Combichrist – This Is Where Death Begins (Review)

CombichristThis is the eighth album by Combichrist, a Norwegian/US industrial metal band.

Combichrist are one of those bands that I’ve been aware of since they came out, but I’ve always managed to unintentionally avoid listening to. As this is their eighth album I’m quite late to the Combichrist party, but I’m glad I’ve finally experienced their quite personable brand of industrial metal.

So, without any reference or preconceived notions of what they should sound like with regards to their past material, This Is Where Death Begins is nearly an hour’s worth of material that takes aspects of bands like Die Krupps, Rammstein, Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson, etc. and uses these to produce an album that shows its influences yet still manages to have its own personality.

Mixing metal, nu-metal, industrial, rock and electronica into the largely quite catchy songs, in some ways This Is Where Death Begins is like a nostalgic trip back into the land of 90s music for me. This is not necessarily a bad thing. This is certainly an enjoyable and well put-together album, but I’m pretty sure that if this would have been actually released in the 90s I would have loved it at the time.

The album is long, but contains a decent amount of variety across the playing time. A danger inherent to this style of music is often a band can become trapped in a one-dimensional delivery. This Is Where Death Begins flows well and has a stylistic theme for sure, but it’s not a one-dimensional release at all.

With a fair amount of depth and nuance weaved amid the more obvious charms and instant appeal of the more attention-grabbing aspects of the songs, Combichrist’s latest release is a very enjoyable foray into industrial metal. I’m definitely comfortable in proclaiming this release as better than most examples of the style that I’ve heard in recent years.

Make sure you check this out.

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