Light the Torch

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Light the Torch
Devil You Know band.jpg
Light the Torch performing in 2016 as Devil You Know
Background information
Also known asDevil You Know (2012–2017)
OriginLos Angeles, California, United States
GenresMetalcore, heavy metal, hard rock
Years active2012–present
LabelsNuclear Blast
Associated actsKillswitch Engage, Blood Has Been Shed, Devolved, All Shall Perish, Bleeding Through, Hiss of Atrocities
MembersFrancesco Artusato
Howard Jones
Ryan Wombacher
Mike Sciulara
Past membersRoy Lev-Ari
John Sankey

Light the Torch (formerly Devil You Know) is an American metalcore band formed in Los Angeles, California, United States, in 2012. They currently are signed to Nuclear Blast Records and have released three albums; The Beauty of Destruction andThey Bleed Red, which were released under the "Devil You Know" moniker, and their latest album, Revival, which was released on March 30, 2018 under the "Light the Torch" name.


Devil You Know (2012–2017)[edit]

The band started when guitarist Francesco Artusato (All Shall Perish, Hiss of Atrocities) and drummer John Sankey (Devolved) began jamming and writing together in 2012. After 30 to 40 song ideas were written the two decided to look for a vocalist. A couple of early demo recordings were sent to Howard Jones (Killswitch Engage, Blood Has Been Shed) who subsequently got interested and joined the band in late 2012. They named the band "Devil You Know."

In early 2013 the band started recording with producer and ex-Machine Head guitarist Logan Mader (Gojira, Five Finger Death Punch).[1]

On October 23, 2013 it was announced the band signed to Nuclear Blast.[2] A day later the first demo song "Shut It Down" was released online through the band's Facebook page.[3] On October 31, 2013 the demo was released officially through the label YouTube channel.[4]

On December 19, 2013 it was announced that the band finished recording of the album and that bassist Ryan Wombacher (Bleeding Through) and guitarist Roy Lev-Ari (Hiss of Atrocities) joined the band.[5]

In February–March, 2014 the band took part in Soundwave Festival in Australia.[6]

On March 5, 2014 the debut single "Seven Years Alone" was released.[7] On March 27, 2014 the official music video for "Seven Years Alone" was released.[8]

The band's debut album The Beauty of Destruction mixed by Chris "Zeuss" Harris was released on April 24 (EU), April 28 (UK) and April 29, 2014 (US and the rest of the world) via Nuclear Blast.[9][10]

It charted at the #50 in Billboard 200 selling nearly 6,000 units in the first week.[11]

In April–June, 2014 the band took part in Revolver Golden Gods Tour with Black Label Society, Down and Butcher Babies.[12]

On October 31, 2014, a music video for "It's Over" was released.[13] On March 9, 2015, the band released an official music video for "As Bright as the Darkness.[14]

In June 2015, the band started recording the second album.[15]

On September 10, 2015, the band released "Stay of Execution",[16] the first single off the second album titled They Bleed Red which was released on November 6, 2015, via Nuclear Blast.

Light the Torch (2017–present)[edit]

On July 26, 2017, the band announced via social media that they have changed their name to Light the Torch, without explanation beyond stating "A full statement will be made soon and a new album is very close to being completed. It’s a new beginning and we couldn’t be more excited.”[17] Jones revealed in an interview on October 13, 2017, that the band had to change its name due to legal issues surrounding Sankey's departure from the band, and how the latter wanted to claim part copyright of the name.[18][19]

Light the Torch released their new studio album Revival on March 30.[20]

Band members[edit]


  • Francesco Artusato – lead guitar (2012–present)
  • Howard Jones – lead vocals (2012–present)
  • Ryan Wombacher – bass, backing vocals (2013–present)
  • Mike Sciulara – drums (2018–present)


  • John Sankey – drums (2012–2016)
  • Roy Lev-Ari – rhythm guitar (2013–2015)



as Devil You Know:

as Light the Torch:

Awards and nominations[edit]

Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards[edit]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2014 Devil You Know Best New Band[21] Won


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  11. ^ "Metal By Numbers 5/7: Whitechapel break into the top 10". Metal Insider. 2014-05-07. Retrieved 2016-06-01.
  12. ^ "Devil You Know - It's official - DYK will be joining Black..." Facebook. 2014-02-12. Retrieved 2016-06-01.
  13. ^ "Devil You Know - It'S Over (Official Video)". YouTube. 2014-10-31. Retrieved 2016-06-01.
  14. ^ "DEVIL YOU KNOW - As Bright As The Darkness (OFFICIAL VIDEO)". YouTube. 2015-03-09. Retrieved 2016-06-01.
  15. ^ "Devil You Know - DEVIL YOU KNOW to Begin Recording..." Facebook. 2015-05-11. Retrieved 2016-06-01.
  16. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on September 11, 2015. Retrieved September 10, 2015.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  17. ^ "Devil You Know Get a Re-Brand". Retrieved July 26, 2017.
  18. ^ "Howard Jones Explains The Drummer Drama That Caused DEVIL YOU KNOW To Change Names - Metal Injection". 16 October 2017. Retrieved 18 January 2018.
  19. ^ "Episode 295 - Howard Jones (Light The Torch) & Trent Hafdahl (After The Burial) — The Jasta Show — Overcast". Retrieved 18 January 2018.
  20. ^ "Light The Torch (Ex-Killswitch Engage) Detail New Album "Revival", Stream "Die Alone"". February 2, 2018. Retrieved February 2, 2018.
  21. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on April 13, 2014. Retrieved April 12, 2014.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)