- Number of Discs: 2
- Released: January 26, 1999
- Label: Century Media
Tracks on Disc 1:
- 1.Frail (You Might as Well Be Me)
- 2.Great Ocean Road
- 3.Rescue Me
- 4.My Electricity
- 5.Liberty Bell
- 6.Red Is a Slow Colour
- 7.The Big Sleep
Tracks on Disc 2:
- 1.South American Ghost Ride
- 3.Locked Away
- 4.Probably Built in the Fifties
- 5.How to Measure a Planet?
The Gathering: Anneke Van Giersbergen (vocals, guitar); Rene Rutten (guitar, didgeridoo, Theremin); Frank Boeilan (keyboards); Hugo Prinsen Geerligs (bass); Hans Rutten (drums).
Additional personnel: Attie Bauw (percussion, programming).
Recorded between July & October 1998.
Personnel: Frank Boeijen (keyboards).
Recording information: Bauwhaus Studios, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (07/1998-10/1998); Wisselloord, Hilversum, The Netherlands (07/1998-10/1998).
If Mandylion and Nighttime Birds were the warm-up, then How to Measure a Planet? is the real deal. The Gathering have always had a talent for progressive-sounding metal, but with this release they take the style to a whole new level. Anneke Van Giersbergen's vocals are the stuff of dreams, and the band's sound is stepped up more than just a few notches. Centered on the concept of travel and movement, all the tracks on this two-disc set actually make you feel like you are on a journey with the band. From the gentle "Rescue Me" to Sabbath-esque rockers like "Liberty Bell," the band is able to create an ethereal atmosphere without sacrificing any of its power. This album takes metal to a beautiful new place. ~ Chris True