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Light This City

From: San Francisco, CA, United States
Last Known Status: Disbanded

Latest Light This City News

Below is our complete Light This City news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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The Funeral Pyre Comments on Recent Shows

Los Angeles black metallers THE FUNERAL PYRE have just completed a week of west coast shows, which started with their friends, EARLY GRAVES and met up with label mates, LIGHT THIS CITY for four of their final five farewell shows. As previously announced, THE FUNERAL PYRE will release their new album, “Vultures At Dawn,” on June 8, 2010 via PROSTHETIC RECORDS. The album was recorded by Adam Campbell at Awkward Studios, mixed by Ryan Butler (Landmine Marathon, Misery Index, Phobia) at Arcane Digital and was mastered by Dave Shirk (Incantation, Nile, Today Is The Day) of Sonorous Mastering. Artist Justin Barlett (Trap Them, Sunn0))), Intronaut) is handling the album’s artwork.

Vocalist John Strachan commented on the shows, “It was a great time playing the final Light This City shows. It’s sad to say that's finally over, but we're glad we were a part of it. Good luck to all of them. We are also heading out on a summer tour with our friends in Early Graves.”....

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The Funeral Pyre Announces New Album Release Date

THE FUNERAL PYRE has announced June 8, 2010 as the release date for their new album, “Vultures At Dawn.” The album was recorded by Adam Campbell at Awkward Studios, mixed by Ryan Butler (Landmine Marathon, Misery Index, Phobia) at Arcane Digital and mastered by Dave Shirk (Incantation, Nile, Today Is The Day) of Sonorous Mastering. Artist Justin Barlett (Trap Them, Sunn0))), Intronaut) is handling the album’s artwork.

The band commented, on the sound of the new record, “On this record we stepped out of our comfort zone and tried to create better songs, never focusing on what style of metal it actually is. Just writing the songs was most important to us.” More...

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Light This City Announces More Farewell Shows

San Francisco’s LIGHT THIS CITY has just added a final show to the run of previously announced reunion/farewell shows in April. The band will be playing their last show ever on Monday, April 12 in Orangevale, CA at the Boardwalk, with old friends DARKEST HOUR and ANIMALS AS LEADERS. This is in addition to shows in San Francisco, Fresno, Anaheim and Los Angeles. The band has been dormant since mid 2008, before the release of their final record, “Stormchaser.”

The newly updated farewell dates are:

April 8 Thee Parkside, San Francisco (w/ Comadre, The Funeral Pyre, Early Graves)
April 9 The CYC, Fresno (w/ Azathoth, The Funeral Pyre, TBA)
April 10 Chain Reaction, Anaheim (w/ The Funeral Pyre, Antagonist, Early Graves)
April 11 The Blvd, Los Angeles (w/ The Funeral Pyre, Gypsy Hawk, Atour Heels)
April 12 The Boardwalk, Orangevale (w/ Darkest Hour, Animals As Leaders)....

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Light This City Announces Farewell Shows

San Francisco's LIGHT THIS CITY is regrouping for four farewell shows in April. The band has been dormant since mid 2008, before the release of their final record, the critically acclaimed, "Stormchaser."

The farewell concert dates are as follows:

April 8 Thee Parkside, San Francisco (w/ Comadre, The Funeral Pyre, Early Graves)
April 9 The CYC, Fresno (w/ Azathoth, The Funeral Pyre, TBA)
April 10 Chain Reaction, Anaheim (w/ The Funeral Pyre, Antagonist, Early Graves)
April 11 The Blvd, Los Angeles (w/ The Funeral Pyre, Gypsy Hawk, Atour Heels)

Drummer Ben Murray commented; "It has been just about two years since Light This City came home from the Death Angel tour and decided to call it quits. Needless to say, it has been an exciting and interesting two years since we put a stop to the band, and since June of 2008 everyone in Light This City has started brand new awesome musical endeavors. That being said, we always knew we would get together one last time to thrash with all our amazing fans up and down California. That time has come, and we are extremely excited to announce four 'Final' Light This City shows. These should all be absolutely killer, and we expect all our west coast fans to be there! We will play a good amount of 'Stormchaser' songs as well as all the bangers from 'Facing the Thousand' and 'Remains of the Gods.' Since we didn't play any shows in support of 'Stormchaser,' this will be the best chance for all of you metalheads in California to come rage with us while we bust out these songs! Hope to see you all there!!"

PROSTHETIC RECORDS recently reissued the band's first record, 2004's self released, "The Hero Cycle." You can order it, as well as the rest of the band's catalog and other merch, here at the PROSTHETIC webshop.

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Light This City Planning Farewell Shows

The reissue of LIGHT THIS CITY's self-released, first record, 2004's "The Hero Cycle," hits the streets today via Prosthetic Records, home to the now defunct band's other three full length efforts. The reissue features new artwork, and can be ordered here along with other LIGHT THIS CITY items.

LIGHT THIS CITY, who disbanded in the summer of 2008, will reconvene in April 2010 to play four proper farewell shows in California. Dates and details will be announced shortly.

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Light This City Posts Another New Song Online

Bay Area death thrashers LIGHT THIS CITY have posted another new song from their swansong album, "Stormchaser," on the band’s MySpace page. "Beginning With Release" joins the previously-posted track "Sand And Snow" as two online previews from the 12-song album which will see a November 11 release through longtime home Prosthetic Records.

"Stormchaser" features artwork from Kristian Wåhlin (At The Gates, Emperor, Dissection) and guest vocal performances from Testament’s Chuck Billy and The Funeral Pyre’s John Strachan. Longtime collaborator Zach Ohren (All Shall Perish, Odious Mortem) again handled production duties for "Stormchaser," which comes out on November 11 and is available with a limited edition t-shirt online here. Three in-studio updates from LIGHT THIS CITY’s time recording "Stormchaser" are available below, as well as the music video for "The Unwelcome Savior" from "Facing The Thousand." More...

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Light This City Prepares Final Album

San Francisco melodic death thrashers LIGHT THIS CITY has confirmed November 11 as the release date for the band’s fourth full-length album, entitled "Stormchaser," as well as the complete tracklisting for the 12-song effort, which will be released through Prosthetic Records. A new track, "Sand And Snow," has also been posted on the LIGHT THIS CITY MySpace page.

Here is the complete tracklisting for "Stormchaser":

1. Stormchaser
2. Fragile Heroes
3. The Anhedonia Epidemic
4. Beginning With Release
5. Firehaven
6. The Collector. Part 1: Muse
7. The Collector. Part 2: Donor
8. A Desperate Resolution
9. Wake Me At Sunset
10. Bridge To Cross
11. Sand And Snow
12. Self Portrait More...

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Light This City Confirms Break-Up

After canceling their scheduled tours last week, Light This City has officially called it quits. Drummer Ben Murray has issued the following statement:

"I know this is extremely unexpected and disappointing to a lot you out there, but Laura [Nichol] and I have decided to end the band recently because of personal and practical reasons. While this may come as a shock to many, I hope I can shed some light on the reasons behind the decision.

"First and foremost, the touring lifestyle and playing on stage every night, as well as making this band our entire lives and our profession had over time become stale and anxiety-ridden for both of us, and in the end, not enjoyable anymore. We started this band because we loved playing this kind of music and loved the release that we got out of it, and the satisfaction we got from jamming with our friends, and taking it across the country. The fact that it had not been that way for a while was enough reason for us to hang it up and leave the band as 6 years of amazing memories and amazing accomplishments. There are other life goals that both her and I have that we felt would not be reached had we taken the band further, say for another 5 to 10 years, and we didn't want to string our other band members along in something that our hearts weren't in 100%. That's just not who we are, and not how we ever wanted this band to be. Both Laura and I want to get back to the root of why we love playing and writing music, whether it be professionally or not, and not have this burden of feeling alienated from our friends and scene because of what the touring lifestyle does to bands. It is a feeling that we just couldn't handle anymore, and didn't want to deal with on any level, because at the end of the day, music IS our entire lives and we want to keep it that way. We wanted to keep it enjoyable as an amazing catharsis, which it was quickly becoming the opposite. With all of this, on top of the financial and logistical burdens we have come across in touring fulltime, we felt it was the right time to make this announcement. As disappointed as our friends and fans may feel, we hope you understand and respect the reasoning behind this decision, and can understand why we'd make it. More...

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Light This City Drops Off Tour

Light This City has dropped off their current tour with Death Angel, God Forbid, and Soilent Green, and has also cancelled their appearance on the upcoming Thrash and Burn Tour, with Darkest Hour et al. Rumors suggest that the San Francisco band has in fact broken up.

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God Forbid Announces DVD Release Shows

To celebrate the release of their forthcoming DVD, Beneath The Scars Of Glory and Progression, God Forbid will perform three special headlining shows which also include Arsis and Light This City on the bill. The dates are as follows:

June
13 - Starland Ballroom - Sayreville, NJ
14 - Penny Arcade - Rochester, NY
15 - The Station - Portland, ME

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God Forbid To Release DVD

New Jersey metallers, GOD FORBID will be releasing a DVD entitled "Beneath the Scars of Glory and Progression," which will be released on June 10th. The DVD features a sold-out perform Fance at the Starland Ballroom in the group's hometown, all of their promotional videos, and an hour documentary.

Doc Coyle issues the following comments regarding the DVD, "Hey, it's Doc checking in from the 4th day of the 'In Thrash We Trust' tour with Death Angel, Soilent Green and Light This City. So far it's been a blast. The first two shows were with Testament, and they were excellent. We are sharing a bus with Death Angel and they are really some of the nicest guys I have ever met. There is a lot of positive energy and enthusiasm that they carry with them. Man, do they destroy live! I wasn't too familiar with them before the tour, but I can see why they are considered legends. Soilent Green and Light This City are kicking ass too. Great people and awesome bands." More...

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Arsis Replaces Soilent Green On Death Angel Tour

ARSIS have been announced as the replacements for SOILENT GREEN on the following dates of the upcoming “In Thrash We Trust” tour, which features DEATH ANGEL, GOD FORBID, and LIGHT THIS CITY:

June 4 - St. Louis, MO @ Pop’s
June 5 - Columbus, OH @ Alrosa Villa
June 6 - Mokena, IL @ The Pearl Room
June 7 - Detroit, MI @ Harpo’s
June 8 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House
June 9 - Montreal, QC @ Foufounes
June 10 - Quebec City, QC @ L’Anti
June 11 - New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club

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Light This City Offers Update From The Studio

Light This City have posted their third video update from the studio online, you can find it here. The album will feature guest vocals from Testament's Chuck Billy and John from The Funeral Pyre, and is scheduled for a September release date through Prosthetic.

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Light This City Offers Third In-Studio Update

San Francisco’s LIGHT THIS CITY has posted the band’s third in-studio video update exclusively at Revolver magazine’s website. Focusing on vocal tracking, the footage features commentary from the band, snippets of music, and a brief look at Testament mainman Chuck Billy’s vocal contributions to LIGHT THIS CITY’s forthcoming record, the band’s fourth. Also contributing a guest vocal spot on the album is lead scream John from labelmates The Funeral Pyre.

“We have been in the studio in Oakland, CA with engineer Zack Ohren tracking the follow up to Facing the Thousand, which should see a release date in September,” said drummer Ben Murray. “We couldn’t be more excited on how these new songs have turned out, and we are SURE that you guys will love them. Stay tuned for more info on the album as well as more video journals as the recording progresses.”

LIGHT THIS CITY was also recently added to the In Thrash We Trust tour alongside Death Angel, God Forbid, and Soilent Green, along with two shows alongside Testament, which will start May 1 in Michigan and conclude June 11 in New York City, criss-crossing the United States and parts of Canada along the way. Meanwhile, the band will play a handful of regional shows in April before hitting the road with the In Thrash We Trust tour package.

Here are the latest Light This City tour dates: More...

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Revolver Presents Third "Hottest Chicks In Metal"

For the third year in a row, Revolver magazine presents its best selling "Hottest Chicks in Metal," the issue that flies off the newsstands and ends up everybody's favorite cut and staple on the wall. The issue goes on sale Tuesday, April 22 with all new photos done especially for Revolver. Led by TV fixture Kat Von D, who just hooked up with Motley Crue's Nikki Sixx, metalcore Bleeding Through's Marta Brink, death metal Sonic Syndicate's Karin Axelsson, deathcore Winds of Plague's Kristen Randall, and speed metal Light This City's Laura Nichol.

Below is a sneak preview of the cover and a couple of the "hot chicks" from the issue. More...

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Light This City Update On Guitar, Bass Recording

San Francisco’s LIGHT THIS CITY have issued the second of four in-studio video updates while the band is recording its fourth record, tentatively scheduled for a fall 2008 release via Prosthetic Records. The clip, featuring guitar and bass recording snippets, is available at the band’s YouTube page, while the first clip is also still available here.

“We have been in the studio in Oakland, CA with engineer Zack Ohren tracking the follow up to Facing the Thousand, which should see a release date in September,” said drummer Ben Murray. “We couldn’t be more excited on how these new songs have turned out, and we are SURE that you guys will love them. Stay tuned for more info on the album as well as more video journals as the recording progresses.”

LIGHT THIS CITY was also recently added to the In Thrash We Trust tour alongside Death Angel, God Forbid, and Soilent Green, along with two shows alongside Testament, which will start May 1 in Michigan and conclude June 11 in New York City, criss-crossing the United States and parts of Canada along the way.

Here are the latest LIGHT THIS CITY tour dates: More...

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Antagonist Announce California Tour Dates

Southern California’s ANTAGONIST have confirmed two upcoming SoCal shows, the first being April 12 in Anaheim at Chain Reaction alongside the band’s friends in Suicide Silence and The Faceless. Next up, the ANTAGs will hit the road to meet up with Dragonlord and Prosthetic Records labelmates LIGHT THIS CITY up in Bakersfield at The Dome for 420 Fest, which will also feature a bunch of other bands.

In other news, ANTAGONIST continues posting video updates from inside the studio where the band has been holed up with producer Fred Archambault (Avenged Sevenfold, The Confession, Deftones), recording the band’s Prosthetic Records debut, Exist.
The follow-up to 2006’s An Envy of Innocence, Exist will tentatively see a release late this summer. More...

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Light This City Offers Video Update From Studio

San Francisco’s melodic death metallers LIGHT THIS CITY have issued the first of four in-studio video updates, while the band is recording its fourth record, tentatively scheduled for a fall 2008 release via Prosthetic Records.

“We are now back home safely in the Bay Area from one of the most intense tours ever!” says drummer Ben Muray. “These two weeks with All That Remains and Chimaira across the US were amazing, and by far the biggest shows we have ever played. Thanks so much to all of the bands and people behind the scenes that made this tour such a success. There are tons of new pictures from the tour in the pictures section of our MySpace site. Go check those out and leave some comments!

“Now on to what you really want to hear: We have been in the studio in Oakland, CA with engineer Zack Ohren tracking the follow up to Facing the Thousand, which should see a release date in September. We couldn’t be more excited on how these new songs have turned out, and we are SURE that you guys will love them. We have posted our 1st of 4 studio journals on YouTube, so check it out by clicking here! Stay tuned for more info on the album as well as more video journals as the recording progresses.

“Lastly, we have added ‘Like Every Song’s Our Last’ onto the player on the MySpace page. Go give it some listens and thrash out in your room! We will be playing the song on the next tour, which will be announced shortly, so stay tuned!”

Here are the latest LIGHT THIS CITY tour dates prior to their previously announced tour with Death Angel, God Forbid and Soilent Green:

4/07 Redwood City, CA – The Oddstad Gallery (with The Swellers)
4/20 Bakersfield, CA – The Dome (with Dragonlord)
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Death Angel Announce More US Tour Dates

San Francisco Bay Area metal veterans DEATH ANGEL are pleased to announce their first full US tour since their initial split 18 years ago.

The band will embark on a co-headlining tour this May/June with GOD FORBID that will include SOILENT GREEN and LIGHT THIS CITY.

Dubbed the “In Thrash We Trust” tour, this will mark the band's first tour in support of their Killing Season record.

A visibly excited founding guitarist, Rob Cavestany, eagerly offered a few words about the event: “Death Angel is teaming up with God Forbid to hit the road and we couldn't be more stoked! In Thrash We Trust will be the first full blown tour of the states that Death Angel has done since the Act III tour in 1990 and we are gonna bring it! Also on the bill are Soilent Green and Light This City so you better prepare to get thrashed all night long! Can't wait to see you all very soon! ‘Killing Season’ has begun!!!” More...

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All That Remains Finalizes Headlining Tour Dates

Massachusetts' ALL THAT REMAINS has finalized all dates for the band's forthcoming headlining tour, which is slated to start later this month and will feature support from Chimaira, Five Finger Death Punch, Divine Heresy and Prosthetic labelmates Light This City. Divine Heresy will open the tour's first string of dates with Light This City taking over opening duties on Feb. 21.

"We are gonna be pulling out all the stops for this one," ALL THAT REMAINS frontman Phil Labonte previously said. "We're gonna have a far bigger production than we have ever had. I won't make any promises and we're probably not gonna play anything off of ‘Behind Silence.’ No time to teach old songs. We have a record to write as well as get ready for a tour. And it's gonna be a sweet tour!"

Tickets for ALL THAT REMAINS’ headlining tour are available online here. The band continues to support its latest effort, ‘The Fall of Ideals,’ which saw a July 2006 release through Prosthetic Records. Also recently released this past fall were a reissue of the band’s since out of print debut ‘Behind Silence and Solitude’ as well as the band’s first-ever DVD, ‘All That Remains Live,’ which features all the band’s music videos, footage from two live shows, behind the scenes footage, interviews with the fans and the band, and more.

Here are the latest All That Remains tour dates: More...

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