Sunday, 30 October 2011

Clan Of Xymox - Darkest Hour (2011)


   The band Clan of Xymox, also known as Xymox, formed in the Netherlands in 1981. They gained success in the 1980s, releasing their first two albums on a prestigious independent UK label, a third and fourth album on a major US label and scoring a hit single in the United States. Early pioneers of the dark and moody electronic music known as darkwave their 1980s releases included synthpop electronic dance music.

  In the 1990s, their music turned increasingly Goth (they have since been referred to as the "founding fathers of goth.") Though the band is still active and continues to tour and release records, of the original members (Ronny Moorings, Pieter Nooten, Frank Weyzig, and Anke [also Anka] Wolbert), only Moorings remains in the band today.

   How would the classic darkwave from the 80s sound today?
   Which path would the cult acts of the legendary 4AD label take with the possibilities of our modern world? As an answer to these questions, CLAN OF XYMOX deliver their foreboding thirteenth  studio album "Darkest Hour" - an enthralling journey through the past, present and future of gloomy goth/darkwave sounds.

  After enthusing the scene in the summer of 2009 with their quite goth rock-oriented "In Love We Trust", CLAN OF XYMOX return with an album that is surprisingly electronic. Without omitting the foggy guitars painting their characteristically melancholic aura into the songs, the framework of "Darkest Hour" consists of an elaborate composition of enigmatic electro sounds and mesmerizing darkwave nostalgia - a combination effortlessly melting together contemporary sounds with the aura that made the self-titled XYMOX debut an instant classic in 1985.

Ronny Moorings' passion for huge, sensual melodies, mystical sound experiments and seductive dance rhythms is as unbroken as it ever was. Melancholy, energy and determination rule "Darkest Hour", a record whose tracks "My Reality" or the hypnotic club hit "Delete" will work on any dancefloor, but that also delivers gripping entertainment and world-class goth hymns with "Dream of Fools" and the breathtaking "Wake Up My Darling". Crowned, as usual, with Ronny's unmistakable vocals instilling the necessary dark passion.

  An impressive 30 years have passed since the founding of CLAN OF XYMOX - a period being revisited on the new album and leading to ten modern darkwave classics ready to be instantly introduced into the canon of gloomy music. To be released on Ronny Moorings' birthday, 

"Darkest Hour" is music for the night, is music for life and for death, is music for eternity.

01. My Reality
02. Delete
03. My Chicane
04. Dream of Fools
05. Deep down I died
06. In Your Arms again
07. She did not answer
08. Tears ago
09. The Darkest Hour
10. Wake up My Darling


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