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Metal - Released June 7, 2019 | Out of Line Music

Following 2016's This Is Where Death Begins, the Scandinavian-American electro-industrial metallers' ninth album is a retrospective of sorts, as band mastermind Andy LaPlegua draws on ideas from across the breadth of the group's over 15-year career. One Fire sees the gnarly industrial metal of their later period joined by more purely electronic material reminiscent of their early work. Featuring collaborations with members of Fear Factory, Evol Intent, and Haujobb, the album includes the singles "Hate Like Me" and "Guns at Last Dawn." ~ John D. Buchanan
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Metal - Released May 10, 2019 | Out of Line Music

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Metal - Released June 3, 2016 | Out of Line Music

On Combichrist's eighth studio offering, This Is Where Death Begins, main man Andy LaPlegua veers off the band's established electronic-industrial path in favor of a more muscular approach. Bringing in each bandmember's background in metal and punk (see "Tired of Hating You" for proof), TIWDB rocks harder than past Combichrist albums and remains as depraved and vicious as ever. The glimmers of glam stomp that were found on What the Fuck Is Wrong with You People? and We Love You reappear on the battering "My Life My Rules," which recalls late-era Nine Inch Nails and the catchiest of Marilyn Manson's singles. More "NIN-fluence" can be heard throughout: some Year Zero apocalyptic menace collides with Gravity Kills on "Glitchteeth"; a martial blast reminiscent of "Just Like You Imagined" provides a fanfare over the gritty Filter-esque delivery of the epic "Time Again"; and Broken-era riffs tear open the dark "Blackened Heart" and "Slakt." Further fueling the newly beefed-up sound, Combichrist take cues from former tourmates Rammstein, injecting fury into aptly titled gems like "Skullcrusher" and "Destroy Everything." Elsewhere on the brutality spectrum, Chris Motionless joins forces with LaPlegua on the maniacal duet "Pay to Play," which combines Motionless' own "Devil's Night" with a surprising new wave undercurrent. Fans of the band's earlier EBM material may be disappointed by the lack of hard ravers, but with a bevy of elastic basslines and propulsive drumming, TIWDB is still as physical as anything. The best bet for old-school Combichrist is on highlight "Exit Eternity," which features MXMS vocalist Ariel Levitan. Four songs in, it's the bright dose of digital depravity that hardcore fans will relish. Likewise, LaPlegua's lyrical content remains consistent, bleeding overwrought rage and contempt into every violent word. Sadism, misogyny, brutality -- these aren't firsts on a Combichrist record -- and neither is pain. Twisted, tormented wails open the two-part "Black Tar Dove" -- truly disturbing recordings that are quite jarring -- which piles on the drama with lines like "Take a bath in your pain... I shower in your hate!" The song pummels like NIN's "Eraser," and also echoes Reznor's clunky lyrics to boot. In a rare moment of vulnerability, LaPlegua closes with "Homeward," a haunting dirge that brings back Levitan for some ethereal harmony. Overall, this is Combichrist's most stylistically adventurous offering, pounding new layers of force onto an already powerful palette. ~ Neil Z. Yeung
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Alternative & Indie - Released November 1, 2005 | Out of Line Music

Remember that period around 1987 or so, when a new generation of electronic acts influenced by Throbbing Gristle, Test Department, and Einstürzende Neubauten added heavy electronic disco beats to their noisy aggression? Skinny Puppy, latter-day Cabaret Voltaire, and any number of bands on the Wax Trax label were the leaders of this second wave until Trent Reznor's Nine Inch Nails watered down the mix even further by adding palatable pop song hooks and were rewarded with superstardom. The first full-length by Combichrist (a solo side project by Icon of Coil's Andy LaPlegua) is a nostalgic look back at that period between "Sensoria" and "Head Like a Hole": Everybody Hates You is all distorted Roland 808-style beats, distorted megaphone- and/or computer-generated vocals, distorted synths, and distorted distortion. The rhythms are fairly irresistible to anyone who remembers this style fondly; the opening "This S*it Will Fcuk You Up" is particularly impressive. However, LaPlegua's supposedly transgressive lyrics are in the style that sounded like limp shock value for its own sake even two decades ago. The result is that songs like "Enjoy the Abuse" and "This Is My Rifle" just sound kind of goofy. Ignore the vocals and Everybody Hates You should appeal to a certain subset of aging club kids. ~ Stewart Mason

Metal - Released January 16, 2009 | Out of Line Music

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Alternative & Indie - Released June 6, 2019 | Out of Line Music

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Metal - Released March 2, 2007 | Out of Line Music

Alternative & Indie - Released January 25, 2013 | Out of Line Music

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Metal - Released June 27, 2008 | Out of Line Music

Metal - Released September 22, 2017 | Out of Line Music

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Electronic/Dance - Released March 8, 2019 | Out of Line Music

Metal - Released May 1, 2009 | Out of Line Music

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HEAT EP: ALL PAIN IS BEAT is the sixth EP released by the aggro-techno, dark wave industrial act Combichrist. Lead by Icon of Coil founder Andy LaPlegua, Combichrist has regularly released at least one album or EP every year since its formation in 2003. HEAT EP features six distinctly different remixes of two tracks from Combichrist’s 2009 album TODAY WE ARE ALL DEMONS, “All Pain is Gone” and “Can’t Change the Beat.” Participating remixers include VNV Nation, Designer Drugs, Aesthetic Perfection, Assemblage 23, DJ Matthew Grim, and Vaughn_e. Also included are live videos for “I Want Your Blood” and “Get Out of My Head”.

Alternative & Indie - Released | Metropolis Records

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Metal - Released June 2, 2006 | Out of Line Music

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Released on June 6, 2006 -- 'cause that date's all, y'know, evil 'n' stuff -- Get Your Body Beat spins an album's worth of remixes out of one five-minute single. It starts impressively enough: "Get Your Body Beat" is in fact a huge improvement over anything on Combichrist's debut album, Everybody Hates You. Still mining mid-'80s industrial dance music for all his ideas, Anthony LePlegua actually manages to turn his pilfered riffs into a tune with a strong beat and memorable chorus that sounds like a vintage mid-period Cabaret Voltaire single. Terrific, though shamefully derivative, stuff. Following that, however, the six remixes of the same song aren't radical or deconstructive enough to improve on the strengths of the original, and they can safely be ignored. Only the three remaining tracks, a remix of the previous album's "Products," the choppy grind of "What the Fcuk" (unless he's very upset about the trendy English clothing shop French Connection UK, it's puzzling why LePlegua never spells the f-word properly in his song titles) and the appealingly trance-like, sample-filled chill-out "DNA A.M.," keep Get Your Body Beat from being more than a dull, overlong CD single, but the title track and "DNA A.M." alone are worth the price of admission. ~ Stewart Mason