13th Floor Entertainment Presents Lords Of Acid
Lords Of Acid
Combichrist, Christian Death, En Esch, Wiccid
1306 W. University Dr
Mesa, AZ, 85201
This event is all ages
Lords Of Acid
Belgian-American post-industrial/techno band founded in Antwerp in 1988. Lords Of Acid worked with various additional writers and musicians throughout the years.
Maurice Engelen, Nikkie Van Lierop and Oliver Adams were the main artists, with Rembert De Smet, Ferre Baelen, Ludo Camberlin, Jos Borremans, Harry Van Oekel, Luc Van Acker and Wim Daans among the contributors.
When Nikkie left the group, she was replaced by vocalist Ruth McArdle.
Later Deborah Ostrega took over vocal duties.
During summer 2010, the Lords Of Acid are back for an US Sextreme Ball tour with a new lineup : Maurice Engelen, Lacey Conner, Sin Quirin, Murv Douglas and Kirk Salvador.
In 2011, Mea Fisher becomes the new lead singer.
"It's beyond my personal demons, and extremely honest," says LaPlegua of the fifth Combichrist album Making Monsters. With five albums, thousands of shows, and four full months in Europe touring with Rammstein (in front of hundreds of thousands of people), Combichrist has become a purely visceral creature, driven by instinct and emotion; stripped of all pretension. Its urgency - most evident in the raw and uncompromising new album – is fueled by expressions of lust, anger, pain and hate.
Presenting a foreboding soundscape, the album kicks off with a hauntingly atmospheric instrumental "Declamation," setting the tone for what is to follow: dark, stabbing synths; heavy, robotic beats; and swarming, buzz saw-style guitar sounds. Songs such as "Follow the Trail of Blood" (featuring Brendan Schiepatti of Bleeding Through) are baretoothed aggression; meanwhile the floor-stomping, first single "Never Surrender" proves to be aggressively catchy, with its metronome-tight rhythm through the verses, giving way to explosive choruses that is bound to pack dance floors. "Through These Eyes of Pain" takes a much subtler approach. Its echo-y vocal wash and glitchy beats conjure images like a mournful dream, exposing the man inside the monster. Though the moods displayed in Making Monsters are decidedly sinister, LaPlegua manages to portray these emotions in many different guises. Laden with hook heavy choruses, speaker-crushing beats, and LaPlegua's trademark dark, aggressive vocals, this is an album that exudes honesty and the darkness that often comes with it.
Initially cutting his teeth in the seminal Norwegian hardcore bands Fleshfire and Lash Out, LaPlegua segued out of that scene into the electronic music world with Icon of Coil. Originally a solo project, it morphed into a full band with the additions of Sebastian Komor and Christian Lund. Not only did IOC mark LaPlegua's first major work with electronics and dance beats, but it also granted him wider exposure beyond Norway; IOC was LaPlegua's first project to be released in the United States.
It wasn't until 2003 that LaPlegua founded Combichrist - the project that would soon dominate his time. A departure from IOC's futurepop sound, Combichrist took LaPlegua's hardcore past and electronica present and merged them into a singular, mechanical music monster. Without the compromise of the band dynamic, LaPlegua, who does everything in the studio himself on Combichrist releases, was able to explore whatever avenue he desired musically. What he found was a long dark road with plenty of twists and turns. The Joy of Gunz, LaPlegua's first release as Combichrist, was quickly followed by two EP's: 2004's Kiss the Blade and Sex Drogen und Industrial.
In 2005, LaPlegua was back at it again, releasing the landmark album Everybody Hates You. Defying the dreaded sophomore slump, the second Combichrist full-length featured two tracks that would become club classics—"This Shit Will Fuck You Up" and "This Is My Rifle"—and was also the project's U.S. debut on Metropolis Records. Further benchmarks were set with the release of the 2006 EP Get Your Body Beat, the title track of which landed Combichrist its first appearance on Billboard's Top 10 Dance Singles chart.
The years that followed brought on two more full-length albums — What the Fuck Is Wrong with You People? (2007) and Today We Are All Demons (2009) — as well as a handful of additional EPs. On top of Combichrist's many releases, LaPlegua has also logged countless miles, globetrotting on tours of Europe, South America, Australia, the United States and points in-between.
Though Combichrist has kept him busy over the past seven years, LaPlegua has other interests that fill the rare breaks from his main musical project. The Atlanta, GA - based songwriter maintains Panzer AG, a sonic hybrid of Combichrist and Icon of Coil and even plays in a straightforward American rock 'n' roll band, Scandinavian Cock. This affinity for Americana is also displayed in his love for hotrods and motorcycles. On his MySpace page, LaPlegua states, "I'm a Norwegian grease ball, and I'm never afraid to get dirty!"
With Making Monsters, man and beast have combined, evolving beyond the demon it once was and into a greater, bigger and more malevolent force in music. This time, there's no surrender.
Officially there have been over 30 musicians involved with the band. Therefore a historical litany of them all would be impractical.
Formed in Los Angeles and fronted by 16 year old vocalist/lyricist Rozz Williams, the band released the first album "Only Theatre Of Pain in 1982. A dark, sinister style of punk rock. The album gained local success. A year later the band completely broke up
Singer Rozz then joined the band "Pompeii 99' founded by singer, guitarist, song writer Valor.
Rozz took over vocals leaving Valor to focus on guitar. Before Rozz joined Pompeii 99, the band had already released their fist album "Look At Yourself" to much acclaim, which had an apocalyptic theme with a punk rock flavor. The Pompeii 99 had been planning their first tour when it was proposed by their French record company, to merge Pompeii 99 into a new version of Christian Death which after some debate was agreed upon. Thus, began the new Christian Death and the first Pompeii 99 tour became the first Christian Death tour.
Part way through the tour the band stopped in Wales to record songs, some of which were originally intended for the next Pompeii 99 album. The fusion of which led to the unique sound of the classic "Catastrophe Ballet".
Like the first Pompeii 99 album, Catastrophe Ballet had an apocalyptic theme, however the music morphed into something not quite Pompeii 99 and nothing like the first Christian Death album. After the tour the band returned to LA to later record the 3rd Christian Death album"Ashes"which was a post apocalyptic vision of a cold and bleak future.
After confirming the 2nd tour in 85 singer Rozz quit the band. Valor returned to vocals, the band embarked on the 2nd tour. In Italy the band recorded the mini album "The Wind Kissed Pictures", a surrealist view of a mystical past. Almost immediately work began on the 4th full length album "Atrocities" inspired by the atrocities of World War II and the connection to future shock waves. While continuously touring in 87 the band released the 5th and now classic album "The Scriptures", the theme of which explored world religion and how the legacy of these beliefs impact our world today.
1988 Brought us the release of "Sex & Drugs & Jesus Christ". This was turning point for the band. The cover depicted an image of Jesus shooting up heroin. This was a full frontal attack by Valor against the Church with a scathing heretical mockery of organized Christianity. The band then found themselves confronted by protesters, riots and bomb threats, These events and the bands imagery and fashion went on to influence the likes of Nine Inch Nails, Korn, Marilyn Manson, Type O Negative, every Goth band on the planet and many others.
1989 saw the release of the double album epic "All the Love, All the Hate" interpreting the juxtaposition between life and death, day and night, man and woman, black and white.
In 1991 came the release of "Insanus, Ultio, proditio, Misericordiaque", with its theme of an ancient dream state.
Late in 91, after being in several other bands and seven years after quitting Christian Death, Rozz was persuaded by unscrupulous profiteers to perform at a concert in Los Angels under the name Christian Death. On the same day Christian Death was in Europe performing in Paris, France. Assuming this was a one time effort to earn extra cash, as explained to Valor by Rozz, Valor ignored the incident and carried on recording and touring, only to later learn that a live album of the show had been released using the name Christian Death followed by a hastily recorded studio album also using the name, which led to a turf war. As accusations and rumors against Valor were spread by the profiteers and financial backers of these unofficial releases, fans were left confused. Valor pushed on.
By 1994, female vocalist and bass guitarist Maitri, (the now 2nd most continuous member of Christian Death) joined the band to record "Sexy Death God" which proclaimed sexual freedom in the face of religious adversity.
In 1996 was the release of "Prophecies" with its theme based on the Apocalyptic prophecies of soothsayers throughout the ages".
Sadly in 1997, Rozz committed suicide. It is believed heroin played a role. No suicide note was found.
In 1998 Christian Death released "Pornographic Messiah" a colorful elaborate return to the sex versus religion theme.
In !999 Christian Death released "Born Again anti Christian"which featured members of Cradle of Filth and a song sung by Dani Filth. The album theme was an assault on Born Again Christians as well as having the first songs inspired by mass murderers . In 2000 the band promoted the album on tour with Cradle Of Filth.
While on tour with Cradle Of Filth, former Cradle of Filth Drummer Will Was Sargenson played in Christian Death.
In 2002, Maitri the second most continuous member of Christian Death released her debut album and band Lover Of Sin with songs and production collaboration by Valor. Later that year Cradle Of Filth guitarist Gian Peres joined Christian Death for the 2003 tour, Lover Of Sin was the support, with Tony Norman of Morbid Angel on guitar, Howard Davis of Evans Blue on drums and Juan Punchy Gonzalez on guitar.
In 2007/8, Christian Death released their 13th studio album "AMERICAN INQUISITION", on the strength of it's success, the band did "FOUR" European tours and one USA tour, all in 2008.
In 2009 Christian Death will re-release "TEN" back catalogue albums on Season Of Mist Records and the touring will continue.............
"Christian Death take a relentlessly confrontational stand against organized religion and conventional morality, with an appetite for provocation that makes Marilyn Manson look like Stryper".- VH1
"One of the top ten goth bands of all time" - Rolling Stone magazine
En Esch, a.k.a. Nicklaus Schandelmaier or Klaus Schandelmaier, is a German musician and has been a member of the bands KMFDM, Pigface, and Slick Idiot.