The Gathering

In Motion

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In Motion was released in 2003, most likely as contract fulfillment with the Century Media label, as the band announced on its website that it didn't have anything to do with the production of the DVD, and doesn't view it as an official Gathering release. Which may explain the mediocre nature of the package as a whole, containing two pro-shot live sets (a seven-song gig recorded at Holland's Dynamo festival in 1996 and six songs from a 1997 show in Krakow, Poland), two promotional video clips ("Leaves" and "Liberty Bell"), and a discography list. The live footage is decent, showcasing singer Anneke Van Giersbergen's captivating, full-bodied vocals, even if the band's lush, brooding music doesn't lend itself to overly dynamic concerts. The Dynamo set is culled entirely from the Gathering's first album with Van Giersbergen, Mandylion, and as it was shot in the daytime, it offers little atmosphere, the sunshine and lack of intimacy bleaching out any emotion put forth by the band. The Krakow gig is more appropriate and compelling, shot inside a dark club, and culling songs from Mandylion and its follow-up, Nighttime Birds. The bare-bones presentation of the material -- not to mention its status as a record label vault-cleaning cash grab -- makes In Motion a worthy acquisition for die-hard fans only.