CNET’S DOWNLOAD: Clan of Xymox’s Ronny Moorings shares his favorite apps.
The singer-songwriter also revisits the band’s critically acclaimed gothic rock and industrial music-based album ‘Twist of Shadows’ on its 30th anniversary.
by Joshua Rotter
The success of Clan of Xymox’s third album, “Twist of Shadows” was no strange twist of fate. It was its major-label backing and accessible sound that helped lift the melancholic album and the Dutch dark wave band behind it from underground independent label obscurity to cult status in the US, in the late ’80s and early ’90s.
“Without this album, there would be no way forward at the time,” the group’s singer and frontman Ronny Moorings told Download.com. “It was an album opening up a whole new dimension for the band.”
Released in 1989, Clan of Xymox’s first major-label debut on PolyGram (now Universal) found the band working with esteemed record producers Peter Walsh (Simple Minds, Peter Gabriel, Gene Loves Jezebel) and his brother Greg Walsh (Heaven 17, Tina Turner, Chicago), with additional help from the legendary Tony Visconti (David Bowie, T. Rex, Iggy Pop).
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With its more pop-friendly sound, the 10-track, which bridged electronic music and goth rock, won Billboard’s “Hot Shot Debut” cracked the Billboard 200 and catapulted three of the band’s most enduring songs — the mystical “Obsession” and the heartbreakingly beautiful “Blind Hearts” and “Imagination” — up the charts.
And Moorings told Download.com that he thinks the album holds up nicely even three decades after it was recorded. Click here to read more.