Denver metal/doom quartet KHEMMIS has issued the details and lead single for their anxiously-anticipated third album, Desolation. Confirmed for late June release, Desolation will see release in North America once again through 20 Buck Spin, as with their prior two LPs, and is the first album from the band to see release for the rest of the planet through Nuclear Blast.
The cover artwork for Desolation by Sam Turner (Black Breath, 3 Inches Of Blood, In The Company Of Serpents), the track listing, and more on the album has been issued alongside its first single, “Isolation,” delivered through an epic video directed by Italo Ganni.
See KHEMMIS’s “Isolation” video now at THIS LOCATION.
20 Buck Spin’s 100th release, Desolation will see release on CD, digital, and LP – with a foil-stamped jacket and 8” inch lyric booklet – on June 22nd. Find North American preorders through 20 Buck Spin’s webshop HERE, Bandcamp HERE, and iTunes HERE. Internationally find the album through Nuclear Blast.
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.
Desolation Track Listing:
3. Flesh To Nothing
4. The Seer
5. Maw Of Time
6. From Ruin
KHEMMIS has confirmed performances at 2018 festivals including Roadburn and Doom Over Leipzig on their current debut European trek, with sets at this year’s installments of Maryland Deathfest, Migration Fest, and Heavy Montreal in North America this summer. Expect more widespread tour dates to be announced throughout the year.
4/19/2018 Het Patronaat – Tilburg, NL @ Roadburn Festival
4/20/2018 Vortex – Siegen, DE
4/21/2018 UT Connewitz – Leipzig, DE @ Doom Over Leipzig Festival
5/24/2018 Rams Head Live – Baltimore, MD @ Maryland Death Fest
6/29/2018 Echoplex – Los Angeles, CA
7/01/2018 Reggie’s – Chicago, IL
7/07/2018 Hi-Dive – Denver, CO
7/27/2018 Mr. Small’s – Pittsburgh, PA @ Migration Fest
7/29/2018 Parc Jean-Drapeau – Montreal, QC @ Heavy Montreal
Anticipation was high for the release of Hunted in 2016, the sophomore album from Denver’s KHEMMIS, and follow-up to acclaimed debut, Absolution. Rather than the all-too-common sophomore slump, KHEMMIS raised the stakes and blew everyone away with their rapidly progressing songwriting and production quality, culminating in Hunted being named Album Of The Year for 2016 by Decibel Magazine.
Now, in 2018, after wrapping up the Decibel Magazine Tour with Enslaved, Wolves In The Throne Room, and Myrkur, the excitement for KHEMMIS’s third album, Desolation, is palpable across the metal spectrum. Fortunately, when you hail from a place known as the Mile High City, lofty expectations come with the territory and the band has created what will come to be known as the definitive KHEMMIS classic.
From the stadium-sized opening notes of “Bloodletting” it is immediately evident that KHEMMIS is again putting distance between themselves and their earlier influences to inform a sound that is singularly their own. “Isolation” – which the band recently aired live on the Decibel Tour – is the album’s lead single and most immediate track, with the classic metal melodies the band have become revered for shining throughout. On epic closer “From Ruin” and throughout the entirety of the album, the lead vocals and melodies of Phil Pendergast are the clearest, most powerful and best arranged that the band has achieved. Working for the third time with Dave Otero at Flatline Audio in Denver, the band and producer now have the familiarity and mutual experience to arrive at the perfect symbiosis of songwriting, arrangement and production value.
While KHEMMIS is undeniably influenced by doom and classic metal, to tag them with those labels doesn’t do justice to what’s accomplished on Desolation; a perfect representation of modern heavy metal in 2018 that integrates the past in a way only possible in the present. Desolation is not just the best KHEMMIS record to date but a testament to the quality that heavy metal is still capable of.