Combichrist Release New Song And Video, ‘Understand’

Combichrist release second single from One Fire

Combichrist black and white band photo. The band are dressed in denim and wearing different facepaints, each of them eating a plate of food.

Combichrist have released a new song with accompanying video which you can watch below. Understand is the second single taken from their new album One Fire, which is out on June 7th.

Andy LaPlegua, the man behind Combichrist, says about the Understand video:

“This might be the most important music video I’ve ever made. I’m addressing themes and personal feelings that to date I’ve kept hidden. Anxiety, fear, the unknown, and how they take a toll on people’s lives, on my life. This is the third video I’ve made with director Jason Alacrity, and his ability to translate these wild impulses and different ideas was a great challenge. But he, and the cast, really did an amazing job making the song come to life in an even more intense way. ‘Understand’ isn’t just about knowing, it’s about learning.”

Andy LaPlegua says One Fire is a progression in sound in comparison to past releases, and that he referred back to his roots during the writing process. While the purely industrial metal album is full of constant aggression, it’s meant to be therapeutic for all. The album puts a focus on hidden illnesses, such as mental illness – something that LaPlegua feels society should be paying more attention to. Pain doesn’t always manifest on the surface.

“The album is very much meant to be a social commentary, putting focus on mental illness and rebellion. While physical damage is accepted and very obvious in our society, hidden health problems, such as mental illness, are regarded as ‘just being in your head’. I’m trying to let the listener into the mind of someone who’s struggling to get by every day.”

One Fire features several special guest contributions, including vocal offerings from Burton C. Bell (Fear Factory) on Guns at Last Dawn, which was also co-written/mixed by Gigantor of hardstep drum and bass group Evol Intent. Last Days Under the Sun was co-written/mixed by Daniel Myer of German electronic project Haujobb. One Fire also features an orchestrally-fuelled cover of the Dead Kennedy‘s classic California Über Alles.

Combichrist released first single Hate Like Me in March.

One Fire track listing:

1: Intro
2: Hate Like Me
3: Broken United
4: Guns at Last Dawn (feat. Burton C. Bell and co-written/mixed by Gigantor)
5: Lobotomy
6: One Fire
7: Bottle of Pain
8: 2045
9: Interlude
10: Understand
11: California Über Alles (Dead Kennedy‘s cover)
12: Last Days Under the Sun (feat. Daniel Myer)
13: The Other

Combichrist are in the middle of a massive world tour, dates are below

NORTH AMERICA:

5/10 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent
5/11 – San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s
5/12 – Sacramento, CA @ Holy Diver
5/14 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
5/15 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
5/16 – Vancouver, BC @ The Rickshaw Theater
5/17 – Edmonton, AB @ Starlite
5/19 – Regina, SK @ The Exchange
5/20 – Winnipeg, MB @ Pyramids
5/23 – London, ON @ Rum Runners
5/24 – Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace
5/25 – Montreal, QC @ Katacombes
5/26 – Quebec City, QC @ L’Anti Bar & Spectacles
5/28 – Ottawa, ON @ The Brass Monkey
5/29 – Buffalo, NY @ Ironworks
5/31 – Flint, MI @ Machine Shop
6/1 – Grand Rapids, MI @ The Stache at The Intersection
6/2 – Indianapolis, IN @ The Citadel

UK/EUROPE:

6/21 – Dessel, BE @ Graspop Metal Meeting
6/22 – Clisson, FR @ Hellfest
6/24 – Bristol, UK @ The Fleece
6/25 – Dublin, IE @ Voodoo Lounge
6/26 – Belfast, UK @ The Palm House
6/27 – Glasgow, UK @ Audio
6/28 – Manchester, UK @ Academy 3
6/29 – London, UK @ Electric Brixton
6/30 – Birmingham, UK @ The Mill
7/2 – Amstelveen, NL @ P60
7/3 – Ballenstedt, DE @ Rock Harz
7/4 – Saarbrücken, DE @ Garage
7/5 – Lyon, FR @ Ninkasi Kao
7/6 – Barcelona, ES @ Rockfest
7/7 – Madrid, ES @ Caracol
7/9 – Montepellier, FR @ Secret Place
7/10 – Zurich, CH @ Xtra
7/11 – Milano, IT @ Legend Club
7/12 – Ljubljana, SI @ Kino Siska
7/13 – Zagreb, CR @ Mocvara
7/14 – Vienna, AT @ Scene
7/17 – Sofia, BU @ Mixtape 5
7/18 – Brasov, RU @ Kruhnen Musik Halle
7/19 – Budapest, HU @ Dürer Kert
7/21 – Bratislava, SK @ Randal Club
7/23 – Posnan, PL @ Klub U Bazyla
7/24 – Warschau, PL @ Proxima
7/25 – Riga, LV @ Melna Piektdiena
7/26 – Tallinn, EE @ Tapper
7/27 – Helsinki, FI @ Virgin Oil
7/28 – Tampere, FI @ Klubi
7/30 – Stockholm, SE @ Fryshuset Klubben
7/31 – Oslo, NO @ John Dee
8/1 – Göteborg, SE @ Sticky Fingers
8/3 – Hamburg, DE @ Grünspan
8/4 – Oberhausen, DE @ Kulttempel
8/6 – Stuttgart, DE @ Wizemann
8/7 – Munich, DE @ Backstage
8/8 – Frankfurt, DE @ Batschkapp
8/9 – Nürnberg, DE @ Hirsch
8/10 – Jaromer, CZ @ Brutal Assault Festival
8/11 – Hildesheim-Drispenstedt, DE @ MeraLuna Festival
8/14 – Zebbug, MT @ The Garage

SOUTH AMERICA:

8/30 – Sao Paulo, BR @ The House
8/31 – Montevideo, UY @ Music Box
9/1 – Buenos Aires, AR @ Uniclub
9/2 – Cordoba, AR @ Casa Babylon
9/4 – Santiago, CL @ Blondie
9/6 – Lima, PE CC @ Embassy
9/7 – Bogota, CO @ Ace Of Spades
9/8 – Ciudad de Mexico, MX @ Ford Indie Rocks

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