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In the summer of 2003, Icon of Coil lead singer Andy LaPlegua released the first album from his latest side-project, Combichrist. Titled The Joy of Gunz, the album contained an EBM/industrial, hard-edge sound, and proved to be the beginning of a hot new endeavor for LaPlegua.

That fall saw the release of a special Halloween album, Kiss the Blade, which limited to 667 copies sold out ... Read more in Amazon's Combichrist Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 28, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Metropolis Records
  • ASIN: B003X2O70Q
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,910 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Declamation
2. Follow the Trail of Blood
3. Never Surrender
4. Throat Full of Glass
5. Fuckmachine
6. Forgotten
7. Just Like Me
8. Slave to Machine
9. Through These Eyes of Pain
10. Monster:Murder:Kill
11. They
12. Reclamation

Editorial Reviews

Five acclaimed albums, hundreds of headlining shows,
four months touring Europe supporting Rammstein
(playing to hundreds of thousands of people) ...
Combichrist is fired up and ready for action!
Many acts reach a certain level of success and rest
on their reputations. Combichrist s Andy LaPlegua
returned to the studio with a fistful of inspiration and
a whole lot of nothing to prove. With the new album,
Making Monsters, LaPlegua emerges a more vital beast,
stripped of all pretensions. The new album is raw,
visceral, and seething with uncompromising urgency.
In pushing forward, Combichrist s playfully sinister
facade is torn away. What is exposed underneath is an
uncompromising expression of lust, anger, pain, and
hate personified.
Making Monsters is laden with hook-heavy choruses,
speaker-crushing beats, and dark aggressive vocals.
The first single, Never Surrender, is bound to rule
the dance floors along with other floor stompers
They and Throat Full of Glass. The song Follow
the Trail of Blood (featuring Brendan Schiepatti of
Bleeding Through) is an anthem of aggression, and will
immediately become a crowd favorite. The brooding
Reclamation and Through These Eyes of Pain show
us another side of Combichrist, that of the man inside
the monster. With Making Monsters, Combichrist evolves
beyond the demon it was into an unrelenting, malevolent
force in music.

Customer Reviews

3.8 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By CRAZOTOLOGY on October 21, 2010
Format: Audio CD
I love Combichrist and as far as electro (EBM) style bands I think Combichrist are one of the better live acts. Sadly, this album fails to entertain. The production is kinda "cheapish" for lack of a better word...everything seems rushed and out of place. The music isn't that catchy...most of the songs are stupid...and the vocal style is horrible on allmost every song on the album. The prior Combichrist album are lightyears ahead of this verry dissapointing album. Bottom line....THIS IS NOT A GOOD COMBICHRIST ALBUM!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jesse Watson on October 26, 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I was super excited when I heard there was a new Combichrist album coming out. In the genre they are probably my absolute favorite. I like Icon of Coil, but it just doesn't have the same bite, power, and energy as Combichrist. When I received the album it was a matter of seconds from the mailbox to the stereo. As other reviewers have noted, there are some good tracks on the disc but overall I was slightly disappointed. This is a much slower album without the same raw aggression I have come to know and love from this band. In addition, I found myself thinking that the tracks sounded quite similar. Don't get me wrong, I am glad that I purchased this album even if just for the "good" tracks, but this is not the album you want to buy if you are listening to Combichrist for the first time. What I am really hoping is that this will be one of those albums that grows on me the more I listen to you - fingers crossed!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By sarah on May 21, 2011
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I got this cd today and it wasn't what I expected. It's not what I would call horrible, but it's not that great. So far I've only liked a few songs, I'm hoping it grows on me. Something is just 'missing'. Honestly though, if Amazon allowed you to return opened cds, I would send this back today.

Hopefully this cd will grow on me but I'm not counting on it. I wouldn't recommended this to anyone. Throat Full of Glass is a good song, so just get the mp3. The album isn't worth it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Adam Bowden on September 23, 2013
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I originally found this album due to the game DMC: Devil May Cry. Regardless of the game and my feelings for it, the music was badass and I got all the music that was in the game. However, when I first saw a youtube video of a live performance of "Never Surrender" I really wasn't sure if I was going to be into the music I just purchased, but I was more than willing to give it a try. Though I've always been a fan of metal and heavy electronic music, the band image was still a bit too edgy/dark for me at the time.

Once I listened to the album on a road trip, I was addicted. The tech is heavy and dirty, definitely having that aggravated sound that Combichrist is known for, prominently in songs such as "Just Like Me" and "Follow the Traile of Blood". Andy also has an interesting taste in lyrics and vocal style, but it really works for him. "Through the Eyes of Pain" is very poetic and emotional while being very free-form while songs like "Throat Full of Glass" are more rock based in how he sings.

Combichrist definitely maintains an awesome imagery with "Monster:Murder:Kill" and "Slave To Machine" which lend to the Making Monsters theme. It definitely has that punk feel that Combichrist tries to put out with lyrics that seem to lend to anarchy and sticking it to the man, but at the same time, showing anger towards the rest of society as well. This is darker lyrically and story wise then I would usually be into, but I can't help but be alright with that. This album is powerful and it never stops, even with the couple of slower songs, it still pushes you with its grinding bass.

However, the song that stands out above the rest is "Never Surrender".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sarojini on November 25, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Combichrist has made alot of changes throughout the years, they started out as a powernoize project then eventually went into more of an EBM sound with more vocals. No matter what they did though, they've always had a very powerful sound...so, this album completely threw me off.

My two best friends and I are Combichrist fangirls...but we found ourselves frowning through pretty much the entire album. This is a very watered down, depressed Combichrist. Boring, generic beats and Andy's "singing voice" makes me cringe. When I listen to old albums, I get excited. I feel like raging and dancing until I die, and it never gets old. Where with Making Monsters, I find myself to be indifferent through most of it. Throat Full Of Glass makes me feel like I'm sitting in a shobby bar, alone and miserable on a rainy day. I really hate to say all of those things because I don't want to believe that the same group that got me into the scene is the same one that made this catastrophe of an album.

I love when a band or artist changes it up but, this isn't good. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By WichacpiHoskila VINE VOICE on August 22, 2011
Format: Audio CD
It's a good thing this band has a strong back catalogue, because otherwise this album would be invisible in the mountain of similar generic, unremarkable electronic music made by newbies. I'm sorry, but this is just not good Combichrist. Many of the songs are slow, plodding messes without any hooks or contagious sounds. Not interesting, not powerful, not threatening, just as bland as sonic hands-full of dough. Andy has an awful singing voice--it's weak, it's very much out of tune, and yet he tries and tries to sing on so many tracks! Andy's voice is made for industrial-strength shouting, like in "Sent to Destroy" and "All Pain is Gone"--THOSE are killer songs. Andy's sounding more tired here.

There are a few stabs of harder songs, but they're not actually very interesting. F---machine is an un-creative as they come: heap misogyny and abuse on a woman, tell her she deserves it--that's the whole song. It's crap. It's trite. It's not rebellious, it's typical woman-hating sexism without even the benefit of any interesting music (just a bunch of loops piled on top of each other to accompany Andy's rather wretched and SERIOUSLY disappointing sexism). Hey Andy: abusing women isn't edgy. It's not creative. It's not sexy. It's not fun. It's not even shocking. It makes you seem like a tool. It's just dull.

So there it is--the album I've awaited more eagerly than any other this year, and it's dull. Sure, some Combichrist fans will suck up to it, telling Andy another thousand times how awesome he is, but come on...they know. They *know* this album is weak. The songs are sludgy and so generic that only a couple are even conspicuous. They *know* Andy's singing voice stinks (but apparently nobody was brave enough to tell him that). This sounds like a gazillion other electro-industrial bands you've never heard of because they weren't noticeable, now forgotten in random COP and Cleopatra catalogues of 1994.
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