Hunted

by Khemmis

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The first album from Denver’s Khemmis, ‘Absolution’, was released by 20 Buck Spin in July 2015 and slowly but surely steamrolled all that came in contact with its unforgettable heaviness and classic melodicism. Virtually unknown outside Denver upon release, the band gathered acclaim over the ensuing months and by year end had landed in the #9 spot on Decibel Magazine’s annual top 40 albums of the year, not a small accomplishment for a band on its debut album.

The new album ‘Hunted’ reveals a Khemmis fortified in its purpose and vision, forging an unrivaled synthesis between immense Doom riffs and Maiden-esque harmony. Overall song length has increased yielding more expansively arranged and dramatic storms of elegance and melancholy.

And yet Khemmis are not content to plod through a sea of tears, they are always a rock band first, in service to the movement of the song, even approaching a High On Fire like pace to open the pummeling ’Three Gates'. The lauded singing of vocalist Phil Pendergast reaches ascendent new heights on tracks like ‘Candlelight’ and ‘Beyond The Door’, while the tasteful use of harsh vocals remains, providing a dark foreboding contrast. The 13-minute title track once again closes the album with an epic stunner.

Undoubtedly ‘Hunted’ is an album that will solidify Khemmis’s place at the vanguard of Doom’s most notable modern manifestations, in large part because they transcend the label itself. They’ve seamlessly blended their influences into an extraordinarily listenable album worthy of countless spins. With such a glut of music released nowadays, ‘Hunted’ stands apart, rewarding repeat listens with songs seared straight into the heart.

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released October 21, 2016

Produced, mixed & mastered by Dave Otero at Flatline Audio.
Cover art by Sam Turner.

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Track Name: Above the Water
When I was younger I caught a glimpse of fate
Above the water, flickering
So lonely it seemed, so fragile was its beam
In stormy waters, threatening

Churning tides keep me awake
While I’m still asleep
Can’t take my eye off the failing light
that floats upon the sea
But I won’t die, it isn’t my time
Here is a part of me
Up on the deck, ‘neath the failing light
sinking into the sea

There in the darkness, I felt it was too late
I saw my father swept away
Just like my lover, who slipped beneath the sheets
Into the water, rippling

Under the light that keeps me awake
Call out to the sea
That takes me in and holds me tight
But I cannot breathe
If the fates align, it isn’t my time
More than a part of me
Under the deck, submerged in the night
Carried away in the stream silently
Track Name: Candlelight
Three tall bony fingers stretched into the night
Topped with hope against the rising tide
Illuminating what waking tries to hide
Propped up by the content of your soul

Though I can’t see
The illusion still remains
I was at first alone
Fears given life by a flickering light
Beyond the lucid veil

Haunted by what resides beyond the glow
Its poison spilling deep within my mind

Though I can’t feel
The illusion still remains
I was at first alone
Fears given life by a flickering light
Beyond the lucid veil

Now, from the void, it emerges
Cloaked in horror
Nightmares of flesh and bone
Nothing

So reveal the darkened figure
Eyes adjust to the flame
Creeping like those bony fingers
Stretching into the sky
Track Name: Three Gates
I awake in a perfect hell - genus ex nihilo
This shell filled with another man’s paradise
Holds only a whisper of my past life
I’m trapped between worlds, a dream within a dream

Draw me a picture, a still frame in your mind
That records all the pieces left inside of me
Know my beginnings, the trials that life brings
Or wash away my ashes in the sea

For in that sleep of death what dreams may come?
The one of a life taken by a man wearing my flesh.
Three gates to hell before me, the sea, the sky, my mind
With this key, a blade, release me.

These skies hold no salvation
No peace lies beneath the dust

Where is the answer? A distant voice repeating
The final gate is calling out to me
The choice is easy, awaken from my sleep
Or wash away my ashes in the sea

Cleanse me in the tides of the sea
Track Name: Beyond the Door
No light beyond the door
No cure to be
Lying still, the darkness creeps
Spreading like a cancer in me

There is a light dancing upon the window sill
It draws me in and I begin to realize
This is no dream, I won’t escape the spreading fire
Immobilized, only my eyes can reflect my fright

No light beyond the door
No cure to be
Lying still, the darkness creeps
Spreading like a cancer in me

Awake but paralyzed
As tears cloud my eyes
Straining back in mortal fright
Breaking free from the binds, into the light

Lies can’t exhume (Bound in chains eternal)
I am your tomb (Paralyzed at my core)
Eyes hide the truth (My body, my tomb)
I am your tomb (No light beyond the door)
Track Name: Hunted
In the cold and lonely spaces between hopes and fears
Where psilocybin dreams filled my younger years
There lies a darkened shrine that harbors unknown tombs
Drawing me forth despite my inner wounds

In every night
There is a dream that I can’t contain
Fears that I’ve held
Deep in my bones since my soul was conceived
There is no light
No sure escape from the tide

Here stands the man, watching
His fingers beckon me near

What kind of evil trick has brought me back to here?
A stone now is pushed aside that covers up my fear
Maybe I seek this place to redeem all my sins
Not just mine, but those bestowed upon my kin

In every night
There is a dream that I can’t contain
Fears that I’ve held
Deep in my bones since my soul was conceived
There is no light
No sure escape

I see him
He comes forth
From darkness
He takes form
I see him
He is I
I am cursed
And I am damned