Konkhra - _Come Down Cold_
by: Paul Schwarz (
Konkhra have become a toned down rock structured groove metal band. In simple terms, that's exactly what _Come Down Cold_ signifies and I will be the first to say that it is a sad loss for the death/thrash community to lose the band who brought us the storming powerhouse of _Spit or Swallow_ not five years ago to what one might call the "Metallica" bandwagon. Konkhra have gone in a direction which is hard to defend as natural. The meshing of groovy, horrifically unpunchily produced guitars and bass, with stifled vocals and flat drums is almost as disappointing as the lacklustre solos James Murphy has turned in. _Come Down Cold_ sounds uneasy, lacking in cohesion, and ultimately unconvincing. However, much as knowing and liking Konkhra's past I find _Come Down Cold_ unappealing and unconvincing, it must be said that for what it is -- a groove oriented metal album lodged somewhere between the fuzz of Corrosion of Conformity and Kyuss and the commercially oriented dirge Metallica currently brings us by the plateful --, _Come Down Cold_ is far from awful.
(article published 9/12/1999)
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