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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.   Lead To Desolation
  3.   Entrantment of Evil
  4.   Emaciated Holy Figure
  5.   Dirges of Elysium
  6.   Dying Divinity
  7.   Unto Infinite Twilight/Majesty of Infernal Damnation
  8.   Debauchery
  9.   Feeble Existence
  10.   Abolishment of Immaculate Serenity
  11.   Misanthropic Indulgence
  12.   The Fallen
  13.   United in Repungence
  14.   Progeny of Tyranny
  15.   Hailed Babylon
  16.   Profanation
  17.   Deliverance of Horrific Prophecies
  18.   The Sacrilegious Apocalypse of Righteousness and Agonizing Dementia ...
  19.   Decimate Christendom
  20.   Dissolute Rule/Begin Apocalypse
  21.   Blaspheme the Sacraments
  22.   Blasphemous Cremation
  23.   Vanquish in Vengeance
  24.   Invoked Infinity
  25.   Doctrines of Crucifixion
  26.   No Paradise Awaits
  27.   Uprising Heresy
  28.   Deceiver (Self-Righteous Betrayer)
  29.   Rotting With Your Christ
  30.   Blasphemy
  31.   Outro
  32.   Blissful Bloodshower
  33.   The Ibex Moon
  34.   Essence Ablaze
  35.   Eternal Torture
  36.   Ethereal Misery
  37.   Lusting Congregation of Perpetual Damnation (Eternal Eden)
  38.   Impetuous Rage
  39.   Once Holy Throne
  40.   Profound Loathing
  41.   Extirpated Dominus
  42.   From a Glaciate Womb
  43.   Nocturnal Kingdom of Demonic Enlightenment
  44.   Portal Consecration
  45.   Iconoclasm of Catholicism
  46.   Conquered God
  47.   Shadows of the Ancient Empire
  48.   Forsaken Mourning of Angelic Anguish
  49.   Dominant Ethos
  50.   Sempiternal Pandemonium
  51.   Scream Bloody Gore
  52.   Primordial Domination
  53.   Ascend into the Eternal
  54.   Oath of Armageddon
  55.   Unholy Massacre
  56.   Immortal Cessation
  57.   Disciples of Blasphemous Reprisal
  58.   Lustful Demise
  59.   The Strength of Crucifixion
  60.   Merciless Tyranny
  61.   Golgotha
  62.   Demonic Incarnate
  63.   Nocturnal Dominium