Imagine Thin Lizzy as a doom band. Twin guitars aplenty, but Sabbathian in tempo and lyrics. Then take enormously thick but excellently layered guitar and intelligent personal vocals that are for the most part sung cleanly except for a few spots of screams for emphasis, and you may be kind of close to Khemmis.
This third album from Denver like its two predecessors is where the smartest rock and roll and metal is headed, with nods toward the more melodic hard rock days of the '70's but with punchier productions and a thicker sound.
Add to that the Khemmis touch which also reflects Pallbearer but faster most of the time, and heartfelt very melodic vocals. It is as expressive as doom metal gets, and in a world where people didn't automatically discount heavy and hard rock music because it is younger than "Appetite For Destruction", it would have enormous appeal not just to the younger crowd but those who cling to their classic rock and are willing to experiment trying listening to something new and not something "new" from somebody who has already been around forty years.
"Desolation" is a brilliant album full of ultra heavy guitar and peppered with twin lead harmonies and great lead work that carries real melodies and feel. Its six tracks go by quickly enough even with fairly long songs.
I don't favor any particular song as it works so well in its full length context. Khemmis has found the proverbial golden fleece - great songwriting abilities and chops combined with today's advanced technology that makes us appreciate the gap between years of extreme music too noisy and chaotic for many listeners that hopefully will be closing and allowing outfits to apply more hooks to their music. Along with Khemmis, Pallbearer, Clutch and Mastodon have already accomplished this feat. "Desolation" is a doom metal masterpiece.