Khemmis’ Phil Pendergast on their upcoming tour, staying true to themselves, and much more!


By now, Khemmis is a household name for any house that counts doomed heavy metal as law. And for good reason, across four full lengths and a handful of EPs and singles they’ve trod their own path and created something musically that has no equal. It’s heavy as lead, super emotional, and about as down to earth as it can be. They’ve garnered spots on best of lists around the world for each release and their star shines brighter each and every time out. Just ahead of a huge tour with Opeth and Mastodon, Buke sat down with vocalist and guitarist Phil Pendergast to discuss said tour and how it came to be and the fact that they’ve somehow been labeled a non touring band, how important it is to stay true to themselves, how difficult it was navigating their friend and ex bassist Dan departing during the pandemic, and a whole smorgasbord of other topics. We now present that conversation to you in its entirety so grab a beer, a chair, and enjoy.

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The Nine Circles Audio Thing: Wilderun’s Evan Berry on their latest album, patience waiting on a major label, cancelled touring plans, Berklee College of Music, and more!


Wilderun have, in a short timeframe, become a household name for progressive heavy metal fans and on the strength of their third full length Veil of Imagination, first for Century Media, they quite firmly place themselves at the forefront of thinking man’s progressive metal. We all need a reason to jump, cheer, and throw the horns right now and this band, and new album, is reason for all this.
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