Beyond and back...
Back to the days when several members of Pentacle spent many Sunday afternoons in the sweaty Willem II in Den Bosch, The Netherlands. Around 1988-1994 both Mike and I saw countless amazing acts destroying the stage of the tiny, yet intimate club. We were able to witness (upcoming) international acts like Morbid Angel, Death, Autopsy, Revenant, Massacre, Carcass, Cathedral, Immolation, Grave, Samael, Bolt Thrower, Tiamat, Paradise Lost, Nocturnus and Entombed touring The Netherlands (for the first time). But also great Dutch bands like Sinister, Gorefest, Dead Head, Asphyx, Thanatos, Korsakov, Pestilence, Acrostichon and The Gathering were pounding our eardrums with their deadly sounds. Meeting kindred maniacs from all over The Netherlands/Belgium and buying records from the back trunk of Wim Baelus' car. Those days were/are really something special...
After years The Gathering came in contact again with several members from Acrostichon. Of course they talked a lot about the good old days, especially the ones they had, just like us, at the Willem II. They had a great nostalgic trip talking about those days. Soon they came to the conclusion they would love to do this again! The Gathering's debut album 'Always...' is almost 20 years old (April 1992). Hans Rutten (drums) contacted all old school Gathering 'Always...' era members and everybody immediately liked the idea to do something together. An old school Doom/Death party! Acrostichon released their debut album 'Engraved in Black' almost the same period, and Pentacle released their debut demo 'Caressed by Both Sides' as well 20 years ago. Why not celebrate this? So, after sharing so many amazing memories and friendships, it's time to add something new again!
Grab your agenda: The Gathering, Acrostichon and Pentacle will play live together at the Willem II (now called W2) Sunday afternoon 1st of April (no joke!) 2012! Acrostichon will be headlining, The Gathering and Pentacle will be support acts.
Last but definitly not least: All profit will go to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.