Hunted

by Khemmis

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1.
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
2.
Candlelight 07:19
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
3.
Three Gates 06:37
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
4.
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)
5.
Hunted 13:30
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

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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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