Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Incantation Interview done by Patrick on 7-29-14

Metal  Hails!! 
Here  is  a  new  Interview   with  the  legendary  Incantation  discussing  the  metal  scene   and  their   newest  cd {9TH overall}  "Dirges of Elysium"  through  Listenable  Rec.
enjoy  the  interview  and  definitely  pick  up  a  copy  "Dirges of Elysium"  today

Interview  With  John  Mcentee  Vocalist,Guitarist  for  Incantation   done  by   Patrick

1.Metal  Hails  John  thank  you  for  taking  the  time  to  do  this  interview.When  did you  first  discover  metal  music?  Who  were  some  of  the   early rock/metal  bands you  listened to?

 hi, thanks for the interview! I first got into metal in the mid 70's as a young kid. I seen kiss on a tv show and was mesmerized. From there I got into other hard rock bands like Queen then stuff like ac/dc Black Sabbath, deep purple over time I just progressively got into heavier and heavier music

2.When  did you  first  get  the  idea  to  form  "Incantation"  ?  How  did you  come  up  with  the  name  for  the  band?
  I played in a death thrash band call Revenant from. 86 to 89. By mid 89 I started to see a change in the Revenant style with the band members. They seen to want to go more technical and clean. By that time I already decided to want to be heavier and more aggressive. So late July 89 I had to make a decision if I wanted to follow what revenant was doing or take a chance with a new band. revenant was trying out drummers at the time and Ross from Immolation told me about this drummer called Paul Ledney. So I contacted him and he played me his bands toten and blood thirsty dead demos. I knew right then in there that this guy was on the same page as me. So soon after Incantation  was born. Paul came up with the name incantation, I didn't like it a first but I do now and the name stuck.  When Paul left the band we decided to have me keep the name incantation and he would start a new band called Profanatica.

3.What  is  the  current  line up  for  the  band?I'm  sure  everyone  has  heard  atleast one  song  from Incantation  but if their  are  any  new  metal-heads  reading  this how  would you  describe  Incantations  music?

 right now the line up is: myself on guitar vocals/ Kyle Severn - drums / chuck Sherwood - bass / Sonny "darkie" Lombardozzi lead guitar. 
It is dark and heavy death metal in the traditional style but done our own original way.

4.Incantation  is getting ready  to  release  it's  ninth  studio  album  how  long  did it  take the  band to write  the  songs for  this  release?Does  the  whole  band  work  on  t he  music or does one or two members  usually  take care  of  everything?


 we all work on music and we weed out the worst parts and ideas and try to work the good stuff together to come up with meaningful songs.
For myself I try to think of what I want to express with a riff or song and then write it on guitar. 
As for how long it takes to write a album. There no set time, it all works on inspiration. At the moment it doesn't take long to come up with ideas because we are extremely inspired and the ideas keep coming.

5. Who usually  writes  the  lyrics  for  the  songs?Where do you  all get  inspiration? How   has  the  response  been  from  the fans and  the  press?

 Chuck - We all have contributed. Ancient civilizations and their religions. Occultism and ritual practices. Dreams/Visions. Responses have been mixed. The negative has either been constructive criticism or written/said by those unappreciative of our style. The positive feedback is rewarding and uplifting. It's an honor to create death metal for you heathens.

John - the response has been great with the press.


 6.Does  Incantation   have  any tours  coming  up?Where  are  some  places you   all will be  playing?

 we are touring Europe as I do the interview. This run will take is to Poland, Germany, holland, Belgium, England, Scotland, France and Spain. We are also working on some us touring with macabre this summer. Then in the fall we are working of South America.


7.John you  and Incantation  have toured all over  the  world  where  have  been some  of your  favorite countries/places   to  play?Are  their  any countries  that you  haven't  played  yet  that you  hope to  one  day?
  yes we have been lucky enough to play all over the world.
It's crazy but Europe has almost become a 2nd home for us. It hard to say what my favorite places to play are but I really enjoy South America, also Australia and New Zealand were great. I really enjoyed playing japan that was a lot of fun. We really want to play more shows in Asia. We only played japan and I know there are a lot more metal heads around there that would like to see incantation live.

8.Who are  some  of  the bands you  have  had  the  pleasure  to  share  the  stage  with  over  the  years? If you  could  set up  a  dream tour  who are some bands  {past  or  present} you would  love to share  the stage  with?

 we have toured with a lot of great bands like Morbid Angel, Nile, behemoth, Vader, Grave,  cannabial  corpse and many more.
A dream package would be opening for Black Sabbath, slayer from the 80 era, sarcofago, and maybe necrovore.

9.John  in your  opinion  what  is  the  best  and  worst  thing  about  the  underground  metal  scene?And  what does  the term Underground  metal  mean to you?

 I think that to many band follow trends instead of creating music with there own personality. 
The best think is that it a place in the music world where you can be creative with no rules. Music with rules just sucks.
To me the underground is a place to get our your music to people that want yo hear no tredosena music. It a place where people can be true to then selves and not a slave to money.

10.John you  play  the  guitars  for the  band  when  did you  first become  interested  in  playing  the  guitars?Are you  self taught  or did you take  lessons  when first  learning?

 I first picked up the guitar when I was 8 years old. I got a cheep acoustic guitar for my birthday. I didn't play it much. I really wanted an electric. when I was 13 I saved up enough money to buy a electric guitar, it was a ibanez. I also bought a little amp to go with it, along with a rat distortion pedal. That was when it really started for me. I started taking lessons for about a year. Then a few years later i took lessons from Ed Fuhrman who played in the NJ band Hades. He showed me some advance techniques and good solo scales. Then for about one year I took lessons at my community college with this old blues cat. He really pushed me to play with feeling. Even about 6 months ago, I had my friend Chris webber from Rottrevore teach me some finger picking techniques. And over the last few months I have been taking lessons from our other guitarist Sonny "darkie" lombardozzi. He is a guitar virtuoso and he is helping me improve my technique. I got Into some band habits over the years. But yes it's never too late to improve as a guitarist.


11.Who  are some  of your  influences/favorite  guitarist? Do you  play any  other  instruments?

 the only other instrument I play is bass.
As for guitarist I really like Tony" IommiRitchie" BlackmoreMichael SchenkerYngwie Malmsteen, as for death metal guitarist I really like Eric Cutler and Danny Coralles a lot.

12.John you  also  handle  the  vocals  for  the  band  when did you  start singing/growling? Do you  do  anything  special to  keep your  throat and voice healthy  when  in  the studio  or  on tour?

 I started around 2002 ish. It took a long time to learn how to match all the tones from the different vocalist we have had in the past. Especially because I have never done vocals in a band before Incantation. The best thing for doing vocals is to not abuse your body and get a good night sleep. 

13.Who  are  some  of your  favorite  vocalist? 

 my favorite Death metal vocalist are Chris Reifert, Jon Deplachett, Paul Speckmann, Dave Hewson and old Tom G. Warrior

14.John  you  also  own  Ibex  Moon Records  when did you  get the  idea to  start the  label?  What  releases  are still available  for  the  fans?


 right now ibex moon is no more. I had to stop due to the fact I was losing to much money, and with my wife losing her job to to some medical issues. I do have some left over stock so if anyone wants some please contact me.

15.Do you   have  any  more  releases  coming  out  soon  that   the  readers  should  watch  out for? What  do  you  look  for  when  signing  or  releasing a band?

  no new releases for Ibex Moon. We are not signing any new bands.

16.Well  we  have  reached  the  end  of  the  interview thank you  for  taking  the time to fill this out.  do you  have  any  final  comments  for  the  readers?

 thanks so much for the support! It was a killer interview. I look forward to seeing all you sick fucks on the road!


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