Combichrist
Today We Are All Demons


4.0
excellent

Review

by Trey Spencer STAFF
January 17th, 2009 | 71 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Dark, unrelenting and fun at the same time.

Industrial is a sketchy genre because so many of its bands seem to lack any creativity what-so-ever. Instead they rely on the technology around them and an abundance of vocal distortion to get by and it makes for a large amount of really bad albums. Thankfully, the upcoming release by Combichrist is not among that large amount of crap. “Today We Are All Demons” is electro-industrial done right. Every song is an example of how good this genre can be when it is done by someone with just as much songwriting skill as technology knowledge.

The opening track, “No Afterparty” is an aptly titled introduction that consists of an answering machine message from a guy on his way to jail for a concealed weapons charge. Furthermore, his girlfriend can’t bail him out because she’s in the hospital after trying to kill herself with sleeping pills. That bleak, but slightly amusing, introduction sets the stage for the type of dark humor that runs though a lot of the songs and is also the last break you’ll get until the album ends. The following track, “All Pain is Gone”, is where this ‘extreme electronic dance’ album really gets going. It takes a driving beat and pushes it straight through a layer of low, pulsating synth to create the foundation that carries the song. Over this foundation is another layer of squealing synth, bursts of keyboard melody and the gravel-throated vocals of Andy LaPlegua. This combination works perfectly and not only can it get your body moving, but it can also stay in your head as the last synth sound fizzles out.

The energy and quality level set by “All Pain is Gone” never falters and makes it hard to pick out any standout tracks, but there are a few that impacted me just a little more than others. The main one is also the album’s instrumental, “Spit”. “Spit” takes a solid TBM beat and looped synths and simply shoves them down your throat for just over four minutes. The music by itself would be good enough to be called one of the better songs on this album, but it’s the amusing samples that take it up a notch. It begins with a sound bite of an obviously irritated woman saying “I hate whore moms who dress all slutty and embarrass their children. I remember how it was when I was a kid and my mom would dress like a whore and embarrass me. Don’t they have any respect? Stupid Cunt”. After those words of wisdom the unrelenting beat comes through along with a constant barrage of samples including “***ing whore mom” and “stupid cunt”. It might seem immature or stupid, but the level of irritation in the girl’s voice along with the musical delivery simply makes it perfect.

While other songs on the album aren’t as instant or unabashedly crass, they are still just as good. There’s the hook-laden “Kickstart the Fight” full of solid beats, fun lyrics and samples. This song features Andy and a female vocalist sharing such lines as “We’re here to drink, fight , F**K and we’re ready to go” over a background of deep synth and a pounding beat. Later in the album is the violent “Sent to Destroy” that takes the rolling synth sound to a new level and also features some of the more aggressive vocals from Andy. It would be easy to go through each song individually and highlight the finer points of each song, but suffice it to say that there are finer points to every song and nothing is “throw-away”.

The way that Andy is able to take all of those harsh electronic elements and still make each song so catchy is a testament to his song writing ability. It’s damn near impossible to listen to this album and not have your body start moving with the music while smiling at the myriad of samples and dark humor. If you’re into any kind of electronic music with an edge, then you should seek this out because it might just end up being the best electro-industrial album for at least the near-future and possibly even the year (we can always hope that Skinny Puppy steps up, though).



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Willie
Moderator
January 17th 2009


16133 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I had never heard their older stuff before, this was a good surprise.

Digging: Kenn Nardi - Dancing With the Past

BallsToTheWall
January 17th 2009


44805 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Me neither. Nice work Willie, this album fucking slays. The perfect crusing album. I love that line in Kickstart The Fight.This Message Edited On 01.17.09

Digging: Pink Turns Blue - If Two Worlds Kiss

Burn2Burn
January 17th 2009


2378 Comments


Wow their myspace songs are underwhelming. I think it's too electronic for my liking.

Cesar
January 17th 2009


2732 Comments


I listened to this band cuz a girl in my class I liked recommended them. They were average. I don't plan to check this out.This Message Edited On 01.17.09

BallsToTheWall
January 17th 2009


44805 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album is sick. You guys are negative nancys.

Willie
Moderator
January 17th 2009


16133 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Ouch. You can't even like it for some hottie (I'm assuming she's not ugly, anyway). This particular style of electronic music is an acquired taste because of the techno undertones. There's no metal influence or hip hop; it's more pure with roots to the original 80s EBM sound.

fireaboveicebelow
January 17th 2009


6837 Comments


I think you used a similar intro in your Numb review, but good review as usual staff man

Cesar
January 17th 2009


2732 Comments


She was pretty hot, bit crazy too.

I'm not into this type of music. She saw that I was listening to the Frankeinstein cd of Mindless Self Indulgence (which I enjoyed but still not as much as most seem to enjoy it) and told me that this band was awesome and that I should listen, so I did. I found the album b4 this one to be average.

Type of music I don't really like + band with an already average album imo = no listening to it no more.

Edit: Oh yeah, review was good and stuff.This Message Edited On 01.17.09

Willie
Moderator
January 17th 2009


16133 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

@Fireabove: Guilty. It's not direct (self) plagerism, but over the course of three days nothing was coming to me and it fit.

@Ceasar: that makes sense. If you don't like the genre than it's not going to be a stretch. I'd suggest Front Line Assembly's "Millennium" album. If you don't like that then I give up ;)



handoman
January 17th 2009


2386 Comments


i wanna check this out

Wizard
January 17th 2009


19618 Comments


These guys are really solid. I have their last album and I'm looking forward to this in the mail. Good review as always. Glad to be assured that this won't be a failure.

Digging: Hans Zimmer - Interstellar

TricksterGRex
January 17th 2009


2087 Comments


Any resemblance to Coil?

rasputin
January 17th 2009


14555 Comments


Good review Trey, though I'm not sure if I'd enjoy the album. I had a few songs from these guys a while back and I didn't really think they were that great, but that's just me.

Willie
Moderator
January 17th 2009


16133 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I think people might just expecting the wrong thing. They're not as dark or musical as Skinny Puppy or as violent as Numb or as metal as Ministry. They're just fun to listen to. It gets your adrenaline going and makes you smile.

heylelshalem
January 17th 2009


71 Comments


i checked out their myspace and much like a lot of industrial music i think their music lacks any serious balls. i like skinny puppy a lot...and they are very intense...but this shit sucks...

Willie
Moderator
January 18th 2009


16133 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

For you I'd suggest "Blood Meridian" by Numb.

Wizard
January 18th 2009


19618 Comments


I think people might just expecting the wrong thing. They're not as dark or musical as Skinny Puppy or as violent as Numb or as metal as Ministry. They're just fun to listen to. It gets your adrenaline going and makes you smile.


Sometimes I just like to shut my brain off and these guys are perfect for that. Not too comlicated and fun to just chill to.


Willie
Moderator
January 18th 2009


16133 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

^^^ Exactly!
Finally someone that understands its point ;)

Wizard
January 18th 2009


19618 Comments


Well, if you must know, I just don't reckon with all you guys and your intellectual metal.

ealordofthedepths
January 18th 2009


80 Comments


intellectual metal ftw



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