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Light This City Remains Of The Gods


01. Remains Of The Gods 02. Obituary 03. A Guardian In A Passerby 04. The Hunt 05. Letter To My Abuser 06. Fractured By The Fall 07. The Static Masses MP3 08. Guiding The North Star 09. Your Devoted Victim 10. The Last Catastrophe
2005 Prosthetic Records
Our score 7

6/18/2005

The Bay Area has been a breeding ground for thrash metal legends for the last twenty odd years: Metallica, Testament, Death Angel, Heathen, Vio-lence, Exodus, and Possessed. And while that final entry is often credited solely with being the creators (and/or at the very least, the band who coined the term) of death metal, their perfection of the thrash side of their sound is undeniable. Each of these bands had the trademarks of the genre down to a science; furious speed, melodic overtones and a dedication to superior riffs, forging a backbone thick enough to sustain all these years and influence countless bands in various subdivisions and well outside of it's confines. While up and coming Bay Area act Light This City probably won't be counted among the alumni listed above anytime soon, their debut is a strong effort, faithful to the thrash icons from their stomping grounds, and though shades of black/death metal, hardcore and electronic currents seep into the mix, the band stay true to the Toxic Waltz above all else. The assault begins with the title track, where the drumming really steals the show, though the harmony driven guitars and harsh vocals don't go unnoticed. I also like the lyrics on this one a lot. Frontwoman Laura Nichol utilizes superb metaphors to convey various social ills and personal problems. The next cut, "Obituary" is easily my favorite, with its great tempo and excellent, catchy riffs. The songwriting flows very well, and keeps things interesting, which in the often repetitive nature of thrash metal, is not an easy task. "Guardian In A Passerby" features solid bass-work, while the following songs, "The Hunt" and "Letter To My Abuser" showcase hints of death metal in the band's sound. "Fractured by The Fall" and "The Static Masses" are propelled by double bass insanity, killer leads and pure headbanging intensity. "Guiding The North Star" has a classic heavy metal flair to it, lots of layered guitars, with an almost radio friendly feel in some spots, whereas "Your Devoted Victim" has a glimmer of audio experimentation, but otherwise is another barbed wire laced beatdown of thrash glory. About the only real deviation from this straight forward (though slightly modified for modern times) foray into classic metal is the closing instrumental, "The Last Catastrophe." A sonic crescendo is built from a creepy, clean progression as the drums pound and the anger builds and while it's nothing to write home about, it's still a nice change of pace. Then again, with the preceding nine offerings being of such consistent quality, another tune in the same vein couldn't have hurt. As indicated previously, I think the lyrics are noteworthy. While I'm not going to make any sort of claims that they'll change your life, take your breath away or deserve to treated as literary wonderworks, they are undoubtedly honest, heartfelt and really fit the music well, in both atmosphere and approach. While a cursory glance may uncover lines that some would find juvenile, a more in depth study yields a trove of clever metaphors, thoughtful questions, and one person's search for answers in love and faith, and a struggle for answers to the problems that plague the world. Vocalist Laura Nichol is able to project these ideas and emotions powerfully with her dynamic screams and guttural growls. She tends to stick to those two patterns the most, but alters both enough that it seems her range extends more; though one thing is for sure, her abilities easily stand up to any past/present female vocalist in extreme music, and rivals much of the output from the male contingent of the scene. While LTC isn't a trio, Remains Of The Gods was recorded as one. The other two players featured here are bassist Mike Dias and drummer Ben Murray. When it comes to the low end of things, Dias has no problem holding it down. His contributions are confident, filled with talent, and snap, crackle and pop with the grace of a born performer. Dias offers up interesting fills, and while he has a ways to go before he reaches the upper echelons that the masters of his craft inhibit, a good start is established here. Yet, the genius most easily identifiable here resides within drummer Ben Murray. Not only are his skills on the skins of stellar quality, he played all the guitar tracks on Remains Of The Gods, wrote every song... and he's 17 years old. Age may be nothing but a number (countless MySpace scumbags have proved this), and though other musicians of lesser years have accomplished more, it's still quite a feat to write a damn good metal record on your own, and Murray handles it flawlessly. Like their Bay Area brethren in Animosity, Light This City put bands half their literal, and often musical, age to shame. The production, courtesy of Zack Ohren of the increasingly famous Castle Ultimate Studios, is not only another outstanding achievement for Mr. Ohren, but also an additional merit badge for Remains Of The Gods."To add to the overall quality of the whole tunic is the fitting artwork from Mario Garza and RobotPlague.com, which unites defining artwork of Western Civilization and imagery that is both timeless and very much today. Bottom Line: Remains Of The Gods is not on a thrash metal masterpiece, but it is a step upon the staircase to that goal. Though both fresh-faced as a band and individuals, Light This City have the potential for great things, not only as a thrash metal unit, but classically minded musicians. Though Remains... has a few weak spots, its strong suits outweigh most of the negative traits. If you enjoy bands like Darkest Hour, Enforsaken, Black Dahlia Murder and early The Haunted recordings, or dig any of the above thrash institutes, check Remains Of The Gods out. Prosthetic definitely has scored a winner with this one.

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bombs_away_ 6/18/2005 12:46:15 PM

FIRST!


retch_ 6/18/2005 12:51:07 PM

first post


deadwithfear_ 6/18/2005 1:01:33 PM

wow. the kid that wrote this is 17? props.


eaglesbecomevultures_ 6/18/2005 2:09:05 PM

this is actually pretty good


xshutupyou'reonly16x_ 6/18/2005 2:18:32 PM

this band is boring as hell and sounds really generic. they sound like another swedish metal clone. but if you're into that sort of thing then this record is for you.


hotaction_ 6/18/2005 3:07:17 PM

uh...then whyd you give this a 7. i like it and all. i just dont know why its a 7. there was no explantion for it.


feef_ 6/18/2005 3:53:44 PM

tlnr


Thurman Murman_ 6/18/2005 5:21:32 PM

Boring... Seen them twice fairly recently when i went to go see Into the Moat, and Through the Eyes of the Dead. Nothing that catches your ear, and sounded terrible live. Sounded like a bunch of rukus. Not a 7, but i do have more respect being that the one kid did it all and he's only 17.


Jon_ 6/18/2005 8:47:51 PM

Uh...this isn't Light This City's first album. Unless the band that released "The Hero Cycle" is a different Light This City.


anonymous 6/18/2005 9:29:19 PM

if you read the f*cking review, it will tell you why he gave it a 7.


XOmeletX_ 6/19/2005 2:58:10 AM

The sample track is pretty neat.


xBrendanx_ 6/19/2005 10:06:09 AM

the second the word "hardcore" appeared in this review after a list of Testament, Exodus, etc, I knew listening would probably be a waste of time. And I was right.


thegoddamnawesome_ 6/19/2005 4:11:35 PM

you're a tool. this is a goodass review.


xyoufailmex_ 6/20/2005 7:32:38 PM

this is a damn good band


lefthandpath_ 6/24/2005 8:18:58 AM

I gave this cd a fair listen..I didnt judge it and you know what? This kid is f*cking stupid. How dare he compare this band with bands like Exodus, Testament, old Metallica and every other bay area thrash band. This isnt thrash...this is generic ATG ripoff Metalcore...with a name like Light This City I shouldve known...f*cking weak


Keethor_ 6/26/2005 1:17:48 PM

lame lame band, boring as hell live.. good musicans but the flames about this band are quite right,they just can't mesh into something their own or intresting for that mater.


john_ 6/26/2005 2:31:25 PM

This band f*cking rules. Awesome live.


dante c _ 9/1/2005 9:47:12 PM

great band, mikey and ben are rad dudes.


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the hero cycle is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO much better... f*ck this album


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