Seattle, WA doom rising stars, UN have announced a tour supporting Colorado doomed heavy metal giants, KHEMMIS (Nuclear Blast). The tour, which begins on December 6th, takes the band throughout the western United States then down the west coast with the tour coming to a close on December 14th in Denver, CO. Continue reading
Nuclear Blast are proud to announce the now worldwide signing of Denver, Colorado based doomed heavy metal quartet Khemmis. Welcome to the global family! Khemmis released their third studio album Desolation in June 2018, to rapturous praise from fans and media alike. They are currently working on new material, and are planning to tour throughout 2019. Continue reading
Denver, Colorado’s Khemmis open up about Decibel Magazine awards, beer, tour plans, inception, origins and more with Todd Owens of Capital Chaos TV outside of a recent sold show, at Thee Parkside in San Francisco, California.
Slow, loud, heavy — this is Khemmis, a four piece doomed rock ‘n’ roll quartet from Denver, Colorado.
Their debut, ‘Absolution’, was released by 20 Buck Spin in July 2015 and slowly but surely steamrolled all that came in contact with its unforgettable heaviness and classic melodicism. Virtually unknown outside Denver upon release, the band gathered acclaim over the ensuing months and by year end had landed in the #9 spot on Decibel Magazine’s annual top 40 albums of the year, not a small accomplishment for a band on its debut album.
The new album ‘Hunted’ reveals a Khemmis fortified in its purpose and vision, forging an unrivaled synthesis between immense Doom riffs and Maiden-esque harmony. Overall song length has increased yielding more expansively arranged and dramatic storms of elegance and melancholy.
And yet Khemmis are not content to plod through a sea of tears, they are always a rock band first, in service to the movement of the song, even approaching a High On Fire like pace to open the pummeling “Three Gates.” The lauded singing of vocalist Phil Pendergast reaches ascendant new heights on tracks like “Candlelight” and “Beyond The Door,” while the tasteful use of harsh vocals remains, providing a dark foreboding contrast. The 13-minute title track once again closes the album with an epic stunner.
Undoubtedly ‘Hunted’ is an album that will solidify Khemmis’ place at the vanguard of doom’s most notable modern manifestations, in large part because they transcend the label itself. They’ve seamlessly blended their influences into an extraordinarily listenable album worthy of countless spins. With such a glut of music released today, ‘Hunted’ stands apart, rewarding repeat listens with songs seared straight into the heart.
For fans of..Iron Maiden, Thin Lizzy, ZZ Top, Mercyful Fate, King Diamond, Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, In Solitude, Neurosis, YOB, High on Fire