Khemmis Premiere Animated Video For New Song “House Of Cadmus”

Khemmis have premiered an animated video for their new song “House Of Cadmus.” The track is from the band’s new album “Deceiver,” which will be released on November 19. Phil Pendergast commented:

“‘House Of Cadmus‘ represents the lowest emotional point on Deceiver. In it, we explore the seat of our deepest fears, the anchors that we drag behind ourselves for our entire lives. It is also maybe the most important song for me, personally, in our entire catalog. With it, I cut away the chains that have long held me captive and offer an invitation for everyone who hears it to do the same. We are all weighed down by some aspect of our lives: addiction, abuse, mental illness, fear, regret, and shame, to name a few. These traumas distort our views of ourselves, of each other, and of the world around us. But these are merely stories we tell ourselves, and no matter how all-encompassing they may feel, these stories cannot define us.”

Khemmis Announce U.S. Tour

Khemmis have announced a U.S. tour in support of their new album “Deceiver“ (out November 19). Here’s the dates:

12/11 Brooklyn, NY – Saint Vitus Bar
01/08 Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater
01/13 Boise, ID – Neurolux
01/14 Seattle, WA – The Crocodile
01/15 Vancouver, BC – Fox Cabaret
01/16 Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
01/18 Berkeley, CA – Cornerstone
01/19 Los Angeles, CA – Lodge Room
01/21 Phoenix, AZ – Nile Underground
01/23 Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge

Khemmis Stream New Song “Sigil”

Khemmis are streaming a new song titled “Sigil.” The track was recorded during the sessions for the band’s new album “Deceiver” (out November 19) and it will be available as a flexi disc in the November issue of Decibel Magazine. Ben Hutcherson said the following:

“‘Sigil‘ is a d-beat-driven rager that we wrote and recorded during the ‘Deceiver‘ sessions with Dave Otero. It combines hallmarks of the ‘Khemmis sound’ – harmonized riffs, pounding drums, and soaring vocal melodies punctuated with vicious screams – with a decidedly bleaker, more aggressive approach to our signature style of doomed heavy metal. When Decibel approached us about contributing a new song to their Flexi series, we knew that ‘Sigil‘ was the perfect candidate and that it required a powerful visual companion piece. Enter our friend Daniel Warren Johnson (Murder Falcon, Wonder Woman: Dead Earth) whose monochromatic illustration of otherworldly horror perfectly captured the apocalyptic heart of the song.”

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.”

Khemmis Part Ways With Bassist Dan Beiers

Khemmis have parted ways with Dan Beiers. Though only being confirmed now, the bassist actually left the group in December 2020.

Khemmis commented:

“With our impending appearance at the Decibel 200th issue anniversary event, it is time that we let you know that we parted ways with founding member and bassist Dan Beiers in December.

The events of the last year forced us all to reexamine our lives, our capacities to manage our individual mental and physical health, and the state of our relationships both inside and outside of Khemmis.

This decision was the result of that period of reflection and some difficult conversations among the four of us as well as with our loved ones. We are eternally grateful for his contributions and friendship over the years, and we wish him and his family the very best wherever their path leads them next.

Love you, brother.”

As the band mentioned, they will be taking part in Decibel’s “200th Issue Show Extremely Ex-Stream” virtual concert on April 30. A new album from the group is also expected to be released later this year.

Midnight, Khemmis, Full Of Hell, Etc. To Take Part In Free Virtual Concert To Celebrate 200th Issue Of Decibel

Decibel Magazine will be releasing their 200th issue in June and they are planning to celebrate with a special virtual concert called “Decibel’s 200th Issue Show Extremely Ex-Stream.” The event will take place on April 30 at 5:00pm PDT / 8:00pm EDT and it will feature: Midnight, Khemmis, Full Of Hell, Horrendous, and Wake. Various special guests will also make appearances. On top of that, fans will also be able to watch “Decibel’s 100th Issue Show: The Movie” two hours before the show.

Khemmis Begin Recording New Album

Khemmis have officially started the recording process for their new album. The band are working on the effort with producer Dave Otero at Flatline Audio in Westminster, CO.

Khemmis Book Studio Time For New Album

Khemmis have officially booked some studio time for their new album. The band will be recording the effort with producer Dave Otero.

[via The PRP]

Khemmis Share Cover Of Alice In Chains’ “Down In A Hole”

Khemmis have shared their cover of Alice In Chains‘ “Down In A Hole.” This track is from Magnetic Eye Records‘ upcoming tribute to Alice In Chains‘ “Dirt.” That effort, which is titled “Dirt (Redux),” is set to be released on September 18.

Khemmis’ Ben Hutcherson commented:

“I’ve loved this band since I discovered grunge and hard rock in my early teens. When we were presented with the opportunity to cover my favorite song from one of my favorite bands, I checked a pretty big item off of my bucket list. It’s an honor to take such a powerful piece of music and reimagine it through the creative lens of this band. We knew we wanted to stay true to parts of the song, particularly the chorus, but that we also needed to make it our own.

Alice In Chains has long been one of the most important bands in my life. Though they’re (understandably) associated with the Seattle grunge scene, their music carries a visceral heft that, for me, wasn’t present for the other bands of that music world. ‘Dirt‘ was, and remains, a landmark album of bleakness paired with incredible songwriting, and ‘Down In A Hole‘ was one of the first songs I learned to play on my dad’s old Takamine acoustic guitar back in ’98 or ’99.

The fact that a song like that works as well, if not better, on an acoustic guitar as on a distorted electric guitar is a testament to the power of what those four guys created together.”

[via Consequence Of Sound]

Khemmis Release New EP “More Songs About Death Vol. 1”

Khemmis have released a new EP titled “More Songs About Death Vol. 1” via Bandcamp. The effort comes with a cover of Misfits’ “Skulls” and an acoustic version of “A Conversation With Death.“