Nuclear Blast Entertainment, via a licensing deal with 20 Buck Spin, are immensely pleased to announce the worldwide (ex. North America) signing of Denver, Colorado based multifarious doomed heavy metal quartet Khemmis. Welcome to the family!
Khemmis is currently working on new material destined to be their third record, due to be released in 2018 via 20 Buck Spin in North America and via Nuclear Blast Entertainment elsewhere globally.
KHEMMIS commented on the signing:
“We are honored to join the legendary Nuclear Blast roster for the release of our third album. The new songs we’ve been working on build upon the melodicism of »Hunted« while also exploring new, heavier, and more aggressive sonic terrain. We plan to enter the studio in early 2018 with a tentative mid-year release date. Thanks to Monte Conner, everyone at NB, and the listeners and fans who have supported us.”
Formed in 2012 in Denver USA, Khemmis have released two albums to date. 2015’s Absolution and 2016’s Hunted paint a unique portrait; encompassing spiraling progressive doom, fuzz-toned stoner riffs, syrupy sludge and churning classic grooves. They transcend traditional doom forming elegant yet dramatic tracks, conveying their unique sense of melancholy edged with a sense of foreboding.
Debut record Absolution earned the four piece outright critical praise from the underground, plus achieving them Decibel’s “Top 40 Albums of the Year” list allowing their impact to slowly start seeping into the mainstream consciousness. Hunted broke down those final barriers earning Khemmis widespread recognition, ranging from glowing reviews at Metal Sucks, Metal Injection and Pitchfork (read our review here), to earning them a spot in Rolling Stone’s “20 Best Metal Albums of 2016” list and Decibel’s highly sought after “Album of the Year” accolade (and it made the “Albums of the Year 2016” list of one of our writers as well). Not many bands out there can boast about being compared to the likes of Thin Lizzy and ZZ Top, to Paradise Lost, My Dying Bride and Judas Priest.
Phil Pendergast – guitar, vocals
Ben Hutcherson – guitar, vocals
Daniel Beiers – bass
Zach Coleman – drums