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 Discografía 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 Vender esta versión
Combichrist - Everybody Hates You album art Combichrist Everybody Hates You (Album) Out Of Line, Out Of Line, Out Of Line Russia 2005 Vender esta versión
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 Vender esta versión
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 Vender esta versión
Combichrist - Making Monsters album art Combichrist Making Monsters (Album) Out Of Line, Out Of Line, Out Of Line US 2010 Vender esta versión
Combichrist - No Redemption album art Combichrist No Redemption (Album) Out Of Line US 2013 Vender esta versión
Combichrist - We Love You album art Combichrist We Love You (Album) Out Of Line Germany 2014 Vender esta versión
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 Vender esta versión

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 Vender esta versión
Combichrist - Sex, Drogen Und Industrial album art Combichrist Sex, Drogen Und Industrial (EP, Single) Out Of Line Germany 2004 Vender esta versión
BRAC001 Combichrist - Blut Royale album art Combichrist Blut Royale(12", Ltd, Num, Whi) Bractune Records BRAC001 US 2004 Vender esta versión
Combichrist - Get Your Body Beat album art Combichrist Get Your Body Beat (EP, Single, Maxi) Out Of Line Germany 2006 Vender esta versión
Combichrist - Frost EP: Sent To Destroy album art Combichrist Frost EP: Sent To Destroy (EP) Metropolis US 2008 Vender esta versión
none Combichrist - Gothic Cruise album art Combichrist Gothic Cruise(CDr, EP, Ltd, Num) Not On Label (Combichrist Self-Released) none US 2008 Vender esta versión
Combichrist - Heat EP: All Pain Is Beat album art Combichrist Heat EP: All Pain Is Beat (EP) Out Of Line US 2009 Vender esta versión
Combichrist - Never Surrender album art Combichrist Never Surrender (Single, EP) Out Of Line US 2010 Vender esta versión
Combichrist - Scarred album art Combichrist Scarred (Single, EP) Out Of Line US 2010 Vender esta versión
Combichrist - Throat Full Of Glass album art Combichrist Throat Full Of Glass (Single, EP) Out Of Line US 2011 Vender esta versión
Combichrist - From My Cold Dead Hands album art Combichrist From My Cold Dead Hands (Single, Maxi, EP) Out Of Line US 2013 Vender esta versión
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 Vender esta versión

Miscellaneous

Combichrist - Today We Are All Demons album art Combichrist Today We Are All Demons Out Of Line 2009 Vender esta versión
OUT 420 Combichrist - Making Monsters album art Combichrist Making Monsters(CDr, Promo) Out Of Line OUT 420 Germany 2010 Vender esta versión
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 Vender esta versión
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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Kryo.Ymir

Kryo.Ymir

6 de noviembre de 2018
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.

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 de septiembre de 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 de agosto de 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 de marzo de 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 de abril de 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 de marzo de 2005
editado 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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