Denver doomsters Khemmis have always been critical favorites. Their first three studio albums have made numerous year-end lists as their following has steadily increased from 2015’s Absolution to 2016’s Hunted, and to 2018’s Desolation. With their new record, it should come as no surprise that their following will see another (potentially even larger) boost.
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As to why the record is called Deceiver, vocalist and guitarist Phil Pendergast says, "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."