Clan of Xymox
Holandia / Netherlands
Date of establishing :
darkwave, Gothic, Gothic Rock
Biography:Clan of Xymox (also known as Xymox) is blend an eclectic and vibrant mix of electronic pop, gothic rock, and acoustic folk. From the Netherlands, Xymox was established in 1980 by frontman Ronny Moorings and then live-in Anke Wolbert.
Their first EP, 'Subsequent Pleasures' added Pieter Nooten afterwards and left a mark on an emerging Euro-Wave market.
A chance meeting with Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerrard of Dead Can Dance led to an invitation to support that band on a UK tour, and then a recording contract with their record label, 4AD.
Their first two full length albums, self-titled 'Clan of Xymox' and 'Medusa', comfortably settled Xymox into their own niche of blooming melodics and smooth grey lyrical originality, with Ronnie's songwriting coming as a fresh and very welcome abstract to the plastic and packaged synthpop of the late 80s.
In 1989 Ronnie saw a chance to evolve and left 4AD, releasing 'Twist of Shadows' which proved to be their most complete and mature offering thusfar, and was their most successful yet.
With the next two albums, 'Phoenix' and 'Metamorphosis', fans were left with something of an out of body experience - as Xymox was sounding nothing like themselves. 'Metamorphosis' was truly that however, its failure created a catalyst for Moorings to jump to yet another label, part ways with his bandmates, and pickup Mojca Zugna on bass. Zok records re-released 'Metamorphosis' and a new EP - 'Headclouds'.
Moorings took a four year break to introspect and write, and gave fans the wondrous gift that is 'Hidden Faces', admittedly the logical followup to 'Medusa'.
The new millenium ushered in success for 'Creatures', 'Notes From the Underground', 'Farewell', 'Breaking Point', 'The Best Of Clan Of Xymox' and DVD release 'Visible' from 2008, which serve to define what Clan of Xymox has become now - a velvet lined room smelling of roses and clove, the distant chime of crystal engaging crystal, and the slow lilting line of smoke forming nameless shapes as it draws you ever in.
Dark days call for dark music. An opus like "Days of Black" after 33 years in business, unites monotonous rigour with floating lightness, marries juvenile "Sturm und Drang" with the expertise of the experienced artist. Thus, before the opening track with its vigorous drums, its shimmering Post Punk guitars and its menacing synth foundation is over.
Clan Of Xymox prove to be a balanced, matured and aesthetically perfect unit that never halted and that today is able to connect three decades of music history in the most atmospheric, gripping and arousing way possible. Each and every song possesses a momentum instantly hypnotising everything within reach, translating the unbeaten aura of the eighties into our black times.