I know we have some industrial fans on this board. I'd like to submit this album for discussion. Combichrist is currently arguably one of the biggest and most visible acts coming out of the industrial scene. The band is formed around the frontman Andy LaPlegua, who began his career as the frontman of Icon of Coil who had many futurepop hits such as Access and Amplify.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L6q22sHl7Wg
As is the case with many bands, artistic disagreements caused tension and Andy formed his own project, Combichrist, which took a turn towards noise (in the club industrial sense of the word). Combichrist also had a keener eye towards branding and live performance leading them to pretty much dominate the industrial scene for a few years. Combichrist had countless hits, notably This Shit Will Fuck You Up.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K1T4lXfEfyQ
This pattern continued for many years, but in more recent times Combichrist has begun incorporating more and more live instruments such as guitars and drums into their live performances. Live guitars and drums have also found their way into some studio tracks. Now with the recent album, This Is Where Death Begins, Combichrist has all but left the club industrial behind and made an full on industrial metal album.
This Is Where Death Begins is rated incredibly poorly on RYM, which gives it a 1.82. However, I find that it is incredibly refreshing when compared to Combichrist's previous work. Where club era Combichrist panders towards dance floor audiences at the cost of the music itself, This Is Where Death Begins is full of melodies, catchy hooks, and larger diversity of musical ideas, all within the industrial metal aesthetic.
The album sounds genuine. One can hear that Andy must genuinely like industrial metal and be familiar with its idioms.
Well with all of that said, I hope we can all listen and discuss the album.
Full album Spotify link:https://open.spotify.com/album/4qiDXCErg6l3dDUHAe5hxee