Khemmis – Desolation (2018) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Khemmis - Desolation - Album CoverWe just covered the latest of King Goat, another (not so) new kid on the block in the Doom Metal multiverse. This band, together with players like Pallbearer – or again – Crypt Sermon served as a somewhat of a new breed of doomers. And by that token, these folks took the metal fan crowd by storm. Quite deservedly so, when looking at the overall quality of their combined tunes. Peaceville Three and Draconians of this world be gone.

The list would of course not be complete without Khemmis from the US. These boys were on a rapid-fire run down doom road until now. On a high of creativity, they got us Hunted in 2016 via 20 Buck Spin, just one short year after their début Absolution. A few raised eyebrows apart, Hunted indeed reached an amazing 8/10 on the RockmusicRaider rating scale of dread. Thus they got around this terrible sophomore cliff without too much effort. Sometimes waves of creativity are like tsunamis that wash these bands onto the shores of glory with none of the usual terrors. [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Khemmis – Hunted (2016) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Khemmis - Hunted - Album CoverI 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. [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!