This band has been around for many years and in one way or another have been a part of the Gothic Rock backbone through the 90's and onward. They actually formed in 1989 with the trio of Tony McKormack, Adam Henderson and Candia Ridley with Bob Gardener joining later, and through several lineup changes, these members would be the core of the band throughout the years. Their biography is very impressive and still continues after more than twenty years in existence. Many of us older goths will remember them from their earlier incarnation as Incubus Succubus and their excellent track "Belladonna & Aconite" along with many others. They decided on the current spelling of the name in 1995 and have never slowed down no matter which way they spell their name with 15 albums released over more than two decades.
The music of this band fits nicely within the guitar-driven Gothic Rock genres with a strong pagan influence in the lyrical content. Fans have enjoyed their mix of guitars, driving rhythms with solid percussion (usually from a drum machine and occasional live drummer over the years), layers of various electronics and synthesized orchestrations for a rich and full sound all while Candia's strong vocals ring out. They've performed live throughout many parts of the world and have worked hard to make their live performance as memorable as their studio work. They've definitely created an excellent and memorable style for fans of gothic / pagan rock.
The Dark Goddess - Review
This album is another in a very long line of successful and powerful, driving albums from this band. Like many of it's predecessors it is packed with moving gothic rock sounds, spanning ten tracks, there's plenty of great music here for fans to sink their fangs into.
It all starts with the title track "The Dark Goddess" which slowly builds from a jazzy finger snapping to the driving rock we've grown to love. Throughout the years their overall style hasn't changed much and so that's really what you can expect here, much as I've described it above in different ways. Tempo, melody and subtle structure changes lend some slight variation to keep it all interesting and captivating, but overall, there's no mistaking each track on this album as Inkubus Sukkubus. Most tracks are fast-paced, lending themselves well to dance-clubs and live shows to keep the blood pumping and the boots stomping (or dresses and coat-tails swirling as the case may be).
While for me it's all about the music, and while the pagan lyrics are interesting in their own light, this band takes it all seriously and portrays it well through their mix of captivating music and meaningful lyrics. Across the span of the ten tracks, they're all interesting and enjoyable in their own way. With the somewhat homogenous sound, nothing stands out a ton against the rest, all are great pieces and could easily be highlighted as such here. I suppose it is still worth mentioning a few that have grown on me slightly more than the others. The aforementioned title track is definitely one of those that has become a quick favorite. "The Ferryman" stands out slightly with it's mix of pulsating electronics that come out in between the grinding guitars and driving beats. "Night Angel" follows this up with one of the more haunting, vampire-thriller movie-like soundtrack sound with the orchestral backdrop carrying the siren-like vocals. "Hammer of the Witch" follows later with another haunting, horrorific sound backing the guitars and driving percussion, with the fast-paced beats moving it all along at break-neck speed, driving the music hard to the listener's soul. The final two pieces turn down the intensity and speed a bit for a more ballad-like approach. The finale to the album is something of an anthem with backing choirs for a full, rich sound to wrap up the album.
There you have it, another memorable album in a very long line of releases from this long-lasting, active band that we've all grown to love and recognize as a legend in the related genres. Definitely go out and pick this album up, it's a true gem in any fan's collection.
Label: Resurrection Records