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The Funeral Pyre Comment On Final Light This City Dates
April 13, 2010
Los Angeles black metallers, The Funeral Pyre just completed a week of west coast shows, which started with their friends, Early Graves and met up with former label mates, Light This City for four of their final five farewell shows. (Light This City played their very last show last night in Orangevale CA). 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."

Summer dates with Early Graves, as well as information on the band's CD release show will be announced shortly. The band, no stranger to the DIY metal scene with several US tours under their belt, played a batch of dates to Texas and back in mid March with Landmine Marathon, which included Prosthetic's South By Southwest showcase on March 17th in Austin and a Brooklyn Vegan SxSW day party at Hoek's Death Metal Pizza.
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The Funeral Pyre Complete New Album, Announce Title
April 1, 2010
Los Angeles-based black metal band, The Funeral Pyre has completed the follow up to their 2008 album, 'Wounds'. The new album, entitled 'Vultures At Dawn', 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. Artwork for the album is being handled by Justin Barlett, known for his work with bands such as Trap Them, Intronaut and Sunn0))) and more. 'Vultures At Dawn' will hit the streets in late spring.

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."

No strangers to the DIY metal circuit, having multiple US tours under their belt, The Funeral Pyre, has a run of dates next week on the west coast; two with Early Graves and four with Light This City on their farewell run. The band also just completed a batch of dates to Texas and back with Landmine Marathon, which included Prosthetic's South By Southwest showcase on March 17th in Austin and a Brooklyn Vegan SxSW day party at Hoek's Death Metal Pizza. Check out some live pictures of the band at the Prosthetic showcase, here at Brooklyn Vegan.

Their upcoming dates are:
4/06 - Ryan's Saloon - Reno, NV (w/ Early Graves)
4/07 - Whiskey Dick's - Lake Tahoe, CA (w/ Early Graves)
4/08 - Thee Parkside - San Francisco, CA (w/ Light This City)
4/09 - The CYC - Fresno, CA (w/ Light This City)
4/10 - Chain Reaction - Anaheim, CA (w/ Light This City)
4/11 - The Blvd. - Los Angeles, CA (w/ Light This City)
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Light This City Add Final Date To Farewell Shows
March 25, 2010
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 (would have been) label-mates, Animals As Leaders. This is in addition to shows in San Francisco, Fresno, Anaheim and Los Angeles. The band has been dormant (more like broken up) since mid 2008, before the release of their final record, the critically acclaimed, 'Stormchaser'.

The newly updated farewell dates are:
4/08 - Thee Parkside - San Francisco (w/ Comadre, The Funeral Pyre, Early Graves)
4/09 - The CYC - Fresno (w/ Azathoth, The Funeral Pyre, TBA)
4/10 - Chain Reaction - Anaheim (w/ The Funeral Pyre, Antagonist, Early Graves)
4/11 - The Blvd - Los Angeles (w/ The Funeral Pyre, Gypsy Hawk, Atour Heels)
4/12 - The Boardwalk - Orangevale (w/ Darkest Hour, Animals As Leaders)

It was just announced that Ben Murray and Laura Nichol's new pop punk band, Heart Sounds, has signed with Epitaph Records. Prosthetic Records recently reissued the band's first record, 2004's 'The Hero Cycle'.
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Light This City Announce Four Final Farewell Shows
February 1, 2010
Defunct Bay Area modern melodic death thrashers, Light This City, have announced four final farewell California only shows in April. The update, which was issued via the band's Myspace page, reads as follows:

"Hey Everyone!

It has been just about 2 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 4 "Final" Light This City shows.

San Francisco, Fresno, Anaheim, and Hollywood. 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!!"

Light This City "Final" Tour Dates:
4/08 - Thee Parkside - San Francisco, CA (w/ Comadre, The Funeral Pyre, Early Graves)
4/09 - The CYC - Fresno, CA (w/ The Funeral Pyre, Special Guests)
4/10 - Chain Reaction - Anaheim, CA (w/ The Funeral Pyre, Antagonist, Early Graves)
4/11 - The Blvd. - Hollywood, CA (w/ The Funeral Pyre, Special Guests)

Light This City's
last album, 'Stormchaser', which would end up being both their magnum opus and swansong in one, was released in 2008 on Prosthetic Records.
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Light This City Debut To Be Re-issued In August
June 20, 2009
The meteoric six-year career arc of Northern California's Light This City saw the group issue four acclaimed releases and develop a dedicated fan base through extensive touring with the likes of All That Remains, Death Angel, Darkest Hour, The Faceless and Vader, among others. Although the band disbanded in 2008 shortly before the release of what would ultimately serve as their swansong, 'Stormchaser', their timeless sound – a fusion of Swedish melodic death and Bay Area thrash – continues to inspire.

For that reason, Prosthetic is proud to announce the August 18 reissue of the group's first album, 'The Hero Cycle'. Recorded in 2003 while the band's members were still in high school, the album aptly foreshadows the developments of qualities that would soon make the group a major player in modern metal: riffs that deftly mixed aggression and melody, the fiery vocals of spitfire front woman Laura Nichol, and a wholly energetic approach that attempted to forge new ground for the genre while still demonstrating reverence for its classics. Pre-orders are now available at

Produced by Zack Ohren (All Shall Perish, Decrepit Birth, Endwell), 'The Hero Cycle', according to liner notes written by the band that accompany the reissue, “reveals the innocence of a young band trying to grow and mature at a rapid pace. Many afternoons after class throughout high school and weekends in between were spent in a basement hammering out what would become this album, and those remain some of the most fun and memorable days Light This City has ever seen.”

In addition to the liner notes, the reissue includes redesigned cover art that can be viewed at, where the album's leadoff track, “Apostate,” can currently be streamed.

Light This CityThe Hero Cycle (2003) Line Up:
Laura Nichol – vocals
Ben Murray – drums, guitars
Mike Dias – bass
Steven Shirley – guitars

'The Hero Cycle' Track List:
1. Apostate
2. Picture: Start
3. Give Up
4. Parisian Sun
5. Cold (At The Gates cover)
6. Laid To Rest
7. Sierra
8. No Solace In Sleep
9. The Weight Of Glory
10. Next To Godliness
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HOME TOWN: San Francisco, California
Laura Nichol : Vocals
Steve Hoffman : Guitar
Brian Forbes : Guitar
Mike Dias : Bass
Ben Murray : Drums

Blasting out of the Bay Area, an area already proven to be fertile soil for many a metal band in the past, LIGHT THIS CITY is one young band that doesnt take its forefathers legacies for granted. Tying the speed of the legendary Bay Area thrash titans alongside the extreme sound of European death metal, LIGHT THIS CITY possesses an acutely mature sound and an utterly unparalleled sense of dedication to metals earliest roots, not usually found in a band so young. In fact, upon joining the Prosthetic roster in early 2005, LIGHT THIS CITY had to pass the legal paperwork onto their parents; the bands members were still busy passing their days pushing pencils in high school. With an average age of just 20, the bands third effort, Facing The Thousand, shows extreme maturity behind their years, but it also shows that the band knows their heavy metal history.
Formed in 2002 around a mutual interested in melodic death metal like At The Gates and Carcass as much as the classic recordings of early thrash giants Megadeth and Testament, the bands impressive debut The Hero Cycle led to a deal with Prosthetic Records shortly thereafter. Next came 2005s critically-acclaimed Remains of The Gods, which earned the band a spot on Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles best of 2005 list. At the same time, front woman Laura Nichol, one of death metals few leading ladies, graced the pages of Revolver as one The Hottest Chicks In Metal.
With momentum on its side coupled with the impressive musicianship and high-speed intensity on display on Facing The Thousand, LIGHT THIS CITY has again taken the bands melody-driven death metal sound to the next level, something it has done for each new album. Featuring a guest appearance by The Black Dahlia Murder front man Trevor Strnad on the track Fear of Heights, Facing The Thousand continues to showcase the bands evolving sound, expanding upon the fast thrash attack of Remains while this time around also showcasing creative and epic song construction that intertwines twin guitar melodies, thrash metal riffs, and Nichols ever-expanding and eloquent, yet wholly brutal, vocal repertoire.
Sharpening the bands road resume playing alongside Darkest Hour, All That Remains, Between The Buried And Me, and Himsa, among others, LIGHT THIS CITY has been privy to notable American metal festivals including Los Angeles Murderfest 2.0, California Metalfest, and the coveted New England Metal & Hardcore Festival in early 2006. With a desire to stay on the road and win over metalheads everywhere, LIGHT THIS CITY has already formulated touring plans well into the next year, including a forthcoming trip to Europe, and the band is showing no signs of letting up. With Facing The Thousand galloping hand-in-hand with an undying road warrior work ethic, you may not have heard of LIGHT THIS CITY yet, but things are about to change.