I happened to discover Combichrist completely by chance when I saw them open for the almighty Rammstein a number of years ago. In fact, they’re a favorite of the German juggernauts, and served as their opening band the second time I saw them, as well. Basically, Combichrist are solely comprised in the studio of Norwegian Andy LaPlegua, who now lives in Atlanta, Georgia, although he has been joined by a rotating stable of musicians when performing live over the years. With their latest release, This Is Where Death Begins, LaPlegua has once again released an album of driving riffs, blasts percussion and songwriting that always walks the dark side of life.
This Is Where Death Begins is the first record from Combichrist that shows some glimmers of a Rammstein influence, which isn’t a terrible thing, to say the least. The listener can also detect other influences, such as Marilyn Manson on “Skullcrusher” and Nine Inch Nails within others. With LaPlegua pretty much being the brains behind Combichrist, every album has consistently sounded like a cohesive, well-tuned machine regardless of the fact that every time they tour they may feature a completely different lineup performing the music.
Upon first listen of This Is Where Death Begins, I really wasn’t blown away. After repeated listens, though, it has grown on me. If you like your music aggro and pummeling, pick up This is Where Death Begins. And, if you have a chance to see Combichrist live, don’t hesitate to go. You can’t open for Rammstein without being able to hold your own onstage while playing before one of the best live bands out there.
This Is Where Death Begins is out now on Out of Line Music. By it here!
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