I think the likes of Paradise Lost or My Dying Bride just got themselves some serious company. But with a grungy flavor that constantly reminds me of the 2015 piece Crypt Sermon wrote. Now, where is this terrible name-calling coming from already at the beginning of a review? Well, the sophomore effort Hunted of the American band Khemmis does that to you. This is not to say that they are skimming off other bands too hard, just to be clear. They place themselves slam into this Doom Metal universe that other sad warriors already occupy for some time.
And Hunted differentiates how exactly?
First, to get there you need to give the record a serious listen. Or even two. And then, what is this bullshit expression of the goofy business types again? Ah, yeah: Flawless execution. This comes to mind when you delve into the pleasures Khemmis offers to you. With no silly intro to haunt your doom metal crunch dreams, they riff away straight from the get-go. And impress with greatly engineered doomish riffs, peppered with solos and spiced with clean vocals or some strategically placed grunts and rasps. All that jazz always delivered with a trifle Iron Maiden added into the fray. [...]