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Incantation

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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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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Incantation Announces "Onward To Golgotha" Tour

Long running Johnstown, Pennsylvania death metal act Incantation have announced a series of concert dates to pay tribute to the band's classic debut LP "Onward To Golgotha." "Onward To Golgotha" was released in 1991 and was inducted into Decibel Magazine's "Hall Of Fame" in 2009. During these special dates Incantation will perform the "Onward To Golgotha" album in its entirety, from start to finish. Support on the mini-tour will come from death metal acts Funerus and Fatalist plus a special one off show with death metal legends Mortician.

Incantation "Onward To Golgotha" tour dates:
Nov. 19 - Chicago, IL - Reggie's Rock Club
Nov. 20 - New York, NY - Rebel (w/ MORTICIAN)
Nov. 21 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody's

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Incantation Cancels Festival Dates

Johnstown, Pennsylvania death metal act, Incantation has announced to cancel their cancellations for this year’s Stonehenge and Mass Deathstruction festivals.

Incantation vocalist John McEntee commented by saying:
"It is with great regret we announce that we had to cancel our headlining festival appearance at the Stonehenge Fest in Holland and the Mass Deathstruction Fest in Belgium this weekend. Between us and our booking agent we did all we could to try to make the fest appearance happen, but only after many attempts we had to come to the conclusion that there was just no way to make it happen. We want apologize both fest organizers for giving us this opportunity. we also want to thank all our supporters that were looking forward to our performances. we know that both promoters are very stand up people, and I’m sure both fest will be a great success."

Incantation is still scheduled to appear at the Hostile City Death Fest in Philadelphia, PA on August 27th, 2010 as well as the Noctis IV Metal Fest in Calgary, Alberta, Canada on September 24thth, 2010.

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Beyond Terror Beyond Grace To Tour w/ Cattle Decap

Beyond Terror Beyond Grace will be heading to Europe for the first time this July/August with Cattle Decapitation (US) and Gorod (FRA), plus Incantation (US) on select dates. This will also include an appearance on Obscene Extreme Festival alongside Misery Index and DRI.

The band also announced two new members: "We would also like to take this chance to welcome new guns Blake Simpson and Scott Heldorf to the ranks. They have been rehearsing with the band for the last 3 months, and are both great dudes and great musicians. They have taken the sound of the band well and truly up a notch. Please make them feel welcome at our two tour warm up shows in Sydney and Melbourne. We are very excited to take part in this tour, and are looking forward to sharing a tour bus with all the guys in these influential and extremely talented bands."

Here are the latest Cattle Decapitation "Human Harvest European Tour 2010" dates with special guests Gorod (FRA) and Beyond Terror Beyond Grace (AUS):

15.07 - Obscene Extreme Festival, Trutnov (Czech Republic)
17.07 - Civitanova Marche (Italy)
18.07 - Bologna (Italy) "Blogos"
20.07 - TBA – (France)
21.07 - Bilbao (Spain) "Santana 27"
22.07 - Porto (Portugal) "Rio"
23.07 - Madrid (Spain) "Sala Inferno Bar"
24.07 - TBA (France)
26.07 - Wrexham (ENG) "Central Station"
27.07 - Manchester (ENG) "Moho Live"
28.07 - London (ENG) "Underworld"
29.07 - Bristol (ENG) "The Croft"
30.07 - Namur (Belgium) "Cinex"
01.08 – Dublin (IRE), “Fibber McGees”
02.08 – Belfast (IRE) “Auntie Annies”
03.08 – Cork (IRE) “A Cruisan Lan”

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Incantation Announces Festival Appearances

Fresh off a tour alongside label mates Divine Eve, death metal act Incantation are excited to announce their inclusion in two of this summer's metal fests. Both taking place July 15th - 17th, Incantation will be a featured headliner at the Obscene Extreme Festival in the Czech Republic and are playing Austria's Kaltenback Open Air Festiva. Incantation guitarist John McEntee had this to say regarding the upcoming appearances:

"We are proud to announce that we will be one of the headliners for the Obscene Extreme Festival in the Czech Republic. We have heard a lot of great things about this festival and are looking forward to it very much. There are numerous other great death metal and grind bands playing so I'm sure it will be a great time. I would also like to thank the festival organizers for including my other band Funerus on the festival. We look forward to putting on a totally kick ass show and we plan on making this a very special performance for all of our die hard supporters.

"We are also playing the Kaltenbach Open Air Festival in Austria. It will be a great honor to play there once again since we haven't played there since our tour opening up for Nile and Unleashed a good while back. The lineup for the fest is nothing short of amazing and it will be great to play alongside such great bands and friends. We are looking forward to spewing forth our style of pure raw underground death metal."

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Incantation Issues European Tour Report

INCANTATION bassist Chuck Sherwood has issued the following update from the band’s well received Vengeful Scapegoat Tour through Europe with DIVINE EVE, HATE, NOCTUM, and NERVE.

“INCANTATION returns to Europe one again! With all of the previous experiences John [McEntee] and Kyle [Severn] have had they were prepared for another hellish assault on the 'old world.' As for Alex [Bouks] and I, our journey into the unknown began on our arrival to London’s Heathrow Airport. With the sights and sounds of our first show Nottingham delivered at The Central! The fans and support there were great. Playing a mixture of older and newer material and utilizing a return of the dual guitar attack we plunged into battle with a more diversified set. The journey continued to Leeds where we were faced with a cancellation when we heard that the club’s roof had caved-in, although that was never confirmed because locals seemed just as surprised as we were to hear it. Off to a good start only to restart and build momentum yet again. Regardless of the setback, we made good of the situation. We visited local metal purveyors the Hellraiser shop in Leeds. Highly recommended! Then it was off to the pub to drown in the microbrews of England.

“After a fresh start again the following day the fires had spread to Edinburgh. The Scots were nothing short of killer. Amongst four-story stone buildings and rolling cobblestone streets we found ourselves at the Bannerman's. And in the bowels of that club in a dank and dark room the fans crushed and thrashed their support. The owners and staff were equally considerate and helpful in many ways. Fuckin' amazing first experience, personally speaking!

“Our trip back to the origins of the tour led us south to London where were we played The Electrowerkz. The promotion team there was even helping set up and break down the stage in between bands. We’d be hard pressed to find that kind of local support in the States. Here in Europe it’s almost expected. London’s fans filled the Electrowerkz and made for an energetic and awesome show; powerful reactions in the form of fists and horns held high over the course of one of our alternating sets. We reintroduced some songs that hadn’t crept from the darkness in years.

“After no sleep - maybe 45 minutes in the past three days - and a short ferry ride from the UK into Belgium we played the Las Cenobites and saw some familiar faces for all of us. John and Alex reunited with Laurent from Listenable after a 19-year gap and were laughing over old photos. Sabathan, an old comrade, of John’s, and I showed up where he and I talked after nine years of lost contact. The show was awesome with the likes of our personal friends shoulder to shoulder amongst the other warriors who came out that night and unleashed hell on earth. The other bands whom we've had the pleasure of sharing a stage with – DIVINE EVE, HATE, NOCTUM, and NERVE - have all been great and I know it will result in long lasting comradeship and future endeavors. Suffice to say, my experience in Europe thus far and to be within the ranks of such a legendary project as INCANTATION has been nothing short of killer.

“In Holland we were amongst our comrades in ASPHYX and PENTACLE and a packed room of hellions that came out (on a Monday night, mind you) to the Little Devil in Tilburg and made the night immortal. The show and all who were participating made our stay memorable. It was everything from the sound to handling the tucked away stage and endless help in the form of plastic bags for merch and drink tickets for Holland’s own Grolsch, which I think everyone agreed is far better over here on tap. We followed up that night with an 18th century cottage at which we slept. Everything was brilliant. A final hails again to everyone involved!

“Upon crossing over to the desolate village of Luynes, France, near Marseille, last night it was nothing like its appearance when the smoke filled room of the Le Korigan exploded with chaos once the bands hit the stage. The reaction of these French psychos was something to behold! An amazing time was had by all, despite the shadow looming over some of us. It’s very easy to get sick on the road and with that not stopping or holding us back, onward we charged into battle. With France left destroyed in our wake, it’s off to Spain!”

Here are the latest Vengeful Scapegoat tour dates with INCANTATION, HATE, DIVINE EVE, NOCTUM and NERVE:

23.01 – Vigo (Spa) “La Fabrica de Chocolate”
24.01 – Madrid (Spa) “Ritmo & Compas”
26.01 – Lonato Del Garda/Brescia (Ita) “Olden Live Club”
27.01 - Ingolstadt (D) "Paradox"
28.01 – Jena (Ger) “Rosenkeller”
29.01 – Hradec Kralove (Cze) “RC Strojovna”
30.01 – Prato, Florence (Ita) “Siddharta”
31.01 – Gorizia (Ita) “Pieffe Factory”

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Incantation To Play Central Illinois Metal Fest

Death metal act Incantation will return to the stage at Urbana, IL’s Canopy Club for the Central Illinois Metal Fest, which will take place on July 23-24, 2010 and also feature Ibex Moon Records label mates Acheron. Incantation guitarist and vocalist John McEntee had this to say about the performance:

"It will be great once again to play the mighty Central Illinois Metal Fest. We played a few years back and the reaction was overwhelming. Of course, it’s an honor to play the fest again. We are planning to make this a very special performance of our 'Diabolical Conquest' album. This will be our first time playing every song off the album live during one set. It’ll be a great opportunity to see us play some songs we haven’t played in quite some time. The Central Illinois Metal Fest is always a great time and extremely well organized. CIMF is definitely one of North America's premier metal fests and we are proud to again be a part of it. Thanks to the CIMF staff for giving us this opportunity.

"Also, we will be playing the Stonehenge Festival in Holland on July 31st. This will be our first time playing the Stonehenge Festival and it definitely is an honor to be part of it. We’ve heard a lot of good things about the fest from our friends and bands that have played it, so we are definitely looking forward to it.”

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