Combichrist

Combichrist

Silver Snakes, Suicide Puppets

Tue, April 30, 2019

6:00 pm

Chameleon Club

$20.00 - $99.00

This event is 18 and over

Combichrist
Combichrist
"I'm so sick of unicorns," says Combichrist's Andy LaPlegua about the song "Fuck Unicorns"
from their new album We Love You (Out Of Line [EU]/Metropolis Records [US]). "They went
from being something ironic and ridiculous, to an overexposed hipster icon. Fuck unicorns!"
In some ways, the peaceful and gentle unicorn can be seen as the symbolic opposite to
Combichrist. To them, music equals mayhem and volume; the louder and the more aggro, the
better. Their brand of head-pummeling electronica has been amped up and adrenalized. There
are louder guitars, heavier drums, darker electronics and a lot more anger.
Kicking off the album is the disjointed and anthemic "We Were Made To Love You." LaPlegua
imagines a "futuristic robot-controlled society", slowly setting up the listener for 13 tracks of
relentless aggression and bass heavy electronica. From the stuttering thump of "Every Day Is
War" to the choking-on-glass/buzz-saw aggression of "Satans Propaganda" to the breakneck
punk metal of "Love Is A Razorblade", We Love You leaves you gasping for breath. The searing
first single "From My Cold Dead Hands" is a crash course in everything We Love You delivers.
It's a paean that glorifies guns and the power they wield, and is as much a midnight dance-floor
anthem as it is a personal statement devoid of the tired politics that accompanies the topic of
guns. "I'm not a politician, and I don't expect my politicians to make music," he explains.
"However, people are so afraid to say what's on their mind if it's not PC. I believe in the rights to
have guns, and I believe in personal freedom."
Initially cutting his teeth in the seminal Norwegian hardcore bands My Right Choice and Lash
Out, LaPlegua segued out of that scene into the electronic music world with Icon of Coil.
Originally a solo project, it morphed into a full band with the additions of Sebastian Komor and
Christian Lund. Not only did IOC mark LaPlegua's first major work with electronics and dance
beats, but it also granted him wider exposure beyond Norway; IOC was LaPlegua's first project
to be released in the United States.
It wasn't until 2003 that LaPlegua founded Combichrist - the project that would soon dominate
his time. A departure from IOC's futurepop sound, Combichrist took LaPlegua's hardcore past
and electronica present and merged them into a singular, mechanical music monster. Without
the compromise of the band dynamic, LaPlegua, who does everything in the studio himself on
Combichrist releases, was able to explore whatever musical avenue he desired. What he found
was a long dark road with plenty of twists and turns. The Joy of Gunz, LaPlegua's first release
as Combichrist, was quickly followed by two EP's: 2004's Kiss the Blade and Sex Drogen und
Industrial.
In 2005, LaPlegua was back at it again, releasing the landmark album Everybody Hates You.
Defying the dreaded sophomore slump, the second Combichrist full-length featured two tracks
that would become club classics: "This Shit Will Fuck You Up" and "This Is My Rifle", and was
also the project's U.S. debut on Metropolis Records. Further benchmarks were set with the
release of the 2006 EP Get Your Body Beat, the title track of which landed Combichrist its first
appearance on Billboard's Top 10 Dance Singles chart.
The years that followed brought three more full-length albums — What the Fuck Is Wrong with
You People? (2007), Today We Are All Demons (2009) and Making Monsters (2011) — as well as
a handful of additional EPs. Following the release of Making Monsters, they promoted it loudly
by accompanying German friends Rammstein on a North American stadium tour, expanding
their audience even further. At the tail end of 2012, LePlegua was commissioned to write the
music for the CapCom videogame DMC Devil May Cry, resulting in over 20 tracks, many of which
appeared on the soundtrack album No Redemption. Not really a follow-up to Making Monsters,
yet not really a side project, No Redemption was intentionally harder and more metal than
anything that had been released previously. While it resulted in mixed reactions from fans and
critics, No Redemption managed to topple the adversity and enjoyed a successful run.
Stretching their musical scope even wider, in late 2013 the band performed with a symphony
orchestra in Leipzig as part of the Gothik Meets Klassic Festival. Paying homage to their
history, they completed a series of "old school" shows to remind fans of their illustrious
electronic roots.
With We Love You in queue to usher them into the next chapter, Combichrist is ready to return
to the road with a new live show that showcases all facets of the band. And like all previous
albums and tours, the fans can expect pure and unadulterated Combichrist. "One of my best
friends said it the best, 'listening to this album sums up everything I know about you and
music'," he laughs, "only bigger, more bombastic and even louder!"
Suicide Puppets
Suicide Puppets
We play metal!

Blasting their audience to bloody bits with sonic shrapnel, the Suicide Puppets, featuring Twisty on vocals and rhythm guitar, Jonny on bass and backup vocals, Veritas on drums, Lame on keyboards,Donnie on Guitar and backup vocals, deliver nothing less than a brutal battery of amplified aggression which leaves any venue brave enough to host them a smoking crater and sends shell shocked fans crawling out of the debris having survived an explosive theatrical performance from which they won't soon recover or ever forget.
Venue Information:
Chameleon Club
223 North Water Street
Lancaster, PA, 17603
http://www.chameleonclub.net/