The British pagan band Inkubus Sukkubus shares some superficial similarities to Blood Ceremony in theme and focus, but differs quite dramatically in musical tone and lyrical composition. It is more symphonic, more pagan-as-earth-mother than pagan-as-human-sacrifice, and, although the band does use an electrical drum machine, their music has a somewhat less synthesized feel to it.
According to their website:
“Inkubus Sukkubus formed in the summer of 1989 when Tony McKormack, Candia Ridley and Adam Henderson met at college studying graphic design. They shared an interest in paganism, witchcraft and vampirism as well as making original music from an early age, and so the type of band that was to emerge from the joining of forces was, quite naturally, an expression of this. Initially the band was called Incubus Succubus. The original aim of the band was (as it still is today) to be the vehicle in which the celebration of the Pagan experience could be conveyed. “
Overall, Inkubus Sukkubus will appeal to those who are fond of pagan themes put to a unique combination of the old Nightwish, Within Temptation and Evanescence. Perhaps even more than these bands, it tries to get at the heart of a cultural movement that has had little attention in mainstream media, and thus stands as a fascinating and enjoyable artifact of an often overlooked element in the human psyche.
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