Holland's THE GATHERING have completed several preliminary recordings for their upcoming studio CD, which is once again being engineered and produced by Zlaya Hadzich for a fall 2002 release through Century Media Records. According to the band, some of [the initial tracks] are really state of the art, some will be re-recorded. We do not try to force or hesitate anything. This band operates best with no time pressure, no deadlines, no master plan. Well, we have a plan, but quite rough. Things are still changing, songs are growing, so it makes no sense to enter the finishing state (mix/master) already. If we have the feeling the development of the songs is finished and the ideas are mature enough, we will go to the 2nd level Zlaya became a very important person in arranging and nursing the new tunes. He is the 6th (invisible) bandmember with a lot of input and healthy ideas. A previously announced EP, which was mentioned as a possibility for early 2002, is no longer being considered, and the band is fully focusing on the recording of their seventh studio CD.