Steadily drifting away from their formative EBM roots, the expansion of Combichrist‘s sound and a move towards more organic, metallically driven territory may be tailor made to fill rock-club dance floors across the globe, yet the nu-metal reveling ‘This Is Where Death Begins’, whilst largely inoffensive, is a woefully dated record:
Harking back to the golden age of big shorts and backwards baseball-caps, there is little about the pedestrian stomp and lyrical buffonery of ‘My Life My Rules’ and ‘Skullcrusher’ which cannot be found on any early noughties work by Rammstein/Marilyn Manson, a plainly titanic production job doing little to mask some rather clunky songwriting.
Although, despite the second-rate ‘Antichrist Superstar’ vibes here, some brief nods towards the bands past do provide the occasional crumb of interest, be it the likes of dystopian hulk ‘Exit Eternity’ or ‘Black Tar Dove’s swelling menace. A welcome taste of diversity among the rhythmic plod and gruff chorus hooks.
Indeed, even with ‘This Is Where Death Begins’ espousing all the block-headed bounce and electronic nonsense of industrial metals most unimaginative, the neanderthal riffage and plastic aggression here is bound to strike a chord in the wee small hours of a lager soaked rock night. When stone cold sober however, ‘This Is Where Death Begins’ is over-long and offers little.
Written by Tony Bliss (@TBliss88)