Article By: Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker ‡ Edited By: Leanne Ridgeway
Denver, Colorado‘s progressive doom metallers Khemmis and Phoenix, Arizona‘s psych metal outfit Spirit Adrift have united for an interesting split of cover songs. The songs are traditional Southern Folk tracks, one from each band, for the ‘Fraught With Peril‘ limited edition 7″.
Khemmis‘ take on the classic early 20th-century Appalachian hymn “A Conversation With Death“, transforming the song completely into their own. Spirit Adrift tackles the well-known “Man Of Constant Sorrow“, featured so prominently in the George Clooney film, ‘O Brother, Where Art Thou‘.
“Nate [Garrett] from Spirit Adrift approached us last year with the idea of doing a tribute to Southern folk music. Nate, Zach [Coleman, Khemmis drummer] and Ben [Hutcherson, Khemmis guitarist and vocalist] are all Southern expats, and the impact of traditional music from their home states (Arkansas, Texas, and Mississippi, respectively) has shaped the writing styles of both Khemmis and Spirit Adrift.
Zach suggested Lloyd Chandler‘s “A Conversation with Death,” a lyrically heavy song offering two perspectives on the narrator’s impending doom, because its a capella style gave us total musical freedom to expand on the arrangement. We need a reminder now, more than ever, that none of us — rich or poor, young or old– can escape the icy hands of death.”