Combichrist w/ William Control, New Year's Day
Tremont Music Hall
April 3, 2014
Kicking off its U.S. tour in support of the band's seventh album, We Love You, Combichrist opened with the album's first track "We Were Made to Love You" and its "Hate disorder love destroy" chorus before cruising through a mix of fan favorites and new songs.
While some fans crammed up front to get closer to the charismatic Norwegian frontman, others found plenty of room in the back to dance their asses off. Combichrist's NIN-meets-Marilyn-Manson-meets-Ministry approach wins over an eclectic fan base that splits its time jumping up and down, swirling in a mosh pit and breaking down into up-tempo dance moves.
The band's sound is a throwback to the '90s style of industrial music, updated through EDM-inspired beats. The catchy rhythms and kinetic performance make for a frantic combination you can't take your eyes, or ears, off of.
The night opened with a duo of other charismatic band leaders - a solid 30-minute set by New Year's Day, featuring singer Ashley Costello, and a dark and mysterious set by William Control, the side project of Aiden's William Francis. New Year's Day did its best to get the crowd warmed up while being pushed to the front of the equipment-packed stage. The band's sound was improved from last year's Warped Tour and made me long for more room (and under better lighting) for the band to stretch out.
Control's set was a mixture of electronic crooning that, at times, bordered on being cheesy. With no sound coming out on stage, it was tough to tell if the bass was actually adding anything to the mix or if Francis was actually singing during the choruses. He was also joined by Costello for two songs. Regardless, plenty of fans sang along and watched his every microphone-spinning move.
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We Were Made to Love You (Reprise)
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