For Combichrist to name their album "We Love You" (Out Of Line [EU]/Metropolis Records [US]; March 25, 2014), and include song titles with words such as "Love," "Party" and "Unicorns," it'd be easy to think the band has abandoned their trademark head-pummeling sonic assault for something softer, fluffier and less bloody. That couldn't be more wrong as a closer look would reveal "Satan," "Evil" and "Maggots" too. "I'm so sick of unicorns," seethes frontman Andy LaPlegua, in reference to the song "F*** Unicorns" on the album. "They went from being something ironic and ridiculous to an overexposed hipster icon. F*** unicorns!"
With their trademark body-pummeling beats and vitriolic vocals intact, Combichrist's latest full-length album digs deeper into the abyss and delivers 13 tracks of relentless aggression and manic 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.
Combichrist will be touring the world in support of We Love You. The first leg features support from William Control and New Years Day and will kick off in Charlotte, NC on April 3rd. Their critically-hailed live show; last witnessed on US shores at sold out stadiums when they accompanied Rammstein on their North American tour in 2011, will be bigger and more intense than ever.
Founded in 2003 when LaPlegua departed futurepop outfit Icon of Coil, Combichrist combined hardcore with electronics into a single, mechanical music monster. Without the compromise of the band dynamic, LaPlegua, who does everything in the studio himself, was able to explore whatever musical avenue he desired. The Joy of Gunz, the first Combichrist album, and the four subsequent albums - Everybody Hates You (2005), What the F*** Is Wrong With You People? (2007), Today We Are All Demons (2009) and Making Monsters (2011), cemented Combichrist's iconic place in the dark electronica pantheon. The 2013 album No Redemption, a companion soundtrack to the CapCom videogame DMC Devil May Cry (not a full-on Combichrist release but an experimental musical excursion) brought Combichrist into a world more metal and intentionally harder and brutal than anything that had been previously released. Stretching their musical scope even wider, in late 2013 the band performed with a symphony orchestra in Leipzig as part of the Gothik Meets Klassik 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 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!"