Mastodon Announce May Shows With Khemmis

Mastodon have announced some May shows with Khemmis. Here’s the dates:

05/12 Reno, NV – Grand Sierra Resort
05/13 Las Vegas, NV – House Of Blues
05/14 San Diego, CA – The Observatory North Park

These shows will follow Mastodon and Khemmis’ upcoming tour with Opeth.

Khemmis Cancel West Coast Tour

Khemmis have officially cancelled their headlining West Coast tour. The band commented:

“As you have likely surmised, we must cancel our West Coast headlining tour dates this summer. The Opeth/Mastodon trek this spring is an incredible opportunity for us, and we are thrilled to join these two legendary bands on the road. Given the proximity of those dates with the rescheduled headlining ones and the importance of maintaining a healthy balance between time with our families and time on the road, these headlining shows just aren’t feasible this summer. Thank y’all for understanding, and we look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at all of our upcoming dates with the mighty Opeth and Mastodon.”

Khemmis Added To Opeth & Mastodon’s Spring North American Tour

Khemmis have been added to Opeth and Mastodon’s spring North American tour. Here’s the dates for that run:

04/21 Montreal, QC – Place Bell
04/22 Toronto, ON – Queen Elizabeth Theatre
04/23 Cleveland, OH – The Agora
04/24 Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
04/26 Philadelphia, PA – The Met
04/28 Chicago, IL – Aragon Ballroom
04/29 Detroit, MI – The Masonic
04/30 Milwaukee, WI – Eagles Ballroom
05/01 St. Paul, MN – The Myth
05/03 Saskatoon, SK – TCU Place
05/04 Calgary, AB – Grey Eagle Events Centre
05/05 Edmonton, AB – EDM Expo Centre
05/07 Vancouver, BC – Thunderbird Sports Centre
05/08 Seattle, WA – Paramount Theater
05/09 Portland, OR – Keller Auditorium
05/11 Riverside, CA – Municipal Auditorium

Khemmis Postpone West Coast Tour

Khemmis have postponed their upcoming West Coast tour. The trek is now scheduled for June.

Tour Dates:

06/02 Boise, ID – Neurolux
06/03 Seattle, WA – Madame Lou’s
06/05 Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
06/07 Berkeley, CA – Cornerstone
06/08 Los Angeles, CA – Lodge Room
06/10 Phoenix, AZ – Nile Underground
06/11 Las Vegas, NV – The Usual Place
06/12 Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge

The band commented:

“Due to the impact of COVID-19 on current touring conditions, we are forced to reschedule our upcoming ‘Deceiver‘ West Coast trek for June. We hope that you all understand and will join us in a few months at these rescheduled shows across the western half of the US. All previously purchased tickets are valid for the rescheduled shows (where applicable), and additional dates will be announced shortly. Hold tight, stay safe and healthy, and we’ll see you soon!”

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.