"The Hero Cycle" (Prosthetic Records; 2003 / 2010)

Reviewed by Mike SOS

A posthumous re-release comes from the recently disbanded Bay Area death metal unit Light This City, whose debut "The Hero Cycle" gets the reissue treatment.

Recorded while the band was still in high school, this 10-track endeavor sounds a bit undercooked overall yet burns with the fires of an upstart band fueled by a youthful reckless abandon following a paint-by-numbers Swedish death metal blueprint.

Hardly essential but interesting for completists and rabid fans, this disc showcases a fine display of nubile aggression from a bandís humble beginnings.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.


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