Inkubus Sukkubus

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Inkubus Sukkubus
Candia Ridley of Inkubus Sukkubus at Wave-Gotik-Treffen (2019)
Candia Ridley of Inkubus Sukkubus at Wave-Gotik-Treffen (2019)
Background information
OriginCheltenham, Gloucestershire, England
Years active1989–present
LabelsResurrection Records
Cleopatra Records
Alice In...
MembersCandia Ridley
Tony McKormack
Roland Link
Past membersBob Gardener
Adam Henderson
Howard Worf
Jamie Garner
Matt Rogers
Jason Sutton
DJ Loki
Dave Saunders
Dean Rhodes

Inkubus Sukkubus are an English goth and pagan rock band, formed in 1989 by Candia Ridley, Tony McKormack and Adam Henderson,[1][2] who have been described as one of the most enduringly popular underground Goth bands in the UK.[3] They also have been described by Mick Mercer as a "zombie version of Fleetwood Mac" in his book Hex Files: The Goth Bible.[4]


Inkubus Sukkubus have released albums and toured the UK and internationally ever since their formation as Incubus Succubus in 1989.

In 1995, the band adopted the name Inkubus Sukkubus, citing numerology as the reason for the change, and signed to Resurrection Records. The live line-up changed significantly, adopting the use of a drum machine and sequenced backing, with some additional support by a bodhrán, and Adam Henderson moving back to bass.

In 1996, the band appeared live on British national television on Channel 4's The Big Breakfast,[5] performing the track 'Heartbeat Of The Earth'.

The band have played many of Europe's major dark alternative festivals including Amphi, M'era Luna, and the Wave-Gotik-Treffen at Leipzig.

In June 2017, the band hosted a weekend event[6] at St Briavels Castle in the Forest of Dean – a celebration of midsummer with storytelling, history, Egyptian dancing, and a handfasting ceremony.

Candia and Tony McKormack at Wave Gotik Treffen, Leipzig (2014)


The group currently consists of guitarist Tony McKormack (ex-Screaming Dead), vocalist Candia McKormack and bassist Roland Link. The band uses a drum machine and sequencer to provide percussion and orchestral backing. They also perform as a fully acoustic act with Abigail Blackman on cello, Nick Gibbs on violin, and Marcus Gilvear on drums.

  • Candia McKormack – vocals, lyrics, bodhrán
  • Tony McKormack – guitar, keyboards, mandolin, lute, production, songwriting, lyrics, programming, video creation, vocals (ex-Screaming Dead, also in Vampire Division)
  • Roland Link – bass guitar

In 2013, Candia was the model for a painting called The Sukkubus,[7] by the award winning fantasy artist, Larry Elmore for use in his Kickstarter.

In 2016, Candia was painted by artist Russell Haines for her 'Faith'[8] exhibition, at Gloucester Cathedral. The band also performed at the launch event which the Bishop of Gloucester, Rachel Treweek, attended.



  • 1990: Beltaine (independent release)
  • 1993: Belladonna & Aconite
  • 1994: Wytches
  • 1995: Heartbeat of the Earth
  • 1997: Vampyre Erotica
  • 1998: Away with the Faeries
  • 1999: Wild
  • 2001: Supernature
  • 2003: The Beast with Two Backs
  • 2007: Science & Nature
  • 2008: Viva la Muerte
  • 2010: The Dark Goddess
  • 2011: The Goat
  • 2013: Queen of Heaven, Queen of Hell
  • 2014: Love Poltergeist
  • 2015: Mother Moon
  • 2016: Barrow Wake: Tales of Witchcraft and Wonder, Volume One
  • 2016: Wikka Woman
  • 2017: Belas Knap: Tales of Witchcraft and Wonder, Volume Two
  • 2018: Vampire Queen
  • 2018: Sabrina – Goddess of the Severn: Tales of Witchcraft and Wonder, Volume Three
  • 2019: Lilith Rising
  • 2021: The Way Of The Witch
  • 2023: She Of A Thousand Names

Compilation albums[edit]

  • 1998: Away with the Faeries
  • 2005: Wytches and Vampyres: The Best Of (Greatest Hits compilation released by US record label Cleopatra Records[9])
  • 2013: The Anthology (Greatest Hits)

Singles and EPs[edit]

  • 1991: "Beltaine"
  • 1994: "Corn King"
  • 2005: Witch Queen (EP)
  • 2018: Melancholy Blue limited edition 12" coloured vinyl

Movie soundtracks[edit]


  • 2020: Tales Of Witchcraft And Wonder

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Buckley, Peter (2003). The Rough Guide to Rock. ISBN 1843531054. Tony McKormick [sic] (guitars/vocals/keyboards/programming) and Candia Ridley (lead vocal) — originally art college students with a dark, yet optimistic musical vision tor the world — are the heart and soul of Inkubus Sukkubus.
  2. ^ Willin, Melvyn J. (2005). Music, Witchcraft and the Paranormal. p. 260. ISBN 1905226187. The one possible exception to this heavy metal and satanic link is the group Inkubus Sukkubus which was formed in 1989. The original musicians Tony McCormack [sic] and Candia Ridley found that the words they were setting had a strong pagan bias.
  3. ^ Scarf, Natasha (October 2014). The Art Of Gothic. ISBN 9781783052639.
  4. ^ Mercer, Mick (1996). Hex Files. London: B T Batsford Ltd. pp. 84, 85. ISBN 0-7134-8033-5.
  5. ^ "Inkubus Sukkubus - Heartbeat of the Earth". YouTube. 4 September 2007. Archived from the original on 22 December 2021. Retrieved 27 June 2017.
  6. ^ Sukkubus, Inkubus. "Tales of Witchcraft and Wonder 2017 - 23 June 2017". Evensi. Retrieved 27 June 2017.
  7. ^ "Larry Elmore · The Sukubbus". Retrieved 27 June 2017.
  8. ^ "Diocese of Gloucester". Retrieved 27 June 2017.
  9. ^ "Wytches & Vampyres: The Best of Inkubus Sukkubus - Inkubus Sukkubus | Releases | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 25 October 2017.

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