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Travis Heacock

Khemmis, High Priest, Huntsmen 

When: Fri., Jan. 13, 8 p.m. 2017
Price: $15, $12 in advance
This Denver-based quartet dropped their sophomore outing, Hunted (20 Buck Spin), last fall, just a little over a year after their debut full-length, Absolution, and if they stick to that work ethic they’ll go far (even if they climb slowly and heavily). Khemmis are a sort of doom/classic-metal hybrid for an audience that divides its time equally between invoking demons in a cloud of weed smoke and, from time to time, clearing its head and going on a too-fast-for-the-conditions road trip in a beater van full of old Iron Maiden cassettes. It’s a formula that’s hard to fuck up, and Khemmis work it to near perfection. Once they’ve programmed in the coordinates, their slow-riffing gallop pretty much plays itself through the mood and tempo changes—except during the brief instances when they feel the need to wake the listener up by getting a lot more violent and terrifying, as on “Three Gates.”
— Monica Kendrick



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