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Light This City Facing the Thousand

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Light This City - Facing the Thousand
01. Facing the Thousand
02. Cradle for a King MP3
03. The Unwelcome
04. Exile
05. Maddening Swarm
06. City of the Snares
07. The Eagle
08. Fear of Heights
09. Tracks of Decay
10. Like Every Song's Our Last
2006 Prosthetic Records

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Reviewed by: Rob McFeters   //   Published: 10/21/2006

Even with the Gothenburg-worship that's been running rampant in metal for the past few years, I'm still a big fan of this style of music. Slaughter of the Soul, The Haunted's self-titled, and Whoracle are some of my favorite metal releases. I enjoy some bands that aren't quite as popular such as Nightrage, Carnal Forge, and Corporation 187. Granted, with the influence of said genre on metal/hardcore, it can get old in a hurry, but at its core, it's still relevant.

Light This City takes a big cue from these European bands, but puts enough of their American twist on things to make a solid metal album. This is my first experience with this Bay-area band, and I'm sure I'll get e-stomped for not knowing more about them, but such is life.

The meat of Facing the Thousand is pure At the Gates/The Haunted worship. I do hear a couple of other nice influences such as Kreator and Testament, which is very cool. Light This City definitely leans on the more melodic side, however. To my ears, this helps them stand out a little bit, which is better than not at all. Unlike some of their contemporaries (Himsa and Darkest Hour), the members of Light This City bring a more ferocious energy to the table. There are more blasting drum patterns, and the vocal performance is absolutely scathing. I really enjoy the vocal dynamics throughout the entirety of this album. Vocalist Laura Nichol has a powerful set of pipes. You've heard her higher tone in many other bands, but there are also some low, death-like growls throughout to keep things interesting. Notably, Trevor Strnad (The Black Dahlia Murder) does some guest vocals on "Fear of Heights," but this doesn't really do much for me.

There are a few dull moments here and there, with some fairly generic riffing. These moments bring this album down a bit, but only slightly. If you're a harsher critic of this style of metal, then the dull moments might affect you more.

As far as production is concerned, Light This City has forged a sound that perfectly suits them. There's nothing special going on, but it's crisp and gets the point across. You could certainly do worse.

Bottom Line: I really wouldn't expect anyone to be blown away by Facing the Thousand, but it's a solid metal record. Since I don't have any previous experience with Light This City, I don't know how this stacks up against their previous efforts, but they've made a fan out of me. If you're into the stuff bands like Darkest Hour and Himsa are putting out, then do yourself a favor and get this album right now.

Comments
steveirwinwasasaint_   posted 11/7/2006 10:35:30 AM
good band
get to see them in about a week or two
charles cure_   posted 10/24/2006 9:42:32 PM
all bands suck.
OHFUCKINGCANADA_   posted 10/24/2006 12:09:48 PM
the vocals were sooooooooo much better on the hero cycle then on remains of the gods... but they improved them somewhat for this album.. still not as good as the hero cyle tho
Me_   posted 10/24/2006 11:55:56 AM
- a gimmick is a unique or quirky special feature that makes something "stand out" from its contemporaries.

Their aren't a lot of women making metal, but I think it's kinda sexists to say that them being anything in ANY band is a gimmick. I know most of you LG suckers like looking at a bunch of long hair tattooed guys in tight jeans, but I think it's nice to have a little parody in music. Either way, I think the CD is so/so, but I think any band that has a female vocalist isn't a gimmick.
billlightthiscity_   posted 10/24/2006 11:50:38 AM
OOOH, you like our music! boo f*cking hoo. Cry me a river fanboy. We have more talent in our little finger than you do in your whole body. What band do you play for tough guy? huh? probably some bull shit in flames rifoff. gays.

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