ShoStroud Productions / Cyclone Empire
Hard Rock experimentalists, City Of Fire, pay homage to the vibrant city in which the band was formed, Vancouver, BC, with their self-titled debut release. City Of Fire’s debut album was released on the band’s website, www.cityoffire.com, on Saturday August 15th.
Although they are relatively young as a band, City Of Fire has plenty of musical experience; Burton C. Bell (Fear Factory) on vocals, and Byron Stroud (Zimmer’s Hole, Fear Factory, Strapping Young Lad) on bass, with Ian White, vocals/guitar, Terry "Sho" Murray (Shocore), guitar, and Bob Wagner (Shocore, Econoline Crush), drums, rounding out the lineup. The band’s self-titled debut was recorded over a two-month period in the band’s hometown of Vancouver, at the Factory Studios and Profile Sound.
"I have always loved Vancouver," explains vocalist, Burton C. Bell. "During this session, my eyes were intensely aware that Vancouver is vibrant with life, like a raging fire. This is where the name of the band came from. I was inspired like never before, and I believe it shows accordingly on this City of Fire debut."
City Of Fire finds its roots in everything from Metal, to Hard Rock, to Punk, but most of all, the mountain lined countryside, and everyday life, in one of the West Coast’s most beautiful cities, Vancouver.
Sonically hard, yet groove heavy, City Of Fire has conceived a sound that distinguishes itself from the rest. The 11-song debut was produced by Terry "Sho" Murray and City Of Fire, and features a special vocal appearance by Chris "Lord Heathen" Valago of Zimmer’s Hole. City Of Fire’s own vocalist, Burton C. Bell, showcases his vocal versatility on the record, with tracks ranging from the riff heavy "Gravity", to the acoustic "Emerald", to the crossover single "Rising". The cover art to the debut album can be viewed here.
City Of Fire’s self-titled debut release is also the flagship project of ShoStroud Productions, who are currently working on developing other artists. For more information on City Of Fire, their debut release, upcoming Fall 2009 tour dates, and ShoStroud Productions.
01. Carve Your Name
04. A Memory
05. Spirit Guide
06. Coitus Interruptus
09. Hollow Land
10. Dark Tides
This is The Story Of..... CITY OF FIRE
Fire, when burning, is in a state of turbulence, unrest, reliance and dependence. When extinguished, it becomes calm and unattached, freed from its own limitations. Fire can only occur when properly provoked, much like the creative mind. Creativity, like fire, can only burn with sustenance - that essential element that keeps the fire burning.
City of Fire pays homage to the city in which the band was formed, Vancouver, BC. Known for its primarily rainy climate, the weather can serve as a driving force of creativity for local artists. Creativity builds an internal fire, the rain stokes that fire within and ultimately provides liberation. This is the juxtaposition of Vancouver: a city that shelters, hurts, inspires, warms, scares, challenges and illuminates.
On March 8th 2008, the Cobalt Club in Vancouver, BC housed a reunion of the band Caustic Thought. Original members Byron Stroud (bass), Ian White (vocals/guitar), and Bob Wagner (drums) invited Terry "Sho" Murray to fill in for the original guitarist. Unbeknownst to everyone, the culmination of these artists would give birth to a new sound, which would ultimately lead to the formation of City of Fire. Bassist Byron Stroud contacted Fear Factory band mate Burton C. Bell (vocals/lyrics) and the line up was complete.
City of Fire finds its roots in everything from metal to hard rock to punk, and boasts a more adult oriented sensibility; a sound reflective of the evolving maturity of its members and audience. Sonically hard yet groove heavy, City of Fire has conceived a sound that distinguishes itself from the rest. Stay tuned for the sounds of the City of Fire!
Burton C. Bell (Vocals)
Burton C. Bell is a well recognized vocalist and lyricist for bands such as Hate Face, Ascension of the Watchers, and most notably Fear Factory. He has provided guest vocals for a variety of artists including G/Z/R (Geezer Butler of Black Sabbath’s solo effort) and Ministry. His work with Ministry garnered Bell his first Grammy® nomination for Best Heavy Metal Recording. Bell’s trademark vocal style blends clear operatic tones with animalistic growls. His vocal style is both innovative and influential and he is often credited as a pioneer, being one of the first in heavy metal to fuse clean and rough vocals.
Terry "Sho" Murray (Guitar/Producer)
Terry “Sho” Murray is an accomplished guitar player, recording engineer and producer. Murray has played in bands such as Nefro, and ShoCore, and recorded and produced artists such as Holly McNarland and The Solutions. Murray’s style can be described as traditionally rock, yet prone to experimentation. Additionally, Murray has a unique vision for production, an ability to see a song in its entirety even before it’s finished, always considering the impact of the song on a grand scale.
Byron Stroud (Bass)
Native Vancouverite Byron Stroud first played bass with Caustic Thought, but is primarily known for his work with extreme metal act Strapping Young Lad, its comedic spin off Zimmer’s Hole and industrial metal group Fear Factory. The formation of City of Fire is solely attributed to Stroud, who was responsible for assembling the group and identifying their sound. Unlike many musicians in the genre, Stroud is known for playing what the song requires; his purpose is to always serve the song.
Bob Wagner (Drums)
Robert “Bob” Wagner has provided the beat for bands such as Caustic Thought, ShoCore, and Three Hills. Wagner received widespread recognition as the drummer for Econoline Crush, whose album “The Devil You Know” went platinum. Wagner is known for his straight up, hard hitting drumming style; aggressive in nature, yet always groove heavy.
Ian White (Guitar)
Ian White began his musical journey as a vocalist, lyricist and guitarist for Caustic Thought. White gained local recognition with his post punk band Che Chapter 127, and his work with Ani Kyd. White’s guitar style is a combined blend of monster riffs, garage rock, melodic noise and hardcore punk.