Innovation Concerts presents
Lords Of Acid
Combichrist, Christian Death, En Esch, Wiccid
308 Main Street
Toledo, OH, 43605
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.
"I'm so sick of unicorns," says Combichrist's Andy LaPlegua about the song "Fuck Unicorns"
from their new album We Love You (Out Of Line [EU]/Metropolis Records [US]). "They went
from being something ironic and ridiculous, to an overexposed hipster icon. Fuck unicorns!"
In some ways, the peaceful and gentle unicorn can be seen as the symbolic opposite to
Combichrist. To them, music equals mayhem and volume; the louder and the more aggro, the
better. Their brand of head-pummeling electronica has been amped up and adrenalized. There
are louder guitars, heavier drums, darker electronics and a lot more anger.
Kicking off the album is the disjointed and anthemic "We Were Made To Love You." LaPlegua
imagines a "futuristic robot-controlled society", slowly setting up the listener for 13 tracks of
relentless aggression and bass heavy electronica. From the stuttering thump of "Every Day Is
War" to the choking-on-glass/buzz-saw aggression of "Satans Propaganda" to the breakneck
punk metal of "Love Is A Razorblade", We Love You leaves you gasping for breath. The searing
first single "From My Cold Dead Hands" is a crash course in everything We Love You delivers.
It's a paean that glorifies guns and the power they wield, and is as much a midnight dance-floor
anthem as it is a personal statement devoid of the tired politics that accompanies the topic of
guns. "I'm not a politician, and I don't expect my politicians to make music," he explains.
"However, people are so afraid to say what's on their mind if it's not PC. I believe in the rights to
have guns, and I believe in personal freedom."
Initially cutting his teeth in the seminal Norwegian hardcore bands My Right Choice 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 musical avenue he desired. 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
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 three more full-length albums — What the Fuck Is Wrong with
You People? (2007), Today We Are All Demons (2009) and Making Monsters (2011) — as well as
a handful of additional EPs. Following the release of Making Monsters, they promoted it loudly
by accompanying German friends Rammstein on a North American stadium tour, expanding
their audience even further. At the tail end of 2012, LePlegua was commissioned to write the
music for the CapCom videogame DMC Devil May Cry, resulting in over 20 tracks, many of which
appeared on the soundtrack album No Redemption. Not really a follow-up to Making Monsters,
yet not really a side project, No Redemption was intentionally harder and more metal than
anything that had been released previously. While it resulted in mixed reactions from fans and
critics, No Redemption managed to topple the adversity and enjoyed a successful run.
Stretching their musical scope even wider, in late 2013 the band performed with a symphony
orchestra in Leipzig as part of the Gothik Meets Klassic Festival. Paying homage to their
history, they completed a series of "old school" shows to remind fans of their illustrious
With We Love You in queue to usher them into the next chapter, Combichrist is ready to return
to the road with a new live show that showcases all facets of the band. And like all previous
albums and tours, the fans can expect pure and unadulterated Combichrist. "One of my best
friends said it the best, 'listening to this album sums up everything I know about you and
music'," he laughs, "only bigger, more bombastic and even louder!"
Death Rock band formed in October 1979 - Los Angeles, California.
Named as a satirical play on words derived from the designer brand 'Christian Dior', Christian Death was founded by vocalist Rozz Williams, bassist James McGearty, drummer George Belanger, and a guitarist named Jay brought in from a previous band Rozz had been in called Daucus Karota. The group went on hiatus briefly in 1981, but reformed that summer with Rikk Agnew replacing Jay on guitar. Their debut album - the death-rock classic Only Theatre Of Pain was released in March 1982.
Later that year, Agnew and Belanger had left the band and were replaced by Eva O and 'China' respectively. Eva O was soon replaced by Michael Montana, and by the end of the year the band had split once again.
In 1983, Williams formed a new band with members of Pompeii 99, a band that Christian Death had played some shows with just before they had split. This new group consisted of Rozz, Valor (2), Gitane Demone, David Glass & Constance Smith. Rozz wanted to bring back the Daucus Karota name for this new band, but Valor and his European record company convinced him to retain the name Christian Death. This line-up remained more or less constant for a couple of years, although there were some problems during that time that led to stress between the members. These problems came to a head in 1985, when Rozz left the band just before a European tour. Long before the band had recorded or played anywhere as Christian Death, and, just as they had decided to change the name of the band from Pompeii 99 to Christian Death, all members signed a partnership agreement. This made Rozz, David, Gitane and Valor "equal partners" both jointly and severally. The terms of the agreement provided articles which would oblige any member to forfeit their rights in and to the name in the event any member should not fulfil his or her obligations. This is what Rozz did when he left. The version of the band consisting of Valor, Gitane and David Glass relocated to England and continued to record and tour until 1988 when David decided to return to L.A. with his pregnant wife to settle down and be a parent, he signed off accordingly. A settlement agreement was signed, and, later, Gitane did the same. This thereby left Valor as the sole proprietor of the business from 1989 onwards.
Valor continued with numerous session musicians until 1991, when his second wife Maitri joined the project. This new version of the group combined dark heavy metal influences with Valor's classical forays and the Gothic rock for which Christian Death remains best known.
Around this same time, Rozz and Rikk Agnew had begun playing some reunion shows in the US also using the name Christian Death, Rozz also started recording new Christian Death material with his wife (and early C.D. member) Eva O. Valor threatened legal action, claiming that he owned the band name and most of Rozz's material ended up being released under the name Christian Death featuring Rozz Williams. This version of the group came to a close on April 1, 1998 when Rozz Williams committed suicide.
During 2006 various original members of the band including Rikk Agnew, Eva O and James McGearty reunited as Christian Death 1334, however due to copyright infringement issues the group had to change their name to CD 1334. They have since split up.
Valor and Maitri continue to record and tour as Christian Death.
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.