Incantation (band)

Incantation is an American death metal band that was formed by John McEntee and Paul Ledney in 1989. They are one of the leaders in the New York City death-metal scene along with fellow bands Suffocation, Mortician and Immolation, even though the band is currently located in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.[1] To date the band has released ten full-length records, two live records, four EPs, two singles, three splits, one DVD, and three demos. Their most recent album, Profane Nexus, was released through Relapse Records in August 2017. The band have maintained a significant cult following and underground popularity since the '90s, and are considered to be highly influential on a range of later death metal bands including Dead Congregation, Grave Miasma and Portal, who are often described as 'cavernous death metal'.[2] Incantation's music frequently draws on anti-Christian, Satanic and occult themes, and the band is notable for mixing widely varied tempos into their music, often playing slow, down-tuned passages similar to those performed by death-doom bands like Autopsy.[2]

OriginJohnstown, Pennsylvania, U.S.
GenresDeath metal, death-doom
Years active1989–present
MembersJohn McEntee
Chuck Sherwood
Kyle Severn
Sonny Lombardozzi

The band has seen many lineup changes in their 31-year history. Guitarist/vocalist McEntee is the sole original member, though drummer Kyle Severn has appeared on every studio album since their third full-length, Diabolical Conquest. Incantation first came to prominence with Onward to Golgotha and Mortal Throne of Nazarene, both of which feature Craig Pillard on vocals. Following the release of the Forsaken Mourning of Angelic Anguish EP in 1997, Pillard departed the band and was replaced by Daniel Corchado of The Chasm. Corchado performed on one album, 1998's Diabolical Conquest, before departing. Vocalist Mike Saez performed on the next two albums, The Infernal Storm (2000) and Blasphemy (2002). Beginning with Decimate Christendom, McEntee took on vocal responsibilities, a role that he continues to the present.

Band membersEdit




Studio albumsEdit

Compilation albumsEdit

  • XXV (2016)
  • Unholy Massacre (2016)

Rough Mix albumsEdit

  • Upon the Throne of Apocalypse (1995)
  • Blasphemous Cremation (2008)


  • Entrantment of Evil (1990)
  • Deliverance of Horrific Prophecies (1991)
  • The Forsaken Mourning of Angelic Anguish (1997)
  • Blasphemous Cremation (2008)


  • "Thieves of the Cloth" (2006)
  • "Scapegoat" (2010)
  • "Degeneration" (2012)


  • Relapse Singles Series Vol.1 (2002)
  • Relapse Singles Series Vol.3 (2004)
  • Afterparty Massacre (2011)
  • Reh & Live 1990 / Jesus Spawn (2013)

Live albumsEdit

  • Tribute to the Goat (1997)
  • Live Blasphemy in Brazil Tour 2001 (2001)
  • ”Rotting Spiritual Embodiment” (2017)


  • Purcell, Natalie J. (2003). Death Metal Music: The Passion and Politics of a Subculture. McFarland & Company. ISBN 978-0-7864-1585-4.


  1. ^ "Incantation (Official fan page) - About". Facebook. August 13, 2010. Retrieved August 20, 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Grave Upheaval: have we reached peak murkiness?". Invisible Oranges - The Metal Blog. Retrieved August 19, 2017.

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