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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
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  2.   Horns of Eradication
  3.   Bastion of a Plague Soul
  4.   Thorns of Everlasting Persecution
  5.   Outro
  6.   Dissolute Rule/Begin Apocalypse
  7.   Oath of Armageddon
  8.   Deceiver (Self-Righteous Betrayer)
  9.   Essence Ablaze
  10.   Primordial Domination
  11.   Forsaken Mourning of Angelic Anguish
  12.   Conquered God
  13.   Deliverance of Horrific Prophecies
  14.   The Sacrilegious Apocalypse of Righteousness and Agonizing Dementia ...
  15.   The Strength of Crucifixion
  16.   Blasphemous Cremation
  17.   From a Glaciate Womb
  18.   Dirges of Elysium
  19.   Legion of Dis
  20.   Feeble Existence
  21.   Decimate Christendom
  22.   Uprising Heresy
  23.   The Fallen
  24.   Impetuous Rage
  25.   Ethereal Misery
  26.   Shadows of the Ancient Empire
  27.   United in Repungence
  28.   Disciples of Blasphemous Reprisal
  29.   Entrantment of Evil
  30.   Unholy Massacre
  31.   Golgotha
  32.   His Weak Hand
  33.   Demonic Incarnate
  34.   Profound Loathing
  35.   Charnel Grounds
  36.   Christening the Afterbirth
  37.   Debauchery
  38.   The Hellions Genesis
  39.   Doctrines of Crucifixion
  40.   Lead To Desolation
  41.   Profanation
  42.   Once Holy Throne
  43.   Extinguishing Salvation
  44.   Blissful Bloodshower
  45.   The Ibex Moon
  46.   Nocturnal Dominium
  47.   Emaciated Holy Figure
  48.   Impending Diabolical Conquest
  49.   Triumph in Blasphemy (Interlude)
  50.   Iconoclasm of Catholicism
  51.   Dominant Ethos
  52.   Misanthropic Indulgence
  53.   Lusting Congregation of Perpetual Damnation (Eternal Eden)
  54.   Sempiternal Pandemonium
  55.   Extirpated Dominus
  56.   Apocalyptic Destroyer of Angels
  57.   Elysium (Eternity Is Night): Prologue (Millennium in Elysium)/Lethe (Forgetfulness)/Acheron (Sorrow)/Styx (Hate)/Phelegethon (Fire)/Cocytus (Lamentation)
  58.   Desecration (Of the Heavenly Graceful)
  59.   The Fallen Priest
  60.   Lustful Demise
  61.   Rotting With Your Christ