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4.0 out of 5 stars Best album they ever did, 13 Sep 2003
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This review is from: Wytches (Audio CD)
Inkubus Sukkubus were extremely exciting in their early days, especially as a live act. This album captures them at their best, before they began to develop an overly-formulaic style, with sequenced drums spoiling the lovely, powerful, guitar-led folky vibe of before.
On this album, the drums are live and there are some magnificent Inky moments. There's no denying it, Candia has one of the best voices ever heard in the goth/folk/pagan scene and is a strong and charismatic frontwoman. Highlights on this album include the Christian-bashing Church of Madness, Conquistadors and Burning Times as well as the gentler moments, such as Gypsy Lament.
Every track has a dose of that Inkubus magic, but what a shame they chose to stick to the same guitar solo throughout - and on albums beyond. They could use some different chord changes too.
If only they could find it in themselves to be a bit more adventurous instead of playing safe...... who knows! Candia's voice is too beautiful to go to waste.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Possibly their best album, 22 Aug 2011
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I think this is possibly their best album. At this point the band played mostly what some people refer to as "real" instruments, rather than their later music with its synthesiser and drum-sequencer emphasis. Some people might consider many of the guitar solos a little repetative (i.e. the same solo used in multiple songs) however I personally think that there is enough variation for this not to detract from the music too much.

There is a good balance of light and dark songs on this album, quiet and soft. This album also contains some of their most memorable and catchy tracks which still make it into their live sets even now. The opening title track kicks off with immense energy and builds up to a chanting crescendo at the end, upon which the track ends suddenly leaving you exhausted but eager for more. Then there are the comparatively more relaxed tracks such as "queen of the may" and "Pagan Born", expressing various aspects of the Pagan experience.

Though controversial and inflammatory in its sentiment, "Burning Times" is one of their best tracks ever, and is curiously uplifting and pulse-raising.

I tend to prefer the tracks that focus on Pagan or various Gothic themes, rather than the likes of "Church of Madness" or "Devils", which although popular I tend to skip.

Everyone will like some different aspect of this album as the themes on it are quite varied. If you are into Gothic music, you will probably appreciate this album more if you like work by bands such as the Sisters of Mercy, than if you like bands such as Cradle of Filth (though if you fall into the latter category you may still like the more frenzied dark tracks such as Devils or Church of Madness). If you are Pagan (or like Pagan themes) and like rock music or classic metal, you will probably appreciate something (or everything) on this album.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great band,great album, 8 Aug 2004
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having seen inkubus sukkubus twice over the last two years in gloucester,the town from which they originated, i can honestly say this album along with "away with the faeries" is the best.
The darkly rhythmic sounds and melancholic vocals fit together perfectly to perfect what is to me, a true gothic band in a time where gothic has been twisted to suit that of bands such as COF and likewise.
Some songs get a little bit tideous and repetitive after a while, but despite that this is a very good album from an exceptionally talented band who i look forward too seeing for a 3rd year in a row this year.
deffinatley a cd for the collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant CD, 9 Jan 2007
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Brian (United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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I havent had a chance to see them live yet but after listening to this CD and several others I cant wait for them to be in my area again. Pagan Born and Church of Madness has to two of the best pieces of music I've ever heard. It just grows on you. I recommend it highly even if you dont happen to be a pagan. Candia has a lovely voice that adds that extra something.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the best i've heard in ages, 22 Aug 2014
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Absolutely a must, the best i've heard in ages..
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