Posted on: 09/12/21 at 1:00 pm
Khemmis, this doom metal performer born in Denver, Colorado, United States of America is preparing for comeback they have been waiting for a long time. Of course with the release of their fourth full album, Deceiver. Set by Nuclear Blast Records for release on November 19, 2021, Deceiver is Khemmis’ first album in more than three years.
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Deceiver features a beautifully ambitious musical journey from start to finish with fiery riffs and melodies. Decorated with terrible and tragic artwork by Sam Turner.
Song list Deceiver:
1. Avernal Gate
2. House of Cadmus
3. Living Pyre
4. Shroud of Lethe
5. Obsidian Crown
6. The Astral Road
‘Living Pyre’ marks more than just the beginning of Khemmis’ new work, it also serves as a substantial benchmark for emotional struggle and growth.
Guitarist/vocalist Ben Hutcherson commented:
“When it comes to my own mental health, when I’m in a bad place, I can’t access the part of me that creates art. After coming to an understanding of myself, most of these songs came out in one sitting. I feel stable. I felt hopeful—even though there was so much out of the world that wasn’t entirely inspiring. We all need a reason to feel a glimmer of hope.”
Khemmis’ Darkest Album
Vocalist/guitarist Phil Pendergast describe the album’s theme:
“Thematically, all the songs are about the many ways we are tricked into believing stories about ourselves. That we are broken, that we are not good enough, that our genetics determine our destiny. This title is a ‘label’ that we put on our minds as a force that deceives us into believing these stories. The album’s lyrical trajectory is similar to Dante’s descent into his self-made Inferno. This is our darkest album to date.”
“While our minds and hearts are responsible for this kind of deception, so is the world around us. There is a dialectic between the two which results in suffering. Anyone who has struggled with mental health or suffered any kind of trauma will tell you that there are times when the mind is its own animal to contend with. In that sense, we ourselves are deceivers; we believe that we are worthy to be a vessel for this pain and this suffering that befalls us both externally and internally”.
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As Phil said, this upcoming album is their darkest release so far. You can see from the MV (Music Video) for single the album’s first, ‘Living Pyre’. You can already pre order album Deceiver now at this link. Enjoy watching the MV for ‘Living Pyre’, bro!
Author, Translator & Editor: Dharma Samyayogi