THERE'S NO TOMORROW
PANDAIMONIUM, METROPOLIS RELEASE: SEPTEMBER 28, 2002 REVIEW:
NOVEMBER 5, 2002
here it is, the latest entry in the ongoing saga that is Clan of Xymox.
This single clocks in at over 40 minutes long, so one would think that
getting their money's worth is assured right?
No Tomorrow" comes in six, count them, six different versions. Let's
dissect them, shall we? The album version is a solid techno-based deviant
that features samples from Roman Polanski's masterful film "Bitter
Moon". One might think that frontman Ronny Moorings has gone through
some personal catastrophe as the lyrics are even bleaker than he usually
writes them. The Frozen Autumn version of this track is a tedious seven
plus minute exercise in monotony. My favourite Polish band on Earth, Fading
Colours deliver a mix that is utterly uninspired. Run Level Zero try to
give the song a nice eighties feel and over-indulge their influences completely.
We then get to the club version of the song which is very well done indeed.
Probably because Moorings himself did it. The radio edit follows and makes
the song a very poppy affair. The two additional new tracks on this single
are quite fabulous. "Courageous" perhaps has more meaning for
the band itself than what the words imply in the song. Again, techno-based
and aggressive as hell. "The Second Time" certainly aims for
the "classic" sound of the Clan but comes out sounding more
akin to the "Phoenix of My Heart" period of Xymox.
main thing to notice about this single is how much it has in common with
Xymox's final album "Headclouds". Could it be that Clan of Xymox
are about to shorten their name once more? I certainly would hope so.
They appear to have painted themselves into a corner by shamelessly endorsing
themselves as as "g*th" band. The new album should be quite
interesting indeed to hear. The diversity that I loved about Xymox is
slowly creeping back into Ronny Mooring's work. I hope it continues.