Combichrist – Making Monsters
Released: September 28, 2010
Label: Metropolis Records
Band Website: www.combichrist.com
Review by Michael Faries
The latest full-length album from Combichrist, Making Monsters, is out.Â If you donâ€™t have it yet, do yourself a favor and go get it.Â If youâ€™re already a Combichrist fan, there wonâ€™t be a whole lot of big surprises for you on this one.Â Andy LaPlegua continues his experiment with all of the key ingredients that youâ€™ve come to expect from it:Â 1 cup industrial, 1 tbsp techno, an unhealthy splash of screams, and an (seemingly) unhealthier pinch of toned-down vocals full of potential energy.
LaPlegua passes the mic to start off the album.Â The song â€œFollow the Trail of Bloodâ€ has a fairly slow tempo, but is loud and obnoxious courtesy ofÂ Bleeding Through vocalist Brandon Schiepatti.Â Schiepattiâ€™s screams fit so well with the music on this one, the listener ignorant of the liner notes surely will assume LaPlegua to be behind the mic.
The first single released from Making Monsters, â€œNever Surrenderâ€, is sure to get your head bobbing and feet stomping.Â Itâ€™s also sure to make your head held high, as the lyrical content is quite uplifting in itâ€™s own demented little way:Â â€œI will suffer, I will burnâ€¦Enslaved my soul, but Iâ€™ll never surrender.â€
â€œFuckmachineâ€ is a song about-you guessed it-a fuck machine.Â Here, LaPlegua assumes the roll of a machine that fucks.Â Not much else to say, except that this touching techno-love song is surely to be heard blaring through an industrial clubâ€™s speakers near you.
â€œSlave to Machineâ€ and â€œTheyâ€ are Making Monstersâ€™ two stand-out tracks.Â They are both fast and brutal assaults to your head that remind you-just in case you donâ€™t happen to like all the varying directions that LaPlegua has taken you-how much you still love Combichrist.
â€œThrough These Eyes of Painâ€ is a slow-traveling, but beautifully-moving trip into LaPleguaâ€™s mind.Â While the song seems a little out of place on the album, the lyrics and attention to the production of the music are conjoined perfectly.
Besides being aggressive and head-splitting, this album shows the continued lyrical improvement that Combichrist has been displaying with each progressive release, while at the same time incorporating the lyrics that have typified the poignancy of previous releases.Â So long as LaPlegua keeps making impressive things like Monsters, he will continue to make new fans impressed.