2021 Best of Metal: #8 Khemmis-Deceiver

Origin: Denver, CO

Release date: 11/19/2021

Personnel: Phil Pendergast-vox/guitar, Ben Hutcherson-guitar/vox, Zach Coleman-drums

Khemmis is back with another album that solidifies their status as one of the keepers of the true heavy metal flame. Their blending of classic Maiden, Priest and Mercyful Fate guitar lines through the sludge filter of Candlemass and Trouble style doom continues to hit that sweet spot. This is their first album as a three-piece since the loss of their longtime bassist. This album is classic Khemmis with six long epic tales centered on fantasy themes. Cue up your inner metal nerd for this one.

4.5 flip flops out of 5

The list so far:

8. Khemmis-Deceiver
9. Carcass-Torn Arteries
10. Omnium Gatherum-Origin
11. Be’Lakor-Coherence
12. Hooded Menace-The Tritonus Bell
13. Quicksand-Distant Populations
14. Harakiri For the Sky-Maere
15. Converge and Chelsea Wolfe-Bloodmoon: I
16. At The Gates-The Nightmare of Being
17. The Vintage Caravan-Monuments
18. Nervosa-Perpetual Chaos
19. Baest-Necro Sapiens
20. Agrypnie-Metamorphosis