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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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  1.   Song
  2.   Impalement of Divinity
  3.   No Paradise Awaits
  4.   Elysium (Eternity Is Night): Prologue (Millennium in Elysium)/Lethe (Forgetfulness)/Acheron (Sorrow)/Styx (Hate)/Phelegethon (Fire)/Cocytus (Lamentation)
  5.   Profound Loathing
  6.   Extirpated Dominus
  7.   Feeble Existence
  8.   Dominant Ethos
  9.   Vanquish in Vengeance
  10.   Christening the Afterbirth
  11.   Nocturnal Kingdom of Demonic Enlightenment
  12.   Progeny of Tyranny
  13.   Legion of Dis
  14.   Misanthropic Indulgence
  15.   Hailed Babylon
  16.   Shadows of the Ancient Empire
  17.   Unholy Empowerment of Righteous Deprivation
  18.   The Strength of Crucifixion
  19.   Unholy Massacre
  20.   Abolishment of Immaculate Serenity
  21.   Doctrines of Crucifixion
  22.   Heaven Departed
  23.   Devoured Death
  24.   Portal Consecration
  25.   Carrion Prophesy
  26.   From Hollow Sands
  27.   Horns of Eradication
  28.   Blaspheme the Sacraments
  29.   Oath of Armageddon
  30.   Profanation
  31.   Deliverance of Horrific Prophecies
  32.   Rotting With Your Christ
  33.   Sempiternal Pandemonium
  34.   Outro
  35.   Twisted Sacrilegious Journey into Our Darkest Neurotic Delirium
  36.   Blissful Bloodshower
  37.   The Ibex Moon
  38.   Essence Ablaze
  39.   Eternal Torture
  40.   Entrantment of Evil
  41.   Blasphemous Cremation
  42.   Emaciated Holy Figure
  43.   United in Repungence
  44.   Triumph in Blasphemy (Interlude)
  45.   The Hellions Genesis
  46.   Rotting Spiritual Embodiment
  47.   Ethereal Misery
  48.   Uprising Heresy
  49.   Ascend into the Eternal
  50.   Thorns of Everlasting Persecution
  51.   Transcend into Absolute Dissolution
  52.   Impetuous Rage
  53.   Haruspex
  54.   Once Holy Throne
  55.   Debauchery
  56.   The Sacrilegious Apocalypse of Righteousness and Agonizing Dementia ...
  57.   Lead To Desolation
  58.   Extinguishing Salvation
  59.   Blasphemy
  60.   Dirges of Elysium
  61.   Lustful Demise
  62.   Scream Bloody Gore
  63.   Charnel Grounds