Artist: Inkubus Sukkubus
Single: Queen of Heaven, Queen of Hell
Release: 2013
Genre: Goth, pagan rock

One of the most reassuring things about a new Inkies album is that even though, musically-speaking, you know what to expect, they always manage to exceed expectations.

The album starts off slowly with the chanted “Lilith, Kali, Nemesis, Morrigan” and the lovely “Forest Hill” before the rock kicks in, with that sea of reverb-drenched drums and organs we’ve all come to know and love, topped off by Candia’s voice, sounding as sweet today as it did 20 years ago. The six-minute title track especially encapsulates the band’s charm, rounding off the album excellently.

As well as new material, three remixes of older material feature, including a folk-tinged remake of 1995’s “Corn King”. Fans of more orchestral Inkies releases will be right at home here, with enough rock to keep everyone else happy. Blessed be!

Rating: 7.5/10
Reviewer: DJ Catnip (original review published in Vanitas #003)