Light This City

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Light This City
Origin San Francisco, California, United States
Genres Melodic death metal
Years active 2002–2008, 2010, 2015, 2017–present
Labels Creator-Destructor Records, Reflections of Ruin, Prosthetic
Associated acts Writhen, Something Must Die, Heartsounds, At Our Heels, In Memoriam, Animosity, Carnivorous, Comadre, Death and Glory, Suicide Silence, The Urchin Barren, Wilderness Dream
Past members Band members

Light This City is an American melodic death metal band from the Bay Area of San Francisco, that has been active from 2002.[1][2] The band is notable for the aggressive vocal approach of front-woman, Laura Nichol.[3]


Light This City's first album, The Hero Cycle, was released through Reflections on Ruin Records in 2003.[4] Tyler Gamlen (guitars) and Ben Murray (drums) were the co-founders of Reflections of Ruin Records, and the album was also the label's first official release.[5]

The band's next three albums, Remains of the Gods (2005), Facing the Thousand (2006), and Stormchaser (2008) were released through Prosthetic Records. [4]

In 2008, Light This City decided to disband for a period. After disbanding, Laura Nichol (vocalist), and Ben Murray (drummer) formed a punk rock band called "Heartsounds".[6] Ryan Hansen (Guitarist) and Jon Frost (Bassist) formed the metal band "The Urchin Barren".[7]

In 2010, Light This City began to become active again, after completing four reunion shows from April 8, 2010 to April 11, 2010.[1] Light This City played another reunion show on November 8, 2015 on the San Francisco date of Darkest Hour's 20th anniversary tour.[1] In September, 2017, following a 10 year hiatus, Light This City announced that they had reformed and were working on completing a new album through Creator-Destructor Records.[8] Subsequently, the album Terminal Bloom, is set for an official release on 25 May 2018.[9]

Light This City's albums have 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).[10][11]

Band members[edit]

Current members[edit]

  • Laura Nichol – vocals (2002–2008, 2010, 2015, 2017–present)
  • Ben Murray – drums (2002–2008, 2010, 2015, 2017–present), guitars (2003–2005)
  • Steve Hoffman – guitar (2005–2007, 2010, 2015, 2017–present)
  • Ryan Hansen – guitar (2007–2008, 2010, 2015, 2017–present)
  • Jon Frost – bass (2007–2008, 2010, 2015, 2017–present)

Previous members[edit]

  • Mike Dias – bass (2002–2006)
  • Tyler Gamlen – guitar (2002–2003)
  • Steven Shirley – guitar (2002–2003)
  • Joey Ellis – guitar (2004)
  • Nick Koenig – guitar (2005)
  • Brian Forbes – guitar (2006–2008)
  • Dan Kenny – bass (2006–2007)


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)
Terminal Bloom (2018, Creator-Destructor Records)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Light This City". Encyclopaedia Metallum: The Metal Archives. Retrieved 30 March 2018. 
  2. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Stormchaser review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-06-13. 
  3. ^ The Gauntlet - Light This City
  4. ^ a b Mason, Stewart. "Light This City Discography". All Music. Retrieved 30 March 2018. 
  5. ^ Light This City on Pure Volume
  6. ^ Heartsounds - MySpace
  7. ^ Former Light This City members form “Urchin Barren”[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ "Light This City Officially Reunite, New Album In The Works". September 27, 2017. Retrieved September 28, 2017. 
  9. ^ "Grotesque Reflection - Terminal Bloom". creator-destructor band camp. Retrieved 30 March 2018. 
  10. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Light This City -Stormchaser". Allmusic. Retrieved 31 March 2018. 
  11. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Light This City - Facing the Thousand". Allmusic. Retrieved 31 March 2018. 

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