KONGH

Sludge Metal • Sweden
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David Johansson and Tomas Salonen from Sweeden met up in Spring of 2004 with the idea of jamming and playing together for the sake of having fun. After a couple of jam sessions they managed to write two songs and that was when they started to take things more seriously. A bass player was added to the band and the now trio line-up went on to record their demo. While recording the 4 song demo the bass player left the band and was replaced by Oskar Rydén. The demo was released in Spring of 2006 under the name of Kongh and was offered as a free download. The demos was a big step for the band because people started to take notice of them as well as some independent labels. They signed to Trust No One Recordings and released their debut, "Counting Heartbeats", in January of 2007.

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KONGH Counting Heartbeats album cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
Counting Heartbeats
Sludge Metal 2007
KONGH Shadows of the Shapeless album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Shadows of the Shapeless
Sludge Metal 2009
KONGH Sole Creation album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Sole Creation
Sludge Metal 2013

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KONGH Kongh / Ocean Chief album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Kongh / Ocean Chief
Sludge Metal 2008

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KONGH Demo 2006 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Demo 2006
Sludge Metal 2006

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KONGH Counting Heartbeats

Album · 2007 · Sludge Metal
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Kev Rowland
The first incarnation of Kongh originated in Vetlanda, Sweden in 2004 when David Johansson (guitar and vocals) and Tomas Salonen (drums) got in touch and decided to start a band together. The two were from different musical backgrounds involving grindcore, punk and blues, but had a common desire to play in a new band without any musical boundaries. It needed to be monstrously heavy, and with a total lack of restrictions in terms of structure and length of songs. That was the foundation of the band, and as a result, the two-piece started to meet in the rehearsal space every weekend, drinking large amounts of beer and exploring the depths of heaviness. As time went on, real songs started to come to life, and by summer 2005, the beast had gotten the name Kongh.

In early 2006, they had written four songs they were really satisfied with, so they decided to go to the local Teknikkompaniet studio with engineer Peter Lundin, and the result was the 45 minute long ‘Demo 2006’. Shortly after, the band line-up was completed when bass player Oskar Rydén joined the band. The demo was released in May, put online and submitted to some magazines, and by the end of the summer, the band had gathered a decent fanbase and had signed their first album deal with Stockholm based label Trust No One Recordings (Switchblade, Breach, Isis). The rest of the year was spent working on material for the album in 2007 they went back into the studio to record ‘Counting Heartbeats’, which was widely acclaimed and was even nominated for a P3 Guld award in the ‘Best rock/metal album’ category.

So why all the ancient history? Well, Agonia have made this available as a deluxe double CD which includes not only the debut album, but the ‘Demo 2006’ recordings plus the 25 minute long “Drifting On Waves” which was released on a split album with Ocean Chief. Yes, doom/sludge/ stoner/post-rock/black metal fans, we have here a ten song set that is more than 130 minutes long. As this is such an old album I knew that there would be plenty of reviews on the web, so I went trawling through quite a few of them, and was somewhat surprised to see that this album is seen as something of a revelation, and is undoubtedly incredibly important within the genre. But, I like to be different, and I just can’t agree with the comments.

I listen to everything metallic, but there is something about this that just doesn’t connect with me. True, there are moments within it where the band really hit a strong melody, but there are plenty of more where I just find it boring. That they have brought together many styles of metal is never in doubt, nor is the fact that it is incredibly heavy with riffs of lead, but it just isn’t something that I enjoyed playing and only worked my way through all the material a few times because I had to. I am sure that fans of the band will be very pleased indeed to be able to get this (if you buy this from the record label site and are one of the first you will also get an exclusive t-shirt), but I’m not one of them. www.agoniarecords.com

KONGH Sole Creation

Album · 2013 · Sludge Metal
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Untamed brute...

Genre: sludge doom

The Swedish gorilla sludge doomsters are back! Their third full-length effort "Sole Creation" offers four tracks with an average song length of around 11-12 minutes.

As you might have guessed, the music is on the slow and heavy side, and, true to sludge metal tradition, the guitar sound is harsh and heavy. While very bleak, the music on "Sole Creation" is actually not as harsh and unpleasant as a lot of sludge doom is. The vocals have more of an introvert alternative rock feel to them than the otherwise quite common in sludge metal. Moreover, there are some more melodic elements every now and then amidst the crushing grooves and the doom-laden tempos.

One of the strengths of this album is that it draws quite a lot on doom metal, rather than pure sludge - at times, the music even reminds me of Saint Vitus or Pentagram. So, fans of stoner doom and old school doom metal who do not mind a bit of sludge are likely to enjoy Kongh's latest effort.

(review also posted at seaoftranquility.org)

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