Combichrist – This Is Where Death Begins Review

combichristThe recent deployment of the Combichrist sound has them sounding like an extension of front man Andy LaPleguas’ other musical project Panzer AG. Let’s call it Panzer CC but this isn’t the only development in their unique hardcore style. No, Combichrist have got pure industrial NRG running down their battle hardened cheek bones.

The eighth studio album from the Norwegian-American outfit, This Is Where Death Begins is an all you can eat buffet of rock and metal, that for all intents and purposes is a Combichristmas of influences. Having a diverse and varied roster of songs that are recognizable on their own merits makes for an insane trip. If there’s any certainty on this album it’s that they haven’t lost any of their charm.

Featuring a couple of guest spots courtesy of Chris Motionless of Motionless in White and Ariel Levitan of MXMS the ensemble here is entirely uncompromising and diabolical.

On This Is Where Death Begins, the feeling behind Combichrist’s sound hasn’t changed at all and even with a more guitar based approach the industrial dankness is still prevalent. The aggotech-lite synths move between the heavy rhythms coming from the intense guitar work and give some strategic layers to the heavy six-string engines.

Sure, jet fuel doesn’t melt steel beams but if this doesn’t melt your pretty little face off then you’re probably better off lead. With precision based production and arrangements that can really push your speaker system this album is a definitive addition to Combichrist’s expansive discography.

10/10

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David Oberlin is a composer and visual artist who loves noise more than a tidy writing space. You can often find him in your dankest nightmares or on twitter @DieSkaarj while slugging the largest and blackest coffee his [REDACTED] loyalty card can provide.

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