Speedwolf: " This next song's about drinkin' the devil's blood, and killin' angels! I know I've been there . . . " Metal, oh metal.

In The Company Of Serpents

In the Company of Serpents are a doom/sludge two-piece from Denver, Colorado. Founded in early 2011, the band came into being when vocalist/guitarist Grant Netzorg met drummer JJ Anselmi at a show their former bands were playing. Later that Spring they recorded a 4 song demo in a friend's basement studio, which they paid for in AR-15 Ammunition and beer. Shortly afterwards, In the Company of Serpents entered Moduel Overload studios in Denver to record their self-titled debut, which was subsequently self-released on cassette in early 2012.

In late 2011 JJ left the band on amicable terms, and Joseph Weller Myer has been slaying the skins in his stead ever since. In May of 2013 Joe & Grant entered the studio to record their follow-up, Of the Flock, which was subsequently mixed and mastered by Billy Anderson. Of the Flock was self-released on vinyl on Halloween of 2013.

Dead Temple

Inspired by early heavy metal, traditional doom, and 70's hard rock Dead Temple was formed in February of 2011 by lead vocalist, Jade Morgan, and drummer, Tyler Wielgosz (ex-DDC). In the summer of 2012 guitarist Gianni DiGiacomo (BattleSpawn) and bassist Nick Olson (ex-STD's, ex-Total Annihilation) joined -followed by sister vocalists Nadia Kontogiannis and Olivia Stone.


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


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