Industrial cult leaders Combichrist and their rock n roll counterparts KING 810 have announced U.S. tour dates that begin on April 3rd in Winter Park, Fl at Soundbar and conclude on April 26th in Atlanta, GA at The Masquerade. The tour also boasts support bands A Killer’s Confession featuring ex-Mushroomhead frontman Waylon Reavis, and the Michigan Metalcore band Heartsick featuring our friend the uber talented vocalist Alfonso Civile. You may often see the genre “Dance” thrown around when critics talk about Combichrist, but let me tell you now; the only dancing that Combichrist inspires is some of the roughest moshing I’ve seen to date. I first witnessed Combichrist when the band was opening for a co-headlining tour of Coal Chamber and Filter in 2015. I had little to no knowledge about the band and honestly wasn’t eagerly awaiting their performance because of the “dance” references about their sound. As they winded down performing their first song of a short set I was picking my jaw up off the floor. The band sounds amazing and its non-stop action and entertainment on stage. The band was hand picked to open a 4 month tour for Rammstein during a world tour that put them in front of hundreds of thousands of new faces, if that doesn’t demonstrate the need to see them I don’t know what will. They are true performers and something that must be witnessed live. They inspire moshing and stimulate everyone one of your senses, maybe even some you wasn’t aware of. (Dates below)
Initially cutting his teeth in the seminal Norwegian hardcore bands My Right Choice (later re-named Fleshfire) and European hardcore legends; Lash Out, Combichrist vocalist and all-star entertainer Andy LaPlegua segued into the electronic music world with Icon of Coil. Originally a solo project, it morphed into a full fledged band. Not only did IOC mark LaPlegua’s first major work with electronics and dance beats, but it also granted him wider exposure beyond Norway; IOC was LaPlegua’s first project to be released in the United States. It wasn’t until 2003 that LaPlegua founded Combichrist -the project that would soon dominate his time. A departure from IOC’s softer electronic sound, Combichrist took LaPlegua’s hardcore past and electronica present and merged them into a singular, mechanical monster. Without the compromise of the band dynamic, LaPlegua, who does everything in the studio himself on Combichrist releases, was able to explore whatever avenue he desired musically. What he found was a long dark road with plenty of twists and turns. ‘The Joy of Gunz,’ LaPlegua’s first release as Combichrist, was quickly followed by two EP’s: 2004’s ‘Kiss the Blade’ and ‘Sex Drogen und Industrial.’ In 2005, LaPlegua was back at it again, releasing the landmark album ‘Everybody Hates You.’ Defying the dreaded sophomore slump, the second Combichrist full-length featured two tracks that would become club classics “This Shit Will Fuck You Up” and “This Is My Rifle” and was also the project’s U.S. debut on Metropolis Records. Further benchmarks were set with the release of the 2006 EP ‘Get Your Body Beat,’ the title track of which landed Combichrist its first appearance on Billboard’s Top 10 Dance Singles chart.
The years that followed brought on 6 more full-length albums —’What the Fuck Is Wrong with You People?’ (2007), ‘Today We Are All Demons’ (2009), ‘Making Monsters’ (2010), ‘No Redemption’ (Official DmC: Devil May Cry Soundtrack)(2013), ‘We Love You’ (2014), ‘This Is Where Death Begins’ (2016) -as well as a handful of additional EPs. On top of Combichrist’s many releases, LaPlegua has also logged countless miles, globetrotting on tours of Europe, South America, Australia, the United States. Combichrist is ready to dominate 2020 with massive touring in support of the new album ‘One Fire,’ released in June of 2019.
This tour offers a little bit of everything, not only do you get the exciting stage show and industrial sounds that Combichrist offers, but you get the groove laden sex, drugs and rock n roll that King810 provides, the veteran frontman Waylon and A Killer’s Confession expelling some nu metal vibes, and Alfonso Civile bringing down the house with his velvet voice with Heartsick.