Khemmis To Release New Album “Deceiver” In November, Premiere “Living Pyre” Music Video

Khemmis will be releasing a new album, titled “Deceiver,” on November 19. You can find the cover art and track listing for that effort below:

“Deceiver” Track Listing:

01. “Avernal Gate”
02. “House Of Cadmus”
03. “Living Pyre”
04. “Shroud Of Lethe”
05. “Obsidian Crown”
06. “The Astral Road”

Phil Pendergast said the following about the new record:

“Thematically, all of the songs are about the many ways that we are tricked into believing these stories about ourselves–that we are broken, that we are not good enough, that our genetics determine our fate. This title is the label that we put on our minds as a force that tricks us into believing these stories. The record’s lyrical trajectory is similar to Dante’s descent into an Inferno of his own making. It is our darkest album to date.”

Ben Hutcherson continued:

“While our minds and hearts are responsible for this kind of deception, so too is the world around us. There is this dialectic between the two that produces suffering. Anyone who has struggled with mental health or suffered any sort of trauma will tell you that there were times that the mind is its own beast that has to be wrangled. In that sense, we become the deceivers ourselves; we believe we deserve to be the vessel for this pain and this suffering that is being inflicted on us both externally and internally.”

A video for the effort’s first single, “Living Pyre,” can be found below. Hutcherson added the following about that:

“When it comes to my own mental health, when I’m in a bad place, I can’t access the part of me that creates art. After reaching that understanding of myself, the bulk of this song came out in one sitting. I was feeling stable. I was feeling hopeful–even though so much outside in the world was not exactly inspiring. All of us needed a reason to feel a glimmer of hope.”

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