Empire Productions presents
2109 South State St
Chicago, IL, 60616
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Slow, loud, heavy -- this is Khemmis, a four piece doomed rock 'n' roll outfit from Denver, Colorado.
Khemmis combines the soul of Black Sabbath, the soaring harmonies of Thin Lizzy and Iron Maiden, and the visceral weight of contemporary sludge and doom metal.
No regurgitation. No gimmicks. No trends.
In July 2015, the band released Absolution, a six track, forty-minute journey through transcendent melodies and pure auditory annihilation. Recorded with Dave Otero (Cobalt, Primitive Man) and Shane Howard at Flatline Audio, the album earned praise from listeners and critics alike. Decibel Magazine named it the #9 metal album of 2015, while Pitchfork named it their #5 release of the year. It earned accolades from NPR, Apple Music, Invisible Oranges, Noisey, and No Clean Singing, among others.
2016 will see Khemmis continue to spread the gospel of the riff both in the US and abroad. The band is also wrapping up their sophomore album, due late summer on 20 Buck Spin.
Yet one can't help but be moved – emotionally, spiritually, whatever you want to call it – by the sheer power Khemmis has harnessed on what is easily my favorite doom record of 2015. - Invisible Oranges
This is fuzzy and doomy and wizard-y metal, with a high, wailing voice that grips the heavens over Iron Maiden-like twin leads.
– Lars Gotrich (NPR)
Like many of the genre's most successful names (think YOB, High On Fire, Samothrace, Pallbearer, et al), Khemmis' multi-angled take straddles the two camps—their approach is wholly modern, but their roots are thoroughly aged. Songs like "Ash, Cinder, Smoke" dial up the stoner swagger and harsh barking vocals, while "Serpentine" goes ham with twin guitar noodling and a rafter-baiting croon; "Antediluvian" goes full NOLA, and the closing track is a huge, heart-stopping epic (the vocal harmonies alone will get you). - Noisey
The powerful vocals combined with the heart-tugging leads and guitar harmonies make for a rather emotional listen at times, but fear not; Khemmis still know how to bring the heavy. - Heavy Blog is Heavy
There are many little moments that jump out and make you want to hear them again, and they shake things up regularly by dragging in ideas from rock, stoner, goth and traditional metal. The end result is a doom album that refuses to play like one because it's too damn energetic and dynamic. - Angry Metal Guy
Atlanta, Georgia in the Deep South of the USA is probably not among the cities named as first suspects for a black metal influenced rock band to emerge. Yet there at the crossing of two old American railroad lines, CLOAK were conceived in the year 2013.
Their debut full-length, 'To Venomous Depths' is simply a perfect amalgamation of Nordic black metal with catchy hooks and melodic rock. And while the Americans are not claiming to be reinventing the wheel, their outstanding song-writing is catapulting this album to the top.
CLOAK have named DISSECTION, DEEP PURPLE, and FIELDS OF THE NEPHILIM as main influences, but their harsh yet groove-fueled sound has invited critics to draw comparisons with such acts as TRIBULATION, WATAIN, and YOUNG AND IN THE WAY.
After spending two years in the rehearsal room carefully preparing their material, CLOAK released a first sign of life in the shape of 'Demo 2015', which created an audible buzz in the US underground.
A two-track, self-titled EP followed in 2016, gaining the Americans worldwide attention and critical acclaim. In their short time of existence, CLOAK have already shared stages with renowned acts such as WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM, WINDHAND, INTER ARMA, SATAN, and TAAKE.
It will not take CLOAK long to capture your interest, but with each new spin 'To Venomous Depths' will reveal new details that make their discovery worthwhile. There are no fillers on this debut album, just hits. Feel the darkness!
In a world where having a doom band is the “in thing to do”, Huntsmen separate themselves by adding some really deep atmospheric prog and blues touches to their tracks. Their newest release “The Colonel” is as punishing as it is serene. I see a really bright future for these cats. – Doc Metal from The Doc Metal Show with the Real Munson, August 2016