In 2003 Andy LaPlegua of "Icon of Coil" wrote a few power noise/techno cross over tracks under the name of "D.R.I.V.E.". This was changed to "Combichrist" when the debut album, "The Joy of Gunz" was set to be released on Out Of Line. The name Combichrist originates from a hardcore fanzine LaPlegua made during the late 90s, with "JR Ewing" guitarist Håkon Mella.
The follow up EPs, and the clamour for live shows, sent Combichrist out on the road where they would become known for their strong and energetic performances.
Their second EP, "Sex, Drogen und Industrial", spent 7 weeks at number one in the DAC charts.
In March of 2007 they released their third album "What The Fuck Is Wrong With You People?". "Today We Are All Demons", was released on January 20th, 2009.
The band had been selected to support industrial metal band "Rammstein" for their 2009 European tour and continued to support them during the 2010 part of the tour.
August 2010 saw the release of "Making Monsters", which had full tracks available for streaming on the website, each track being rolled out for a new one. Combichrist undertook a tour in support of the new album in late 2010, with "Aesthetic Perfection" and "iVardensphere" as the support bands.
Their most recent album, "No Redemption", was released in January of 2013 in both single and 2CD versions. This album was the official soundtrack album for the video game "Devil May Cry". The limited edition bonus CD was essentially a greatest hits compilation.
March 2014 will see the release of a new album titled "We Love You", with an accompanying tour of North America starting in April. "William Control" and "New Years Day" have been announced as the support bands.
Combichrist have had much more success than many of the other acts emerging from the electronic underground and the band have become one of the dark electro scene's most popular live acts.
The roster of live members is currently Joe Letz (ex "Genitorturers"), Mr Petersen, Z_Marr (ex "Hell Trash"), Kourtney Klein (who also played drums for the reformed "Nitzer Ebb") and Trevor Friedrich who was the drummer for "Eighteen Visions" and "Imperative Reaction". Past live members include Håkon Mella, Bjoern Petersen, Syn M, Shaun Frandsen & Jon H.
The band's website is at: www.combichrist.com
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The lyrics to Combichrist's song 'Vater Unser' are a powerful commentary on the destructive nature of religion and how it drives people to abandon empathy and compassion for those who are different from them. The title of the song itself is a reference to the Lord's Prayer, which in German translates to "Our Father". However, the lyrics take a sinister turn as the singer declares "No more sympathy, no more tolerance, it's time to fucking end this", displaying a clear frustration with the hypocrisy and bigotry that often accompanies religious beliefs.
The song goes on to criticize the hierarchical nature of religion, with the lines "God has spoken, now we pay, for they have come to take our rights away". This can be interpreted as a commentary on the way that religious institutions have historically been used to enforce oppressive social norms and norms that deny basic human rights. The song concludes with a defiant declaration that the singer will not be silenced, saying "I won't be silent, I won't obey, I won't believe these fucking lies, not one more fucking day".
Overall, the lyrics to 'Vater Unser' are a powerful and incisive critique of the harm that can come from organized religion, particularly when it is used to justify discrimination and oppression.
Line by Line Meaning
No more sympathy
There will be no more kindness, understanding or compassion
Contributed by Alaina R. Suggest a correction in the comments below.