28th June 2012, Review by by Vicious Precious
Photography by Michelle Murphy
After interviewing Combichrist earlier, it was now time to get to the stage to see them perform!
The show opened with Concrete Lung, a band from northern England.
They had a very harsh sound, a slightly unlikely support act for a Combichrist show, nonetheless they put on a decent enough show for the first line up in tonight’s acts…..They performed with passion and played their instruments with ease.
The singer had very dark vocal stylings, almost similar to that of a black metal or death metal singer. I wasn’t in any rush to buy a Concrete Lung cd after the show but their songs were just passionate enough to make their set enjoyable to watch.
Next up was Jacye Lewis; A very enjoyable performance.
The vocals were on point and effective and they filled the room perfectly, melodic and distorted. The sound of the instruments harmonised perfectly with this and everything just worked together in awesome unison.
The live members complimented Jayce very well and allowed him to reach full potential as a solo artist while having the collectiveness of a band on stage. He is clearly a natural entertainer and very professional in his performance and his persona. I definitely wanted to do some digging on him musically after the show, I definitely recommend him as an artist if you’re looking for new material for your music collections.
Final support act came Surgyn; A very lively duo.
They came out with a lot of energy and this only progressed throughout their set.
Their songs were very catchy and their enthusiasm definitely rubbed off on the crowd as a definite stomping session was starting to happen in the audience.
People were getting more and more pumped throughout their performance and they encouraged the crowd as they raised their fists and leapt around the stage, psyching everybody up for more. Very well presented and vocals well presented, the band had a level of showmanship that made their set highly entertaining.
The room a-buzz with anticipation and the sound of screaming coming from every corner, Combichrist opened the show with a bubbling, excited crowd awaiting them, eager to see what show they would provide, amidst rumours they were to play some older material this time round. Out they jumped- literally- with “Intruder Alert” a well-welcomed oldie, as promised, and what a start to the show! Andy LePlegua proved he can still belt out those tunes with ease and passion, and with the energy he has consistently had throughout his career.
They steamed through some more classic Combichrist tunes, from the older days, “I’d like to thank my buddies”, “Are you connected” and “Blut royale”.
They followed this great opening with the ever favourite “This Shit Will Fuck You Up” and the crowd went absolutely wild, singing back the words in karaoke style to the band.
Joe Letz was intense on drums as always, banging away enthusiastically on his drums, spinning his sticks and banging his head, genuinely enjoying his performance as much as we all enjoyed watching it. By the time it got to “All pain is gone” a definite emotional atmosphere was in the air, in the most positive way, and slowly but surely a mosh pit was starting to form by the end of the song front and centre. “Follow the Trail of Blood” brought on a more metal feel and abbey. Next on guitars was a nice reunite for Combichrist. Was glad to see him back as he definitelty brings something extra to the line up. The heavy guitars, drums and keys had a hint of Rammstein about it; you can tell Combichrist have stepped up their game since the shows they played with Rammstein a couple of years back.
They played a solid 10/15 minutes of newer material, definitely continuing this more metal feel, since the band has been in an obvious change of musical direction for these last couple of albums. “Throat full of glass”, “They” and “In The Pit” closed the first show nicely with a spectacle of especially amazing drumming from Joe and absolutely awesome vocals and energy from Andy.
They left the stage in classic rock star style, Joe smashing up part of his drum and flinging the sticks around, throwing them into the audience, Abbey and Shawn beckoning the audience to cheer and clap, and Andy leaping off the stage like the jumping industrial Monster that he is.
The audience waited in anticipation, hoping for a reprisal, just wanting more.
After a couple of minutes, an Andy head poked around the corner from the backstage and the audience screamed out for him to come back on.
In an instant all 4 members ran out, and Joe came to the microphone and got us all clapping.
They ended with a great encore of solid Combi songs that we could all fist-punch along to and inevitably a second mosh pit ensued. “Sent To Destroy” was the opener, followed by “Never Surrender” and finally “What The Fuck Is Wrong With You People”, a classic that everybody could chant and sing along to, punching the air and banging our heads.
Joe smashed the symbols and Andy stomped his feet and the lights struck the stage in some sort of epilepsy fit, and the atmosphere was just astounding.
The energy of the crowd bouncing off the bands’ showmanship made the whole show just utterly fantastic and a personal favourite Combichrist show of mine. Absolutely bad ass!