This week, the Upstate gets heavy. We’re talking heavy metal. This week sees many prominent local and nationally well-known metal bands take the Upstate by storm. Our spotlight is on metal heavyweights, Combichrist. While we realize this isn’t everyone’s speed, there is something to be said about the energy you feel at one of these shows. For those of you who like to keep things on the lighter side, fear not, there are still plenty of great live music events for you to attend this week, and you can find them in this edition of Music Monday.
Thursday: Combichrist @ Ground Zero, 6 PM
If there is any genre of music with more subcategories of music than heavy metal, I do not know what it is. A quick search on the Internet of Things returned a list longer than Bubba’s shrimp speech from Forrest Gump… black metal, death metal, crust punk, doom metal, extreme metal, grindcore, metalcore, post-metal, speed metal, stoner metal, and even folk and symphonic metal are all considered to be mutually exclusive genres of music. How the casual listener differentiates between them all is a task for another day, however, as today we will just talk about one particular band – Combichrist.
Combichrist falls into the Industrial Metal genre of things which combines traditional metal guitar and vocals with a heavy electronic element. Think Nine Inch Nails or Rob Zombie but, in Combichrist’s case, dial the intensity up to 11. Electronic dance grooves are met by thunderous drum beats and guitar riffs that rip through it all like a chainsaw. Completing the package is lead singer Andy LaPlegua’s defiant, in your face vocals.
All of this comes together for a sound that is extremely pleasing to the ear. It is as melodic as it is intense and just catchy enough to stick in your head long after a single listen. If there was ever a band that would make you want to drive a race car directly into the apocalypse while you bob your head with an arrogant grin, it would most definitely be Combichrist. For the record, I might look a little less cool doing that in my Subaru around my neighborhood but I am not letting that get in the way of a good time.
Combichrist is the product of Norwegian born LaPlegua who formed the band in 2003. In the studio, LaPlegua is a one-man band who records the album himself but performs live with an incredibly talented supporting cast of characters. He has released eight studio albums in the years since. Most recently 2016’s, This is Where Death Begins, which is a double album with one half serving as the band’s first official live release. Check out the videos for “My Life My Rules” and “Skullcrusher” for a great introduction to what we are in for Friday evening.
As with all of Ground Zero’s shows, the fun starts early with a stacked lineup of music. Wednesday 13, Night Club, Prison, Death Valley High, and more all play the lead up to Combichrist’s main event at this all ages show. Get there early and stay up late because this is a big night of music, folks.
Saturday: Miki Fiki @ The Radio Room, 7 PM
On the other end of the musical spectrum is the carefree and lighthearted sound of Miki Fiki. The Nashville quintet’s Indie Pop sound is as fun as it comes with lyrics leading the way over upbeat tempos. Newly formed in 2017, this is the band’s first tour and Upstate music lovers should be excited to get its live-and-in-person introduction to this fascinating new band. Local favorites Daddy’s Beemer and Tom Angst kick things off for another great Saturday night at The Radio Room.
Other Performances You Won’t Want to Miss…
- Seven Spires @ The Radio Room, 8 PM: Metal Monday is back with Boston’s Seven Spires with support from Hate Storm Annihilation and Bella Gnosis.
- Fistula @ Ground Zero, 6 PM: Ohio sludge metal band Fistula headlines a big night of music at Spartanburg’s Ground Zero.
- Angela Easterling @ M. Judson Booksellers, 7 PM: Singer/songwriter Angela Easterling pays a visit to M. Judson for this month’s edition of their Songwriters’ Circle series.
- Darby Wilcox @ Up on the Roof, 7:30 PM: Darby Wilcox live is a treat wherever we find her but we bet she’s even more fun up on high at Greenville’s tallest rooftop bar and restaurant.
- Dave Hause and Northcote @ The Radio Room, 8 PM: Dave Hause began his musical career as part of mid-90’s Philadelphia punk bands but will be treating listeners to stripped down acoustic sets with Canada’s Northcote.
- Matt Fassas Trip @ Quest Brewing Company, 7 PM: Matt Fassas and his band take the stage for this week’s edition of Quest Brewing’s Thursday night concert series.
- Psycho Psycho, 18th & Addison, and In Case Of Emergency @ The Radio Room, 8 PM: It is an eclectic evening of rocks and punk complete with an EP release from 18th & Addison.
- Æsoterra, Above Livius, Solarist, Tombstone HWY, Written In Gray, and Electric Phantom @ Ground Zero, 6 PM: It is a big night of metal with six bands at Ground Zero this Friday evening.
- Shovels & Rope @ The Greenville Zoo, 7 PM: The PNC Bank Zoo Tunes concert series is back with Shovels & Rope.
- Lydia Can’t Breathe @ The Radio Room, 8 PM: Florida rock/metal outfit. Lydia Can’t Breathe stops in to Greenville on the next to last night of their most recent national tour.
- CBDB @ The Firmament, 8 PM: Alabama progressive rock band headlines a night at The Firmament with support from local favorites Four 14.
- The New Time Travelers @ Carolina Bauernhaus, 8 PM: Check out Americana and bluegrass at Downtown Anderson’s farmhouse brewery.
- Almost Steve with the Kenny George Band @ Gottrocks, 9 PM: If you grew up in Greenville in the late 1990’s, Almost Steve needs no introduction… check out their 20-year anniversary/reunion show at Gottrocks this Friday night.
- Froggy Fresh @ GroundZero, 6 PM: If you are unfamiliar with comedic rapper Froggy Fresh, go watch his video for “The Baddest” on YouTube, make plans to be at Ground Zero Saturday night, and feel free to thank us later.
- The Grateful Brothers @ The Firmament, 9 PM: Take a little Grateful Dead, a little Allman Brothers, a healthy scoop of innovation, mix, stir, and bake at 350 for an enjoyable evening with The Grateful Brothers.
- 6 String Drag with the Wobblers @ Gottrocks, 9:30 PM: Alt-country superstars 6 String Drag have recently reunited and hit the road again, guaranteeing a great evening of music at Gottrocks Saturday night.
- Quiet Hollers @ The Radio Room, 8 PM: Squeeze every last drop of fun out of the weekend with critically acclaimed Indie rockers the Quiet Hollers.
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