@AnybodyBC reviews We Love You by .@combichristarmy out March 21 on @outofline for @Planetmosh
The first time I heard that Combichrist was going to release a new album with the quite interesting title ‘We Love You‘, was in the end of 2013, when Andy LaPlegua and Joe Letz had their old school show in Glasgow. When I saw the title I smiled. Now I am listening to this album and I am smiling again. Welcome to the party! Just don’t bring unicorns with you.
The first single, ‘From My Cold Dead Hands’, went public a couple of months ago and together with remixes sounded promising, although it didn’t really show the whole new image of the album. It seems that after ‘No Redemption’ (Official DmC: Devil May Cry Soundtrack), when LaPlegua went metal/punk, the guys wanted to mix styles up in ‘We Love You’ as well. The new studio album consists of 13 songs – each of them is so different yet still has the ‘Combi’ sound somewhere deep within.
The album starts with ‘We Were Made To Love You’ and before you start thinking that this is another love song, think again and start listening. Track kicks in with a ‘robot’ voice saying: ‘We were made to love you’ and then goes to ‘Humanity is now at threat to itself and extermination is the only way…’ then continues reminding ‘please, don’t forget – we love you’. The song itself goes heavy and deep with aggressive electronic, guitars and uncommon for Combichrist – there is a harsh hardcore vocal on the top. The next two tracks, ‘Every Day Is a War’ and ‘Can’t Control’ are the most recognizable Combichrist sounding songs on the album: aggressive, fast, with heavy beats and atypical LaPlegua voice.
The fun really begins with ‘Satan’s Propaganda’, which features a heavy EBM and industrial metal mix and continues further on ‘Maggots at the Party’. The vocals are changing from track to track throughout the album and ‘Maggots at the Party’ is something that reminds me electronic way of death’n’roll, which usually is a good dose of energy and rock’n’roll mood.
Together with ‘Denial’ the rhythm slows down and Combi goes metal again but not for too long. The first three minutes of ‘The Evil In Me’ are purely acoustic. Slow rhythm brings a wave of heavy guitar riffs and finishes song – it is a break before uncompromising beats in the following songs.
The album continues with futuristic sounds and ‘Fuck Unicorns’, which will probably make you dance or at least smile. There are no unicorns in this party, sorry. If it is not enough of music variety for you at this point, there is something about love in a punk way – ‘Love Is Razorblade’ is a mind blowing combination of both. After this song, the band finds its way back to electro music and finishes up ‘Retreat Hell’ in two parts, where you find some more metal, acoustic music, clean vocals, nihilistic philosophy, straightforward lyrics and … talking over the phone.
If I would have to pick up my favorite, that could be quite a hard task to do as each song has something I like. Although, ‘Fuck Unicorns’, ‘Satan’s Propaganda’ and ‘From My Cold Dead Hands’ could be in top of the list of the most danceable and entertaining songs in the album.
‘We Love You’ – is another promising chapter for Combichrist, a band rocking the EBM scene since 2003. This album is astounding with a great variety of new EBM/metal/punk/acoustic songs mixed with the well known Combichrist sound.
‘We Love You’ will be released on 21st of March, 2014 via Out Of Line Music.
1. We Were Made To Love You
2. Every Day Is War
3. Can’t Control
4. Satan’s Propaganda
5. Maggots At The Party
7. The Evil In Me
8. Fuck Unicorns
9. Love Is Razorblade
10. From My Cold Dead Hands
11. We Rule The World Motherfuckers
12. Retreat Hell Part 1
13. Retreat Hell Part 2