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Clan of Xymox


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Nijmegen, Netherlands (1983 – present)

Clan of Xymox (also known as Xymox) blend an eclectic and vibrant mix of , , and . From the Netherlands, Xymox was established in 1983 in Nijmegen by frontman Ronny Moorings and then live-in Anke Wolbert. Their first EP, “Subsequent Pleasures” added Pieter Nooten afterwards on keyboards 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 Ronny’s songwriting coming as a fresh and very welcome abstract to the plastic and packaged synthpop of the late 80s. In 1989, Ronny 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.


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