Souvenirs (The Gathering album)

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Studio album by The Gathering
Released February 24, 2003[1]
Genre Alternative rock, trip rock
Length 59:25
Label Psychonaut PSYN0004CD
Producer Zlaya Hadzich
The Gathering chronology
Black Light District
Sleepy Buildings
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
Chronicles of Chaos 8/10 stars[3]
Metal Storm 9/10 stars[4]

Souvenirs is the seventh studio album by Dutch alternative rock band The Gathering. It was released on February 24, 2003 through independent label Psychonaut Records; the label was founded by the band in 1999.


Souvenirs is the first full-length release from The Gathering since parting ways with Century Media, and the first full-length release for Psychonaut Records. The album was recorded at E-Sound, Weesp, Loud Amsterdam and A1 Amsterdam during 2002 and 2003 under the guidance of producer Zlaya Hadzich. The album was engineered by Zlaya Hadzich, Sietze Gardenier, David Klooker & Ignaz Bruens; mixed at A1, Loud & E-Sound by Zlaya Hadzich, René Rutten & Michael Buyens; and mastered by Alan Ward at Electric City.

Many speculate that it was the new experimental directions of the group, as well as the inability of the label to market them that signaled the end of their contract with Century Media.[2]

This is the final studio album to feature original bassist Hugo Prinsen Geerligs.

Track listing[edit]

All music composed by The Gathering and Zlaya Hadzich.

No. Title Lyrics Length
1. "These Good People" Anneke van Giersbergen 5:55
2. "Even the Spirits are Afraid" Anneke van Giersbergen 5:13
3. "Broken Glass" Anneke van Giersbergen 4:59
4. "You Learn About It" Anneke van Giersbergen 5:09
5. "Souvenirs" Anneke van Giersbergen 6:07
6. "We Just Stopped Breathing" Zlaya Hadzich 6:52
7. "Monsters" Zlaya Hadzich 5:02
8. "Golden Grounds" Anneke van Giersbergen 4:53
9. "Jelena" Anneke van Giersbergen 6:10
10. "A Life All Mine" Trickster G., Anneke van Giersbergen 5:08
11. "Telson" (Bonus track) Anneke van Giersbergen 2:08

On the CD version, "Telson" appears as a hidden track in the pregap. On the vinyl edition of this album, Telson is the final bonus track. There is a four-minute pregap between "Jelena" and "A Life All Mine" that often elongates the length of "Jelena" when the disc is ripped (pregaps are usually appended to the previous track in this process).


Chart (2003) Peak
Dutch Albums Chart[5] 47
German Albums Chart[6] 90



  • Artwork, Design – iNDEX Utrecht
  • Composed By, Performer, Arranged By – The Gathering, Zlaya Hadzich
  • Engineer – David Klooker, Ignaz Bruens, Sietze Gardenier, Zlaya Hadzich
  • Lyrics By – Anneke van Giersbergen (tracks: 1 to 5, 8 to 10), Trickster G. (tracks: 10), Zlaya Hadzich (tracks: 6, 7)
  • Mastered By – Alan Ward
  • Mixed By – Michael Buyens, René Rutten, Zlaya Hadzich
  • Photography By – Esther Marbus
  • Photography By [Flowers] – Niels Coppes
  • Producer – Zlaya Hadzich[7]