Combichrist

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Combichrist was originally a side-project by Andy LaPlegua of the popular futurepop band Icon Of Coil and formerly of hardcore metal band Lash Out. However, since the disbandment of Icon Of Coil, Combichrist has become Andy's main focus. Combichrist has had much more success than many of the other acts emerging from the electronic underground and the band has become one of the dark electro scene's most popular live acts.

Originally (and, in the studio, still) a solo project, live performances began featuring Andy on vocals while someone else controlled the synths/laptop/etc. In 2005 or early 2006, the live line-up was expanded to incorporate live drums and live keys. As Combichrist's albums evolved from noise and techno into industrial and metal, the live line-up changed too and they became more of a band than a project. Initially, a guitarist was added (Abbey Nex, of Genitorturers, Psyclon 9, later Abbey Death), and then a bassist too. Combichrist have played live as a solo act, a duo, a trio, a four-, five- and six-piece live band, and once with a full orchestra behind them. The 2012 "Evolution" tour charted this musical progression, with band members taking to the stage one by one as each track demanded it, mimicking the history of Combichrist.

Although ostensibly now a full band, Andy does occasionally play "Old-School Electro Shows" focused on early Combichrist tracks. These are often him accompanied by one guest musician, as in the early shows - Joe Letz, Mr Petersen, Elliott Berlin, and Daniel Graves have all joined him on keys at various times. In April 2016 he played a very rare solo Combichrist show in LA, which was recorded and released as a bonus disc alongside This Is Where Death Begins.

Regularly featuring a drummer and a percussionist (at opposite sides of the stage, who will repeatedly throw sticks and even drums at each other), Combichrist's shows are energetic and lively, their members being showmen as well as talented musicians, with plenty of onstage interplay meaning you can watch any one of them and be entertained. Despite the live act (and official albums) crossing into hardcore metal and industrial, Andy has released a lot of bonus discs (mostly one per album) that still focus primarily on techno, house, and electro, mainly without vocals.

The roster of live members is currently Joe Letz (ex Genitorturers, ex Amen), Eric13 (Sex Slaves), Brent Ashley, Nick Rossi (New Year's Day). Past live members include Z_Marr (ex Hell Trash, now of <PIG>) and Trevor Friedrich who was the drummer for Eighteen Visions and Imperative Reaction, Kourtney Klein (who also played drums for the reformed Nitzer Ebb), Syn M, Shaun Frandsen (Glis), Mr Petersen & Jon H.
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Combichrist Discography Tracks

Albums

OUT 116 Combichrist - The Joy Of Gunz album art Combichrist The Joy Of Gunz(CD, Album) Out Of Line OUT 116 Germany 2003 Sell This Version
Combichrist - Everybody Hates You album art Combichrist Everybody Hates You (Album) Out Of Line, Out Of Line, Out Of Line Russia 2005 Sell This Version
Combichrist - What The F**k Is Wrong With You People? album art Combichrist What The F**k Is Wrong With You People? (Album) Out Of Line, Out Of Line, Out Of Line Germany 2007 Sell This Version
Combichrist - Today We Are All Demons album art Combichrist Today We Are All Demons (Album) Out Of Line, Out Of Line, Out Of Line Europe 2009 Sell This Version
Combichrist - Making Monsters album art Combichrist Making Monsters (Album) Out Of Line, Out Of Line, Out Of Line US 2010 Sell This Version
Combichrist - No Redemption album art Combichrist No Redemption (Album) Out Of Line US 2013 Sell This Version
Combichrist - We Love You album art Combichrist We Love You (Album) Out Of Line Germany 2014 Sell This Version
Combichrist - This Is Where Death Begins album art Combichrist This Is Where Death Begins (Album) Out Of Line, Out Of Line, Out Of Line, Out Of Line, Out Of Line Europe 2016 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

OUT 119 Combichrist - Kiss The Blade album art Combichrist Kiss The Blade(CD, Maxi, Ltd, Num) Out Of Line OUT 119 Germany 2003 Sell This Version
Combichrist - Sex, Drogen Und Industrial album art Combichrist Sex, Drogen Und Industrial (EP, Single) Out Of Line Germany 2004 Sell This Version
BRAC001 Combichrist - Blut Royale album art Combichrist Blut Royale(12", Ltd, Num, Whi) Bractune Records BRAC001 US 2004 Sell This Version
Combichrist - Get Your Body Beat album art Combichrist Get Your Body Beat (EP, Maxi) Out Of Line Germany 2006 Sell This Version
Combichrist - Frost EP: Sent To Destroy album art Combichrist Frost EP: Sent To Destroy (EP) Metropolis US 2008 Sell This Version
none Combichrist - Gothic Cruise album art Combichrist Gothic Cruise(CDr, EP, Ltd, Num) Not On Label (Combichrist Self-Released) none US 2008 Sell This Version
Combichrist - Heat EP: All Pain Is Beat album art Combichrist Heat EP: All Pain Is Beat (EP) Out Of Line US 2009 Sell This Version
Combichrist - Never Surrender album art Combichrist Never Surrender (Single, EP) Out Of Line US 2010 Sell This Version
Combichrist - Scarred album art Combichrist Scarred (Single, EP, Maxi) Out Of Line US 2010 Sell This Version
Combichrist - Throat Full Of Glass album art Combichrist Throat Full Of Glass (Single, EP) Out Of Line US 2011 Sell This Version
Combichrist - From My Cold Dead Hands album art Combichrist From My Cold Dead Hands (Single, Maxi, EP) Out Of Line US 2013 Sell This Version
none Combichrist - Broken : United album art Combichrist Broken : United(File, AAC, Single, 256) Out Of Line Music none US 2017

Compilations

Combichrist - Noise Collection Vol.1 album art Combichrist Noise Collection Vol.1 (Album, Comp) Out Of Line, Out Of Line, Out Of Line Germany 2010 Sell This Version

Miscellaneous

Combichrist - Today We Are All Demons album art Combichrist Today We Are All Demons Out Of Line 2009 Sell This Version
OUT 420 Combichrist - Making Monsters album art Combichrist Making Monsters(CDr, Promo) Out Of Line OUT 420 Germany 2010 Sell This Version
Combichrist - DmC Devil May Cry Premium Sound Track album art Combichrist, Noisia Combichrist, Noisia - DmC Devil May Cry Premium Sound Track (Comp) Capcom Japan 2013 Sell This Version
Combichrist - Sex Drogen Und Industrial (Seraphim System Remix) album art Combichrist Sex Drogen Und Industrial (Seraphim System Remix) Not On Label (Seraphim System Self-Released) US 2013

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DJ_Wr3TCh3D

DJ_Wr3TCh3D

September 17, 2015
Combichrist was my gateway drug to outside of industrial in the electronic music umbrella. I saw them open for KMFDM on their Haur Ruck Zuck Tour on Halloween night, 2006. They fucking blew KMFDM *clear* out of the water with their live performance. I had heard some material of Combichrist before from the Everybody Hates You album, but at the time it just sounded like darker, repetitive techno to me- not thoroughly impressed.

Their live show completely changed my opinion of the band, and gave me the impression that they were more of a live band. Next album came, and in my opinion the band got better. What the Fuck is Wring with You People? is still my favorite Combichrist album. The band's logo became my first tattoo in 2008 when I joined the Marines.

I saw them as many times as I could, and got just as butt hurt when I'd miss a show/ tour because of training. I missed the Das Bunker 2008 show when I was stationed in So-Cal, and then subsequently missed the 2008 Gothic Cruise. That year saw the premier of Sent to Destroy- to this day, still one of my favorite Combichrist songs.

Today We Are All Demons was a monumental album that took them to new heights at the start of 2009. They toured with Wes Borland's Black Light Burns and started a very fruitful friendship. On a few shows of that tour, was the first time they brought guitar into Combichrist. The third single Scarred had an updated mix with Wes' guitar on it. The touring cycle happened so fast and relentlessly, it was like you blinked...

...and Making Monsters was released and the band went on tour after tour after tour. Making Monsters sounded huge. Follow the Trail of Blood blew me away, as I had been a Bleeding Through fan for 7 years at that point. But overall, I felt the album was kind of lackluster and became disappointed with it's treatment.

Of course I was thrilled it was on vinyl, but it just felt like a money maker/ taker. The album was short, half of it was questionable. There was no second audio disc, but this time, a first for Combichrist, a DVD. So disappointing was the tracklist.

To be continued...

dorensanz

dorensanz

August 1, 2014
I met personally Andy LaPlegua as I am a great fan of his music. Starting by iCon Of Coil continuing with Panzer AG and finally CombiChrist he always give a lot in his projects: I would basically remark one unique thing: he is an artist able to produce something that I would like inconditionally: I can purchase his work without a doubt, without hearing, and for sure will contain elements which will trap me: the production, the electro bases, the strength. Thanks Andy for you loyalty to your sound and fans. And last but not least: his live acts. AMAZING!
UniversalNation

UniversalNation

March 27, 2013
One of the worst live shows i've seen in 2011. Live acoustic drummers, let alone 2 of them, don't suit (former!?) Electronics-only acts well. They were simple but nevertheless catchy in their starting phase; now they're just another "90s-like-Metal-meets-Noise-mashup" formation. I now understand that for LaPlegua it means along something to being-a-bit-back-to-his-roots, but - thanks, i'll pass.
DrakenARTZ

DrakenARTZ

April 25, 2012
Best damn band! Always be my favourite and do some seriously Great live gigs! ^_^
They just need to do one thing to make them better and that is... Tour Melbourne, Australia more (Don't really care about the rest, just Melbourne :P)
alphamanbeast

alphamanbeast

March 8, 2005
edited over 8 years ago
Update (2009.12.19):

In the almost five years since my original comment Icon of Coil have disbanded and Combichrist have devolved into the Manowar of alternative electronic music. I will leave my original comment for historical reference while I mourn the lost potential.

The original comment (2005.03.08):

Andy LaPlegua has been quite busy since the release of his debut album as Combichrist, in September 2003. He has since released four more titles in just over a year and a half, and his compositions have identified him as one of the more versatile and creative musicians in the "main stream" of alternative electronic music, ranging from hard, pounding electro industrial ("The Joy Of Gunz"), to rhythmic noise ("The Joy Of Gunz", "Kiss The Blade"), to EBM ("Kiss The Blade", "Everybody Hates You"), to atmospheric soundscapes ("Everybody Hates You" limited edition CD2).

Unfortunately the same cannot be said about the lyrical content of his work, which is, at best, clichéd and predictable, but anyone familiar with Icon Of Coil, Andy LaPlegua's other project, would have anticipated that much. Combichrist is lyrically, in its simplicity, however, superior to Icon Of Coil, since the lyrics usually consist of one primary catch phrase with one or two support phrases. Often less *is* more. In all fairness it should be kept in mind that English is not this artist's first language, and it is easily acknowledged that his compositions more than make up musically for what they lack lyrically.

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