Thursday, October 29, 2015

Combichrist at the Marlin Room at Webster Hall

Andy LaPlegua
Ole Anders Olsen, known professionally as Andy LaPlegua, was born in Fredrikstad, Norway, and started his music career there in hardcore bands. Phasing through various bands, he gradually explored hip hop, metal, industrial, trance, and psychobilly music. In 2003 he formed his most successful project, Combichrist, as a melting pot of many of these sounds, recording solo but performing live with a band. Combichrist specializes in aggrotech, an evolution of electro-industrial and dark electro that in the mid-1990s began fusing elements of EBM, industrial, noise, trance and/or techno music. Combichrist's sixth and most recent album, We Love You, was released on March 25, 2014. Combichrist is currently based in Atlanta, Georgia.

At the Marlin Room at Webster Hall tonight, LaPlegua’s hardcore past and electronica present merged into a powernoise spectacle. Backing LaPlegua's frequently acidic vocals, Combichrist scraped an explosive barrage of industrial-led beats and buzz-sawing guitar riffs over prominent stabs of lead synth lines. The result was a marriage of dark, gothic singing intertwined with raw headbanging and floor -stomping rhythms. Throbbing and thrusting, it was a sonic battery with such bare-toothed aggression that it had the potential to loosen eye sockets and dislodge ear drums. With so many nu-metal bands sounding so alike these days, this metallic foray into industrial-techno music was as brutal as it was engaging.

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