It was an evening of electro-industrial music in Detroit at Saint Andrews Hall on Sunday, November 22 when The Birthday Massacre and Combichrist co-headlined a show that also included performances from Echo Black and MXMS.
It was a light but very energetic crowd who met each act with enthusiasm and numerous mosh pits throughout the evening.
Industrial pop/rock band Echo Black kicked things off with a roaring, impressive set that featured current single “Burn Another Day,” as well as tracks from their days as Danny Blu. The band is clearly on the right track and definitely picked up some new fans at the show and bassist Rob Gnarly and vocalist Danny Blu even took to the crowd during the set.
MXMS, the brainchild of Shiny Toy Gun’s Jeremy Dawson and featuring vocalist Ariel Levitan, also made quite the impression as fans flooded their merch area after their set. The multimedia duo kicked things off with the haunting “Ghost Blood” and kept the crowd entranced throughout.
The Birthday Massacre are always a fun act to see live with their aggressive sets full of distortion crunched guitars and shifting vocals from Chibi, who is just as comfortable crooning sweet pop melodies as she is belting out a death growl. Sunday’s show was no different as the band moved from hit to hit kicking things off with “Pins and Needles” before pulling out tracks like “Video Kid”, “Looking Glass” and “Blue” before wrapping it up with “Broken”.
Combichrist then closed things out with a frenzied mix of their electro-infused metal that, at times, almost felt more like a rave. The band opened quietly with vocalist Andy LaPlegua and guitarist Eric13 taking the stage for the beginning of “Evil In Me” before the rest of the band joined them and kicked things into high gear. From then on the pedal was to the metal as they moved through their catalog including some songs from their 2014 release We Love You.
Later in the set Birthday Massacre, who were celebrating their last night on the tour, came out to join Combichrist on “Maggots At The Party”. Echo Black’s Gnarly also made an appearance as he retrieved various disassembled parts of the drum kit, which Combichrist had jokingly tossed into the crowd. Combichrist went on to close the evening out with “What the F*ck is Wrong With You” as they worked the crowd into a frenzy.