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- Berdreyminn
02. Ulver
- The Assassination Of Julius Caesar
03. Au Champ Des Morts
- Dans La Joie
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- The Optimist
05. God Body Disconnect
- Sleeper's Fate
06. Peter Bjärgö
- Animus Retinentia
07. Friends Of Alice Ivy
- The Last Days Of Fenwyck
08. Isenordal
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09. Phallus Dei
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Clan Of Xymox - Kindred Spirits (2012) - Review

Band: Clan Of Xymox
Album title: Kindred Spirits
Release date: 9 October 2012
Label: Trisol Music Group

Tracklisting:
01. Venus (Shocking Blue)
02. Alice (The Sisters Of Mercy)
03. Is Vic There (Department S)
04. A Forest (The Cure)
05. Something I Can Never Have (Nine Inch Nails)
06. Red Light (Siouxsie And The Banshees)
07. Decades (Joy Division)
08. Heroes (David Bowie)
09. A Question Of Time (Depeche Mode)
10. Creep (Radiohead)
11. Blue Monday (New Order)

Clan Of Xymox (formerly known also merely as Xymox) established their dark and ghastly sound in the mid 80s, when the gothic scene was on its peak and with albums such as Medusa (1986) created their trademark sound. Their style was pure darkwave as we know it: gothic rock and synthpop combined into an elegant mixture, which was driven by the heavy use of keyboards. Adding darkly passionate lyrics and haunting vocals, Xymox became just about anything you would expect a darkwave band would sound like.

Kindred Spirits, their latest work, is not an original album, but an album of covers. The band took the most valued names of the 80s. Siouxsie And The Banshees, New Order, The Cure, The Sisters Of Mercy and Joy Divison are the names any fan of gothic scene will recognize, alongside other great names, such as David Bowie, Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails and even Radiohead.

So what to say when debating covers? Are the originals better? Are the covers better? Well let me tell you, Clan Of Xymox surely took a lot on their shoulders with this one, because those are the names of musicians that surely left a deep mark in the timeline of music. David Bowie is for sure one the legends of modern music, as well as Depeche Mode, all known to a wider public that goes beyond the gothic rock scene. There is no doubt – you can’t be better than Bowie, if you aren’t Bowie. The point of this album was to xymoxize the songs and with "Heroes", "Creep" (Radiohead), "Red Light" (Siouxsie And The Banshees), "Blue Monday" (New Order) and "A Forest" (The Cure) is just what they did. All those songs were covered in a darkwave style, with the use of distinguished heavy keyboards and mesmerizing vocals, giving them that extra dark ambient. Their work on "Alice" (The Sisters Of Mercy) and "Decades" (Joy Divison) is surprising from the angle just how they embed the original works. 

So we come to the original question, to cover or not to cover? Looking at the choice of songs and artists, Clan Of Xymox took for this album, it’s needless to say the originals hold much more class than the covers. On the other hand, from the point of view that this is homage to most influential musicians that also influenced Xymox’s work through the decades; I say the choice of songs is brilliant. But all in all, I still prefer hearing Clan of Xymox at their original work; because they still have that primary gothic/darkwave touch that I miss is modern darkwave music. The moral of the story: stay original!

Review written by: Ines
Rating: 6/10

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Band: Near Earth Orbit
Album title: Trans Neptunian Objects
Release date: 9 October 2015
Label: Solar Lodge

We are back in the future, exactly in the year 2034. The second chapter of Near Earth Orbit invites us again to experience an imaginary movie created by the force of sound. Now the mother Earth is left behind, it went into ashes; do you remember the last words on End Of All Existence from the communication between the Mission Control Centre and Ashley Dayour? "OMG the apocalypse is fucking beautiful!", Ashley said in the end of the of the album which was released in May this year, and then it was only silence... Now Artaud Seth (Garden Of Delight, Merciful Nuns, Lutherion) and Ashley Dayour (Whispers In The Shadow, The Devil & The Universe, Coma Divine,...) are deep in the space. Trans Neptunian Objects reveals why the E.D.E.N. mission was discharged there and how it got there, the significance of the Einstein-Rosen Bridge and also which part a pre-human device buried deep in the desert sand has got to play in all of this. It's almost impossible to separate the first Near Earth Orbit's chapter, End Of All Existence, and the second one, Trans Neptunian Objects. Musically the new effort by Artaud and Ashley differs a bit from the previous one. While the biggest emphasis on the first chapter was on dreadful apocalyptic atmosphere, now the two based their sound a bit more on powerful, still very cinematic and atmospheric doomy gothic rock. Trans Neptunian Objects is a strong and dark album from every possible point of view, it's a solid and extraordinary release, perfectly capturing the feeling and experience of being in the vastness of space, yet it's very well produced piece of unique sonic darkness that shouldn't be missed out.

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