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Artist: Inkubus Sukkubus
Title: The Dark Goddess
Genre: Gothic / Pagan Rock
Release Date: 18th February 2011
Label: Dark Dimensions/Alice In… / Resurrection UK

Album Review

I’m afraid that my intro on this album will be a little bit different than usual. Only because what we have to deal with here is not a typical album about a mythical entity but a religious one, a form of worship. They don’t write songs about something; they actually believe in it - they are obsessed with by it. INKUBUS SUKKUBUS are self defined as a pagan rock band but don’t take that literally; there are hundreds of pagan sects, which is a strange phenomenon for people who desire to manifest their love for nature. Maybe because some love the snails more than the others, alas they must be French! Probably within these classifications, INKUBUS SUKKUBUS stand as another Luciferian band, of course without the musical atrocities of their North European peers.

‘The Dark Goddess’ album is dedicated to Lilith, a Mesopotamian demon which during the Middle Ages became more known as the first wife of Adam. Even its cover shows Lilith with the rods and the rings of power (actually of Sumerian authority) stepping on lions whilst she stands between two owls. It is an album that shows Lilith’s dark side. If you are not familiar with it, this nocturnal demon allegedly was consuming men - probably a part which attracted some feminists and Luciferians alike to adopt this terrible female idol though I am not sure how they reconciled the Praying Mantis treatment of men with Lilith hunting and killing pregnant women and babies, a mythical precedent of the very real Elizabeth Báthory of 17th century. It’s all lies; she was misunderstood! I bet that she had a positive side; maybe she was mistreated because she refused to be subordinated to Adam, which makes all the sinister stuff ok, I guess. Whatever, let’s now close this chapter of myths and let’s concentrate on the music.

INKUBUS SUKKUBUS are back with their 14th album in order to show to the world more aspects of their neo-Paganistic beliefs. Apart from what has been said about Lilith and which creates a substantial part of ‘The Dark Goddess’ song among many others, there are references to the Horned God (he is the old goat (!), the alter pars of the Triple Goddess. Some call him Baphomet, some others Karnaya) in the ‘Karnaya’ and another song is dedicated to Bacchus, the ‘Bacchanalia’. The most intriguing song is the ‘Lose Yourself at the Nymphaeum’ which evolves around a real story about a statuesque found within the walls of a house in which Bob Gardener (the band’s bassist) worked.

From their first album, ‘Belladona & Aconite’, the patterns of their music have hardly changed and this album is no exception, fans will not find many surprises, which they might not have been looking for in the first place anyway. I enjoyed their music and its content as if they were Brothers Grimm’s fairy tales in musical forms as I usually do. Ki-Si-KiL-LiL-La-Ke and yeah, yeah Gaia, whatever....


01. The Dark Goddess – 5.08
02. Lose Yourself at the Nymphaeum – 4.51
03. Ferryman – 4.45
04. Night Angel – 4.21
05. She's One of the Dead Now – 4.57
06. Bacchanalia – 4.34
07. Lunacy (Mother Goddess Moon) – 5.04
08. Hammer of the Witches – 4.40
09. Kissed by Eros – 4.54
10. Karnayna – 6.01


Candia - Vocals/lyrics
Bob Gardener - Bass guitar
Tony McKormack - Guitars, songwriting, backing vocals, lyrics, keyboards, programming

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Music: 7
Sound: 8
Total: 7.5 / 10

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