Chris Kontos and James Murphy joins the ranks and in 1997 " Weed Out The Weak" is released and quickly becomes Diehard Records best selling album, a record that stands to this day. Festivals and tours followed peaked by the bands performance at Roskilde Festival in 1997 in front of 18000 people. Chris is replaced by ex-Invocator drummer Per M. Jensen and his involvement marked the start of Konkhra's experimental period. The Death/Thrash influences were shelved for the recording of 1999's "Come Down Cold", an elaboration of Konkhra's sound into a more subtle direction.
International touring followed, and also the completion of the contractual obligations with Diehard Records. Per M. Jensen left to join a band called The Haunted, and Anders decided to end the years of confusion and gave Johnny a call to see if it was time to reform the band in its original and most cheered shape. Some touring for CDC was finished, including 1 month supporting King Diamond in 2001, with the original line-up intact. In 2002 the bands fifth album "Reality Check" was recorded at Anders' studio Starstruck in Copenhagen, months were spent prepping the album and no outside influence was allowed, the album is featured on the bands own Chopshop Records imprint and licensed to a world wide release through code666 Records. And for this fifth album the world seemed to agree: Konkhra is back to form and Reality Check is the bands strongest release to this day.
International touring is planned, kicking off in Tel Aviv, Israel. This will be the first show performed by Konkhra in Israel as well as on the Reality Tour 2003, and an appropriate place to kick it off indeed. Konkhra continues to wave their flag in the face of ignorance by major labels as well as independents, as they drag unknown labels out of the closet and puts them on the map. This is beating the odds when they are worst, and that's when you know it's pure: They do it because they have to. Read more on Last.fm.
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