Episode 352: Khemmis, Hatchet, Hoth 2018 Album Reviews + Michigan Bandcamp Pick: Sunlight’s Bane

An Ice Planet Would Feel Nice Right Now

It is hot as Hell where your hosts reside, and it’s not gonna let up too much this week.  So we suggest sitting int he AC, listening to this podcast, then listening to all the albums we talk about…well, the ones we rate well.  Oh, and drink cold beer (and water).


Khemmis – Desolation (20 Buck Spin)
Hatchet – Dying to Exist (Combat)
Hoth – Astral Necromancy (Epicurus Records)


Sunlight’s Bane

Khemmis – Desolation

Hatchet – Dying to Exist

Hoth – Astral Necromancy


Sunlight’s Bane


  1. It’s been a few months since I bashed Decibel magazine, so here I go: Decibel gave a score of 9 out of 10 to the new album from Madball.

    1. I haven’t tried listening to Madball in years, but as one fo the original from the NYHC scene, it doesn’t surprise me that Decibel would show some favoritism. Speaking of the magazine, though, I still need to rack down a copy of the Burn the Priest issue. I mean, I could probably just get a digital copy, but I wanted the actual magazine. – Brian

  2. Desolation by Khemmis is a 5 from me as well. If I had to rank their albums, I’d have to say Hunted is my favorite, with Desolation being number two ahead of Absolution.

    You mentioned that the production on Desolation is spot on, which stood out to me as well. I like the production so much on the Khemmis albums that I had to look up who their producer is. It is Dave Otero, who also produced the most recent albums by Cattle Decapitation, Archspire, and Allegaeon. As you may know, I love those bands and now Khemmis is also becoming a favorite band of mine. How much of that is due to the producer? I can’t quantify it but he’s certainly got to have something to do with it.

    I have a bad feeling about Hoth’s new album, Astral Necromancy. I had mixed feelings about Hoth’s previous album, Oathbreaker. I came for the Star Wars, and liked the music while I was listening to it. But the music didn’t stay with me or compel me to listen to it all that much. With the Luke-warm reviews you gave it, I’ll probably be skipping this latest album from Hoth. Maybe I’ll give them another try if one of the members of the band goes Solo, but until then I’ll be putting this band in carbonite.

    1. Interesting note on the producer. It’s funny how he clearly does amazing work on few different styles, but I am not sure I ever heard his name before.

      I find your lack of faith in Hoth disturbing. There’s still some good in them, I have felt it, but they are channeling another depth of the Dark Side. Though I would suggest at least streaming it, you have to trust your instincts.

      – Brian

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