Kerrang! (UK) - - Reviews -

FOR FANS OF: Sleep, Mastodon, Can­dle­mass

■ Prov­ing you don’t need to have fried your brain with weed and deci­bels to make ex­cel­lent doom, Den­ver’s Khem­mis fea­ture two Phds in their ranks, and make doom that’s smart, for­ward­look­ing and ex­pertly executed. On Deso­la­tion, their third al­bum, they come on like a cross be­tween the classic ‘80s metal of genre kings Can­dle­mass and fid­dly Cana­dian prog lords Rush – and it’s a mix­ture that’s en­tirely agree­able. The riffs are skil­fully honed, not sim­ply re­ly­ing on brute force to make their point, and while they’re in no rush to get any­where (in­stead pre­fer­ring to sprawl out over seven min­utes most of the time), Khem­mis don’t just get the job done by go­ing low and slow. Blood­let­ting is a smor­gas­bord of classy riffs, while The Seer is heavy on NWOBHM twin-lead gui­tars at the start, be­fore bust­ing out a riff that’s chunkier than a skip full of Yorkies. Through­out, lay­ered vo­cals sit glo­ri­ously atop it all, like a doomed Bruce Dickinson. Doom with brains? Take a trip to the Khem­mis. NICK RUSKELL

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