Khemmis Set November Release For “Deceiver”, Debut “Living Pyre”


Khemmis‘ new outing “Deceiver” has been set for a November 19th release on Nuclear Blast. For now you can hear the first single from it, “Living Pyre“, below. Recording sessions for “Deceiver” took place with producer Dave Otero (Cephalic Carnage, Allegaeon) at Flatline Audio in Westminster, CO earlier this year.

Guitarist/vocalist Ben Hutcherson commented:

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“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.”

Speaking of the album and the themes behind it, vocalist/guitarist Phil Pendergast offered:

“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.”

Hutcherson added:

“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.”

Deceiver” track listing:

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

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