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Nijmegen, the Netherlands (1983 – present)

Clan of Xymox (also known as Xymox) blend an eclectic and vibrant mix of darkwave, electronic pop, gothic rock, and acoustic folk. From the Netherlands, Xymox was established in Nijmegen, the Netherlands by frontman Ronny Moorings and then live-in Anke Wolbert in 1983. 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 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.


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  • radevadan


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  • Cylob


    24 Nov 2013 Reply
  • rainbowshoe

    I finally found PHOENIX, it was harder than getting some.

    8 Dec 2012 Reply
  • RedjMusic

    obsession/imagination..faves of Xymox(orig)

    23 Sep 2012 Reply
  • Iamjustapeasant


    19 Jan 2012 Reply
  • BonkiBits

    Just so many songs that I love from them! These days I'm addicted to there song Michelle and Going Round.

    4 Dec 2011 Reply
  • spiderwicks

    Got it TODAY !!!!!! Love the new COX album , ALL trax are super great , thanks

    23 May 2011 Reply
  • tokiohostel

    check this out, totally cool ! :

    22 May 2011 Reply
  • tokiohostel

    Evelyn , Evelyn !

    14 May 2011 Reply
  • ativke

    their cyberpunk period definitely has merit

    12 May 2011 Reply
  • femalefunction

    NEW ALBUM COMES :)))I found this review : 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” or the breathtaking “Wake Up My Darling”. Crowned, as usual, with Ronny’s unmistakable vocals instilling the necessary dark passion into his Dark Wave elegies. 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 Dark Wave 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.

    1 Apr 2011 Reply
  • sulpher23

    I prefer the other page

    1 Apr 2011 Reply
  • perpetualsnow

    is the same band, this is the original name then changed in Clan of Xymox. But they published Twist of Shadows under the short name...i'm not sure but i think it is due to discographic label troubles

    28 Mar 2011 Reply
  • PsychoKrusher

    What's the difference between this and "Clan of xymox"?

    27 Mar 2011 Reply
  • mic_unruhr

    New XYMOX story including interviews with all original band members! published a new XYMOX biography. In contrast to the most XYMOX stories which are told from Ronny's viewpoint, contains this biography also statements and interviews from Pieter Nooten, Anka Wolbert, Bert Barten, Frank Weyzig and of course Ronny Moorings. Read about the forgotten Clan of XYMOX song "Move the glass", the truth about the songwriting, rise and fall of the major act XYMOX and about the mostly unknown Headclouds Tour in 1994. part 1: Subsequent Pleasures (1983-1985); part 2: Medusa (1986-1987) are online now!

    16 Mar 2011 Reply
  • Akatian

    Phoenix of My Heart

    17 Jan 2011 Reply
  • Electro_catze

    It never gets it

    15 Nov 2010 Reply
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    15 Nov 2010 Reply
  • fictionmay

    Masquerade - best song ever!

    2 Nov 2010 Reply
  • pessimystica

    i realize it's a different period, but i honestly wish they'd link CoX & this page together for sheer convenience. Moorings has been involved with it the whole time. Plus, if they were linked, CoX would be my top 2nd played band instead of just 3rd ;-) I totally agree with LordDream... Twist of Shadows DOES own!

    15 Sep 2010 Reply
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