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Incantation
Update with Rob Yench, bassist, March 2000
Melanie speaks to Rob…

MR: What is your present lineup?

Mike Saez – Vocals and Guitar
John McEntee – Guitars
Robert Yench – Bass
Dave Culross – Session Drums on the new CD
Tim Yeung – touring drummer

MR: What music styles and genres do you listen to, outside of the style you play with the band? Do these creep into the music at all as influences?

RY: I listen to metal…. new, old, death, black, thrash, speed, grind, classic stuff but I do listen to some older stuff like Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Bang, The Rods and Angelwitch.

MR: What do you think of the underground metal scene? How do you think it has changed during your involvement?

RY: I think it’s changed. I know since the time I started listeining to metal and going to shows is different. The scene in the early 80’s revovled around tape trading and the small “fanzines” that existed. Today it has become an industry with both good points and bad. However it is great to see the metal scene grow again and gain fans once again. There will always be a following for real cult for underground metal.

MR: What’s the scene like in your new hometown nowadays?

RY: Well I have been living in Albuquerque, NM for the last 3 months and I think there is a pretty decent scene out here.  I have been to a few shows out here and played out here while touring before and shows seem to do pretty good out here. Really good turnouts.  As for back home in NY I would say the scene is also quite good right now. I think over the last few years it has picked up again!!

MR: What are your current goals and aspirations for the band?

RY: It would be to play in as many places as we can and to continue forever!!

MR: You have a few full-length releases out already. What was the response from the first releases, and how has it improved since?

RY: The band has always picked up momentum after every cd released to date. The band though evolving over several line ups, has continued a sound that this band has played from the begining. With the new release, it will prove this once again.

MR: How does your new material differ from your old? How would you describe your (newer) material to listeners?

RY: I would say it definetly sounds like Incantation, with eeire harmonies, dark riffs, and faster. I would also describe it as having a really good production.

MR: What do you think of the Internet?

RY: I think it’s the best tool for bands to promote their bands for very low cost. Much better than shipping bios, news and music across the world, you can just go to the bands web site and check them out, even purchase thier stuff without worring about mailing money through the mail.

MR: Do you find it hard coming up with original material?

RY: No never, it was very comfortable writting this cd together. We all worked very well in the creation of this new cd from writing to recording.

MR: Is anyone in Incantation involved in any other bands or projects?

RY: John helped Immolation for a few tours on the Failures For Gods cd. Though Incantation is my priority, I still do Morpheus Descends and I did another project a few years ago called Brimstone. Both will also be releasing new recordings too this spring on Dark Horizon Records. Mike will be working with me on a new morpheus decends recording in the fall.

MR: What is the funniest thing you have seen lately?

RY: It would have to be some of the homeless bums I see on the streets of Albuquerque, real freaks!

MR: If you could tour with with any 4 other bands, who would they be?

RY: It would be great to tour with Morbid Angel again, as well as Krisiun. Cannibal Corpse would be a great band to tour with. Defleshed we really want to bring to the US and tour with too!!

MR: What’s this rumor I hear floating around that you guys may be touring in the spring or early summer?

RY: Yes our first show this year will be the NJ metal fest, then in April we will start touring the US with Vital Remains and Infernal Majesty. Then we have plans to tour south america and also to tour in europe in September. I am looking forward to playing this new material for the supporters of Incantation and blasphemous death metal.

MR: What do you feel Incantation brings to the scene?

RY: I think incantation offers what it has always had: brutal blasphemous death metal thats uncomprosimising and music that never falls into trends. We play music for ourselves first, not what people would like to hear us play.

MR: How satisfied with Relapse Records are you currently?

RY: After resigning with them in late 1999, we feel that they are doing a good job. As long as they share the same vision we have for this band, and do everything in thier power to help attain all of our goals for 2000 and beyond!!

MR: What kind of musical direction can we expect from you guys in the future? More hate and blasphemy?

RY: Definetly blasphemy!! Some deatiled compostions and harmonies, also. We spent a lot of time creating the sounds we were looking for. It was great to not be as rushed as we have been in the past.

MR: Any parting words of wisdom to the masses?

RY: Support blasphemous death metal and see you on The Infernal Storm tour this spring!!

Older Interviews are below!

Dark. Evil. Blasphemy. Speeding and bleeding and pounding and unrelenting. Death metal in a fine, pure form, unchanged by the hands of outside opinions or pressures. Enticing? Very. Repulse Records artists (formerly on Relapse Records) Incantation at their finest. Two representatives from the band dropped large, bloody chunks of their minds in my mailbox the other day. From the Other Realm, here is what they said…

1996

MR: When did the band form, and how?

JM: Incantation was formed in 1989 by myself and Paul Ledney (Profantica, Havohej). Will Rahmer (Mortician) sang for a couple of months until the Onward to Golgolotha and Mortal Throne of Nazarene lineup was constructed and complete.

Where does the band name stem from (what inspiration)?

JM: Paul Ledney came up with the name, and we felt it fit what we were doing – dark, evil, ungodly music.

Does everyone collaborate on song and lyric writing, or are these tasks left to certain members? Has personnel shifting caused any changes in crafting your dark art?

JM: A majority of our music is written by our drummer Kyle (Severn) and myself. I also get input and ideas from the other members. Changing lineups has not changed anything in our songwriting; it has always stayed sick and brutal. The lyrics on the first album were penned by Paul Ledney, Craig Pillard and Sal Sejio. The second album was all Craig and now it’s all me.

Is death/black metal dying out? Is the scene thriving, yet sadly underpublicized, as here in Columbus?

KH: The scene might be dying out in the eyes of a trend-fag, but in the hearts of true metalheads it is getting better, bigger, and purer. Critics paint this false picture based on their (stupid) trendy opinions. We just returned from touring and saw firsthand the scene – it is kicking ass. In talking to fans, watching the crowd reactions, and seeing their sincerity for the music, we see the growing, alive scene. Death metal will never die!!

What is the current lineup (and “jobs”) in the band?

KH: John McEntee – lead guitar, Kyle Severn – drums, Kevin Hughes – bass guitar. Our former vocalist/rythym guitarist has departed ways with Incantation. So, once again, we are searching for a true, dedicated frontman.

Future goals and expectations for the band – what do you expect out of the band?

JM: To keep plaguing the world with the true word of blasphemy.
KH: To continue to let people know that death metal is alive and well. Fight ’till death.

What can fans expect from your live show? Next album?

JM/KH: Live you will see four guys bleeding their hearts out for the love of the Goat. A new e.p. will be released in April 1997 on Repulse Records. We expect to let people know that their hope in general for Incantation and death metal continues onward. For our old and new fans, their dedication is rewarded by the best live show we can deliver.

Any funny tour stories? Relapse Records gripes?

JM: As far as recording goes, on our second album (…Nazarene), the stupid producer spent two days playing samples for us that he requested and wished we add to our songs. If you wish to hear samples, don’t listen to Incantation. No tour stories to print – to protect the innocent.

Any stylistic changes in the lyrics or music on the new album?

JM: The new e.p. (Entrantment of Evil) will be out in April 1997 on Repulse. The lyrics will be more blasphemous, and the music more brutal, more vicious, and sicker then ever.

Has personnel shifting caused any delays in releases, or is this more the record company’s fault?

KH/JM: All the delays are due to the record company bullshit. (They recently switched off Relapse -ed.) Because once the band is solid, it sucks to have a record company working against you.

Any other words of wisdom to aspiring musicians or bands? Opinions on the (infamous!) Cleveland metal scene?

KH: Words of wisdom? It’s pretty simple – be true to yourself and not a trend-fag. Play what you love and believe in, not what’s cool this week.

Cleveland is fucking raging; much sickness going on. There are a lot of true, dedicated metalheads there.

Interview with John McEntee, Sept. 1997…

What’s been going on with Incantation?

We’ve been practicing songs for our new album. Basically, that and just chilling out for a while.

What is going on with the line-up?

The lineup is pretty good except that we don’t have a permanent bassist. We have a touring bassist, but no permanent one.

How was the tour?

The tour was really good, I think. There were low points and high points, in different areas of the US, but overall I would say it went really well. It was kickass, we had a great time. A lot of places we thought were going to be bad turned out surprisingly cool.

What was the turnout like?

It varied ridiculously. There was no ‘average’ turnout at all. Some places were horrible and others were really good. A lot more places were good as far as turnout this time around.

Do you have any words of wisdom to share?

Um… not really… don’t be ‘gay’? We are always up for playing shows with bands who are not terrible, and of course we are always up to playing with Immolation.

When is your album supposed to be released?

We don’t have a definite time. We are going to record it in late Nov.-early Dec. of this year. We will probably release it 4-5 months after that. Relapse is releasing our EP…

Yeah, I heard about the Relapse and CD’s thing on Visceral Productions’ website.

Yeah, they are re-releasing that in the US, so there’s a little time to sell that before the album comes out. It delayed the next album being released, but if they do a good job like they promised us they are going to do… then it will be really good. It will be better for us in a way, you know? They are trying to be really cool with us. So, we are trying to be really cool with them. We are trying to keep it even, y’know?

Old Lineup:

Daniel Corchado – guitars, bass (two really cool shows I saw), lead vocals
John McEntee – guitars
Kyle Severn – drums
some dude is playing bass for them on the tour as well. He was never named to me. Sorry anonymous dude!! :)