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Combichrist

Band, *2003
Dance and Electronic
A.k.a. Andy LaPlegua

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 ) 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.

     
Members
PortraitShaun Frandsen
voc
PortraitOle Anders Olsen
voc
Joe Letz
dr US
PortraitZ_Marr
g, voc, key
PortraitKourtney Klein
p, syn US
PortraitAbbey Nex
b
Brent Ashley
b, bvoc *1979
Trevor Friedrich
dr, voc US
PortraitElliott Berlin
b, g, dr, syn, bvoc
Eric 13
Nick Rossi
dr
Popular Tracks   
this s*it will fcuk you up on Everybody Hates You by Combichrist
Hate Like Me on One Fire by Combichrist
One Fire on One Fire by Combichrist
Never Surrender on Making Monsters by Combichrist
Get Your Body Beat on What the F^^k is Wrong With You People? by Combichrist
Skullcrusher on This Is Where Death Begins by Combichrist
Understand on One Fire by Combichrist
Throat Full Of Glass on Making Monsters by Combichrist
Maggots At the Party on We Love You by Combichrist
WTF Is Wrong With You People? on What the F^^k is Wrong With You People? by Combichrist

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Discography


Title Artist Year Type
Hate Like MeCombichrist2019Single
Broken : UnitedCombichrist2017Single
This Is Where Death BeginsCombichrist2016Album
We Love YouCombichrist2014Album
DmC Devil May Cry Premium Sound TrackCombichrist, Noisia2013Compil.
From My Cold Dead HandsCombichrist2013Single
No RedemptionCombichrist2013Album
Throat Full Of GlassCombichrist2011Single
Making MonstersCombichrist2010Album
Noise Collection Vol.1Combichrist2010Compil.
Never SurrenderCombichrist2010Single
Making MonstersCombichrist2010Album
ScarredCombichrist2010Single
Today We Are All DemonsCombichrist2009Album
Heat EP: All Pain Is BeatCombichrist2009Album
Today We Are All DemonsCombichrist2009Album
Frost EP: Sent To DestroyCombichrist2008Album
What The F**k Is Wrong With You People?Combichrist2007Album
Get Your Body BeatCombichrist2006Album
Everybody Hates YouCombichrist2005Album
Blut RoyaleCombichrist2004Album
Sex, Drogen Und IndustrialCombichrist2004Album
Kiss The BladeCombichrist2003Single
The Joy Of GunzCombichrist2003Album
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