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Combichrist Leader Gets Personal On New Album

Of the Oakland Press

Posted: Thursday, February 5, 2009

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Andy LaPlegua calls “Today We Are All Demons,” the latest album by his techno-rock outfit Combichrist, “a little bit more personal than the other albums, a little less fiction.”

There’s good reason for that.

The Norwegian native, who resides in Atlanta, went through “a rough divorce” last year — the toll, he says, of Combichrist’s heavy touring schedule. That and “some other stuff” made their way into the 13 songs that populate the album.

“Everything I write is inspired by how I feel,” says LaPlegua, 33. “When you’re going through a rough period, it’s hard not to let it affect me musically and ... just kind of blow off some steam.”

Despite the split, LaPlegua plans to remain in Atlanta, where he’s laid down roots and built a studio and rehearsal facility in an abandoned 68,000-squarefoot factory.

“I really like it there,” he says. “I’m not often at home, so it’s a great hub for traveling. I like the climate. I like the Southern hospitality. When you’re only home a few days a month, it’s nice to be somewhere you like, you know?”

Combichrist, Black Light Burns and Desillusion perform Thursday (Feb. 5) at the Majestic Theater, 4140 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 day of show. Call (313) 833-9700 or visit www.majesticdetroit.com.

Web Site: www.majesticdetroit.com

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