Wild

Released in the Autumn of 1999, Wild sees the band turning to a darker, moodier theme. Gone are the upbeat pagan anthems, instead the listener explores the closer, more personal life-view of the modern pagan in a grim, godless urban environment.

In "Kiss Of Hades", we are reminded that grinding poverty of spirit is just as rampant in our technological society as hunger and disease were in the medieval past:


The night is cold and filled with pain
And a cruel wind drives home a bitter rain
But underneath this neon light
A dream away is paradise..

Come and take the kiss of Hades
All you gents and all you ladies
Before you stands your liberator
The loving god, annihilator

The lost souls line the concrete wall
Their blank eyes of death tell it all
Of shattered dreams and ruined lives
A dream away is paradise

Come and take the kiss of Hades
All you gents and all you ladies
Before you stands your liberator
The loving god, annihilator

There is something of the old anthemic Inkies in "Lord Of The Flame", though it's still a much darker track than say "Wytches" or "Song To Pan":


He is coming through dust, sea and sand
And he is coming from the Ancient Lands
Angel of Light, and Lord of the Sacred Flame
A liberator to free you from your shame

Ride out and set the slaves all free
Fill our souls with your love and with your ecstasy

He is Osiris, and he is also Pan
And he is god, but he is also man
He has come from Heaven and of Earth
A god of lust, of music and of mirth

Ride out and set the slaves all free
Fill our souls with your love and with your ecstasy

The track ends with Candia singing a new Horned God chant, backed by pounding high speed drums:


Oh great Horned God, we have not forgotten you
Oh great Horned God, we have not forsaken you
Oh great Horned God, we have not denied you
Oh great Horned God, we have not defied you

The full track listing is:


Rune
Wounded
Kiss of Hades
Struwwelpeter
Bright Star
Lord of the Flame
Aradia
Storm
Smile of Torment
Reptile
Nymphomania
Lammas Song
Wild
Delilah

Atrocity*

"Atrocity" is a bonus track only found on the special edition digipack version of the album (wrap-round card case, instead of the usual plastic CD case), featuring Tony on vocals for the first time, and is a damning inditement of warfare:


A poor farmer boy, to the wars he goes
with his father's pride, and his mother's tears
and he goes a virgin, to both women and blood
he'll return a monster, mad crippled and blind
and his name is Atrocity
and his name is Atrocity

Soon they will teach him, how to love the war
and how to kill, for a piece of rag
the burnt out house, the murdered babies
the gang raped children, shall be his calling card
and his name is Atrocity
and his name is Atrocity

And he shall make orphans, and widows too
and he will torture with a smile on his face
and he will take sons from mothers and fill their world with pain
and he will take brothers from sisters and lay their souls to waste
and his name is Atrocity
and his name is Atrocity

All in all, a very intersting album, deep and dark. Whither next for the Inkies? We'll have to wait for the new album, "Supernature", to find out!

Extra info: Paul Cook recently bought the standard (non-Digipack) version of "Wild!", and made an interesting discovery - although the CD appears to contain only 14 tracks, in fact when "Delilah" fades out, there is a pause, then at exactly 4.00 minutes another song starts! It is a startling, haunting and moving ballad, sung by Tony, with Candia providing backing vocals. Thanks to to Paul for letting us know!


"Wild" reviewd by Jack (pyromancer@inkubus-sukkubus.co.uk), Samhain, 2000.


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