Album: "Supernature" (2001)
Label: Resurrection Records
Style: Goth
Songs: 12


Reviewed by: Darklight

Since I am not the biggest fan of goth rock music , I never had an interest in Inkubus Sukkubus. But it was upon hearing this release playing in a local independent record store that prompted me to purchase it.

The music here is a mixture of guitar, bass, keyboards and drum programming. It’s the excellent use of haunting melodies and driving beats that gives this music a darkwave sound more than a rock sound. But while the music is great, it’s the singing performed by Candia that steals the show. She has an enchanting mesmerizing voice that compliments the music perfectly. She sings with tremendous range and emotion releasing both power and melody. I really enjoy a quality female singer, and Candia ranks up there as one of the best I’ve heard.

While a lot of music in the goth genre is rather slow paced and somber, Inkubus Sukkubus has energy and releases great paced melodies. But not all is well with this CD. The problem is that it starts off extremely strong with the songs “Supernature”, “Lucifer Rising”, “Take The Kiss”, “Fey” and “Hang Around”, but then starts to sound more typical from track six “Concubine” to track nine “Wings Of Desire”. It’s not that these four songs are necessarily bad as much as they just sound less creative and interesting. They are more heavy rock and less orchestrated. Candia sings rougher and more aggressive which doesn’t suit her voice as well. Also, four fast paced rock songs in a row is a little too much before the slower break comes in with “We Belong With The Dead”. Basically, there should be more moments like “We Belong With The Dead” featured here. The last two songs “Preacher Man” and “Gypsies, Tramps & Thieves” are good closing songs.

When Candia’s vocals sound seductive and passionate such as on the song “Take The Kiss”, I am literally lost in her words. But with the faster more energetic rocking songs with too much up front guitar, I am just bored not hearing the true talents of this act coming through.

Overall, this is a consistant album. Nothing is bad or out of place. But I admit that I would have liked more keyboard driven mid-tempo songs with Candia’s spellbinding singing as opposed to the rather sizeable batch of heavy hard rocking guitar driven songs with Candia delivering her lyrics basic and straight forward.

Speaking of lyrics, everything here mainly deals with nature, magic and witchcraft, but this is to be expected since this is a pagan band. So don’t expect any social issues to be touched upon in these songs.

This is the type of CD you would find at a renaissance fair. It’s medieval dealing with mystical topics. But the lyrics are well written like stories and fit with the music. It’s all quite enjoyable if you have any interest at all in this sort of thing.

Since I haven’t heard any previous albums by this band, I’m not sure how this CD compares to their older material. But I do know that I like it a lot, and that it’s something refreshingly different from my usual steady diet of electro-indusrial/EBM/synth-pop music.

If you enjoy goth rock and darkwave music with female vocals, this CD is a must for you.