Khemmis: Desolation (2018)

Written by: Kev Rowland

Denver doomed heavy metal exponents Khemmis are back with their third full-length album, ‘Desolation’, following on from 2016’s highly acclaimed ‘Hunted’. Although undoubtedly influenced by both doom and classic metal, here is an album that is taking those influences and then polishing them to a high gloss to create something that contains those elements but are taking them to new heights, while also maintaining a sense of melody and hooks that are not often seen or heard in this style of music. Imagine Paradise Lost combining with At The Gates, Opeth, Nickelback (yes, you did read that correctly) and High On Fire and you may get close to what this album is all about.

They have just completed the Decibel Magazine Tour with Enslaved, Wolves In The Throne Room, and Myrkur, and it shows just how varied their musical approach is to be able to survive with those guys. But, while they are always incredibly heavy, the often dual vocal approach contains wonderful harmonies, and they’re not afraid to use Maiden-esque style guitars when the time is right. The way they change attack during songs, as well as between them, makes for an incredibly interesting album where one doesn’t know if black metal vocals are going to make an appearance (they do) or just what is going to happen next. It is an album that metalheads from across the spectrum are going to find interesting, and with international promotion through Nuclear Blast, the band are going to find themselves at the forefront of many critics’ picks of the year.

‘Desolation’ is an album that fans of Paradise Lost, Candlemass, Judas Priest, Thin Lizzy, Iron Maiden, Spirit Adrift, Pallbearer, Yob, Warning, Atlantean Kodex, High On Fire, Metallica, and Corrosion Of Conformity should not miss. Pure Heavy metal rarely gets better than this.

Rating: 8/10


Track list:
1. Bloodletting
2. Isolation
3. Flesh To Nothing
4. The Seer
5. Maw Of Time
6. From Ruin



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