Khem­mis

DENVER’S DOOM-WEIGHTED HEAVY MET­ALLERS MOVE UP AN­OTHER LEVEL

Metal Hammer (UK) - - Reviews - LIAM YATES

This third al­bum from Denver’s “doomed heavy metal” out­fit Khem­mis shows the band mov­ing fur­ther away from doomy lean­ings and head­ing to­wards the lively realms of straight-up clas­sic heavy metal. Tread­ing the same path as la­bel­mates Grand Ma­gus, Khem­mis have striven for new lev­els of mu­si­cal ma­tu­rity and since 2016’s Hunted they’ve grad­u­ally evolved into a more vi­brant and ca­pa­ble unit, play­ing a sat­is­fy­ingly an­themic 70s/80s metal melod­i­cism that tran­scends any for­mer doom and stoner metal lan­guor. Desolation’s six an­thems of sta­dium-striv­ing power is an up­lift­ing col­lec­tion of soar­ing vo­cals, lead gui­tar show­man­ship and groov­ing gal­lop that’ll surely pro­pel the band out of re­gional ob­scu­rity. Mov­ing from rel­a­tively un­der­ground label 20 Buck Spin to Ger­man heavy­weights Nu­clear Blast, Khem­mis’s clas­sic mix­ture of Maiden, Priest, and Trou­ble will un­doubt­edly ap­peal to a wider au­di­ence.

FOR FANS OF: THE SWORD, GRAND MA­GUS, JU­DAS PRIEST

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