Combichrist | 10.11.14

combichristThings got off to a blazing start as Davey Suicide stormed the equipment-packed stage.


The Ready Room, St. Louis

Combichrist, along with tour mates Darksiderz, William Control, and Davey Suicide, brought its feral brand of gothic metal/electronica to St. Louis. Things got off to a blazing start as Davey Suicide stormed the equipment-packed stage. Right off the heels of the release of his first full-length album, World Wide Suicide, he and his band were hot. Combining scathing lyrics, industrial-style synths, and a heavy and tight rhythm section, the new material came across brilliantly. Suicide’s vocals, which combine blood-curdling screams with a monotone tenor, are not only effective, but emotionally powerful. On tracks like the new “One More Night,” Suicide is more melody driven, and the song does him justice.

The band was high energy, and decked out in great gothic gear. The crowd sucked up every note of set-closer “Generation Fuck Star,” which made for a great finale. With no time for encores, Davey Suicide exited the stage doing what a showman does best: leave the crowd wanting more. Metal has a new bad boy. Loose-lipped and opinionated, Suicide is the Marilyn Manson for a new generation.

Next up: William Control, the former Aiden frontman who was promoting his latest effort, The Neuromancer. Donned in a black three-piece suit, Control kept the audience (especially the young girls) entranced. He played tracks from past releases including Noir and Hate Culture, and his new LP. Smoking as he strutted the stage, he brought to mind the torch singers of old, only with dooming synths and lyrics that colorfully described the sadomasochistic lifestyle. This material is much different than that of his former band, and comes over quite well live. Control is entertaining, too .With a tight-knit band behind him, he is cool one minute and raging the next, as evidenced by his newest single “The Price We Pay.” He closed his set with his most popular tune, “I’m Only Human Sometimes,” as the audience sand every word and fist-pumped with a vengeance; some of them even jumped on to the stage to sing with the artist.

During the break, we were treated to the spinning art of electronic artist Darksiderz. Eclectic and bombastic, he spun a web of electronic beats and droning synths. A full-on juggernaut of spun art, Darksiderz was a nice compliment to the tour. Asked how the tour was going so far, Darksiderz replied, “Really great. I feel so lucky being a part of it.” Having done remixes for two of his tourmates (Combichrist and William Control), he had found the perfect platform on this tour.

Rounding out the night was headliner Combichrist. While they delivered a set of excellent electronic metal, I was not amused by the painting of—well, let’s just say a vulgar slur thrown at gays— sprayed across the bass drum. I do not find any kind of racism or phobia funny; therefore, I was not only irritated by this, but left because of it. Thankfully, the preceding acts more than delivered an engaging and satisfying night of music. | Marc Farr

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