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Incantation (Metal)

Not to be confused with other acts that are called Incantation (including a group that specializes in South American music), the band profiled in this bio is a ferocious, mercilessly brutal outfit that is known for death metal, black metal, and grindcore. The words "pop" and "mainstream" are not in the vocabulary of this Incantation, which has never come even remotely close to receiving acceptance in the mainstream pop market. Nonetheless, Incantation has enjoyed a small underground cult following since the early ‘90s, and the band's followers (both American and European) love the fact that Incantation's extreme metal is so far from the mainstream. Incantation has all of the ingredients that death metal and grindcore enthusiasts crave: insanely fast tempos, an obsession with Satanism and the Occult, and choked, grunting, evil-sounding vocals; in other words, everything that is guaranteed to intimidate mainstream audiences and frighten them away. However, metalheads have been quick to point out that Incantation isn't the sort of band that has played at an ultra-fast tempo 100-percent of the time. While some death metal/black metal and grindcore bands never slow things down, Incantation has been willing to change tempos a lot. But whether the Pennsylvanians are playing fast, slow or somewhere in between, their work never ceases to be blistering -- Incantation is about as subtle as a sledgehammer.

Incantation was founded by guitarist John McEntee in Western Pennsylvania in 1990; that year, McEntee assembled the band's original lineup and hired Will Rahmer (founder of the death metal unit Mortician) as lead vocalist. Rahmer was featured on Incantation's debut EP, Entrapment of Evil, which was released on the tiny Seraphic Decay label. It wasn't long before Rahmer was replaced by Craig Pillard, who stayed with the band for several years. After signing with Relapse in 1991, Incantation recorded their second EP, Deliverance of Horrific Prophecies, before providing their first full-length album, Onward to Golgotha (which employed Pillard on vocals and Jim "Eno" Roe on drums) in 1992. Incantation's subsequent Relapse albums included Mortal Throne of Nazarene in 1994, Upon the Throne of Apocalypse in 1996, Forsaken Mourning of Angelic Anguish in 1997, and Diabolical Conquest in 1998. After 2000's Infernal Storm, Incantation left Relapse and signed with Necropolis in 2001; their first Necropolis album, Blasphemy, was recorded in 2001 and released in 2002.

Over the years, Incantation has had more than their share of personnel changes. Like a lot of death metal bands, Incantation can be a revolving door. But McEntee (who is the only remaining member of Incantation's original 1990 lineup) has always held down the fort as the band's leader, guitarist, and main lyricist. Former members include, among others, Rahmer, Roe, Pillard, singer/guitarist/bassist Daniel Corchado, bassist Dan Kamp, and drummer Dave Culross (who is also a graduate of Malevolent Creation and Suffocation). Incantation celebrated their 12th anniversary in 2002, when the band's lineup included McEntee, vocalist Mike Saez, drummer Kyle Severn, and bassist Joe Lombard. ~ Alex Henderson, Rovi
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I would have to rank Incantation in my top 10. They are great live also. I saw them in the late 90 s and was blown away. If you are not aquatinted with this band do so!!!!
to me doom really is death metal, it's where a lot or most are hesitant to go or like or say.
good stuff
paintitmatt_ p a n d o r a
Incantation isn't known for black metal or grindcore. Sheesh...

F**king great death metal, with just a touch of doom. Brilliant stuff.
awesome !!!
Loove this oh god
the info/bio is such a joke! haha
whatever, Onward to Golgotha is in my top 10 death metal albums of all time. saw them play the full album at CIM a few years ago and they still f**king got it. gods.
Heaviest s**t ever!
:-)
hell yeah !!!!!
Pure American death metal. Heavy doesn't even begin to describe this band.
SO FREAKIN BRUTAL !!!!
Still crushing skulls after all these years!
I would love to go to one of these guys concerts.
\M/
LOVE IT ....LOVE IT !!!!
YES! New Incantation!
METAL UP YOUR TAINT!
please come up to Boston again !!!! Hails !! \m/
takeoffallzi g s
mbringham, Pandora does have Onward.... And, to both posts, I agree!
also, unto infinite twilight... is a wondrously brutal symphony. perfection.
onward to golgatha is easily their best album, and pandora has decided to leave it out. why......
f**king AWESOME death metal, one of my absolute favorites in the entire genre.
BARBARIC AND BLUDGEONING METAL !!!! LOVE THESE GUYS !!
nice
this s**t is pretty brutal, groovy, AND it's an underground band. sick

I like the volcals alot too
Their first album is kick a**.
This band is pretty good but the person that said they're almost as brutal as brain drill, needs to listen to brain drill again. They are way better then this band.
That was pretty brutal
nickleanok
Discovered this jem on my "sludge" station. Sweet.
I like how people cry about the vocals...if you do not like this scene go else where simple as that, alot of us like this music and especially the vocals..I for one can't stand clean "power ballad" type of vocals..but you do not see my complaining when Hammerfall or blind guardian comes on, I just listen to it for what it is..
This Band sucks worst song ever sounds like donkey kong throwing up. BLAOOH! BAOOALLA&amp ; g t ; BLAKOOOOOOOO O ! BLOOOOOOOOOO O O O O O
This is one of the most darkest, brutal bands ever.
ZZZzzzZZzz your comments grow increasingly lame
HAIL SATAN
Wow. This is like getting hit in the face. Almost (but not quite) as brutal as Brain Drill.
F**king amazing
these guys are sweet beyond compair its insane...

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