The Gathering Superheat (A Live Album)

The Gathering isn't the most exciting of live bands. The obvious Pink Floyd turn they've taken on their last couple of records can't be translated into a feast of live energy, and one can only stare at Anneke Van Giersbergen for so long. The Dutch band are definitely adept at pulling off their recorded shit live - sound effects and samples included - as evidenced in "Liberty Bell," "Probably Built in the Fifties," "Strange Machines" and "Marooned." However, the "sit and soak it in" jazz-like aesthetic of the Gathering's live show, and lack of excitement they generate doesn't do much for the listener at home who has already lived with studio versions. (Century Media)