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Light Yourself on Fire

Light Yourself on Fire: Light Yourself on FireLight Yourself on Fire (2006)
Kiss of Death

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When I think of Tampa, Florida, and its surrounding area, a few things are called to mind immediately. Beautiful white sand beaches, the immaculate Sunshine Skyway bridge, and St. Angelos pizza in the nearby city of New Port Richey. All of these are pleasant thoughts, as is how I regard most of Flor.
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When I think of Tampa, Florida, and its surrounding area, a few things are called to mind immediately. Beautiful white sand beaches, the immaculate Sunshine Skyway bridge, and St. Angelos pizza in the nearby city of New Port Richey. All of these are pleasant thoughts, as is how I regard most of Florida, but Light Yourself on Fire are doing their damndest to ruin all of that.

Natives of the lightning capital of the world, they take the speed out of Converge and the intensity out of Deadguy to craft a sound that's as hollow as the overused bass drum. As if the band and label (Kiss of Death) names were not indicative enough as to the creativity-lacking music that would potentially pack the disc, they reinforce any preconceptions one might have and add some blast beats and breakdowns to really round out the sound.

With no song breaking the two-and-a-half-minute mark (thankfully) they limit themselves to structures conducive to bands who can turn the world upside down on a moment's notice. Converge can pull off the minute-and-a-half long track because the amount of intensity they fill that minute and a half with is more than some bands, say this one, can fill an entire EP with. It's not laughably bad, which is what I was expecting, but there's only so many times that a guitar can screech and a singer can growl before one makes the determination that the well's run so very dry. It's unfortunate that very same determination was not made by the members of the band during the writing or recording processes.

Everything in these 14 minutes simply echoes the feeling of boredom.

"Rickshaw" displays a set of musicians firmly entrenched in the idea that repetition drives an idea home. While this is true in some cases, the repeated guitar squalls after a quick chord progression that is done over, and over again for over two minutes does not breed familiarity, it breeds contempt. Too many other songs fall prey to the same lack of artistic vision.

Some of the band's own words will sum up just why their name will be forever engrained with the phrase "mediocre metalcore:" "Impossible and opening to a new line of repetition, those are actions where you lead the same boat full."

 

 
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Anonymous (January 18, 2007)

surely the name is a simpsons reference? if not. it should be.

Anonymous (January 17, 2007)

Heyo quit talking shit about florida. Or imma regulate.

SilentStorms (January 17, 2007)

Funny, I always found Reversal of Man as a very boring and generic screamo band. Apparently the trend continues into other genres with the same members.

Anonymous (January 15, 2007)

1. There are no beaches in, nor is the Skyway in, Tampa.

2. Have you ever BEEN to the beaches around here? Red Tide seems to last 8 months out of the year. If you're thinking about hitting the beach on vacation, stay away from west Florida. Unless you like being ankle-deep in rotting fish carcasses and not seeing a living thing for days at a time, that is.

Anonymous (January 14, 2007)

when there is nothing left to burn, you have to set yourself on fire....

maverick (January 13, 2007)

In case anyone cares, this is ex-Reversal Of Man.

And yeah, it is lame.

-Scott

Anonymous (January 12, 2007)

florida sux

DFelon204409 (January 12, 2007)

i would...........for you

istapledmyfoot (January 12, 2007)

also, anchors you're dead on about the guitar squealing, these guys are a bummer.

istapledmyfoot (January 12, 2007)

the link is wrong, it goes to http://www.lightyourselfonfire.bet, which made me giggle for whatever reason.

Ianw (January 12, 2007)

At least JT knows to rip off sombody who makes good music.

Anonymous (January 12, 2007)

So is this better or worse than the new Justin Timberlake album?

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