Last September, Light This City put an end to their decade-long hiatus with news of an impending fifth LP, the death metallers' first studio effort in over a decade. Today, March 29th, the Bay Area band have at last unveiled all the juicy details regarding the upcoming full-length: Terminal Bloom, the follow-up to 2008's Stormchaser, hits shelves May 25th via co-founding drummer Ben Murray's Creator-Destructor label. They've also unleashed its punishing first single, "A Grotesque Reflection."
Inspired by the myth of Charon — known by the ancient Greeks as the ferryman of hell, tasked with helping mortals cross over to the afterlife — "A Grotesque Reflection" finds vocalist Laura Nichol grappling with existential angst and certain death, her bandmates conjuring a desperate, churning maelstrom behind her. "The line 'We have always been his passengers' alludes to feeling like normal life — 'life' and death in the underworld are actually the same thing," she explains.
"So, when I die, and I'm about to approach this hellish place after my death — well, what makes that so different from the life I just came from?" the singer concludes. "Your reflection in the waters of the underworld is really just a distorted visage of the same reflection you looked at every day in your normal life."
Light This City - Terminal Bloom track listing:
01. "Reality In Disarray"
02. "A Grotesque Reflection"
03. "Dormant Tide"
04. "Terminal Bloom"
05. "Death Downwind"
06. "Agents Of Fate"
08. "The Wake Of My Will"