Photo by Jan Grarup
December 2016 - Hammerheart Records wrote:
"Hammerheart Records joins forces with Danish metal legends Konkhra for catalogue re-issues and new album in 2017:
Hammerheart Records is extremely proud to announce the signing of the Danish band Konkhra,who are around for nearly 30 years by now.
Through the years Konkhra developed from a great old school Death Metal band to a frontrunner of the more extreme death ‘n’ roll scene.
Most people will remember Konkhra for the 1997 release “Weed Out the Weak”, which was a huge commercial success and featured Chris Kontos (Machine Head) and James Murphy (Death/Obituary). Possibly the band will perform this album on selected 2017 dates.
In 2017 we plan the following releases:
Weed Out The Weak LP/Deluxe CD (with the The Freakshow EP as bonus)
Sexual Affective Disorder LP/Deluxe-CD (with the Stranded EP as bonus)
New album T.B.A. CD/LP
Spit Or Swallow LP/Deluxe-CD (with The Facelift EP and Live Eraser as bonus)
The vinyl editions will be first timers, all artwork and audio will be spiced up and re-mastered.
More information on the new album will follow soon."
KONKHRA, who like to label themselves as "Extreme Metal", were founded in Copenhagen during 1988 as VICIOUS CIRCLE.
The band got around to recording their debut demo tape in early 1990 with a second release "Malgrowth" the following year.
KONKHRA signed to local label Progress Records and issued the 'Stranded' EP. This official debut, limited to only 3,000 copies, featured sleeve artwork by noted Chicago tattoo artist Guy Aitchison. The release was capitalised on by support slots to acts such as FEAR FACTORY and BRUTAL TRUTH.
With the release of their first full length album in 1993's 'Sexual Affective Disorder', KONKHRA put in an American tour supported by label mates MEATLOCKER and a January 1994 European trek with SUFFOCATION. The third album, 'Spit Or Swallow', was produced by DISMEMBER drummer Fred Estby and Tomas Skogsberg, at the famed Sunlight Studio in Stockholm. This album was pushed KONKHRA to the status of being Progress Records best selling act.
In support of the record the band toured Europe in 1995 on a bill alongside DEICIDE and SUFFOCATION. Scandinavian dates alongside IMMOLATION and CANNIBAL CORPSE had KONKHRA conclude the touring duties for Spit Or Swallow.
In 1997 KONKHRA started work on a new album 'Weed Out The Weak' as they were brought up to strength with the addition of ex-TESTAMENT, OBITUARY and DISINCARNATE guitarist JAMES MURPHY. Incidentally, KONKHRA's 'Homegrowth' video featured a cover of TERRORIZER's 'The Dead Shall Rise' and guest contributions from members of NAPALM DEATH. The album went on to be released by Metal Blade for the US market, extensive touring followed.
The album was followed by a seven week trek European tour with NAPALM DEATH.
KONKHRA signed to the Italian Code666 label for a 2003 album 'Reality Check', recorded at guitarist/vocalist Anders Lundemark's own Starstruck Studio. A rash of European dates throughout late October and throughout November saw KONKHRA headlining over fellow Danes ILLNATH and CORPUS MORTALE with Greek act HOMO IRATUS also in tow. The band would also put in their debut Israeli gig, appearing at the 'Metalist' festival. Another first for the band came in January of 2004 with three South African gigs in Durban, Johannesburg and Cape Town.
The band announced fresh album recordings in 2007 branded 'Religion Is A Whore'. The theme of this set was described by the band "as a response to the 'cartoon crisis,' which was triggered by a Danish cartoonist who made a drawing of Muhammed with a bomb in his turban." However, the sessions would be curtailed and eventually completely re-recorded. Digital mishaps conquered, the album was released in 2009 through the bands own label imprint CHOPSHOP internationally distributed by TARGET.
Festival appearances and touring followed.
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