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Formed: 1989
From: Johnstown, PA, United States
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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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Vader Announce Festivals, To Tour In Sept/Oct

Vader will appear on a few summer festivals. Some of them, such as Graspop Festival in Belgium, French Hellfest or German Wacken Open Air, have been already confirmed. More dates will follow soon.

Here's the full list to date:

Jun. 16 Schweinfurt, GER - Queens Of Metal Open Air
Jun. 22 Dessel, BEL - Graspop MM Festival
Jun. 23 Clisson, FR - Hellfest
Jul. 14 Spital am Semmering, A - Kaltenbach Open Air
Jul. 27 Eisenwahn, GER - Eisenwahn Open Air
Jul. 28 Namestovo, SK - Oravsky Rock Fest
Aug. 02 Hamburg, GER - Wacken Open Air Festival
Aug. 10 Bad Berka, GER - Party San
Aug. 11 Jaromer, CZ - Brutal Assault

Also in 2007, Vader are going to warm up their Polish maniacs, playing the second leg of Blitzkrieg 4 tour in such places as Bydgoszcz, Poznan, Zielona Góra, Wroclaw, Zabrze, Bielsko-Biala, Rzeszów, Radom, Bialystok, Elk and Olsztyn. The tour is scheduled to take place in September/ October. Rotting Christ (Greece) and Incantation (USA) have been announced as the special guests. More info will follow soon.

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Incantation Set To Dominate Europe

INCANTATION will return to Europe in February as part of the Domination Tour 2007 alongside MALEVOLENT CREATION, ROTTING CHRIST, NEURAXIS, MYSTIC CIRCLE, HARM and INACTIVE MESSIAH.

The Pennsylvania-based death metal band will also continue on with Rotting Christ, Malevolent Creation and Rotten Sound for another six dates following the end of the tour.

“We’re looking forward to a kick ass tour,” said Incantation guitarist and frontman John McEntee. “We’ve been friends with Malevolent Creation and Neuraxis for a long time and it will be great to tour with them.”

Incantation’s seventh album, Primordial Domination, was released last fall on Ibex Moon Records. The longstanding and influential band has kept a steady tour schedule since the release of the record, touring the U.S., South America and Europe.

In other news, McEntee has just finalized an endorsement deal with BC Rich guitars. “I have been using BC Rich guitars for over 20 years and am proud to be working with them,” he said. More...

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Malevolent Creation Complete Preproduction

Malevolent Creation has completed the writing and pre production demos for 13 songs and will begin the recording of their 10th full length album "DOOMSDAY X" in the coming weeks of November.

"We're very happy with the direction the music has taken for this new album with song writing credit's by each of the band members, and each song having it's own identity but retaining the classic Malevolent Creation sound," The band said in its release. "It is truly amazing to have everyone writing for this album and bring's a lot of new idea's to the songs. Fear not, each song is extremely brutal and covers a lot of territory as far as extreme metal is concerned. We have definitely had some huge obstacles to overcome to get this album written, but we are finally satisfied with all the music and are anxious to start recording."

The album's recording and touring line up is:

Jon Rubin - guitars
Phil Fasciana - guitars
Dave Culross - drums
Jason Blachowicz - bass
Brett Hoffmann - vocals

Malevolent Creation has massive touring plans for 2007 already. Touring starts in Europe with "The Domination Tour 2007": More...

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Incantation Cancel First Two Dates of Tour

The first two dates of Incantation’s tour, which was scheduled to begin November 1, have been cancelled but the remainder of the tour will go on as scheduled.

The two cancelled dates are November 1 in Southgate, Mich., and November 2 in Heath, Ohio.

“We have no reason except that the booking agent said they lost contact with both promoters and the clubs themselves didn’t know about the shows,” said guitarist/vocalist John McEntee.

The death metal legends are touring with Internal Suffering and Year of Desolation in support of their recently-released seventh album, “Primordial Domination.”

“Primordial Domination” was released September 5 on Ibex Moon Records. The record sticks to Incantation’s tried and true recipe for brutal death metal, which has earned the band a reputation as one of the most important bands in the genre.

Dates are as follow:

11/03/06 Fri. Nite Cap Lounge, Chicago, IL
11/04/06 Sat. Just Bill’s Place, Overland, MO
11/05/06 Sun. Static Bar, Topeka, KS
11/06/06 Mon. Hubba’s, Aurora, CO
11/07/06 Tue. Kamikaze’s, Ogden, UT
11/08/06 Wed. Grove Street, Boise, ID
11/09/06 Thu. Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
11/10/06 Fri. Hell’s Kitchen, Tacoma, WA
11/11/06 Sat. Satyricon, Portland, OR
11/12/06 Sun. The Fourteenth Ward, Reno, NV
11/13/06 Mon. Bourbon Street, Concord, CA
11/15/06 Wed. Showcase Theatre, Corona, CA
11/16/06 Thu. Knitting Factory, Hollywood, CA
11/17/06 Fri. The Jumping Turtle, San Marcos, CA
11/18/06 Sat. Chic, El Paso, TX
11/19/06 Sun. The White Rabbit, San Antonio, TX
11/20/06 Mon. Red Rum, Austin, TX
11/21/06 Tue. The Galaxy Club, Dallas TX
11/22/06 Wed. The Pink Eye, Tulsa, OK
11/24/06 Fri. The Dart Room, Fayetteville, AR
11/25/06 Sat. Nathan P Murphy’s, Springfield, MO

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Incantation Announce U.K. Dates

Veteran death metal band INCANTATION will embark on a U.K. tour in March. Confirmed dates are as follows:

Mar. 06 – Bradford, UK @ Rio
Mar. 07 - Glasgow, UK @ Soundhaus
Mar. 08 – Dublin, IRE @ Voodoo Lounge
Mar. 09 - Bolton, UK @ Soundhouse
Mar. 10 - London, UK @ Camden Underworld

In other news, the first two dates of INCANTATION's U.S. tour, which was scheduled to begin November 1, have been cancelled but the remainder of the tour will go on as scheduled. The two cancelled dates are November 1 in Southgate, Mich., and November 2 in Heath, Ohio.

"We have no reason except that the booking agent said they lost contact with both promoters and the clubs themselves didn't know about the shows," said guitarist/vocalist John McEntee. More...

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More European Domination Tour Dates Added

More tour dates have been added to the European Domination Tour 2007, featuring Rotting Christ, Malevolent Creation, Neuraxis, Carpathian Forest, Incantation and Harm. The following dates have been confirmed for the The Domination Tour 2007:

2/14 Berlin, GER @ Kato
2/15 Leipzig, GER @ Hellriser
2/16 Wien, AT @ Szene
2/17 Salzburg, AT @ Rockhaus
2/18 Innsbruck, AT @ Hafen
2/19 Plattern, CH @ Z7
2/20 Strasbourg, FR @ Laiterie
2/21 Paris, FR @ Locomotive
2/22 Eindhoven, HOL @ Effenaar
2/23 Vosselaar, BEL @ Biebob
2/24 Adelsheim, GER@ Live Factory
2/25 Brno, CZ @ Fledo
2/26 Bratislava, SK @ Randal
2/27 Este (PD), ITA @ Sottosopra Rock Club
2/28 Munchen, GER @ Metropolis
3/1 Osnabruck, GER @ N8
3/1 Groningen, HOL @ Vera
Mar. 03 - Essen, GER @ Turock
Mar. 04 - Rotterdam, HOL @ Baroeg

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First Dates Of Damnation Tour Announced

ROTTING CHRIST, CARPATHIAN FOREST, MALEVOLENT CREATION, INCANTATION and NEURAXIS have been confirmed for the 2007 edition of "The Domination Tour", set to kick off February 14. Confirmed dates so far are as follows:

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Incantation Post New Song Online

A brand new INCANTATION track, entitled "Lead to Desolation", has been posted online at the band's MySpace page. The song comes off the long-standing death metal outfit's upcoming album, "Primordial Domination", due on September 5 via Ibex Moon Records.

The record — the band's seventh — sticks to INCANTATION's tried and true recipe for brutal death metal, complemented with more leads and a crushing production.

"We feel very strong about the new material," said guitar/vocalist/founding member John McEntee. "We never seem to run out of unholy dark metal movements."

"Primordial Domination" was recorded at Mars Recording Compound during the spring with the band's current lineup of McEntee, drummer Kyle Severn, and bassist Joe Lombard. The album was recorded with engineer Bill Korecky, whom the band has worked on its previous five releases.

"These songs are really cool," Korecky said. "The band approached me with a great production idea. They always move forward." More...

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Relapse Records To Re-Release Smaller Bands Debuts

On October 17th, Relapse Records will reissue BRUTAL TRUTH's Sounds of the Animal Kingdom and Kill Trend Suicide as a single release.

Metal tomes the world over heralded NYC's purveyors of organized chaos BRUTAL TRUTH the ultimate grindcore kings of the 90's. With the release of their post-Earache material Sounds of the Animal Kingdom and the preceding Kill Trend Suicide mini-CD, their time of complete global appreciation arrived. These four musical misanthropological javamen created recordings which left no jaw unfloored. Sounds... painted frightening, Pollock-esque lyrical images of human deevolution and technological dehumanization while twenty twisting tunes embodied the definitive musical expression of survival of the fittest! Kill Trend Suicide negated the entrenched musical trends of the day while confronting the downward spiral of our decaying society and the emotional suffocation of city life. Both recordings combined the most muscular attributes of grindcore, death metal, hardcore punk and rock. Here they are combined in one larger-than-life and specially priced package; remastered, repackaged, and replete with bonus video footage, extensive, exhaustive liner notes from each member of the band, and a forward from Choosing Death author Albert Mudrian.

On October 31st, Relapse Records will reissue INCANTATION's Onward to Golgotha.

Long heralded as one of the heaviest, sickest, and most uncompromising death metal bands in the world, New Jersey's INCANTATION has forged a legacy of brutality unmatched by any other American group. In 1992, the bands most celebrated lineup entered a then unknown Trax East Studios with a then unproven engineer Steve Evetts and emerged with Onward to Golgotha, the most dark and blasphemous death metal record to date. The combination of the inhuman growl of vocalist Craig Pillard, the ruthlessly savage aural malevolence, and pitiless anti-Christian attack was the ultimate musical sacrilege. Onward... redefined the bounds of brutality and blasphemy for the entire genre of death metal. This is absolute brutality!!! Includes a free DVD with three full live sets from the Onward...

After three infamously influential albums on Amphetamine Reptile Records and numerous tours with HELMET, NEUROSIS, and more, TODAY IS THE DAY moved to the grounds of the Relapse compound and unleashed it's most definitive album to date: the legendary Temple of the Morning Star. Reverend Steve Austin had overcome extreme band and personal turmoil, and his maniacally negative personal frustration shaped the 18 track service wholly deserving worship, contemplation, and reverence. Temple of the Morning Star indoctrinated tens of thousands of new members, strengthened the faith of the previously converted and was lavished with critical acclaim from the likes of Guitar, Thrasher, AP, Kerrang, Metal Hammer, Terrorizer and dozens more. Temple... was the most widely circulated TITD album, and over the span of a year it allowed the band to grow from an infamous fringe group to the wildly influential band of today. Temple of the Morning Star is an undisputed classic.

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Incantation To Tour Spain With Irredemption

Incantation will embark on a string of dates in Spain alongside Spanish death metal band Irredemption in July.

“We are looking forward to some sick shows,” said guitarist/vocalist John McEntee. “We have played Spain only two times in the past and both were great experiences with some of the craziest crowds in Europe.”

The “Decimate Spain” tour will kick off July 14. “We want to thank Trauma Producciones, along with all the die hard Spanish death metal heads for making this tour happen,” said McEntee.

Incantation is currently recording its next album, “Primordial Domination,” which is set for a fall release on Ibex Moon Records. The trio recently completely a co-headlining tour with Vital Remains dubbed “Decades of Death.”

Decimate Spain dates are as follow:

07/14/06 Fri. Gamma, Murcia, Spain
07/15/06 Sat. Genesis, Almeria, Spain
07/16/06 Sun. Ritmo & Compas, Madrid, Spain
07/17/06 Mon. Iguana Club, Vigo, Spain
07/18/06 Tue. Rock Star, Bilboa, Spain
07/19/06 Wed. Mephisto, Barcelona, Spain
07/20/06 Thu. Cabell Disc, Valencia, Spain
07/22/06 Sat. Paraninfo, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain

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Incantation Announce New Album Title

Pennsylvania-based death metallers INCANTATION have set "Primordial Domination" as the title of their seventh album, to be released this fall on Ibex Moon Records with distribution through Megaforce/RED. "Primordial Domination" will be once again be engineered and produced at the Mars Recording compound in Cleveland by Bill Korecky, who has worked with INCANTATION for the past 16 years.

The band are previewing two songs from "Primordial Domination" on the Decades of Death 2006 tour with VITAL REMAINS, SIN OF ANGELS, and DAWN OF AZAZEL, which is scheduled to hit Austin, Texas tonight (Friday, June 9).

"We are extremely pleased with our new material and are eagerly waiting to unleash it upon the world," said drummer Kyle Severn.

The Decades of Death moniker is a tribute to the long history INCANTATION and VITAL REMAINS both have in the death metal scene. "VITAL REMAINS and INCANTATION have been around for almost two decades, unleashing metal fury on the world," said Severn. "We are great friends and have a similar old school brutal death vibe. We thought that this would make a great onslaught of metal."

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Incantation Announce Decades of Death 2006 Tour

Incantation will unleash its brand of decimating death metal across America as part of the Decades of Death 2006 tour with Vital Remains, Sin of Angels, and Dawn of Azazel.

The Decades of Death moniker is a tribute to the long history Incantation and Vital Remains both have in the death metal scene. “Vital Remains and Incantation have been around for almost two decades, unleashing metal fury on the world,” said drummer Kyle Severn. “We are great friends and have a similar old school brutal death vibe. We thought that this would make a great onslaught of metal.”

After the tour, the trio of John McEntee (vocals/guitar), Kyle Severn (drums), and Joe Lombard (bass) will return to the Mars Recording compound in Cleveland to continue recording their seventh album, "Primordial Domination." It will be released in Autumn 2006 on Ibex Moon Records and distributed through Megaforce/RED. "Primordial Domination" will be once again engineered and produced by Bill Korecky, who has worked with Incantation for the past 16 years.

The band will preview two songs from “Primordial Domination” on the tour. “We are extremely pleased with our new material and are eagerly waiting to unleash it upon the world,” said Severn.

Decades of Death 2006 tour dates are as follow: More...

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Evoken Announce New Bassist

US ultradoomsters Evoken have completed their line-up with a new bassist, Craig Pillard. Comments the band: "We are EXTREMELY honored, and proud to announce the newest member of Evoken. Former Incantation, Disciples of Mockery, and current mastermind of Methadrone Craig Pillard as our new bassist.

"We have been good friends with Craig for many years and it was only a matter of time before we could combine Craig's sound, talent, and experience with Evoken. We are very excited about the future of Evoken, with many things planned for the future. So Evoken are now a complete line-up once again as: John Paradiso-Guitars/Vocals, Nick Orlando-Guitars and Clean Guitars, Craig Pillard-Bassist, Denny Hahn-Keyboards, and Vince Verkay-Drums."

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More Vital Remains Tour Dates Announced

More dates have been announced for the upcoming "Decades of Death" tour. "Decades of Death" tour features Vital Remains as the headliner and the U.S. tour features Incantation, Sin of Angels, and Dawn of Azazel as support. Dates are as follows:

May 30 - Virginia Beach, VA @ The Peppermint Beach Club
May 31 - Wilmington, NC @ Lucky's Pub
June 1 - St. Petersburg, FL @ State Theatre
June 2 - Jacksonville, FL @ Thee Imperial
June 3 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
June 4 - Orlando, FL @ The Back Booth
June 5 - New Orleans, LA @ Howlin Wolf
June 6 - Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
June 7 - McAllen, TX @ Club Onyx
June 9 - Austin, TX @ Backroom
June 10 - Corpus Christi, TX @ Zero's
June 11 - El Paso, TX @ Chics
June 12 - Scottsdale, AZ @ Venue of Scottsdale
June 13 - Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
June 14 - Aurora, CO @ Illiff Park Saloon
June 16 - Minneapolis, MN @ Station 4
June 17 - Chicago, IL @ Logan Square Auditorium
June 18 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabodys
June 21 - Allentown, PA @ Sterling Hotel

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Vital Remains, Incantation, Sin of Angels To Tour

VITAL REMAINS, INCANTATION, SIN OF ANGELS and DAWN OF AZAZEL will be teaming up for a U.S. tour beginning late May and running through June. Exact cities and dates will be announced soon.

VITAL REMAINS are currently in the middle of "The God Killers Tour Part 2" with DEICIDE, CREMATORIUM and DESOLATION. The band recently issued "Horrors of Hell", a compilation of demos/rare tracks recorded between 1989 and 1991, performed by the group's pre-Glen Benton (DEICIDE) lineup.

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Los Angeles Murderfest Schedule Confirmed

City of Angels, get ready to bleed! Hollywood’s Knitting Factory will host the Los Angeles Murderfest, taking place this weekend, Feb. 17 – 19. Featuring five Century Media artists, a selection of metal’s finest will be performing throughout the weekend including performances from Cephalic Carnage, Disfear, Disgorge, Macabre, Phobia and Turmoil amongst others.

Saturday, Feb. 18:

Sunday, Feb. 19

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Incantation Ready To Appease The Beast

INCANTATION are set to attack Los Angeles at the Dec. 2 To Appease The Beast festival. Also scheduled to appear are SADISTIC INTENT, LETUM ASCENSUS, WILLOW WISP, INFINITUM OBSCURE, ESTUARY, FUNERUS, NUCLEAR WINTER and DIABOLOS. Mainman John McEntee sent this message to the metal community: "It will be great to take a break from writing the new album to return to L.A. for this killer show! We always look forward to playing southern California, you guys seriously kick ass. Get ready for a night of killer death metal!"

Set to play three shows in mid-December with VITAL REMAINS, INCANTATION are currently working on material for a new 2006 release.

Upcoming INCANTATION shows:

Dec. 02 - Knitting Factory – Hollywood, CA (To Appease the Beast)


Dec. 16 The Kave – Portland, ME
Dec. 17 Palladium – Worcester, MA
Dec. 18 Empress Ballroom – Danbury, CT

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Mortician, Incantation To Appease The Beast

Mortician, Incantation, Sadistic Intent Confirmed For To Appease The Beast Festival

MORTICIAN, INCANTATION and SADISTIC INTENT have been confirmed for the To Appease The Beast festival, set to take place on December 3 at the Knitting Factory in Hollywood, California. According to the event organizers, "There will be not a Gathering of the Bestial Legion Fest in 2005. (Los Angeles' only true extreme metal fest). We could not lock down the lineup we wanted, so we will have Bestial Fest in 2006. In the meantime the beast must be appeased, so we bring you To Appease The Beast." The festival billing is shaping up as follows:


Bands will perform on two stages. Tickets are $25 day of show, $20 pre-sale. For more information, visit www.ironroom.cjb.net.

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Incantation To Record New Album Next Spring

Pennsylvanian death/grind heavyweights INCANTATION have posted the following message on their official web site:

"We have just returned from Europe and the Harvest Festivals with NILE, UNLEASHED, PUNGENT STENCH, BEHEMOTH, and BELPHEGOR. The festival tour was a great success, the shows were some of the best we have ever done in Europe. All the bands and crew did a fantastic job every night, it was a great experience for us. We want to thank Metallysee, World Management, Listenable and everyone else involved that made the tour a great experience. Also many hails go out to all the metal heads that came out and showed their support every night!!! We will also be doing our first show in Puerto Rico on November 5th with FUNERUS and VORACIOUS.

"We have officially been picked up by Century Media Records for North America after the closing of Olympic Recordings do to some issues with the United States Olympic Committee.

"The writing process is in full swing for the eighth INCANTATION studio album, still untitled. We are looking to record early spring next year for a fall 2006 release."

INCANTATION's most recent CD, "Decimate Christendom", was released last August via Listenable Records.

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Headline News

Olympic Recordings Closes Its Doors

Effective immediately, Olympic Recordings, a sub-label of the Century Family Inc. specializing in "extreme" music, will cease to exist. Century Media Records was recently contacted by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) who notified us that because they own a trademark on the word "Olympic," we would have to stop using it ourselves in order to avoid a legal battle.

A representative on the committee's behalf has informed us that the word "Olympic" is a legally protected trademark that Congress gave the USOC the exclusive right to use. Furthermore, the USOC may file a civil action suit against anyone if they, without consent of the USOC, use the Olympic trademark to induce the sale of any goods or services.

This is not the first time the USOC has contacted a business over this matter. The USOC is said to contact about 50 groups a year on average about the matter. More information can be found here.

At this time, Century Media would like to welcome Aborted, Behemoth, Immolation, Incantation, Swallow The Sun, and Vital Remains to the Century Media roster.

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