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Combichrist

Combichrist
Combichrist is a Norwegian aggrotech band formed in 2003 by Norwegian Andy LaPlegua, who also founded the bands Icon of Coil, Panzer AG, Scandinavian Cock and Scandy. Combichrist is based in Atlanta, Georgia. The band consist of only LaPlegua in the studio with Joe Letz, Z_Marr, Abbey Nex, and Eric13 for live performances. Releases by the band have been very successful in terms of sales and charted in top positions for dance and alternative charts worldwide, a few releases have even sold out completely.
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Formation
The first material LaPlegua wrote for the project was a powernoise/techno crossover track Thanx to my Buddies under the moniker D.r.i.v.E for the Advanced Electronics Vol. 2 compilation. The song was later remade into Like to Thank My Buddies on Combichrist’s album Everybody Hates You. The project’s name was later changed to Hudlager and then finally to Combichrist before the debut album The Joy of Gunz was released on the German record label Out of Line. The band name came from a fanzine of Andy’s in the 1990s, with Combichrist being a character in it that was a “punk-rock messiah.” The character would go on drug and alcohol fueled rampages, later healing those whom he had beaten.
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A few years after the band’s conception, LaPlegua departed Norway for the United States, which is now the current home-base for Combichrist and his other projects Scandy, Panzer AG, and Scandinavian Cock.
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Success
Combichrist’s first LP The Joy of Gunz was released in 2003. On Halloween of the same year, the limited edition EP Kiss The Blade was released with 667 pressings which sold out in less than a week.
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In 2004, the second EP, Sex, Drogen Und Industrial, spent several weeks at number one in the DAC charts. At the same time that Sex, Drogen Und Industrial was released, a limited edition of 666 white-vinyl 12″ pressings for Blut Royale were produced, and sold out quickly.
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The year 2005 saw the release of Everybody Hates You and it was at this time that LaPlegua began labeling the music as “Techno Body Music” or TBM. The band released a song called “This is TBM” on the Out-of-Line compilation Techno Body Music volume 1. They played this song live during their 2005 shows, adding vocals to it. No vocal version of the instrumental track was ever released, and the lyrics were instead later reworked for the track “Electrohead.” After this release, LaPlegua stopped referring to their music as TBM. Shortly after the release of the album, Army On The Dance Floor producer Kourtney Klein was added as alternating keyboardist and drummer to the band.
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Their 2006 single “Get Your Body Beat” was released to commercial success, debuting in the No. 14 slot for Billboard’s Dance Singles on June 6. The music video for the single was included on the DVD release of the biopunk film The Gene Generation with the song also being used in the movie. The band embarked on a North American tour with KMFDM soon after the release of the single.
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On March 6, 2007 What the Fuck is Wrong With You People? was released to some critical praise and popularity.
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Pull Out Kings producer and songwriter Z Marr joined the band as keyboardist in January 2008 to begin work on the album Today We Are All Demons. According to an exchange with a fan, Trevor Friedrich of Imperative Reaction, he was asked to join the band as a drummer with Joe Letz (of Eighteen Visions and Wednesday 13) in October 2008. He replaced Kourtney Klein, who began full-time work with Nitzer Ebb.
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Combichrist released Today We Are All Demons on Jan 20, 2009. For part the European tour that year, Trevor was temporarily replaced by Mark Jackson of VNV Nation. Combichrist’s song “Shut Up and Bleed” featuring W.A.S.T.E was put on the soundtrack for the horror movie The Collector. Their song “Today We Are All Demons” (Beneath the World Mix) was put on the soundtrack for the movie Underworld: Rise of the Lycans.
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Limp Bizkit’s guitarist Wes Borland joined Combichrist briefly in October 2009 for their tour of North America and in the studio for recording of new material on Making Monsters.
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Combichrist’s latest album, Making Monsters, was released digitally on 31 August 2010 and on CD on 28 September 2010.[20] Combichrist began a tour in support of the new album in late 2010, with Aesthetic Perfection and iVardensphere as the support bands. In 2011, after opening for Rammstein at Madison Square Garden in December 2010, both bands announced Combichrist would be supporting Rammstein on their North American tour and Andy announced the “Monsters on Tour Part II” taking place around the scheduled Rammstein shows. The “Monsters on Tour Part II” had the same support as the 2010 tour but with the additions of Angel Spit and God Module performing with them on select dates.
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Combichrist’s song Never Surrender was featured in a gameplay demo for the hack-n-slash style video game DmC Devil May Cry with Andy LaPlegua working on the soundtrack for the whole game. The song Throat Full of Glass is featured in the same game, played during the opening sequence. A new song called Bottle of Pain was released in January 2012 for the Underworld: Awakening movie soundtrack.
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In October 2013, LaPlegua announced on Facebook that there would be a new album on the way in 2014.

On 10 December 2013, Combichrist announced the title of their 7th studio album, We Love You, with a March 2014 release date. As well as a 2014 promo tour, We Love You Tour, with support from William Control and New Years Day. Two singles were released from this album, “From My Cold Dead Hands” and “Maggots at the Party”.

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Covenant

CovenantIn the late 1970s and early 1980s, electronic music and several of its subgenres became a preferred musical style among European underground culture. It gained favor initially within major cities and eventually trickled into the continent’s more secluded regions. This new wave of music was discovered at different instances by a group of friends living in Helsingborg, a scenic town in south western Sweden. Eskil Simonsson, Joakim Montelius and Clas Nachmanson, three teenagers with mutual, youthful curiosities for science, philosophy, and matters of existence, were all enthralled by the unique presentation and the emotional content of the music, specifically by that of bands such as Kraftwerk, The Human League, Depeche Mode, Front 242 and Nitzer Ebb.

The friends carried this fascination with them to university life in the historic town of Lund, approximately 50 kilometres (31 mi) southeast of Helsingborg. In between their academic endeavors and discussions of worldly affairs, they assembled a small recording studio in Nachmanson’s bedroom and began to experiment with their own musical compositions. In 1989, the name “Covenant” was selected for the group—a name derived from the unspoken, spiritual bond the trio professed to share.

As Covenant, the three produced their first publicly released track, “The Replicant”, by invitation of Swedish record label Memento Materia. “The Replicant” was released on a compilation album in 1992, and the track thrilled label executives, prompting them to ask for a full album. In 1994, the group compiled enough songs to release the album, which became Dreams of a Cryotank. Dreams was well received by critics and fans alike, and with its success, the boyhood friends decided to take their musical efforts more seriously. They upgraded and added more equipment, relocated their studio, and committed to tour.

In 1995, Covenant performed at a festival in Germany at the request of Off-Beat Records. The band impressed Off-Beat’s attending A&R representative, who signed them to a record deal the following day. Excited by the prospect of broader exposure, the band members eased further away from their educational pursuits and devoted themselves to completing a new album, 1996’s Sequencer.

With Sequencer, the band sought to improve upon the weaknesses they found in Dreams by combining sequencing, diverse melodies, and commanding lyrics. It became an instant classic among many observers, some of whom boldly declared it “the best electro album of the decade.” It would go on to be re-released a number of times throughout the world and remains a club favorite in many settings.

Later in the year, San Francisco-based record label 21st Circuitry agreed to distribute Covenant’s albums in the United States, expanding the band’s reach in the process. As a result, the group created the Theremin EP in 1997 specifically for North American release and started to accept tour dates throughout the US and Canada.

The trio’s third full-length album, Europa, debuted in 1998. Europa carried Covenant’s initially aggressive, often distorted brand of music into the beat-driven realm of synth pop, marking the beginning of a gradual evolution in the band’s collective sound. Also in 1998, they sued the Norwegian black metal/Industrial metal band The Kovenant (then known as Covenant) for the rights to the name “Covenant”, arguing that they had established use of the name first and forcing the Norwegian band to change the spelling of their name.

Covenant spent 1999 touring, changing record labels, and on the preparation of another album. Off-Beat Records went out of business, and Dependent was created by former Off Beat employees. Together with a few selected former Off-Beat acts, Covenant joined Dependent. In addition, Covenant were signed with SubSpace Communications in Sweden, effectively ending their tenure with Memento Materia. Meanwhile, 21st Circuitry Records ceased operations, leading the three to find a new home in America with Metropolis Records (Metropolis had bought the rights to the 21st Circuitry back catalogue). Shortly thereafter, the band’s first three albums and the Theremin EP were re-issued in the US under the Metropolis label.Covenant

United States of Mind was released in 2000, and with it, Covenant’s tendencies strayed further into synth pop. Also released that year was a stand-alone single, Der Leiermann. Sung to the tune of the album track Like Tears in Rain, it was a version of the German Art song of the same name. The song was originally a poem by Wilhelm Müller, set to music by Franz Schubert as part of the poem cycle “Die Winterreise”.

A live album, Synergy, was released later in the year which featured tracks from the band’s first four albums. The group continued with 2002’s Northern Light, which they portrayed as having a more sombre, cold sound in comparison to their earlier offerings. In another transition between labels, the European release of Northern Light was handled by Sony Music’s Ka2 division rather than Dependent or Subspace. (The US release was through Metropolis.)

Whilst they continued to produce music together, Montelius and Simonsson took up residence in separate countries; Montelius residising in Barcelona, Spain, and Simonsson living in Berlin, Germany. Nachmanson remained in Helsingborg.

Covenant released their sixth studio album, Skyshaper, in March 2006 to an overall positive reception. The band toured Europe prior to the album’s release and toured the United States beginning in September 2006.

In March 2007, Covenant announced that Nachmanson would not be touring with the band in and his replacement would be Daniel Myer of Haujobb. In an interview with Side-Line magazine Covenant’s Joakim Montelius said he was not sure if Clas would still continue with Covenant.Covenant

In October 2007, Covenant released the road movie “In Transit” on DVD. It contained material from the world tour undertaken in support of the album “Skyshaper” and documented the band’s travels in Europe, North America, South America and across Russia over a period of 18 months. The band confirmed Clas’ departure in the DVD documentary.

In January 2011, Covenant released their seventh studio album, Modern Ruin. The band released a new EP, “Last Dance” in June 2013, and currently, the band are working on a new album, titled “Leaving Babylon” and planning another tour.

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