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Torn Asunder 05:31
Searching our minds for the serum the one to crack the code And now I see the answer the hadron’s chamber, full Unholy institution, time and space undone I see the light, refracting into endless night Knowledge again destroys the world Our world is unmade Now is the time, to drink and say our last goodbyes Torn asunder into the void Mankind will fall Strip the blood from my marrow Tear my essence from its shell The cosmos reads us our tarot Watch as all worlds burn
I ride through crystalline skies, blind driven by purpose to the apex Flung toward the sun Into the light I break down and pray With you in ash Cinder and smoke I forget your face I fear the nearer that I approach I can’t give you to the wind To lay you to rest Return to dust I have to let go Five years have gone Won’t toss the urn Still hoping you’ll return Suddenly with mind lain open You’re offering me your hand but I know it is just an illusion At least until I reach my end And in my sorrow, this longing still remains Memories, not my own, haunt my dreams Now a void where once there was so much more Here your vessel and my guilt are now laid to rest
Serpentine 08:11
You brashly stole the innocence That should have all been mine Predatory animals are punished for their crimes Small towns hide the darkest secrets All are accountable Take your actions to the grave The depraved act in full From inside the serpent’s mouth Come lies that must be told To save that garbage from his grave The unrelenting wolf Stalking in the darkness he Bared witness to the deed Predatory animals Grow hungry when you bleed I see now that your well has run dry Abuser, defiler, serpentine Here I am at your door Now it ends. Settle the score. God’s will be damned He did not see What you’ve done wrong But she, I believe Cornered and still you’re fighting Upon the precipice Of your own undoing Kneel before me
Antediluvian 06:00
I feel the ground crumble and water bleed Bags of grain must protect the deed Though river’s straight and narrow The rising tide spells doom for all at river’s side Clinging upon the gallows above her waves You and I both were sliding down The water’s running faster, give up your self And we’ll be praised for what we’ve done Beneath the tides, there is nothing left of us See our bodies glide Beneath the waves, our cities become our graves Feel our souls divide Bring us the floods, wash us from this earth Succumb to the tide Our time has come Antediluvian
The burden of sin weighs on my heart Abandoned and scarred, it ripped you apart Your truth was left unknown I kneel before the altar and pray my soul to stay Besieged and buttressed by my Seething inside my body The tortured role it played Kept secrets of our father You carried this burden alone Your truth and pain, now my own Why? And when you shared with open arms Your pain inflicted youth I, by not knowing, by closing my eyes Bear the weight of the lie and it kills me inside I will carry your name
The Bereaved 09:00
As I burned one Through smoke-lit eyes I pushed too far past a glorious high Into a void Devoid of light I lost control of muscle and mind And so I stepped Close to the edge My mandible broken on the end of a night Succumbing to shock I clung to my life Just as my tongue was hanging agape to my eyes And so I fell Into the night Psilocybin dreams Claiming my mind Into a void There is no savior Where is my life? Where is my darling now? Became lost from space and time And you were scared You saw my bloodied body Your greatest fear Had been fully realized I wasn’t there Both of us saw the end And I wasn’t dead No, I still had life


20 Buck Spin has, over the course of the last ten years, worked with the best of the best in the doom genre; bands as diverse as Samothrace, Graves At Sea, Pallbearer, Yob, Mournful Congregation, Lycus, Atlantean Kodex and more. In that tradition, the label is proud to present KHEMMIS, a quartet from Denver, who, on their debut full-length Absolution brings components of many of the aforementioned label alumni and forge a venerable testament to what heavy doom rock is in 2015.

The six meticulously crafted songs on Absolution reveal a level of musicianship and writing skill seldom heard on debut albums. Often within the scope of a single song, KHEMMIS veers effortlessly between the crushing heaviness of Southern sludge and the somber melodies of traditional doom metal, cohesively weaving the disparate styles into their own immediately recognizable form. Vocally, KHEMMIS also utilizes a dual approach, sometimes harsh and guttural, but generally through a stunningly smooth classic doom/heavy rock delivery that even adamant fans of Pete Stahl and Wino will applaud. The powerfully adept rhythm section perfectly anchor the towering riff mastery and colorful dual guitar harmonies, all brought together by Dave Otero's (Cobalt, Nightbringer) pitch perfect production work.

From the album opener "Torn Asunder" to closing track "The Bereaved," the latter of which will stand as THE doom track of 2015, Absolution is among the highlight surprises of the year.


released July 7, 2015

All lyrics and music © Khemmis 2014.
Engineered by Dave Otero and Shane Howard at Flatline Audio in Westminster, CO.
Mixed and mastered by Dave Otero at Flatline Audio.
Additional vocals on "Ash, Cinder, Smoke" provided by Ethan Lee McCarthy.
Album art by Sam Turner.


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