I got the CD of 'the Goat' as a Yule present (thanks Melanie!) this morning and as I write it is now on its' 2nd play! This is very much a no frills, belt & braces Inkubus album, with the Inks doing what they do best. It's deeply gothic and pagan, with Candia's vocals, at times crisp, at others sultry (the latter on the track 'Gone' which is already a firm fave) working their usual magic. She is in truly excellent voice here, her vocals are strong and her phrasing really good. Tony is also in fine fettle on guitars keyboards, he has really matured and the bass player, Bob Gardner, also does a cracking job and keeps the pace chugging along. Lyrically, well, you get what you expect with references to doomed love/fallen angels/paganism abounding. Favourite tracks, well, I've already mentioned:'Gone' but it's the more uptempo stuff that catches the ear & takes seed in the gut - 'Rites of Pan' sees the band in fine fettle & I predict will be a gig favourite,as well as the title track:'The Goat'. I also like 'Twopenny Whore' and the reworking of 'Pagan Born' which couldn't be a bad track if it tried! Great job guys, this CD has made my Yule!
* Sion Corn - the Welsh Santa (literally:'Horny John!' I 'kid' you not)