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Inkubus Sukkubus

Inkubus Sukkubus are a British pagan band who have been releasing albums and touring since their formation as Incubus Succubus in 1989.

Before forming Incubus Succubus, Tony McKormack (guitar) was in the horror punk band Screaming Dead from 1980 to 1985. McKormack and Adam Henderson (bass) then formed a band called Belas Knapp. The name was changed to Incubus Succubus when they were joined by Candia Ridley on vocals. From the outset the band had a very strong neo-pagan orientation. The first single, "Beltaine", and a matching EP, were recorded in 1989, as was the original versio ...read more

Inkubus Sukkubus are a British pagan band who have been releasing albums and touring since their formation as Incubus Succubus in 1989.

Before forming Incubus Succubus, Tony McKormack (guitar) was in the horror punk band Screaming Dead from 1980 to 1985. McKormack and Adam Henderson (bass) then formed a band called Belas Knapp. The name was changed to Incubus Succubus when they were joined by Candia Ridley on vocals. From the outset the band had a very strong neo-pagan orientation. The first single, "Beltaine", and a matching EP, were recorded in 1989, as was the original version of the first album, "Belladonna And Aconite"[2]. The line-up listed on the sleeve of the 7" Beltaine single is: Candia - Vocals, Tony McKormack - Guitars/Vocals, Adam Henderson - Bass, Jamie Gardner - Keyboards, Bob Gardner - Drums. However when the first pressing of the EP came back warped, several members left the band[3].

Tony and Candia continued alone as a studio project, Children Of The Moon, until 1993. The material recorded during this time (including early versions of tracks that would become Inkubus Sukkubus classics) was eventually released as the album "Beltaine".

In late 1993 Inkubus Sukkubus re-formed with Bob Gardner on drums, signed to Pagan Media[4], released the full-length version of "Belladona and Aconite", and in 1994 recorded and released "Wytches". Wytches subsequently became known as "the legendary second album", as it both contains what many fans regard as some of the band's finest work, and (due to issues with Pagan Media), rapidly became almost impossible to obtain. Even rarer is a flexi-disc that was given away free on the cover of Aisling, a Druid magazine edited (and largely written) by Steve Wilson, for issue 8, which was to be the last edition. Only 200 were pressed, and soon flexi-discs were to disappear as magazine give-aways, replaced by cover CDs.

In 1995 they changed their name to Inkubus Sukkubus, citing numerological reasons,[5] and changed their line-up significantly, adopting the use of a drum machine with some additional support by a bodhran instead of a dedicated human drummer, with Adam Henderson moving back to bass.

The group surfaced into the mainstream several times (with the song Beltaine receiving Radio 1 airtime and with several TV appearances under their belt, mainly in the mid-nineties). This is despite their lyrical themes and beliefs: Inkubus Sukkubus are a neopagan band, known for songs about demons, vampires, faeries and other occult and supernatural themes. Their songs are largely inspired by their interest in and practice of witchcraft and paganism, which has gained them a certain notoriety and underground status as being the "voice of modern-day paganism".[citation needed.

They were due to play a gig in Mexico City on Beltane (May 1) 2009. When it was cancelled due to the outbreak of Swine Flu, the band received national media exposure, particularly through The Sun newspaper.

The group currently consists of guitarist Tony McKormack, vocalist Candia, and bassist Bob Gardner who originally played drums in the band and returned in early 2010 to replace Adam Henderson who left to pursue a career in childcare. The band employs a drum machine to fill their percussion section. « hide

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2003

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2001

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1999

3
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1997

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1995

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1994

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EPs
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2005

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1998

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Compilations
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2005

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1996

3.5
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