Repeat appearances in the Decibel Flexi Series are pretty rare. Apart from Agoraphobic Noseebleed’s “holiday installments,” Napalm Death, Cannibal Corpse, Carcass, Enslaved and Goatwhore are the only other artists with multiple flexis over the nearly 11-year history of the series. Today, Decibel darlings Khemmis join that illustrious group with the release “Sigil.” Of course this song is exclusive to the Flexi Series and not part of their impending Nuclear Blast debut, Deceiver, but as an extra special welcome back, accomplished comics writer and illustrator Daniel Warren Johnson has provided a brand new illustration for this special picture flexi disc.
“’Sigil’ is a D-beat-driven rager that we wrote and recorded during the Deceiver sessions with Dave Otero,” says Ben Hutcherson, one half of the band’s guitarist/vocalist tandem. “It combines hallmarks of the ‘Khemmis sound’—harmonized riffs, pounding drums, and soaring vocal melodies punctuated with vicious screams—with a decidedly bleaker, more aggressive approach to our signature style of doomed heavy metal. When Decibel approached us about contributing a new song to their Flexi Series, we knew that ‘Sigil’ was the perfect candidate and that it required a powerful visual companion piece. Enter our friend Daniel Warren Johnson (Murder Falcon, Wonder Woman: Dead Earth) whose monochromatic illustration of otherworldly horror perfectly captured the apocalyptic heart of the song.”
You can hear Khemmis’ second of 131 entries in the series below and then head off to the dB store where we have an extremely limited amount of the issues containing the Khemmis picture flexi available. Don’t wait, they won’t last long.