Clan Of Xymox ‎– Breaking Point

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Pan -58 Clan Of Xymox Breaking Point(CD, Album) Pandaimonium Records Pan -58 Germany 2006 Sell This Version
MET 417 Clan Of Xymox Breaking Point(CD, Album) Metropolis MET 417 US 2006 Sell This Version
GRR 007 Clan Of Xymox Breaking Point(CD, Album) Gravitator Records GRR 007 Russia 2006 Sell This Version
CDVM013 Clan Of Xymox Breaking Point(CD, Album) Vision Music CDVM013 Poland 2006 Sell This Version
Pan -58 Clan Of Xymox Breaking Point(CD, Album, Promo) Pandaimonium Records Pan -58 Germany 2006 Sell This Version
MET 417D Clan Of Xymox Breaking Point(10xFile, FLAC, Album, RE) Metropolis MET 417D US 2009

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chesshead6666

chesshead6666

September 6, 2009
referencing Breaking Point, CD, Album, Promo, Pan -58

Two years after the release of their exceptional Best Of release, we're now presented with the latest great work from this renowned band in the form of Breaking Point. It's hard to imagine how a band with such an extensive history can continue to "mature" their sound, but it seems they manage to do so in subtle ways that only long-time fans will really be able to notice. Overall they still capitalize on the same solid elements they've used over all of these years. Ronny Moorings uses his deep, angst-ridden vocals as a foundation and anchor for the music that has it's own groundwork laid down through solid synths and various guitar layers.
To begin the album is the precursor single "Weak in my Knees" sporting the most recognizable elements from this band in their club- friendly, goth-rock sound. This track was released as a single several weaks ago including some nice remixes of this track along with remixes of their classic track "Michelle" and the appearance of "Calling You Out", also available on this album. It's with good reason that this piece was chosen as the single from this disc with it's powerful, electronics-based foundation. This is followed by two more danceable tracks in the form of "Calling You Out" and "She's Dangerous". These moving tracks feature everything from distorted guitar, various synth and electronic loops, but always with a solid beat, a deep steady flowing sound and Ronny's excellent vocals.
At this point we're dragged down into the drowing depths of the deep emotional ballads that always manage to appear on each release from this band in the form of "Eternally". The lyrics follow suit with previous works, providing a profound look into the inner depths of the artists conscious. Along with the look into the meaningful lyrics these tracks provide, they also provide a break from the driving and sometimes harsher tracks for an excellent variety. This tempo remains through "We Never Learn" with another beautiful ballad that has quickly become another favorite of mine.
After this short break we dive right back into the upbeat, dynamic sounds of "Be My Friend". The lyrics are interesting on this piece and by the title you wouldn't think this would be another driving club track. As it is, this selection would get my vote as the single for the album with a mix of "O Fortuna" choir samples accenting the solid synths and deep basslines that provide the musical backdrop. While the intensity of the album remains extremely strong, the tempo starts to slow with "Cynara" and marks the decline from the clymax of the previous track. Slowly you think the album begins to wind down with this piece and the instrumental ambient piece "Pandora's Box" featuring some nice samples and dreamy soundscapes. But once again at the conclusion of this piece we're launched back into the fray with the finale two pieces forming the finale of the album with a powerful exit. "Under the Wire" sports some of the most electronic elements in one track with minimal guitar, but then "What's Going On" goes all out with the electronics and synths without even a detectible hint of the guitar driven goth sounds.
With that the album concludes and the listener can honestly say that this is another memorable album that won't soon be forgotten. It stands out in many ways against today's music, delving back into the gothic rock foundation that so many fans grew up listening to, while it has electronics, it varies from the onslaught of synthpop and EBM bands that have flooded the scene lately with each band sound exactly like every other band, and at the same time the artists haven't jumped onto the indie / emo rock bandwagon like so many others have, trying to make it into the teen-pop scene. They stay true to themselves and true to their fans while they still provide new and excellent music.
bernhelsing

bernhelsing

December 6, 2006
edited over 12 years ago
referencing Breaking Point, CD, Album, MET 417

This is the most perfect album of Clan Of Xymox , combining the old with the new : a journey through sonic landscapes , alternating , sad and lonely places come to mind but also cynical lyrics like "Be my Friend" , obviously about someone Ronny wants to be left alone by:)
Cynara, Pandora's Box , We Never Learn, Eternally are the most beautiful slow ballads I have heard in a long time. The energetic Weak In My Knees , What's Going On and Under The Wire proves Clan Of Xymox are pumping out dance floor killers with every release. One of the most gripping songs to me is Calling You Out , a song about most likely the Gothic Scene or maybe Ronny's friends..maybe we get an answer in an interview on that one. In Short a PERFECT album and I could not wish for more. This band amazes me with every release and I think they are the leading forces of todays musical stream!
bernhelsing

bernhelsing

December 5, 2006
edited over 12 years ago
referencing Breaking Point, CD, Album, GRR 007

This is the most perfect album of Clan Of Xymox , combining the old with the new : a journey through sonic landscapes , alternating , sad and lonely places come to mind but also cynical lyrics like "Be my Friend" , obviously about someone Ronny wants to be left alone by:)
Cynara, Pandora's Box , We Never Learn, Eternally are the most beautiful slow ballads I have heard in a long time. The energetic Weak In My Knees , What's Going On and Under The Wire proves Clan Of Xymox are pumping out dance floor killers with every release. One of the most gripping songs to me is Calling You Out , a song about most likely the Gothic Scene or maybe Ronny's friends..maybe we get an answer in an interview on that one. In Short a PERFECT album and I could not wish for more. This band amazes me with every release and I think they are the leading forces of todays musical stream!
bernhelsing

bernhelsing

July 7, 2006
edited over 12 years ago
referencing Breaking Point, CD, Album, Pan -58

No matter how many times COX has reinvented their sound over the past 2 decades, one always knows the music is from the band due to the decidedly seductive vocals of Ronny Moorings. Weak In The Knees is the obligatory club cut meant to keep their music pumping on the club floors for old and new fans alike. In spite of the decided energy of this track, lyrically it paints a morose craving for unrequited love. Calling You Out will become an anthemic battle cry for the underground scene. "What happened to our scene?/ The fire must be rekindled/ In this cold dying stream/...Maybe I am just too naive/Maybe it's just you and me" Eternally takes us to that point in life when we come in contact with an old love and find that the feelings of affection remain under the surface but unresolved. We Never Learn is the crux of Breaking Point. Essentially we go through this life thinking that there is a sense of completion at the end of an undertaking. Instead, all we are left with are more questions so overwhelming that they can break us apart when we finally wake up and realize that we aren't so in control of our destiny as we would like to think. Be My Friend mixes O Fortuna into the track giving it the decided old world marriage towards today's electro beats.
Breaking Point is a methodic blend of guitar chords around the electronic elements which punctuate the emotional component inherent with the lyrics. Thematically, this release intentionally encapsulates poignant emotions unlike any others of the past. For some, their breaking point can be unrequited love, either due from an untimely breakup or from a relationship losing the heat of romance to become nothing more than platonic. While there are a number of club friendly tracks here, the crux of the work has a lyrical focus unlike anything the band has done in the past.
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DarkSouljah

DarkSouljah

June 12, 2006
edited over 12 years ago
referencing Breaking Point, CD, Album, MET 417

On their newest album, Clan of Xymox shows little progression from their preceding release, "Farewell," and it even appears to me to be a step backwards if anything. While "Farewell" was a leap from the typical [Clan of] Xymox release, it still showed a fair amount of musical creativity and boasted a handful of catchy, well-written songs. Yet, "Breaking Point" lacks these attributes and this results in a mediocre album in which most of the upbeat songs all sound pretty much alike. At the same time, the downtempo songs only vary from the upbeat ones in the variance between their BPM's, while the vocals and synths remain static. The overall feel of the album comes off as being somewhat cliche and utterly boring at times, as the gothic/electro/synthpop style of the release shows zero hints of the darker EBM-esque facets which prevented "Farewell" from stagnating. As well, some of Mr. Moorings facile lyrics do not help this matter at all. Still, i must mention that this wasn't exactly an album whose release i was holding my breath for in anticipation, and a hardcore COX fan may find worth here. But let's just say that i'm glad i downloaded it first instead of buying it blindly solely based on the band's colourful back catalogue.