
Almost a Dance
(1993)Almost a Dance1993
Nighttime Birds
(1997)Nighttime Birds1997
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal8/10[2]
Sputnikmusic3.5/5 stars[3]

Mandylion is the third studio album by the Dutch band the Gathering. It was released on 22 August 1995 by Century Media Records. The record is their first album to feature vocalist Anneke van Giersbergen. The album was recorded and mixed at Woodhouse Studios in Hagen, Germany between 1 and 16 June 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.

1."Strange Machines"6:04
3."In Motion #1"6:56
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.


The Gathering


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


  1. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "The Gathering Mandylion review". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2012-04-29. 
  2. ^ Popoff, Martin (August 1, 2007). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 3: The Nineties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. p. 168. ISBN 978-1-894959-62-9. 
  3. ^ Spencer, Trey (16 July 2007). "The Gathering - Mandylion". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved 2012-04-29. 
  4. ^ "The Gathering - Mandylion". Dutch (in Dutch). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 2016-12-27.