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YEAR FORMED: 2008
HOME TOWN: Vancouver B.C.
Byron Stroud - Bass
Ian White - Vocals/Guitar
Bob Wagner - Drums
Terry "Sho" Murray - Guitar
Burton C. Bell - Vocals
Fire, when burning, is in a state of turbulence, unrest, reliance and dependence. When extinguished, it becomes calm and unattached, freed from its own limitations. Fire can only occur when properly provoked, much like the creative mind. Creativity, like fire, can only burn with sustenance - that essential element that keeps the fire burning.
City of Fire pays homage to the city in which the band was formed, Vancouver, BC. Known for its primarily rainy climate, the weather can serve as a driving force of creativity for local artists. Creativity builds an internal fire, the rain stokes that fire within and ultimately provides liberation. This is the juxtaposition of Vancouver: a city that shelters, hurts, inspires, warms, scares, challenges and illuminates.
On March 8th 2008, the Cobalt Club in Vancouver, BC housed a reunion of the band Caustic Thought. Original members Byron Stroud (bass), Ian White (vocals/guitar), and Bob Wagner (drums) invited Terry "Sho" Murray to fill in for the original guitarist. Unbeknownst to everyone, the culmination of these artists would give birth to a new sound, which would ultimately lead to the formation of City of Fire. Bassist Byron Stroud contacted Fear Factory band mate Burton C. Bell (vocals/lyrics) and the line up was complete.
City of Fire finds its roots in everything from metal to hard rock to punk, and boasts a more adult oriented sensibility; a sound reflective of the evolving maturity of its members and audience. Sonically hard yet groove heavy, City of Fire has conceived a sound that distinguishes itself from the rest. Stay tuned for the sounds of the City of Fire!