Ronny Moorings returns with another exceptional Clan of Xymox
release. As much as I like past CoX releases, this Farewell
CD is the best yet. While this is an overall gothic recording, the use
of electronic programming is greater than ever before.
The songs are made up of frantic sequencing, heavy bass beats, guitars,
haunting melodies and Moorings' great deep and clear singing. Most of
the tracks are energetic and would be great out on the dance floor.
The biggest surprise is the synth-pop direction Moorings took with some
of the songs. These especially stand out in my opinion, and I would
like see Moorings go more this direction in the future with CoX.
In addition to some dark synth-pop style tracks, there's gothic rock
and darkwave songs included on the CD as well. The gothic rock tracks
are less electronic and more guitar heavy. And the darkwave songs are
a little too slow for my tastes, but the inclusion of female backing
vocals is a nice touch.
There's a good helping of variety on this CD, and it all works well
together. I personally enjoy the electronic club tracks the most, but
I find everything delivered here enjoyable overall. If you like gothic
music of any kind, this CD can't be missed.
You just have to appreciate a CD that offers as much variety as this
Clan of Xymox ĎNotes From The Undergroundí
recording does. If you are a fan of any style of gothic music, chances
are that you will find something to like here. Each song delivers a
slightly different sound be it either dark electro or more aggressive
goth rock with guitars.
Itís really great how this act manages to make different genres come
together and work so well. Take darkwave, goth rock, EBM and synth-pop
and combine them all together and you get an idea of the sound offered
on this CD. However, it does lean more toward darkwave and goth rock
than anything else. But there are slight EBM and synth-pop elements
here that make things even more entertaining to listen to. Basically,
this is gothic music with some modern futuristic electronic programming,
haunting synth melodies and deep dramatic male vocals. The mood of the
album is very dark with an overall romantic beauty creating enchanting
atmospheres. Female vocals are included in some of the songs as well
to add even more variety to the sound.
Each of the songs do a good job of playing at different paces. Some
are energetic and hard driving, while others are more soothing and melodic.
There is a nice contrast to this overall album. While I still donít
feel that there are enough EBM or synth-pop elements here to please
fans of those genres of music, this is definitely a must for gothic