Light This City
Terminal Bloom


4.0
excellent

Review

by BallsToTheWall USER (232 Reviews)
May 23rd, 2018 | 45 replies


Release Date: 01/05/2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Take a seat Arch Enemy, any seat, let Light This City take over from here. This is how melodic death metal is done.

When Light This City announced they were coming back to the fields of metal with a new release after a ten year hiatus I shrieked like the little fanboy that I am. Facing The Thousand was a heavily played album in my high school years and I was beyond excited for some new material. And so when they released A Grotesque Reflection I gave it a spin as soon as I heard about it. Everything you loved about Light This City's previous material can be found in this supercharged melodic death metal track. Blasting drums, anthemic chugging and Laura's rabid vocals create a battering ram of a statement that shows that Light This City still have plenty left in the tank. Take a seat Arch Enemy, any seat, let Light This City take over from here. This is how melodic death metal is done.

Terminal Bloom, the first release since 2008's Stormchaser, is a blistering Electabuzz thunderpunch to the nose, throat, kidney and balls. Featuring as strong of a sense for aggression and melody as ever, the crew rip through ten infectious bangers with a few acoustic sections thrown in for good measure. Laura's vocals are as on point as ever, ferociously leading the band's charge into the gates of hell. Steve and Ryan's guitar work is beyond spectacular as their assortment of riffs, harmonies and solos fuel the band's musical fire. Jon and Ben's rhythm work coalesces well with Laura, Steve and Ryan's contributions but that's to be expected from a crew who's been slaughtering eardrums and breaking necks together since at least 2007. The band's energy and inspiration is evident from the opener Reality in Disarray and it carries all the way through to the closer Wildheart.

While not technically available until the 25th, the band released a stream for Terminal Bloom today and seeing how it was my off day, I had the down time and the tequila to make it happen. Everybody who loves melodic death metal and Light This City need to spin this asap. It's a monster from start to finish.



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SteakByrnes
May 23rd 2018


15729 Comments


I was just looking at this album last night and thought it seemed cool, nice review boyo

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BallsToTheWall
May 23rd 2018


49745 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I'm not crazy about getting older but the fact that a lot of my favorite bands from high school are still plundering and pillaging with purpose, well, that just makes me happy.

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zaruyache
May 23rd 2018


21309 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

TBDM can BTFO too.



stream link:



http://creator-destructor.bandcamp.com/album/terminal-bloom

BallsToTheWall
May 23rd 2018


49745 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

My car is down but I want to see BDM in June.

Asdfp277
May 23rd 2018


21355 Comments


artwork reminds me of yu-gi-oh's pumpking the king of ghosts

BallsToTheWall
May 23rd 2018


49745 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Never played with Pumpking but it was a fun card to have. Like the burger.

bloc
May 23rd 2018


57597 Comments


Just saw the vocalist and damn son change the band name to Bite This Titty

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Asdfp277
May 23rd 2018


21355 Comments


pumpking was essential in Forbidden Memories

BallsToTheWall
May 23rd 2018


49745 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I liked the crass/dream clown combo personally.

SpiritCrusher2
May 23rd 2018


6180 Comments


lol bloc

Mentasm
May 24th 2018


567 Comments


stormchaser was the shit back in highschool

Slex
Contributing Reviewer
May 24th 2018


8001 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This album is just such a fucking blast

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GmemberKills
May 24th 2018


3697 Comments


oh shit you know it's gonna be a jam when the first track has an acoustic intro

Hellscythe
May 24th 2018


4149 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

how's this compare to their previous stuff?

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Deathconscious
May 24th 2018


22228 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Whoa, wasnt expecting a review for this so soon.

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Pebster49
May 24th 2018


3022 Comments


What are the best songs on this, I listened to the single "A Grotesque Reflection" and wasn't too impressed. The riffing is just too familiar, and average. I like her vocals but that about it.

Deathconscious
May 24th 2018


22228 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Dormant Tide is pretty clearly the best track to me. Neverlanding goes pretty hard too.

DrGonzo1937
Staff Reviewer
May 24th 2018


15647 Comments


Sweet rev balls, have a pos.

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Curse.
May 24th 2018


8058 Comments


Laura Nichols is forever bae

Curse.
May 24th 2018


8058 Comments


She hugged me once, that was a great day.



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