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Album Review

The Florida darkwave/goth rock outfit the Crüxshadows make exquisite beauty on their third album, The Mystery of the Whisper. Released on Dancing Ferret, The Mystery of the Whisper marks the band's most honest and tangible release since the limited-edition EP Until the Voices Fade. Frontman Rogue is classically melodic and equally embryonic, playing into elements of Egyptian mythology on tracks such as album opener "Isis & Osiris (Life/Death)" and "Aten-Ra." The Crüxshadows are fans of new wave pioneers such as Duran Duran, the Eurythmics, and the Pet Shop Boys. Incorporating their fondness for such lush synth pop, they also mix in their goth rock influences Bauhaus to derive several dazzling dance tracks such as "Cruelty" and "Heaven's Gaze." Rogue's deep brooding is eerily similar to Talk Talk's Mark Hollis on "Leave Me Alone." The band, however, take time out to simmer down, making their ballad tracks — "Sympathy (For Tomorrow)," "Even Angels Fall" — just as alluring. Unlike their mainstream counterpart Marilyn Manson, the Crüxshadows heavily play into their passionate lyrical intensity. The seascapes are divinely hollow and gaping like fellow goth artists VNV Nation, Covenant, and Faith & the Muse. Darkwave is sheer and glossy once again.

Customer Reviews

You Always Remember Your First

This was the first ever album I purchased of Cruxshadows. On it is the gothic anthem, Leave Me Alone, which like Ministry's Everyday is Halloween illustrates the conflict between the gothic lifestyle and the outside community that misunderstands them so. There are a number of interludes as well to break up the rather epic length songs. All in all a good introduction to an amazing band.


The first song I heard by The Crüxshadows is on this album, it's also my favorite. Insomnia. <3 Rogue's voice is so haunting in the song. I love it so much! This album is amazing! Live Love Be Believe. :)


Formed: 1992

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Pushing goth-rock further away from its cliched Nine Inch Nails and Marilyn Manson motifs, The Cruxshadows (pronounced Croo-shadows) were formed by Rogue, Sean Flanagan, and Tim Curry while attending Florida State University in 1992. Being fans of Duran Duran, Depeche Mode, Peter Murphy, and other synth-powered new wave artists, the band wanted to capture twinging electric guitar and electric violin to compose a shimmering dance-like sound. Their lyrical imagery is passionate and enigmatic, similarly...
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