Dutch/Norwegian rockers THE GATHERING are working on the CD version of “Afterlights”, a collection of reworked versions of tracks from the band’s latest album, “Disclosure”, which came out last September. The group states: “The songs are inspired by ‘Disclosure’ songs but totally rebuilt/remade. It’s like listening to a new album. People who have the ‘Afterlights’ 10″ vinyl [which came out last year] know what [we] mean.”
“Disclosure” was released on September 12, 2012 via the band’s own Psychonaut Records. The CD cover artwork was created by the Chilean artist Carlos Vergara Rivera.
THE GATHERING‘s previous album, “The West Pole”, was released in North America on June 2, 2009 via Season of Mist. The CD was issued in most of Europe on May 4, 2009 via the group’s own label, Psychonaut Records.
“The West Pole” marked the recording debut of new THE GATHERING singer Silje Wergeland, who was previously in the Norwegian band OCTAVIA SPERATI.
In a recent interview with Decibel magazine, Wergeland stated that “Disclosure” is “fresher, braver, more confident, honest, deeper [and] newer” than “The West Pole”.
Regarding THE GATHERING‘s decision to release the “Heroes For Ghosts” single so far ahead of the full-length album, Silje said, “We decided to not do it for any other reason than release it because we wanted to! The song is way too long for a ‘normal’ single, but that didn’t matter. We never released it to try to get it on radio or on TV. We know their limits of about three minutes to get airplay, and knew we’ll never get there anyways. It was only marketed through our Facebook, Twitter and webpage, so very low key. THE GATHERING has its own label [Psychonaut], but we are not very business-focused. It is still all about the music and art. We were just so happy with it and wanted to share it with the world.”