Musicscan: Give our readers a short briefing about incantation, please.
Incantation: RAW,BRUTAL,BARBARIC,SIC AGRESSIVE AND DOOMY FUCKEN DEATH METAL, PLAY WITH PURE INTENSE UNHOLY,DARK FEELINGS.WE'VE BEEN PLAYING THIS STYLE OF METAL FOR MORE THAN 12 YEARS NOW,AND HOPFULLY WE'LL PLAY FOR ANOTHER 12 .PICK UP OUR LATEST BLASPHEMOUS PIECE OF WORK OUT NOW TITLED"BLASPHEMY" ON NECROPOLIS(USA)/CANDLELIGHT(EUROPE) RECORDS.DON'T FORGET ABOUT WWW.INCANTATION.COM
Musicscan: Preparing my questions i read some reviews telling incantation is an underrated band within
the death metal scene. Do you feel like being underrated? Where do you see the reason for
if this is true?
Incantation: WELL WE ARE AN UNDERGROUND DEATH METAL BAND,BUT WE'VE BEEN DOING THIS FOR MANY YEARS AND WE DO FEEL LIKE WERE A LITTLE UNDERRATTED.WE DO ALOT OF TOURING ,BUT I THINK WE NEED TO DO MORE SHOWS FOR A LARGER CROWDS OF METALERS.WE DO HAVE ALOT OF BLASPHEMOUS METAL TO OFFER .I GUESS WE ARE JUST HAPPY TO BE STILL PLAYING OUR BRUTAL STYLE OF METAL.
Musicscan: What bores you about heavy music and how do you try to avoid to play boring music?
Incantation: CLONE BANDS.THERE ARE JUST TO MANY BANDS TRYING TO SOUND LIKE SOMEONE ELSE.IT'S ONE THING TO HAVE INFLUENCES.WE ALL ARE INFLUENCED BY SOMEONE.
WE DON'T KNOW IF WE ARE PLAYING BORING MUSIC.I'M SURE THERE ARE MANY PEOPLE THAT WILL TELL YOU WE ARE BORING.IT'S ONLY THERE OPINON.WE JUST TRY TO STAY AS ORIGINAL AS WE CAN WITH EACH NEW SONG WE WRITE.
Musicscan: Why did you really choose to leave relapse - has it really been "relapse's crossover sensibilities"?
Incantation: THAT HAS ALOT TO DO WITH IT.WE JUST DIDN'T WANT TO BE THE BLACK SHEEP ON THE LABLE ANY MORE(NOT THAT WE ARE OR EVER WERE FUCKEN SHEEP).WE'VE BEEN WITH THAT LABLE FOR 10 YEARS.THAT'S LONG ENOUGH.
Musicscan: Going to necropolis - has it been like a new start for the band?
Incantation: WELL YES OF COURSE.AS WE FOUND OUT ALL LABLES LIKE TO RUN THINGS A BIT DIFFERANT .WE'VE BEEN DOING THINGS OUR WAY FOR MANY YEARS,AND IT JUST TAKES A BIT OF TIME TO GET USE TO SOMETHING NEW.
Musicscan: Incantation is around since 1990. You did a couple of records, played surely hundreds of shows -
What is worth to speak about bands development? What are you especially proud of? What does the band stands for today?
Incantation: WE ARE HAPPY TO BE ABLE TO CONTINUE SPREADING BLASPHEMY TO THIS WORLD.WE REALLY THINK WE HAVE EVOLED AS A BAND AND AS MUSICIANS PLAYING DEATH METAL.WE'VE REALIZED THAT WE NEVER HAVE TO CHANGE OUR STYLE.WE WOULD NEVER EVEN THINK ABOUT IT.WE ARE PROUD OF THE FACT THAT WE ARE ABLE TO CONTINUE RECORDING GOOD METAL RECORDS AND THAT THERE IS STILL TRUE FOLOWERS OF OUR STYLE OF BRUTAL,UNHOLY MUSIC OUT THERE TO SUPPORT US AND MANY BANDS LIKE US.
Musicscan: Speaking about your line-up: is it a solid one today?
Incantation: WELL IT IS PRETTY SOLID RIGHT NOW WITH THE "BLASPHEMY'' RECORDING LINE-UP.JOHN MCENTEE-GUITARS,JOEY''FINGERS''LOMBARD-BASS,KYLE SEVERN-DRUMS.MIKE SAEZ IS JUST A SESSION VOCALIST.HE DID THE LAST TWO RECORDS,BUT HE CAN'T TOUR.WE ARE WORKING ON A VOCALIST THAT WILL RECORD AND TOUR.
Musicscan: Are the lyrics equally important to the music you are playing? What do the lyrics deal mainly
with this time? Unfortunately i only received a promotional copy without everything..
Incantation: AS USUAL THE LYRICS ARE ALL ANTI-RELIGIOUS.THERE ABOUT THE CHRISTIAN LIES AND THE WEAK FOOLISH FOLLOWERS.WE FEEL THE LYRICS ARE VERY IMPORTANT,BECAUSE RELIGION IS A HUGE PROBLEM ALL AROUND US IN ALL OF OUR LIVES.
Musicscan: There seems to be more space for the doom-elements/-parts this time. Do you feel it same way?
Incantation: AW YES.SOMETIMES JOHN AND MYSELF JUST GET LOST IN THIS WORLD OF DARK, DOOMMY FEELINGS. WE FALL INTO THIS SOMETIMES WHEN REHEARSING.IT FEELS SO GOOD WHEN IT COMES OUT RIGHT.
Musicscan: What are you guys doing when you enter your rehearsal room? What's your main focus creating new songs onto?
Incantation: WE REALLY DON'T GET TO REHEARSE AS MUCH AS WE NEED OR WOULD LIKE TO.WE LIVE HUNDREDS OF MILES APART.IT DEPENDS ON WHAT WE HAVE PLANS FOR,EITHER WORK ON TOUR MATERIAL,OR WORK ON NEW IDEAS.WE ALWAYS HAVE PLENTY OF NEW IDEAS TO WORK ON.
Musicscan: What does it take to write a particular song? Have there been any songs so far that were specifically difficult to make?
Incantation: SOMETIMES JOHN WILL ALREADY HAVE RIFFS WRITTEN AND STRUCTURED,AND OTHER TIMES WE JUST WRITE AND WORK ON RIFF BY RIFF.THE NEW MATERIAL WERE WORKING ON JOEY HAS ALOT OF INPUT.I THINK MOST ALL THE SONGS IN ONE WAY OR ANOTHER ARE HARD TO FINISH COMPLETELY.
Musicscan: What is the incantation-song you guys feel especially proud of (whether compositionally, lyrically,...)
Incantation: I DON'T REALLY HAVE A FAVORITE.I KNOW THIS IS A TYPICAL ANSWER,BUT I REALLY LIKE THE MATERIAL FROM OUR LATEST RECORDING.WE PUT ALOT OF BLOOD AND SWEAT INTO WRITING AND RECORDING THIS RECORD,SO FOR US IT REALLY MEANS ALOT.WE ALL FEEL THE SAME ABOUT THAT.WE ARE VERY PROUND OF THE FINAL OUTCOME.
Musicscan: How much attention you put on europe? Do you know that people like you overhere?
Incantation: YES WE KNOW WE HAVE FANS THERE.THAT'S ANOTHER REASON WHY WE NEEDED TO LEAVE RELAPSE. WE JUST NEVER SEEM TO BE ABLE TO GET OVER THERE ENOUGH WHEN WE WERE ON THAT LABLE.WE WERE HAPPY TO GET ON CANDLELIGHT WITH THE HOPES THAT OUR RECORD WOULD GET BETTER DISTROBUTION THERE, SO THAT WE COULD PLAY THERE MORE.WE PLAY FOR SIC METALERS WHEN WE DO GET TO PLAY IN EUROPE.
Musicscan: Do all the members listen to the same types of music or do certain people have their niche? What are acts you are interested in at the moment?
Incantation: WE ALL LISTEN TO THE SAME STYLES OF METAL.THAT'S WHAT HELPS US CONTINUE WRITING THE SAME INCANTATION STYLE OF MUSIC.WE ALL HAVE THE SAME TASTES IN METAL.
RIGHT NOW I'M LISTENING TO DEMIGOD "SLUMBER OF SULLEN EYES".THIS RECORD KICKS ASS.I STILL LISTEN TO ALOT OF OLDER HEAVY METAL AND DEATH METAL.THERE ARE SOME NEW BANDS WITH NEW RECORDS OUT ,AND OLDER BANDS WITH NEW RECORDS OUT THAT ARE KICK ASS RIGHT NOW.IMMOLATION,HATE ETERNAL,IMPALED,DECAPITATED,MURDER SQUAD,ACHERON,SEVERE TOUTURE,KEELHAUL,SPAWN OF SATAN,NUNSLAUGHTER,WOLFEN SOCIETY,JUST TO NAME A FEW.THERE ARE MANY MORE,SO DON'T GET MAD IF I FORGOT YOU.
Musicscan: Something you'd like to add?
Incantation: HAIL FUCKEN METAL.STAY TRUE TO YOUR SELF AND USE YOUR HEAD.DON'T BE AN IDIOT,THERE ARE ENOGH OF YOU IN THIS PATHEDIC WORLD.666