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  FAREWELL
    by CLAN OF XYMOX - FAREWELL
  Posted: 10.31.2003
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Farewell
Cold Damp Day
There's No Tomorrow
Dark Mood
One More Time
It's Not Enough
Courageous
Into Extremes
Losing My Head
Skindeep

  LABEL:  Pandamonium
  RELEASED:  2003

CLAN OF XYMOX - FAREWELL

FAREWELL

The question that's most often asked about the title of this latest album is if it refers to the end of The Clan. Mainman Ronny Moorings has been quick to point out that it's more to do with the end of certain chapters in one's life, a relationship that has run it's course, for instance. This will undoubtedly be a massive relief to their huge and loyal fanbase and for those of us who have just discovered exactly what they're capable of as they weigh in with a superb and varied release that will appeal to electro fans as well as goth/darkwavers.

Following on from the superb "There's No Tomorrow" single (which is, needless to say, included here!) this is a varied offering that, while retaining a dark, sombre mood throughout, thanks in part to his sombre vocal style while encompassing a great many musical bases in a sumptuous and thrilling fashion.

The electro influences are frequent and unmistakeable, starting with the forthright synth stabs and rhythms that grace the opening duo of "Farewell" and "Cold Damp Day", touches that any electro band would be pleased to call their own although the final touches are added by the gritty guitar work. Moorings' many years of experience is evident here as the fusion is totally perfect and by the time "Into Extremes" comes around you're almost into EBM territory with accompanying harsher vocals. As always, Moorings adds his own touches to make the music very much his own and it's this that makes the album so instantly memorable from start to finish. This also means that when the band do touch on more traditional goth/darkwave territories, as on "One More Time" which utilises violin, guitar and accoustic drums or the brooding "Dark Mood" where a superb sonic tapestry is built up through massed layers of strings and tympanic flourishes, then the effect is actually to make the album a great deal more 'rounded. Add to this the operatic voices that crop up on "Losing My Head", again accompanied by some wonderful strings or the 80s new-wave bass and guitar combo of "It's Not Enough" then the results can be nothing but a great success, although the latter track does remind me of The Sisters Of Mercy and on "Courageous", another fine track, the chorus vocals sound not unlike Phil Oakey!! Still, with music this good, who's complaining? This is a total triumph from start to finish.


RATING: 9

Artist Link:  http://www.pandaimonium.de
 

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