U.S. death metal pioneers INCANTATION are continuing work on their long-awaited new album, to be released later this year through Ibex Moon Records, the label run by INCANTATION mainman John McEntee.
Commented McEntee: “We are currently working on our new album, which we have about 80 percent finished. We have a lot more ideas to work on. I am very happy with the way things are coming together. Kyle [Severn, drums], Chuck [Sherwood, bass], Alex [Bouks] and I have killer songwriting chemistry and there is such a high quality of musicianship. This is an amazingly strong lineup that truly understands the essence of INCANTATION‘s music.”
Added Bouks: “I have known John McEntee for about 23 years now. I am going back to a time when there was only a handful of us that played our dark extreme secret music. Things have changed since then and there is a much larger audience, but the hunger is still there for us to create the darkest extreme songs we can come up with. INCANTATION is one of the oldest bands who wave that dark sinister flag proudly.
“It is awesome after all these years to now be playing and writing together with John on the new material.
“I am more then confident that the new INCANTATION record is going to crush your skulls. In my opinion, this is one of the band’s darkest and most brutal collection of songs to date and it is my my honor and privilege to be working with two of death metal’s finest players in Kyle Severn and Chuck Sherwood.”
The members of INCANTATION also comments on the passing of their former bassist Joey “Fingers” Lombard, who died on January 3, 2012 at the age of 42.
“It’s still really difficult to believe that Joey is gone,” said McEntee. “He was truly a great guy and an awesome and dedicated bandmember. Joey‘s contribution to the band will never be forgotten. We are fortunate to have written a lot of music with him, so in songs his legacy will live on.”
Added Severn: “Joey had stepped up to the plate and joined John McEntee and myself back in 2000 to create some of INCANTATION‘s finest blasphemy to date! He stuck with us for five-plus long years of writing and traveling the death metal roads!! He was an amazing musician and bass player. He had contributed more than most could imagine to the death metal scene. He had made many new friends through those years on the road; he was such a likable guy. I don’t think he had a mean bone in his body. He will be truly missed.”
As INCANTATION continues to work hard on new material, the band has released something to tide fans over in the form of a brand new track (the first studio release in six years) as part of the “After Party Massacre” CD soundtrack and limited-edition seven-inch bloodsplatter vinyl.