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Konkhra - Reality Check (8/10) - Denmark - 2003

Genre: Death Metal / Thrash Metal
Label: Code666
Playing time: 44:37
Band homepage: Konkhra

Tracklist:

  1. Warmonger
  2. The Lions Are Hungry
  3. Reality Check
  4. Eye Of Horus
  5. Hellhound On My Trail
  6. Fear Of God
  7. The Coming Of (R)Age
  8. Grapes Of Wrath
  9. Parasite
  10. Day Of The Dog
  11. Lowlife
  12. The Blackest Of Dawn
Konkhra - Reality Check
Good Death/Thrash Metal bands are quite rare these days as due to a flood in both markets most of what gets put out by labels usually comes across as being exhausted or lifeless and mindnumbingly repetitive. It is for this reason that Metal fans who can appreciate the works of bands ranging from SEPULTURA and FEAR FACTORY to the powerful MESHUGGAH should be eternally thankful that bands like KONKHRA still exist with the ability to leap above the rest in their crowded field of play.

"Reality Check" may not be the most original of releases as in such a large style of music I'd say that by now most that could be incorporated has been and finding something new would be extremely difficult, yet it has a certain quality about it that makes its nice heavy Thrash riffing and lead work sound tighter and fresher than what the vast majority of modern bands can put together.

KONKHRA have created an album full of memorable head banging riffs which are complemented by a good solid Death Metal vocal performance, tasteful lead work and a great percussion performance and all of this is blended perfectly in the crisp production. For me the only real criticism is the lack of originality and perhaps a little similarity within some of the songs but unfortunately these criticisms come with the territory and are becoming as clichéd as the genre itself.

Fans of KONKHRA's earlier work like the highly acclaimed "Weed Out The Weak" would be well advised to give this a try as "Reality Check" is certainly of a comparable standard. (Online July 16, 2003)

Niall Kennedy



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