NWD Review in Monkey Press

Great review of our show at New Waves Day from Monkey Press.

“The Cassandra Complex was much more electronic. The band came with a tailwind, as The Plague, the first album in 22 years, was released just a few weeks before the performance, which received good reviews and recently climbed to number two in the German alternative charts. [Actually it got to #1, but never mind 🙂 ]

Among other things, the title song and the anti-Boris Johnson and Donald Trump single The Crown Lies Heavy On Its King were also part of the setlist. Founder and singer Rodney Orpheus was a bit nervous, as he admitted in one of his interim announcements. The reason being that guitarist Andy Booth was about to give birth to a new generation – with the spontaneous replacement from the band’s environment, it was possible to rehearse exactly once.

However, the jump into cold water was successful. The anthemic Electro-Rock caused a lot of movement in front of the stage. The Northern Irishman Orpheus, who spent many years of his life in Aachen and Hamburg, among other places, apologized for his “not so good German”, only to talk a surprising amount in surprisingly good German between the songs. He was also the only musician who really communicated with the fans during the day – the other bands had almost constant silence between their songs.

We wish Rodney the best for this first regular Cassandra Complex concert since 2019 – and wish this likeable band more performance opportunities in the near future.”


We just reached #1 in the German Alternative Album Chart (and #6 in the Singles chart)!

Big thanks to all the fans, DJs, and journalists who have supported us. We couldn’t do it without you!

Indie Moodd reviews The Plague

…a small miracle… The strength of the formation is to produce music with a unique blend. Elements of punk, rock, pop and electro sound present, bathed in various experimentations accompanied by the singular vocals of Rodney Orpheus… Everything is there. Melodic tracks, synthesized and hovering sometimes frontal, sometimes melancholy…

THE CASSANDRA COMPLEX returns through the front door with a strong and diversified album. We did not expect so much and this gift is not ready to be forgotten as the whole is discovered over the listening. What a nice job. One of THE CASSANDRA COMPLEX ‘s best album to date! Exceptional!!!

Freund, Indie Moodd


WL//WH Review: “The Plague” is the remarkable new album by THE CASSANDRA COMPLEX

“…10 brand new and trademark songs that are similar to their past musings that put them at the tops of the genre they serve…..or better, the genre they pioneer…As for their melodies, they come up like the dusty scent of the youth in the basement clubs and the dedicated scenes of the world, catchy, romantic, and angry at times with authenticity”

Mike Dimitriou, White Light / White Heat

Reflections of Darkness reviews The Plague

“When you’ve lived through just about every genre that’s ever been invented – and shaped one or two along the way…

…up to date and hitting the spot with lyrically hard-hitting observations and a cynical take on the endless recycling of genres and topics.”

Stephen Kennedy, Reflections of Darkness


First review of The Plague en francais…

“Hold on tight: The Cassandra Complex, one of the most influential bands of the EBM-punk-electro-industrial (yes, all that mixed up) scene of the 80s, vastly underrated in good rock guidebooks and shamefully forgotten, is back… (who has not experienced a Cassandra Complex concert has not experienced anything…). And “The Plague” lives up to all expectations!

…this album contains everything that we have always adored in the group of Rodney Orpheus, Volker Zacharias and Andy Booth.”

Fred Thébault, Premonition