Combichrist

Profil:
Combichrist was formed as a side project of Icon of Coil frontman Andy LaPlegua. Intended as an outlet for more aggressive material, Combichrist became Andy's full-time focus after the disbanding of Icon of Coil in 2006. Combichrist has since gone on to become one of the more popular underground dark electro acts.

Starting with their 2003 debut, The Joy of Gunz, Combichrist has earned a passionate following. In 2006, the band incorporated live drums and keyboards. After the release of Scarred, guitar was added. The band has played as a solo act, a duo, a trio, a four-, five-, and six-piece band, and even with a full orchestra backing them. 2012's 'Evolution' tour charted this by having band members join and exit the stage as necessary to replicate various moments in the band's history.

Over the years, Combichrist has shifted from a solely electronic act to an industrial band fusing aggrotech and hard rock/metal. Starting with 2013's No Redemption (written for DmC: Devil May Cry), Combichrist began incorporating guitar and live drums in their studio albums. No Redemption showed the group experimenting with more traditional metal elements. 2014's follow-up, We Love You, blended electronica and metal, while 2016's This Is Where Death Begins moved more towards industrial.

Combichrist currently consists of Andy LaPlegua (lead vocals), Eric 13 (guitar), Dane White (drums), Will Spod (percussion), and Elliot Berlin (DJ).
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Albums

OUT 116 Combichrist - The Joy Of Gunz Cover-Design Combichrist The Joy Of Gunz (Album) Out Of Line OUT 116 Germany 2003 Diese Version verkaufen
IROND CD 05-990 Combichrist - Everybody Hates You Cover-Design Combichrist Everybody Hates You (Album) Out Of Line, Out Of Line, Out Of Line IROND CD 05-990 Russia 2005 Diese Version verkaufen
OUT 253 Combichrist - What The F**k Is Wrong With You People? Cover-Design Combichrist What The F**k Is Wrong With You People? (Album) Out Of Line, Out Of Line, Out Of Line OUT 253 Germany 2007 Diese Version verkaufen
OUT 331 | 332 Combichrist - Today We Are All Demons Cover-Design Combichrist Today We Are All Demons (Album) Out Of Line, Out Of Line, Out Of Line OUT 331 | 332 Germany 2009 Diese Version verkaufen
MET666 Combichrist - Making Monsters Cover-Design Combichrist Making Monsters (Album) Out Of Line, Out Of Line, Out Of Line MET666 US 2010 Diese Version verkaufen
none Combichrist - No Redemption Cover-Design Combichrist No Redemption (Album) Out Of Line none Germany 2013 Diese Version verkaufen
OUT 660 | OUT 661 | OUT 658 Combichrist - We Love You Cover-Design Combichrist We Love You (Album) Out Of Line OUT 660 | OUT 661 | OUT 658 Germany 2014 Diese Version verkaufen
none Combichrist - This Is Where Death Begins Cover-Design Combichrist This Is Where Death Begins (Album) Out Of Line none Germany 2016 Diese Version verkaufen
OUT 979 Combichrist - One Fire Cover-Design Combichrist One Fire (Album, EP) Out Of Line OUT 979 Germany 2019 Diese Version verkaufen

Singles & EPs

OUT 119 Combichrist - Kiss The Blade Cover-Design Combichrist Kiss The Blade (Maxi, EP) Out Of Line OUT 119 Germany 2003 Diese Version verkaufen
OUT 163 Combichrist - Sex, Drogen Und Industrial Cover-Design Combichrist Sex, Drogen Und Industrial (EP, Maxi) Out Of Line OUT 163 Germany 2004 Diese Version verkaufen
none Combichrist - Das Der Bunker Cover-Design Combichrist Das Der Bunker(CDr, Single, Ltd) Not On Label (Combichrist Self-Released) none USA & Canada 2004 Diese Version verkaufen
BRAC001 Combichrist - Blut Royale Cover-Design Combichrist Blut Royale(12", Ltd, Num, Whi) Bractune Records BRAC001 US 2004 Diese Version verkaufen
OUT 228 Combichrist - Get Your Body Beat Cover-Design Combichrist Get Your Body Beat (EP) Out Of Line OUT 228 Germany 2006 Diese Version verkaufen
MET 550D Combichrist - Frost EP: Sent To Destroy Cover-Design Combichrist Frost EP: Sent To Destroy (EP) Metropolis MET 550D US 2008 Diese Version verkaufen
none Combichrist - Gothic Cruise Cover-Design Combichrist Gothic Cruise(CDr, EP, Ltd, Num) Not On Label (Combichrist Self-Released) none US 2008 Diese Version verkaufen
MET 594 Combichrist - Heat EP: All Pain Is Beat Cover-Design Combichrist Heat EP: All Pain Is Beat (EP) Out Of Line MET 594 US 2009 Diese Version verkaufen
MET 653D Combichrist - Scarred Cover-Design Combichrist Scarred (Single) Out Of Line MET 653D US 2010 Diese Version verkaufen
MET 681D Combichrist - Never Surrender Cover-Design Combichrist Never Surrender (Single) Out Of Line MET 681D US 2010 Diese Version verkaufen
MET 715D Combichrist - Throat Full Of Glass Cover-Design Combichrist Throat Full Of Glass (Single) Out Of Line MET 715D US 2011 Diese Version verkaufen
MET 935D Combichrist - From My Cold Dead Hands Cover-Design Combichrist From My Cold Dead Hands (Single, Maxi, EP) Out Of Line MET 935D US 2013 Diese Version verkaufen
none Combichrist - Broken : United Cover-Design Combichrist Broken : United(File, AAC, Single, 256) Out Of Line none Europe 2017
none Combichrist - Guns At Last Dawn Cover-Design Combichrist Guns At Last Dawn(File, MP3, Single, 228) Out Of Line none Germany 2019
none Combichrist - Hate Like Me Cover-Design Combichrist Hate Like Me(File, MP3, Single, 320) Out Of Line none Germany 2019
none Combichrist - Understand Cover-Design Combichrist Understand(File, MP3, Single, 228) Out Of Line none Germany 2019

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Kryo.Ymir

Kryo.Ymir

6. November 2018
geändert about 1 year ago
Combichrist certainly isn't my favorite band; the likes of Nine Inch Nails and A Perfect Circle will always hold that spot, but I do enjoy Combichrist quite a bit. Here's my thoughts on their music throughout the years:

2003 - The Joy of Gunz
An interesting project, it focuses more on the music than any sort of lyric or message. It's very danceable, and a lot of it is pretty goddamn catchy. It's fun to throw on while cleaning or something, but it hasn't made it onto my main playlist.

2005 - Everybody Hates You
A weaker release than Gunz, the focus shifts a bit more towards samples than I'd like, but there's some clever concepts and lyrics there that bring me back to it every now and then.

2007 - What The Fuck Is Wrong With You?
In my opinion, this is where the real Combichrist starts. Some of my favorite material from the band is present here, such as the title track and Deathbed. I'm not a huge fan of the more sample-based tracks, and "Fuck That Shit" could do without the sample at the end of nearly every line.

2009 - Today We Are All Demons
The second Combichrist album I ever bought, TWAAD steps away from samples and focuses on lyrics and messages. All Pain is Gone, Scarred, and the title track are stellar, and there's some other tracks that are just plain fun to listen to (Can't Change The Beat, At The End of It All). The associated singles with it are also fairly decent; the single mix of Scarred gives the track a new, explosive impact, and the saw-shaped versions of All Pain Is Beat is a neat collector's item.

2010: Making Monsters
The final electronic-based Combichrist album, it was the first I ever bought. There's just so much great material. Never Surrender, Throat Full of Glass, Just Like Me, Slave To Machine, Through These Eyes of Pain, it's all just mind-blowing. Throat Full of Glass is the first Combichrist song I ever heard, way back when DmC was new and it was used in promotion of the game, and it still remains one of my all-time favorite songs. The singles aren't particularly amazing, but still fun to listen to.

2013: No Redemption
Not technically a studio album, but still close enough. It's the first rock/metal-themed work from the band, and it's definitely something new. It could do with a little more melody, but that's just my opinion. There's some awesome tracks, and start-to-finish it isn't a bad listen. The bonus disc is also a pretty solid collection of memorable tracks from 2007-2010.

2014: We Love You
Out of the three rock-based albums, this is my least favorite. The blend of electro and metal is a little awkward in some places, and some of the tracks just aren't very good, but Denial and The Evil In Me are two of the strongest Combi tracks to date. The only single released in promotion of the album is one of the weirder tracks, From My Cold Dead Hands. The instrumental is fine, but the actual vocal delivery throws me off every time.

2016: This Is Where Death Begins
The strongest rock album from the band, it explores more styles of rock and industrial, and avoids some of the worse elements of We Love You. With a strong opener, a solid ending, and some great stuff in-between, I highly recommend it for anyone that wrote off Combichrist in their EBM days.

2019: One Fire
When One Fire was released, I had seen Combichrist live for the first time, back in April of the same year. The line-up consisted of Andy, Eric13, as well as newcomers Dane White and Will Spod. And they killed it. The setlist covered almost their entire career, ranging from 2005's Everybody Hates You to the then-upcoming One Fire.
One Fire is... odd. It features guitar, but predominantly returns to an electro-rock style akin to 2014's We Love You. The album features two previously-released tracks: Broken:United and Bottle of Pain. B:U features an identical structure, but with some new effects added (especially on the vocals). Bottle of Pain embraces a new orchestral mix, presumably based on that time CC played with a full orchestra. Overall, the album is okay. Some really solid music, some somewhat mediocre tracks, but definitely a good listen. The Other is also wonderfully melodic and forlorn, and the Californa uber alles cover is amazing.

My overall opinion of Combichrist is that they took some time to find their sound, but once they settled into their groove in both electro and rock, they're a solid effort that shouldn't be overlooked.
DJ_Wr3TCh3D

DJ_Wr3TCh3D

17. September 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

1. August 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

27. März 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

25. April 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

8. März 2005
geändert over 12 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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