Light This City
Facing The Thousand



by loathed USER (9 Reviews)
November 21st, 2006 | 12 replies

Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

After At The Gates released their last album, 1995's slaughter of the soul, and split up soon after, i thought i would never even hear anything remotely similiar to them again. Sure, you have the modern day metalcore bands, some of which i really like, that are pretty similiar to ATG's style of melodic riffing. But what i felt these modern metalcore bands lacked was the "ATG" feel to them. There was just something to ATG that today's abundance of metalcore bands lacked, which i feel, is just something that cannot be described.

11 years after the legendary Slaughter of the soul...out steps Facing the Thousand by a relatively "unknown" band by the name of Light This City. Up till now, i can safely say that this is one of the first bands that have the aforementioned "ATG" feel to them. Maybe there are some other bands that i've never heard of that has that similiar feel, but Light This City sure does bring back memories of ATG. ATG has always been described as a mix of both trash and european death metal, and i would go as far as to say that Light This City are the same. The trashy, yet melodic riffs reminiscent of works from ATG, are ever present on this album...the trash and blast beats on the drums can also be found here. Finally, the "deathy" like vocals of both bands, well yes, they're similiar, but not that'll know later.

Facing the thousand, the title track, is a really good way to start off the album. It opens with a soothing 1 minute violin section, followed by a distorted melodic riff over double bass from the drums. At around the 1:53 min mark, the riff that plays just sounds so much like what ATG would come up with. Very trashy sounding, yet still really melodic. The title track is mainly built upon a riff or two, and continues to progress from there. But, its still one of the better songs on the album. The unwelcome saviour and Exile just carries on whatever foundation the title track has laid. Trashy melodic guitar riffs, coupled with ferious trash and blast drumming occupies most of the opening 4 songs.

Hmm, what about the vocals you say" Well, if you didn't already know, the vocals are done by Laura Nichol, yes, a female. Granted, she is no Angela Gusow...but i'm by no means saying that she is not better. Their vocal styles, although has the deathy feel to it, are pretty easy to differentiate. Angela from Arch Enemy growls and screams more like a male would, while if you listen to Laura, you'd instantly know that a female is the front person for this band. Laura is by no means, a slouch. She displays strong vocal abilities all throughout the album. Her higher pitched screams that are usually used are very consistent and gives the songs a very rabid feel to it, while the low growls, used occasionally, gives the songs more variety and sometimes even add some heaviness to it.

Honestly though, i do not really have alot to say about this album. If you even remotely like ATG, you should get this album. If you like trash, death, metalcore or any kind of metal, I recommend you listen to some of this.

Recommended songs

Facing The Thousand
The Unwelcome Saviour

Recommended for fans of...

At The Gates
Arch Enemy
The Black Dahlia Murder
Any melodic metalcore/metal band

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204409 EMERITUS (3.5)
Fun, fast, and a whole lot of harmonic minor. Ya, it's metal, so what?...

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November 21st 2006


Album Rating: 4.5

These guys sound like trash but with alot of melody. However, i think the term trash is going to be debatable here because i do believe that real trash differs from this.

They sound alot like ATG

December 2nd 2006


I think Laura is a better singer/growler/skrieker than Angela. This is a pretty awesome band.

December 16th 2006


Album Rating: 2.5

Pretty good album. Preety good review too.

January 10th 2007


Album Rating: 4.0

This album is killer, probably one of the best Melodic Death albums I heard in a long time

@the guy who left the 2nd comment: Its Thrash not Trash...haha, don't worry I miss the h all the time tooThis Message Edited On 01.10.07

January 10th 2007


sweet im gonna check this out. chicks that can scream is pretty hot. Maria Brink who is lead singer for this up and coming band In This Moment is amazing, you should check them out and her ;)

if i like Walls of Jericho, will i like this?This Message Edited On 01.10.07

January 10th 2007


Album Rating: 4.0

eww...Her vocals suck! If you like Arch Enemy, you will like this

January 10th 2007


^^^ well i like Arch Enemy too so ill check this out. u talking about WoJ or In this Moment?

January 11th 2007


Trash metal? :p

This needs to be a bit longer, I reckon, but you managed to fit a lot of detail in regardless. Pretty good stuff.

January 18th 2007


Well, today i realized that they had a new album out which really suprised me. Because, i have no clue they were coming out with one. So i got the cd, started listening to it, and wow. This album is amazing, and probably my favorite yet of their's.

This album has far surpassed what Remains Of The God's did. And that album was amazing.

Great review, and a great band.

July 4th 2007


Awesome album! This band will be big, fuckin big
Laura Nichol

July 17th 2007


Album Rating: 3.5

Just got this album and it is plain amazing, every track these guys never let up the entire time.

September 28th 2008


i JUST bought this album yesterday cuz i could never find the dam thing. its amazing and t(h)rashy and Laura Nichol is the hottest thing since microwave dinners. Angela Gossow just got pwned.

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