Acclaimed Denver, Colorado, doom quartet Khemmis have been keeping busy amid the COVID-19 shutdown. They recently released a live mini-album titled Doomed Heavy Metal, which includes a standout cover of Ronnie James Dio’s “Rainbow in the Dark,” via Nuclear Blast Records and physically via 20 Buck Spin. They’ve also just dropped a new EP, More Songs About Death Vol. 1, which features a cover of the Misfits’ horror-punk classic “Skulls” as well as an acoustic version of Khemmis’ own “A Conversation With Death.” You can stream the EP below and pick it up via Bandcamp.
More Songs About Death Vol. 1 is just the latest in a string of activity for the group. In late May, the band played both their “Skulls” cover and their acoustic rendition of “A Conversation With Death” at Metal Injection’s Slay at Home Fest. Then in June, Khemmis guitarist Ben Hutcherson — who also moonlights as the frontman of Glacial Tomb — swung by The Pit’s The Last Words talkshow to discuss all kinds of goings-on in the world of heavy metal, including Necrot frontman Luca Indrio’s #MetalVsRacism video series, Fit For An Autopsy guitarist Pat Sheridan going viral for doing a good deed, and new albums from Lamb of God, Mushroomhead, Protest the Hero and more.
Of performing together apart for Slay at Home Fest, the band commented in a joint statement: “It was powerful, if a bit strange, for us to collaborate on these songs remotely in light of the pandemic preventing us from physically being together. We hope this music helps you recharge and reconnect with yourself and with a sense of community. Take care, do good, and keep fighting for a better world.” Indeed.