Medusa (Clan of Xymox album)

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Studio album by Clan of Xymox
Released 1st November 1986
Genre Darkwave, gothic rock
Length 42:18
Label 4AD
Producer Clan of Xymox, John Fryer
Clan of Xymox chronology
Clan of Xymox
Twist of Shadows

Medusa is the second studio album by Dutch darkwave band Clan of Xymox. It was released in 1st November 1986 by 4AD. Founding member Pieter Nooten would re-record the songs "After the Call" and "Theme I" on his 1987 debut solo album Sleeps with the Fishes, following a brief split from the band.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]
Melody Maker favourable[2]
Sounds favourable[3]

Medusa is seen by some critics as the group's career high point. Sounds described Medusa as an "overriding achievement [...] every track sounds like the finale to a brooding epic overture".[3]

Melody Maker wrote, "Sleek, efficient, even dramatic, Xymox understand the value of a direct understatement [...] [Medusa is] a bright flash of hope in these blackout days".[2]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Ronny Moorings, Pieter Nooten, and Anka Wolbert.

No. Title Length
1. "Theme I" 2:54
2. "Medusa" 5:53
3. "Michelle" 2:59
4. "Theme II" 1:43
5. "Louise" 5:17
6. "Lorretine" 3:33
7. "Agonised by Love" 5:18
8. "Masquerade" 3:54
9. "After the Call" 5:55
10. "Back Door" 4:52


  • Ronny Moorings – vocals, guitar, keyboards
  • Anka Wolbert – vocals, keyboards, bass guitar
  • Pieter Nooten – vocals, keyboards


  1. ^ Mason, Stewart. "Medusa – Clan of Xymox : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards : AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 13 February 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Mathur, Paul (January 1987). "Review: Medusa". Melody Maker. 
  3. ^ a b Swift, Harry (November 1986). "Medusa, Clan of Xymox". Sounds. 

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