CLAN OF XYMOX

Album: "Farewell"
Label: Metropolis Records (2003)
Style: Gothic/Darkwave/Synth-pop
Songs: 10

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Reviewed by: Darklight

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.

 

Album: "Notes From the Underground"
Label: Metropolis Records (2001)
Style: Darkwave
Songs: 12

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Reviewed by: Darklight

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 music fans.