FIRE! FIRE! to translate a line from
their early 'Incubus Sucubus' single, is
what a first impression of X-Mal
Deutschland is full of.
When I saw them
at the Venue last November they were
burning with challenge, passion and
magic. The songs were hard and powerful,
raging flames of emotion. Their presence
radiated a strange, indefinable charisma
which acted as a kind of shock invite to
an alluring world of darkness and danger.
effect was haunting. A physical, rhythmic
flirtation with the colossal that
captured a raw energy... a resonance
that throbbed and shuddered with an
acute, refreshing sense of being
the LP, harnessed enough of that
resonance to be vital vinyl one of
the few records that actually has some
semblance of purpose, meaning and belonging
to the present day.
'mystery' which others have referred to
in writing about them stretches further
than the simple exotica of their being
foreign. Preparing to meet and
interview them, a queasy uncertain
feeling grows in the stomach. Some
'mysteries' are best left unsolved and
there is a temptation to continue the
savouring of the subject from a safe
distance. But it is that allure
again, that having to know which
draws one on.
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