Light This City

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Light This City
Origin San Francisco, California, United States
Genres Melodic death metal[1]
Years active 2002–2008, 2010
Labels Reflections of Ruin, Prosthetic
Associated acts Writhen, Something Must Die, Heartsounds, At Our Heels, In Memoriam, Animosity, Carnivorous, Comadre, Death and Glory, Suicide Silence
Past members Band members

Light This City was an American melodic death metal[1] band from the Bay Area of San Francisco that was active between 2002 and 2008, with some reunion shows in 2010.


They released one independent album and three albums with Prosthetic Records before disbanding in 2008. Tyler Gamlen and Ben Murray were the co-founders of Reflections of Ruin Records, where they released The Hero Cycle which was the band's (and the label's) first official release.[2] They are notable for being one of the few aggressive metal bands having a female lead vocalist.[3]

Their albums featured collaborations with renowned musicians such as Chuck Billy of Testament ("Firehaven" off Stormchaser), and Trevor Strnad of The Black Dahlia Murder ("Fear of Heights" off Facing the Thousand).[4]

After disbanding, Laura Nichol (vocalist), and Ben Murray (drummer) formed a punk rock band called "Heartsounds".[5] Ryan Hansen (Guitarist) and Jon Frost (Bassist) formed the metal band "The Urchin Barren".[6]

Light This City had four "slight" reunion shows from April 8, 2010 to April 11, 2010.

Band members[edit]

Final line-up[edit]

Laura Nichol - vocals (2002-2008)
Brian Forbes - guitar (2006-2008)
Ryan Hansen - guitar (2007-2008)
Ben Murray - drums (2002-2008)
Jon Frost - bass (2007-2008)

Previous members[edit]

Dan Kenny - bass
Mike Dias - bass (2002-2006)
Nick Koenig - guitar
Tyler Gamlen - guitar (2002-2003)
Joey Ellis - guitar (2004-2005)
Steven Shirley - guitar (2002-2003)
Steve Hoffman - guitar (2005-2006)


The Hero Cycle (2003, Reflections of Ruin Records)
Remains of the Gods (2005, Prosthetic Records)
Facing the Thousand (2006, Prosthetic Records)
Stormchaser (2008, Prosthetic Records)


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