Oathbreaker, Khemmis, Jaye Jayle
Oathbreaker is a Belgian band from Ghent, East Flanders, formed in 2008 and currently signed to Deathwish Inc. The band consists of guitarist Lennart Bossu, bassist Gilles Demolder, drummer Wim Coppers (who replaced founding member Ivo Debrabandere in 2016) and vocalist Caro Tanghe, who performs both screamed and sung vocals. They are a part of Amenra's Church of Ra collective. Oathbreaker have released one EP and three studio albums to date; their latest album Rheia was released through Deathwish on September 30, 2016 to critical acclaim.
Slow, loud, heavy -- this is Khemmis, a four piece doomed rock 'n' roll quartet from Denver, Colorado.
Their debut, Absolution, was released by 20 Buck Spin in July 2015 and slowly but surely steamrolled all that came in contact with its unforgettable heaviness and classic melodicism. Virtually unknown outside Denver upon release, the band gathered acclaim over the ensuing months and by year end had landed in the #9 spot on Decibel Magazines annual top 40 albums of the year, not a small accomplishment for a band on its debut album.
The new album Hunted reveals a Khemmis fortified in its purpose and vision, forging an unrivaled synthesis between immense Doom riffs and Maiden-esque harmony. Overall song length has increased yielding more expansively arranged and dramatic storms of elegance and melancholy.
And yet Khemmis are not content to plod through a sea of tears, they are always a rock band first, in service to the movement of the song, even approaching a High On Fire like pace to open the pummeling "Three Gates." The lauded singing of vocalist Phil Pendergast reaches ascendant new heights on tracks like "Candlelight" and "Beyond The Door," while the tasteful use of harsh vocals remains, providing a dark foreboding contrast. The 13-minute title track once again closes the album with an epic stunner.
Undoubtedly Hunted is an album that will solidify Khemmis place at the vanguard of dooms most notable modern manifestations, in large part because they transcend the label itself. Theyve seamlessly blended their influences into an extraordinarily listenable album worthy of countless spins. With such a glut of music released today, Hunted stands apart, rewarding repeat listens with songs seared straight into the heart.
Jaye Jayle was conceived by singer/songwriter Evan Patterson (also of the band Young Widows) in late 2013. Last year, Jaye Jayle released four limited edition single 7 inches on four different record labels of 8 songs from a recording made prior to ever performing in a live setting. A new album is on the horizon.
The Shredder (View)
430 S. Tenth St.
Boise, ID 83702
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|