Doom Classic

Oct. 31, 2016


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The Pitch: If you're a fan of this genre, you likely caught Khemmis' popular 2015 outing, Absolution.  Now yet another album into their career, the Colorado band does a commendable job in reminding us of doom's roots in classic rock.

What I Like: These guitars are just plain delicious.  I don't think I have heard a better medium between crunchy stoner hooks and nostalgic 70's rock soloing.  I think even Jimi Hendrix would listen to this band if he was around today.  Doom metal can get extremely repetetive if you ask me, but these guys squeeze every ounce of greatness out of each second when it comes to writing guitar compositions.  I also dig the vocal performance for the most part.

What I Don't Like: Sometimes the vocal melodies, though strong, start to feel a little mopy or just not as engaging.  I'd like to see a few more surprises in this area.  I also enjoyed the inclusion of harsh vocals on "Three Gates," so it would be cool to hear more of that.

The Verdict: As far as your classic doom albums go, this may very well be the best of the year.  Thanks largely to it's amazing riffing power, Khemmis should appeal to fans of rock and metal alike.

Flight's Fav's: "Above the Water," "Three Gates"

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