Although City Of Fire is relatively young as a band, the group's members have plenty of musical experience. Consisting of Burton C. Bell (Fear Factory) on vocals, Byron Stroud (Zimmer'S Hole, Fear Factory, Strapping Young Lad) on bass, Ian White on vocals/guitar, Terry "Sho" Murray (Shocore) on guitar and Bob Wagner (Shocore, Econoline Crush) on drums, 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.
"I have always loved Vancouver," explains 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."
Sonically hard yet groove-heavy, City Of Fire has conceived a sound that distinguishes itself from the rest. 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 11-song effort was produced by Murray and City Of Fire and features a special vocal appearance by Chris "Lord Heathen" Valago of Zimmer'S Hole.
"City of Fire" track listing:
01. Carve Your Name
04. A Memory
05. Spirit Guide
06. Coitus Interruptus
09. Hollow Land
10. Dark Tides
City Of Fire's self-titled debut release is also the flagship project of ShoStroud Productions, which is currently working on developing other artists.
On March 8, 2008, the Cobalt Club in Vancouver 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. Stroud contacted Fear Factory bandmate Bell (vocals/lyrics) and the lineup was complete.
For audio samples, visit www.myspace.com/theofficialcityoffire.