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Industrialists Combichrist Plays Elysium in Austin, Texas On "We Love You" Tour

Metal Underground.com has followed Combichrist's recent jaunt over Europe with Mortiis. That tour must have been special with two of the major players in the modern electro-industrial scene. On Friday, May 2nd, I caught Combichrist's mechanized performance at Elysium in Austin, Texas. This tour saw them at the top of the bill with William Control and New Year's Day providing support.

I missed New Year's Day as the concert started at 9 and not 9:30 as the event markers stated. I can't say I'm a fan of their pop-friendly California rock style, but I did hear good things about their performance. Much like the industrialized section of nu metal, the group wore face paint and watching a female singer front a hard rock band is always fun. I wish I could say more about the Anaheim-based group, but for now the You-tube video embedded below will have to suffice.

Nine Inch Nails were the perfect in-between-bands band to play at a concert like this. William Control's sound guy was using "March of the Pigs" to sync the music with vertical stage lights. William wore a scarlet-colored scarf that lent him the look of a Catholic priest. Wil Francis and his musicians created melancholy synth-pop of a darker hue than his band Aiden. In addition to releasing four albums via Victory Records, including their latest, "The Neuromancer," William Control also appeared on the soundtracks for "Saw V," "Underworld: Rise of the Lycans" and "Underworld: "Awakening.

The ladies in the audience screamed whenever the group started a particular song or when William gracefully twisted and turned. He also bore a strain of the nasty as he introduced his synth player Magnum by telling the ladies how well endowed he was. On an even funnier note, he told the crowd to "finger the butt hole of the persons standing next you." I looked at a guy facetiously who immediately moved to the other side of the room.

Norwegian Andy LaPlegua started Combichrist over ten years ago. Since then, he moved to Atlanta, Georgia and the band has become a staple in the electro-industrial field. Wearing a vest with a DeathRod Kustoms patch on the back, LaPlegua looked more than rockabilly grease monkey than an industrial singer. I guess the love of hearing metal cling together, whether it be in a factory or working on a car, reveals a sensible relationship between man and machine.

Visually, Combichrist did not disappoint. The stage was dark except for LaPlegua's glowing red mask. The guitarist to the right of him wore crust kid clothing and looked and moved like a mannequin. Although Combichrist has seven studio albums under its name, the group was in town to support their recent recording "We Love You." This album shows the band still playing heavy EBM beats, but emphasizing guitar. Party favorite "Maggots at the Party" allowed the band a chance to guzzle a beer, while "From My Cold Dead Hands" showed the band transform back into the machinery for which it came.

After watching three quarters of the band's set, I rested my feet in the room next to merch area. Here I watched the band on a big screen on a comfortable couch. This place truly is Elysium. Visit the tour dates section on Combichrist's official web site to find out if the band is playing you're hometown.

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An avid metal head for over twenty years, Darren Cowan has written for several metal publications and attended concerts throughout various regions of the U.S.

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