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Incantation

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

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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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Incantation Streaming New Album's Title Track

Incantation's new album "Vanquish in Vengeance" is due out on November 26th via Listenable Records, and the title track from the release is now available for streaming in the player below. Pre-orders are available at this location. The track listing is as follows:

1. Invoked Infinity
2. Ascend into the Eternal
3. Progeny of Tyranny
4. Transcend into Absolute Dissolution
5. Haruspex
6. Vanquish in Vengeance
7. Profound Loathing
8, The Hellions Genesis
9. From Hallow Sands
10. Legion of Dis

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Incantation Streaming New Track

MetalSucks.net has posted a stream of "Degeneration," the track USDM stalwarts Incantation recorded for Decibel Magazine's Flexi Disc series. Subscribers will get the tune delivered to their front door black-on-blood-red plastic with the year-end issue of Decibel Magazine. Everyone else should haul ass to this location and check it out.

The song's origins date back to '89, when Incantation founder/guitarist/vocalist John McEntee was cutting his teeth with Jersey-based thrashers Revenant. McEntee unearthed and re-energized the tune while Incantation was in the studio recording its newest offering, "Vanquish in Vengeance," which is due out on November 27th on Listenable Records. "Vanquish in Vengeance" was recorded at Mars Studio with Bill Korecky and mixed by Dan Swano at Unisound Studios, with cover art courtesy of Worthless.

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Incantation Reveals Cover Art And Tracklisting

U.S. death metal pioneers Incantation have revealed the cover art and track listing for their anticipated new album, "Vanquish in Vengeance." The long-awaited followup to 2006's "Primordial Domination," "Vanquish in Vengeance" carries a recurring lyrical theme that addresses the countless acts of genocide in the name of religion throughout our history. Guitarist/vocalist John McEntee comments:

"The title track is about the massacre of Saxons in the town of Verdun in 782, called on by order of King Charlemagne. As an album title it has a different meaning to me. 'Vanquish in Vengeance' symbolizes the long history of the band. We have fought many battles over the years to keep things going. We have always stayed true to our original vision and have never caved into trends. After a long wait between albums we are back with a vengeance with some of our darkest and heaviest material to date."

"Vanquish in Vengeance" was recorded at Mars Studio with Bill Korecky and mixed by Dan Swano at Unisound Studios, with cover art courtesy of Worthless. The cover art and tracklisting of the album follows below. More...

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Incantation Releasing Track On Decibel Magazine

Death metal pioneers Incantation have recorded an exclusive track for Decibel Magazine's Flexi Disc series, which is available only to subscribers. For their contribution to Decibel, Incantation founder John McEntee dug into his vault and pulled up the tune "Degeneration," off the self-titled 1989 demo from his pre-Incantation tech-thrash band, Revenant.

Incantation gave the song a proper reworking and the deathed-up, newly-recorded version of the song will appear inside the December 2012 issue of Decibel. Non-subscribers have until 9 a.m. on Wednesday, October 10th to visit Decibel Magazine to sign up in time to receive the disc. Incantation is set to release the follow-up to 2006's "Primordial Decimation," a concept album entitled "Vanquish in Vengeance," this November on Listenable Records.


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Incantation Reveals New Album Title

After a successful trek through Brazil with Immolition New York's Immolation as well as the European summer festival campaign, death metal pioneers Incantation have returned to the United States to finish work on their long-awaited eighth album.

Guitarist/vocalist John McEntee commented on the recent tour: "I would like to thank everyone on behalf of Incantation for making this festival run our most successful to date. To get the opportunity to play for so many diehard death metal fans was absolutely amazing. We are especially thankful to all our supporters for giving us a warm welcome at all the festivals, you guys were amazing and totally raging every day. Most of all we would like to thank Sam Inzerra [Mortician / Funerus] for doing a phenomenal job filling in for Kyle on drums. Without you this run would probably not be able to happen."

Bassist Chuck Sherwood added: "To the hoards of thousands that littered the fests of this past run. Old friends and new, brothers whom we shared a stage, and the unmatched support of the staff of each fest respectively. It's my hope that our performance reflected the metal rage that you gave us, Hails!'

The band has also revealed that their forthcoming release will be a concept album entitled "Vanquish in Vengeance." The album is expected to drop this November via Listenable Records.

McEntee comments on the album: "The title track is about the massacre of Saxons in the town of Verdun in 782, called on by order of King Charlemagne. As an album title it has a different meaning to me. Vanquish in Vengeance symbolizes the long history of the band. We have fought many battles over the years to keep things going. We have always stayed true to our original vision and have never caved into trends. After a long wait between albums we are back with a vengeance with some of our darkest and heaviest material to date."

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Incantation Announces Festival Dates

Europe prepares for the return of one of North America's most blasphemous and unholy death metal bands. Incantation will once again invade European territory this August for a series of festival dates. The band comments:

As we are still in the midst of the recording process for our 8th and latest studio full length, which will be released through Listenable Records, we will make the short run to play some of Europe's most brutal festivals. We are honored to have been asked to play these amazing fests this year, we will be playing some new tracks from the upcoming new release later this year, as well as our classics. We just toured Brazil and the response for the new material was horns held high and an outbreak of death metal overload!!!

It has been brought to our attention [that there has been] interest in Incantation playing additional shows/fests in August, but unfortunately were not able to play any more Euro festivals at this time. The aforementioned shows are all we have agreed to play. Of course, we are disappointed at not to be able to play every show asked, but extremely happy to be playing the shows we are. Due to recording obligations and (lack of) booking details, time restraints [will prevent] us from being able to play all of them. I would personally like to apologize to any organizers that might have been misled into thinking we were playing, and thank all of you for the continued support of Incantation!!!!

Below are the European festival dates that Incantation will be playing, a few more dates being arranged as we speak.


8/10 - Brutal Assault (Czech)
8/11 - Party.San (Germany)
8/12 - Ieper Fest (Belgium)
8/13 - Tilburg (Holland) "Little Devil"
8/14 - Essen (Germany) "Turock"
8/17 - Motocultor Fest (France)
8/18 - SummerBreeze (Germany)


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Incantation Signs With Listenable For New Album

Although based in Pennsylvania, Incantation enjoyed a 23 year musical career as one of the leaders the New York death metal scene. Incantation and Listenable Records' working relationship resulted in "Decimate Christendom" and "Primordial Domination" albums respectively released in 2004 and 2006.

The band has now renewed this unholy bond for an upcoming album currently being recorded in June and July for a tentative release date in Winter 2012. John Mc Entee comments: "We are proud to announce that our new album will be released on Listenable Records worldwide. We entered Mars Recording Compound June 8. It's be great to work with Bill Korecky again. Also we are looking forward to having Dan swano do the mixing and mastering it, I'm sure it will sound sick!"

The band also issued the following recording update via Facebook:

"Back in the studio today after some photoshoots this morning... more pics and some celvideos posted shortly! Alex and chuck are knocking out guitar and bass parts... john is overseeing everything while kyle is running around with his pants off in the parking lot... everything is business is usual!"

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Incantation Touring Brazil With Immolation

In what could the ultimate NY death metal package of all time, Incantation is teaming up with its long-time friends Immolation for a series of five dates in Brazil. Guitarist Alexander Bouks and band founder John McEntee (Funerus) commented: "This is going to be some historical shows to be sharing the stage with our longtime brothers in Immolation. We are ready to devastate the Brazilian metal legions with our death metal darkness." John added : "Yes it will be great. It's always a honor to play for them, there are many true death metal Incantation supporters in Brazil."

July 5th - Curitiba, Brazil @ Hangar Bar
July 6th - Belo Horizont, Brazil @ Music Hall
July 7th - São José do Rio Preto, Brazil @ Avalanche Fest
July 8th - São Paulo, Brazil @ Hangar 110
July 9th - Porto Alegre, Brazil @ Beco More...

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Members Of Incantation Speak Out

Members of US death metal pioneers Incantation have issued a number of statements regarding the status of their long-awaited upcoming release and the unfortunate passing of former bass player, Joey "Fingers" Lombard.

On the new album...

"I have known John McEntee for about 23 years now. I am going back to a time when there was only a handful of us that played our dark extreme secret music. Things have changed since then and there is a much larger audience, but the hunger is still there for us to create the darkest extreme songs we can come up with. Incantation is one of the oldest bands who wave that dark sinister flag proudly.

It is awesome after all these years to now be playing and writing together with John on the new material. I am more than confident that the new Incantation record is going to crush your skulls. In my opinion this is one of the band's darkest and most brutal collections of songs to date and it is my my honor and privilege to be working with two of death metal's fineset players in Kyle Severn and Chuck Sherwood. Unleash the blood of the goat!" - Alex Bouks
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Acheron Pays Tribute To Joey "Fingers" Lombard

Fan-filmed footage has been posted online of Acheron's Vincent Crowley paying tribute to our fallen metal brother Joey "Fingers" Lombard (ex-Incantation), who passed away earlier this month at the age of 42. The video clip is available below.

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Maveth To Play Kill Town Death Fest

Finland's Maveth is the latest act to be confirmed for Denmark's Kill-Town Death Fest 2012, which takes place from August 30th to September 2nd. Further details on the festival can be found at this location.

Other confirmed bands so far:

Incantation (us)
Necros Christos (de)
Hooded Menace (sf)
Esoteric (uk)
Interment (se)
Verminous (se)
Voids Of Vomit (it)
Corpsessed (sf)
Morbus Chron (swe)
Church Bizarre (dk)
Tyranny (sf)
Execration (no)
Ritualization (fr)
Maveth (sf)
Cryptborn (sf)
Pustulation (dk)

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Gathering Of The Bestial Legion V Reveals Schedule

Death metal legends Incantation will lay waste to Los Angeles this weekend when they join Autopsy, Acheron, HOD, Divine Eve and many others at the Gathering of the Bestial Legion V on Saturday, January 14th at The Echoplex on 1154 Glendale Blvd. Doors open at 4:00 PM, and for more information, contact the show's website. Along with the new Incantation material, Kyle Severn has also finished up with his first foray into the cinema realm with a new horror/slasher movie called "After Party Massacre." Co-written/co-directed with Kristoff Bates, this slasher starts with live performances by Incantation and Soulless, which then takes a deadly turn after the bands are finished as this unrated movie is filled with blood, scantly clad female flesh and lots of death metal!

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Kill-Town Death Fest Coming To Copenhagen

The 2012 edition of the Kill-Town Death Fest will be held on the 31st of August through the 2nd of September in Ungdomshuset at Dortheavej 61 in Copenhagens Northwest quarter. The festival will be a 4-day event, with a warm up show Thursday 30th August at Loppen in Copenhagens freetown Christiania. The festival will present 25 international acts, metal DJs, good cheap quality beer, vegan foodstalls, horror-movie screenings, distro-area and outdoor hang-out space. For more detailed information, visit Kill-Town's official website. The following is the current line-up of bands scheduled to perform:

INCANTATION (us)
NECROS CHRISTOS (de)
HOODED MENACE (sf)
ESOTERIC (uk)
INTERMENT (se)
VERMINOUS (se) - first show in 8 years!
VOIDS OF VOMIT (it)
CORPSESSED (sf)
CHURCH BIZARRE (dk)
TYRANNY (sf) - first show outside Finland in 8 years!
MORBUS CHRON (swe)
EXECRATION (no)
RITUALIZATION (fr)
MAVETH (sf)
CRYPTBORN (sf)
PUSTULATION (dk) More...

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Re-recording Metal - For Better or for Worse?

Back in 2005, Dimmu Borgir was a band still basking in the unholy success of its latest outing “Death Cult Armageddon.” And yet instead of launching into a new opus for fans to consume the band members decided on a new approach; they would re-release an early and often praised album (“Stormblåst”) by completely re-recording it, updating the sound with modern production and slap “MMV” on the end. There had of course been prior examples of bands making this choice, but it was perhaps here that best truly crystallized the new era of metal re-recordings. No doubt you have heard of similar re-recordings in the same vein, perhaps most recently Gorgoroth’s “Under the Sign of Hell 2011” or Burzum’s “From the Depths of Darkness”? Perhaps not, but that’s what I aim to uncover for you here. More...

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Former Incantation Bassist Dies At 42

Former Incantation bassist Joey "Fingers" Lombard died on January 3, 2012. He was 42 years old. Lombard played with Incantation from 2001-2005 and played on the following releases: "Blasphemy" (2002), "Decimate Christendom" (2004) and "Primordial Domination" (2006).

Former live Incantation bassist Roberto Lizárraga, who immediately stepped in when Lombard departed in 2005, posted the following statement, which the band re-posted on its Facebook Page:

"In 2003, while INCANTATION toured for the "Blasphemy" album, they played in San Diego and in Tijuana. INFINITUM OBSCURE played in the Tijuana gig. In this tour, I met this genuinely GREAT guy by the name of Joey Lombard, who was Incan's bassist at the time (2001-2006).

"In 2005 I was asked to step into INCANTATION as live session bassist, since Joey would not be able to commit for all the touring for the "Decimate Christendom" album, then "Primordial Domination".

"We also toured together in January 2005, I played bass for THE CHASM and he was still in INCANTATION. We shared a tour together. More...

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Amon Amarth To Headline Summer Breeze

The Summer Breeze festival organizers have issued the following announcement about confirming Amon Amarth as a headliner for the festival's 2012 edition:

"Behind the 24th door of our Advent Calendar there's none other than our favourite vikings AMON AMARTH, who are now confirmed as the second headliner for the 15th SUMMER BREEZE Open Air beside Subway To Sally.

"It's almost incredible the way our Swedish friends have enjoyed a continued rise to the top of the scene. Top-ten chart entries, headliner slots on all major festivals, sold-out tours, enthusiastic fans everywhere – by now Mr Johan Hegg and Co. have become real stars, but they still have their feet firmly planted on the ground, because they haven't forgotten where they started. And that's why they like to return to those places, one of them definitely being SUMMER BREEZE!

"What, it's Christmas already?!? How time flies. Our SUMMER BREEZE Advent Calendar had only just begun, and now it's all over again. We hope we were able to fulfill your wishes and expectations, and perhaps even surprise you with one or two of the confirmed bands.

"Here's a final overview of our Advent Calendar, which has been making you company for the last 24 days: More...

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Amon Amarth Confirms For Brutal Assault 2012

Swedish death metal giants Amon Amarth are the latest band to confirm an appearance at the Brutal Assault 2012 Festival. The festival will be held from August 9-11, 2012 at the Old Army Fortress in Josefov, Czech Republic.

Amon Amarth will join the following bands who had previously confirmed:

Arcturus
Arkona
Be'lakor
Cattle Decapitation
Converge
Dimmu Borgir
Dodheimsgard
General Surgery
Heathen
Heaven Shall Burn
Immortal
Incantation
Ministry
Moonspell
Norther
Paradise Lost
Protest The Hero
Sodom
Textures
The Black Dahlia Murder
Virus

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Incantation Writing New Material

Death metal veterans, Incantation are currently writing new material. The group expect a 2012 release date. Drummer Kyle Severn comments:

"The new material we have been writing with new members Alex (Bouks also of Goreaphobia) and Chuck (Sherwood also of Bloodstorm) is beyond brutal, as these songs have come together they are by far the darkest and most demented Incantation tracks I've been a part of since Diabolical Conquest"

Incantation released its first new song in six years on the "After Party Massacre" CD soundtrack and Limited Edition 7-inch Bloodsplatter Vinyl. Click on the You Tube video below to hear a sample.

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After Party Massacre Trailer Posted Online

A teaser trailer has been posted online for the new movie "After Party Massacre," which will feature music from Incantation and Asphyx. The trailer is available below.

The creators of the movie also issued the following statement:

"Giving a new twist to horror, the Afterparty Massacre, brings metal, blood and gore back to the screen! Written and directed by both Kristoff (of Horrormerch.com) and Kyle Severn (of Incantation and Acheron), the Afterparty Massacre is one killer party with mind-blowing amounts of blood, metal, flesh and a huge death metal/industrial soundtrack from 16Volt, Asphyx, Incantation, Ventana and more!

"The After Party Massacre centers around a mysterious female fan - Scarlett - who attends a live performance by the metal bands Incantation and Soulless. At this show - Scarlett soon found herself thrown into the dark depths of torture and depravity showing what happens when you push - an already damaged mind - too far. During this show Scarlett encounters a forcibly rough fan that had followed her into an empty corner of the venue. During this altercation she has flashbacks of a dark past and it transforms her into a bloodthirsty killer on a mission to kill her attacker plus anyone and everyone else in her way (friend - fan and foe alike) until only a pile of bodies is left within this bloody massacre.

"With Scarlett being as patient and calculating as she is torturous and demented, her killing spree is a precise and bloody massacre to witness. Filled with sex, metal, and an unpredictable killer who uses an arsenal of axes, sex toys, box cutters, and power saws as her tools of torture and dismemberment. The After Party Massacre is a huge blood filled splatterfest that is too brutal to miss!"

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Incantation Announces First Poland Headlining Tour

Old school death metal act Incantation has confirmed its first headlining tour through Poland. The tour starts May 1 and runs through May 8th. Polish black metal troupe Christ Agony will provide support.

Incantation front man and founder, John McEntee comments:

"With great honor we are proud to announce that we are doing our first headlining tour of Poland. Our first time playing Poland was back in 2007 as part of the Blitzkrieg 4 Tour 2007 with the killer line up of Vader, Krisiun , Rotting Christ and my other band Funerus. This will be the first time we can play our full sent for all of our long time diehard Polish supporters, something we have been looking forward to for many years.

Poland has always been good to us. From the band's inception back in 1989 we have always had massive support for the Polish underground, but have had lots of problems making it over there to preform for one reason or another. Finally over 20 years after the formation of the band we will do our first headlining tour. It will be great to see our old school friend along with many new fans alike.

The tour will be with the legendary Polish band Christ Agony. This is one of Poland's greatest and most well-respected bands. Anyone that knows anything about the Polish underground black death metal scene will agree. It will be great to play along side them every night!

We look forward to seeing all you sick Polish Incantation supporters. We have a great set list that we are working on for the tour and we can't wait to spill our guts out for you guys every night.

Also, some of the Polish shows will be recorded (video and audio) and if the recordings quality comes out good we hope to use them for a live record and DVD sometime late this year.

With all this great Polish news I also want to say that we are also playing the Neurotic Death Fest this year and it is a absolute honor to be apart of this amazing fest. We want to thanks the promoter for including us on this awesome fest. Along side some of my personal favorite bands! We look forward to seeing all our Dutch supporters there, it will be a kick ass time."

Incantation will appear at Neurotic Death Fest 2011 on April 29th before heading to Poland.

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