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Also known asVicious Circle
GenresDeath metal, thrash metal, extreme metal
Years active1989–present
LabelsHammerheart Records
Associated actsDaemon
MembersAnders Lundemark
Martin R. Patterson
Johnny Nielsen
Kim 'Hakim' Mathiesen
Past membersSee below

Konkhra is a Danish death metal/extreme metal band formed in Køge in 1989.


Konkhra is an extreme metal band from Denmark who blend death metal, groove metal, mid-tempo, and thrash. They are often compared to Machine Head, Entombed, Pantera, Bolt Thrower, Morbid Angel. The word "Konkhra" is the sound that Tom Angelripper from Sodom makes when he introduces the song "The Conquer" on the 1988 album Mortal Ways to Live.

1989: The band formed under the name Vicious Circle before changing names to Konkra. Their 1990 demo is named Konkhra.

1991: Their second demo Malgrowth was released.

1992: Their first official record Stranded was released on Progress Records, limited to 3,000 copies.

1993: The first full-length album Sexual Affective Disorder was released on Progress Records.

1995: The album Spit or Swallow was released. It was recorded at Sunlight Studio in Stockholm and produced by Dismember drummer Fred Estby and Tomas Skogsberg. This record made Konkhra the best-selling band on Progress Records.

1997: The next album was called Weed out the Weed and had James Murphy (ex-Testament, Obituary) on guitar and Chris Kontos (ex-Machine Head, Testament, Exodus) on drums. The album was released on Metal Blade for the U.S. market.

2003: The album Reality Check was released on the Italian label Code666.

2009: Nothing is Sacred featured James Murphy on guitar again. It was released on Konkhra's own label Chopshop Records.

2018: The album Weed out the Weak was re-issued on Hammerheart Records.

2019: The album Alpha and the Omega was released on Hammerheart Records.

Konkhra toured with many bands in Denmark, South Africa, U.S., Europe, and Israel, including Fear Factory, Brutal Truth, Suffocation, Meatlocker, Deicide, Immolation, Cannibal Corpse, Napalm Death, Behemoth, Volbeat, Batushka, Malevolent Creation, King Diamond and more.



  • Claus Vedel – vocals, guitar (1989–1994)
  • Jon Clausen – drums (1990–1992)
  • Thomas "Gnist" Christensen – bass (1996–1999)
  • Chris Kontos – drums (1996–1997)
  • Per Möller Jensen – drums (1997–2000)
  • James Murphy – guitar (1997-1999, 2009)
  • Søren Hee Johansen - bass (1993)
  • Lars Schmidt - bass (1993–1996, 1999–2009)
  • Mads Lauridsen - drums (2004–2010)
  • Michael Skovbakke - guitar (2010–2015)



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