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Incantation + Evoken + Derketa + Rellik

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Photograph: Courtesy Clawhammer PR
Incantation

Incantation is famous in the death-metal demimonde for both constant lineup shuffling and an ultradense sound, which contrasts rapid-fire flurries with tar pits of sludgy groove. Here the Johnstown, PA, crew supports 2012's Vanquish in Vengeance, its savage eighth LP, with help from mournful, epic Jersey vets Evoken; doomy Pittsburgh death-metalists Derketa; and Philadelphia's Rellik, whose sound harks back to Blessed Are the Sick–era Morbid Angel.