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Formed: 1989
From: Johnstown, PA, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Incantation News

Below is our complete Incantation news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Mayhem & Incantation U.S. Shows Announced

Mayhem will return to the U.S. for some special ‘Demon Anthology’ shows this spring. Those dates will see Mayhem performing an extended show featuring songs from all of their releases. Incantation and Cloak will join them as supports on the majority of that mini-tour.

03/29 Burlington, VT – Higher Ground
03/30 Long Island, NY – Revolution
03/31 Providence, RI – Fete Ballroom
04/01 Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore (no Incantation/Cloak)

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Exhumed & Incantation To Tour The West Coast

Exhumed will do some brief touring at the end of February and the start of March. The band will take along Incantation and Phobia for that run.

Check the dates below:

02/22 Fresno, CA – Strummer’s (w/o Phobia)
02/23 Los Angeles, CA – Echoplex
02/24 Phoenix, AZ – Joe’s Grotto
02/25 San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick
02/28 Sacramento, CA – Blue Lamp
03/01 Portland, OR – Bossanova
03/03 Oakland, CA – Metro

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Exhumed To Tour With Incantation

American death metal veterans Exhumed has announced that they will team up with fellow long standing favourites Incantation to tour the West Coast this February. The bill will also include Phobia. Speaking on the tour, frontman Matt Harvey stated:

"Our tireless efforts to worm our way into your ear-holes continues! We didn't get to hit all the cities we wanted to since the release of Death Revenge, so we asked our buds in Incantation and Phobia to come out and rage with us on the West Coast. This tour will be short, fast, and extremely fucking loud, so don't miss it. This is a call to all death metal maniacs, grind freaks, and nutty friends - don't fucking pose - DECOMPOSE!"

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Incantation Launches "Shred Lick" Competition

Do you love death metal? How about black metal? Maybe you're a thrash kinda guy/gal? Whatever the case may be, get those fret fingers amped and ready, as it is time to flex those mighty chops!

Guitarist Sonny Lombardozzi - of legendary vertigo-inducing death metal overlords Incantation - has just announced an awesome new contest called "Shred Lick," which will see fans competing for a swag haul of epic proportions! All you have to is come up with a video of your best shred lick that starts in E harmonic Minor with 440 tuning. Sonny will judge you based on picking and clarity. However, there is a caveat: NO DELAY OR REVERB!

The winner will receive the following prize-package:

Incantation's brand new album "Profane Nexus"
The Incantation "XXV - Quarter Cenutry Of Blasphemy" limited-edition vinyl
"Profane Nexus" T-shirt
A six-pack of Curt Mangan signature guitar strings
Several medium-point guitar picks
The 'Shredder X' signature overdrive pedal from Revolt
A Morely Boost pedal

The video submission must be received by December 1, 2017, with the winner announced on January 1, 2018. Email your entry to Sonny himself at: doubleguitar@live.com More...

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Incantation Streaming Album, Announces Mead

Vertigo-inducing death metallers Incantation drop brand new album "Profane Nexus" today via Relapse Records. In observance of this unholy consecration, the album can be streamed in its entirety for a limited time below.

If this wasn't enough, Incantation just revealed all the juicy details on a collaboration with Brimming Horn Meadery to bring the official Incantation edition mead, entitled Goat's Blood. Brimming with excitement, the guys had this to say:

"Our friends at Brimming Horn Meadery and us in Incantation are proud to announce the unveiling of this limited contribution to you devoted fiends. A first-ever mead and metal collaboration! It's a libation of grapes, honey and cherries whose dark crimson color inspired it's name. Goat's Blood!

"A testament to the near 30 years of the band;s existence and to the amazing talents of those award winning folks at Brimming Horn. In rare hand numbered bottles you too can join us in raising a mighty hail to metal and the brotherhood that we share with all of you!" More...

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Incantation Posts "Lus Sepulcri"

The vertigo-inducing death metal overlords from Incantation have dropped a festering and fetid new song, "Lus Sepulcri," in the form of a dark and foreboding lyric video available below.

The song is taken from forthcoming 10th full-length album, "Profane Nexus," which hits streets on August 11th via Relapse Records.

In addition, the scheduling for Incantation's upcoming tour with Swedish black metallers Marduk has been announced. See the full listing of dates and venues after the video.


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Incantation Premieres New Song "Messiah Nostrum"

Incantation premieres a new song and music video titled "Messiah Nostrum", taken from the forthcoming new album "Profane Nexus", which Relapse Records will have in stores on August 11th.

Check out now "Messiah Nostrum" below.

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Marduk Announces North American Tour

The Swedish black metal warmongers Marduk will return to North America once again this fall for the "Frontschwein" North America tour part 2.

Featuring support from death metal troupes Incantation and Abysmal Dawn, the tour will kick off in Los Angeles on August 18th, traveling southeast across the U.S. before voyaging across the border to Canada and making a final stop at Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec on September 3rd.

8/18 Los Angeles, CA - Union #
8/20 San Diego, CA - Brick by Brick #
8/21 El Paso, TX - Rockhouse Bar #
8/22 San Antonio, TX - Korova #
8/23 Dallas, TX - Gas Monkey #
8/24 Kansas City, MO - The Riot Room #
8/25 Joliet, IL - The Forge #
8/26 Detroit, MI - Harpos #
8/27 Reading, PA - Reverb #
8/28 Frederick, MD - Cafe 611 #
8/29 New York, NY - Gramercy Theatre #
8/30 Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall #
8/31 Quebec City, QC - Salle Multi #
9/1 Ottawa, ON - Maverick’s #
9/2 Toronto, ON - The Garrison #
9/3 Rouyn-Noranda, QC - Petit Theatre #
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Incantation Premieres New Song & 360° Music Video

Incantation premieres a new song and 360° music video titled "Rites Of The Locust", taken from the upcoming new album "Profane Nexus", which will be out in stores August 11th via Relapse Records.

Check out now "Rites Of The Locust" below.

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Second Part Of Documentary On Obituary Posted

The second installment of Obituary's new documentary for its recently released self-titled album is streaming below. Like the first part, this one also features various other musicians discussing the impact of Obituary on the death metal genre, including Steffen Kummerer (Obscura), Mille Petrozza (Kreator), Trevor Strnad (Black Dahlia Murder), John McEntee (Incantation), Gus Rios (Gruesome) and Jeremy Wagner (Broken Hope) among many others.

Check it out below.

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Incantation Announces Tour With Marduk

Hot on the heels of dates across Europe and South America, death metal's long running monsters of darkened brutality from Incantation have announced that they are teaming up with Swedish black metal legends Marduk for a string of dates across the good old USofA. Let the tanks of death metal war rage onward!

02/07/17 Tampa, FL The Orpheum
02/08/17 Atlanta, GA Heaven @ Masquerade
02/09/17 Dayton, OH Oddbody's
02/10/17 Chicago, IL Reggie's
02/11/17 Kansas City, MO Riot Room
02/12/17 Fort Worth, TX Rail Club
02/13/17 Austin, TX Grizzly Hall
02/14/17 Albuquerque, NM Launchpad
02/15/17 Phoenix, AZ Joe's Grotto
02/16/17 Las Vegas, NV tbc
02/17/17 Los Angeles, CA Regent Theater
02/18/17 Oakland, CA Metro Opera House
02/19/17 Portland, OR Bossanova Ballroom
02/20/17 Seattle, WA Studio Seven More...

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Power Of The Riff Announces Finalized Lineup

The third and final wave of acts for the LA-based December edition of The Power Of The Riff has been announced, this week confirming the addition of Incantation, Obliterations, Kowloon Walled City, Necrot, Lies, and Crypt Rot to the event on December 17th and 18th, 2016.

The two-day fest will carry on the tradition of bringing a diverse line up of heavy music together under one roof. Presented in conjunction with Southern Lord, each night of The Power Of The Riff will feature artists bridging the realms of underground extreme music, including a mix of both internationally-recognized and brand new acts.

Saturday, December 17th will feature a headlining set by Cascadian black metal artisans Wolves In The Throne Room playing Los Angeles for the first time in years, as well as long-running death metal masters Incantation, Chicago post-metal outfit Pelican, and the debut performance of hardcore supergroup Bloodclot-- comprised of John Joseph (Cro-Mags), Todd Youth (Warzone, Murphy's Law), Joey C. (Queens Of The Stone Age, B'last), and Nick Oliveri (Queens Of The Stone Age, Dwarves).

Sunday, December 18th will be dominated by Neurosis making a special return to LA to headline the event. The evening also sees Southern California metal/hardcore trio Nails making a first live appearance since the band went on hiatus several months ago. More...

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Malevolent Creation Reportedly Breaks Up

Malevolent Creation has reportedly broken up and canceled upcoming North American tour dates with Incantation and Seeker. That tour marked the band's return to the road for the first time in five years, supporting new album "Dead Man's Path."

The tour was scheduled to kick off October 6th in Atlanta, Georgia and run through October 26th. All tickets can be refunded at their point of purchase.

While no official statement has been released from the band, multiple promoters have reported the cancellation of the tour due to the band's breakup. The few events listed on the group's facebook page all read "canceled."

The Florida death metal outfit is also celebrating the 25th anniversary of iconic debut record, "The Ten Commandments" this year.

Malevolent Creation is set to perform a handful of dates in South America, which appear to be on at this point, starting in Lima, Peru on September 21st. More...

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Seeker To Support Malevolent Creation, Incantation

Texas tech-metal band Seeker has announced U.S. tour dates supporting Malevolent Creation and Incantation this October.

"We're unbelievably excited to head out with these two legendary bands,” states Seeker vocalist Bryce Lucien. “We're hitting a lot of our favorite cities and can't wait to play music from our new album on this tour."

The band is currently in the studio with Zach Ohren (Chelsea Grin, Fallujah) recording the follow up to 2013’s "Unloved."

Lucien comments: "We've been in the studio for about a week and everything is turning out great. The drums sound huge and the guitars are coming in flawless and absolutely crushing. We've spent nearly three years working on this album and can't wait for everyone to hear it. Expect the darkest, fastest, and most chaotic music that we've ever written." More...

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Incantation Posts New Tour Blog

The Pennsylvania deathmongers from Incantation, who recently wrapped up a tour of European shores with fellow brutalizers Morgoth, Darkrise, Methedras and Omophagia, have checked in with a brand new video blog.

In this third episode of the blog series, the guys discuss the incredible response they received from fans, their upcoming dates in Russia, as well as some lighthearted interrogation of their tour-mates. Check it out below. If you missed part 2, its still online at this location. More...

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Incantation Posts Tour Video

Pennsylvania's Incantation just kicked off a run of European dates with Morgoth, Darkrise, Methedras, and Omophagia, which will see the band demolishing venues in Europe, the UK, and Russia this April.

In celebration of the band's 25th anniversary, Incantation has also announced a second leg of dates this coming summer - the death metal veterans will be laying waste to Europe for two weeks this coming July alongside Brazil's Nervochaos.

Additionally, Incantation has been confirmed for a number of festival appearances this summer, including Obscene Extreme Festival in the Czech Republic, MetalDays Fest in Slovenia, and the third annual Hell's Headbash in Cleveland, OH. A complete listing of dates is included below, along with a new tour vlog. More...

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Incantation Posts Tour Video #1

Incantation has decided to let all you sick fucks in on the debauchery and brutality of an upcoming European tour with Morgoth in a series of video blogs.

The first video in the series sees John and Kyle give an update from the rehearsal space, where they discuss the tour itinerary and the pleasure - and pain - of Russian vodka.

The guys also do a special unboxing of the recently released "XXV - A Quarter Century Of Blasphemy" limited vinyl. Stay tuned for part 2 of the video blog, and watch Incantation destroy Europe.

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Incantation Posts "Carrion Prophecy" Video

Visual blasphemy awaits - with the release of the "XXV" LP to all you metal maniacs for your 25 year support, Incantation now brings forth a new video offering.

This clip was compiled with footage from the "Dirges of Elysium" tour of North America and Europe, with audio from the crushing performance at the Nile Theater in Mesa, AZ. Check out the new video for "Carrion Prophecy" below. You can also catch Incantation live:

12/04 - Viper Room - Austria (AUT)
13/04 - Klub u Bazyla - Poznan (POL)
14/04 - Barrák Club - Ostrava (CZ)
15/04 - Club From Hell - Erfurt (GER)
16/04 - Hypothalamus - Rheine (GER)
17/04 - Poppodium Iduna - Drachten (HOL)
18/04 - Baroeg - Rotterdam (HOL)
19/04 - Maison Du Peuple - Chapelle-Lez HT (BEL)
20/04 - Nambucca - London (UK)
21/04 - Audio - Glasgow (UK)
22/04 - Bristol Bierkeller - Southampton (UK)
23/04 - Helvete - Oberhausen (GER) More...

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Incantation Releasing "XXV"

Incantation: a megalithic entity of the death metal underground, whose New York scene association heads into a new/old chapter with the band's first-ever release chronicling 25 years on this foreboding, doomed planet.

Ever-precise to its origins, Incantation has witnessed, and experienced, the ebb and flow of a scene which they helped create. With ten studio albums under the band's bullet-adorned belt (which includes numerous videos, and even a TV commercial), those early, primeval years saw a slew of releases, in various forms, that are as relevant today as the day they were released.

Through it all, the band has amassed an army of supporters and fans who have eagerly endured a quarter century of blasphemy. As testament to this, the band decided it was high time to give something back to the Incantation legions worldwide. This very special 12" gatefold vinyl release draws form a robust collection of work - dawn to the present. Included are select live songs, a brand new track, and the re-recording of three classic songs that combine to represent a band unafraid to revisit the demons of old.

Bare witness as the "XXV: A Quarter Century Of Blasphemy" vinyl approaches. Let John and Kyle explain the details over the first listen to the songs within. More...

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1985-1995: The Golden Age of Death Metal

Death should be credited with creating death metal, at least the old school style we recognize now, as they birthed the infamous Tampa, Florida sound. Bands such as Autopsy and Obituary—two of the forerunners—would not exist without Death. Death is not the true father of death metal, though. That distinction goes to Possessed. The California Bay Area group not only played a style of brutal, vicious metal, with loads of Satanic imagery, they also coined the term “death metal” on the “Seven Churches” album.

Around 1985, albums similar to “Slowly We Rot” (Obituary) and “Mental Funeral” (Autopsy) simply did not exist. Thrash was the fasted, craziest music around. Of course Possessed has already been mentioned, but the influence of Slayer, who obviously influenced Possessed, can not be under recognized. Where Possessed was different was they used a rougher production. Dark Angel, whose drummer, Gene Hoglan, would go on to be one of the most heralded drummers in the metal biz, certainly showed a good dose of Slayer in their sound. In the beginning, Slayer was nothing more than a faster, nefarious, more solo-oriented Venom protégé. More...

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