An unswerving commitment to blasphemy and extremity combined with a relentless touring schedule and a steady stream of recordings has helped establish Sweden’s Marduk as one of the better-known bands on the Scandinavian black metal scene. They began as more of a standard death metal band with a black metal influence, but have come to be known for their style of extreme black metal, which tends to focus on themes of warfare and anti-Christian sentiment and is characterized by relentlessly fast drumming and blurred walls of guitar.
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.
Onward to GolgothaIncantation 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.
Spawned in France by guitarist/vocalist J.B Le bail, Svart Crown was born in 2005 with the idea to push the boundaries of extreme music, and create a new dimension of brutality and blackness. Following numerous tours in his native land, Svart Crown released its first album, Ages of Decay in early 2008. The band has been promoting this first effort since then, with countless shows and two European runs.
Around J.B. Le Bail, guitarist C. Frandrois, bassist L. Veyssière and drummer G. Barthélemy (also known for his works with Diabolic, Drowning, Balrog and Antaeus) complete the line-up.
Svart Crown has now finished the new album: Witnessing The Fall marks a new and significant step in the history of the band. The sulphurous and oppressive atmosphere are emphasized by an organic sound crafted by Sébastien Tuvi (Antaeus, Hell Militia, Aosoth) and Francis Caste (Kickback, Arkhon Infaustus, Phazm) at St Marthe Studio.
Svart Crown has successfully mixed an old school feeling with various modern influences. Witnessing The Fall is simply the new face of the band; a black beast, full of anger, a symbol of humanity in perdition.
SONS OF FAMINE
SONS OF FAMINE emerged from the razor-winds and salty streets of Chicago, during the winter of 2012. Embracing the path of lawlessness, they secrete the sounds of chaos, blackness, and death, without bowing to rules of genre or typical structure. It’s founders- current/ex/session members of Corpsevomit, Yakuza, Kommandant, Nachtmystium, Lividity, Gigan, Summon, and Cum Christ.
Mordatorium is a death metal band from Chicago, formed in 2007. Drawing heavily from Swedish chainsaw masters and with a dose of Necroticism-era Carcass, Mordatorium takes a classic approach to their sound and are a welcome breath of fresh air in the modern American death metal scene.