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“As an avid gamer myself I was honored to be asked to work on this project,” says COMBICHRIST mastermind Andy LaPlegua, regarding his latest project No Redemption, his soundtrack to the Capcom videogame DmC Devil May Cry. “I had a lot of fun digging myself into Dante’s psyche in order to create music to match the battle scenes and am equally as excited to license existing Combichrist music.” Not quite the follow-up to 2010’s Making Monsters nor far removed either, No Redemption is a brutal and unrelenting musical excursion into a nightmarish videogame world. It explores the dynamic and violent realm, seen through the eyes of DmC’s Dante, a young man who has no respect for authority or society in general.
Culled from a collection of 27 new tracks Andy wrote specifically for the game, the 13 tracks that make up No Redemption are an apocalyptic fusion of Industrial, Electro and Metalcore – unyielding yet cinematic and stunning. From the breakneck kickoff of “Age of Mutation” to the moody and atmospheric “Feed the Fire” to the machine gun assault of “How Old Is Your Soul”, No Redemption isn’t for the squeamish. Stereoboard accurately described the album as “a massive sonic onslaught of aggressive, electronic walls of sound, spiced up with hefty Metalcore elements that complements the game’s battle scenes perfectly.”
In addition to the 27 new tracks Andy wrote, Capcom also licensed ten tracks from Combichrist’s past including “Sent To Destroy” (from 2009’s Today We Are All Demons), “Get Your Body Beat” (from 2007’s What The F*ck Is Wrong With You People) and “Throat Full Of Glass” (from 2010’s Making Monsters). Out Of Line has released a limited edition 2-CD digipak of No Redemption that is exclusively available in Europe and via combichrist.com that includes the 13 No Redemption tracks and the ten licensed tracks.
Starting off in the dark metal and hardcore soul of Norway, Andy LaPlegua led a few seminal bands in the Norwegian underground (including Fleshfire and Lash Out) before fusing electronics and dance beats and forming Combichrist in 2003 and releasing their incredibly well-respected EBM/Industrial debut The Joy of Gunz. The following four albums witnessed the band’s evolution of their self-described “techno body music”, which was described as “a journey through hell and high water, through the eyes of a serial killer, sex, violence and plenty of Jack Daniels on ice.”
No Redemption will be released in the U.S. on February 5, 2013 by Out Of Line for the world outside of Japan (January 25, 2013 for Europe) and by Columbia/Nippon for Japan (February 20, 2013). The official as-yet-untitled follow-up to 2010’s Making Monsters is scheduled for release later this year.