Alpha and the Omega - Konkhra
- Release date:
- October 18, 2019
- Hammerheart Records
A long-term reunion
The Alpha and the Omega is an expected and enjoyable reunion with Konkhra. The group's propensity for and ear for trampende, bouncing and tæskende groove is intact, and for the fans I recommend the clear album. The album exceeds in turn Konkhras average length of twelve minutes, and it can be felt. The level is noticeably higher on the album's second half than the first, and towards the end it gets harder to muster the necessary anger to enjoy the music in full. The highlights of the Alpha And the Omega looks, however, Konkhra come back in top condition, so if you already have plastered knojernene as preparation, you have not wasted the time.
Associate the fists
Metalhistorien look with wrinkled brows, on Chaos A. D. and Vulgar Display of Power, and the discussions rarely go on, whether they were actually good or bad. No, Sepultura and Pantera laid the foundations for a generation of hard-hitting groove metal dedicated to a stereotype, which was more interested in that seem dangerous than listening to metal. Konkhra, however, has unabashedly played groove-inspired death metal in any case, since the Spit or Swallow from 95. Ten years elapsed between the Nothing Is Sacred , and the current Alpha and the Omega, and I would love all and any that Konkhra has not been tyndarmede in the meantime.
Konkhra has always, and will always groove. The Alpha and the Omega is an unmistakable Konkhra-album with the location in the overlap between death, thrash and groove and focus on the latter. The major tones are lalleglade idiots. Minor notes for the sad tudefjæs. Bouncy 4/4 rhythms in midtertempo, by contrast, is to brawls, and Konkhra lets continue to the knuckles speech. The opening and title track builds up with deep volleys from the strings, backed up by the combine elements and added one of the group's surprisingly technical guitarlicks. The chorus brings even a groove mark in the octave harmonization, which also avoids the need to give a thought to the key. The follow-up "Thoth" sets the pace down and incorporates chanting choral parts over the guitars, which, in turn, feels less eventful than elsewhere on the album. Well-placed blastbeats in the bridge reminds the listener that Konkhra has a background in death metal, if not Hiljemarks deep growling had already done it. "Divine Wind" sets the pace up and nods incidentally appreciative for the Entombeds death'n'roll qua toneskiftet at the bridge.
Although the album begins and continues in an honest manner, it is the second half that the group takes the hardest beating forward. "Floodgates" brings the rapidly alternating and sleight of hand riffs in thrash-tempo, with a breakdown in the middle to move the opponent in. "Sandblasted" follows up with a threatening verse and comes quickly up in the red box in the chorus. "Misled" is using mainly tom-tomerne in the verse and add the first backbeatet in the chorus as well as C-section, which creates a momentum, as several former numbers miss. Strangely enough, it is the aforementioned trio of tracks devoid of the otherwise excellent guitar solos, but they work by simply being unusually hard-hitting.
Alpha is Konkhras absolute longest album. With a playing time of well fifty-five minutes beats the Reality Check of ten whole minutes, and I think it is a bad decision. Groove metal is not really a genre that requires far-reaching variety, and as such it is difficult to keep the fists linked so long. It does not help that both the Pantera-thrasheren "City Instincts Be Driven", and the subsequent Sepultura-jumps "Darkest Millenium" is being stretched a few minutes too long. Both could have acted highlights in a sleeker groove album, but they come a little too late and lingers a bit too long.
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