Light Yourself On Fire Bio:
After oranges, it's pretty well known that rock music is Florida's greatest contribution to the rest of the country. Metal, hardcore, punk -- whatever you want to call it, if it has a guitar, a bass, some drums, and the ability to set an audience aflame with energy, it's probably from Florida or based on something from Florida. It makes sense, then, that a new genre of metal would come from the coast, a city called Tampa, where four men decided that death metal needed a new vibe, and in seven insanely powerful songs, a new genre was born. And like the incendiary music they make, they're called simply: LIGHT YOURSELF ON FIRE. LIGHT YOURSELF ON FIRE came together over a shared love of bands like MASTODON, HELMET, and JOY DIVISION. Formed in the Summer of 2003, LIGHT YOURSELF ON FIRE was the vision of John Allen (guitar) and Robert Winslow (bass, ex-member of SCROG and OMEGA MAN) who wanted to bridge the gap between their shared obsession with metal and art. They were two guys who wanted their music to not only be aggressive, loud, and heavy, but to carry a deeper, more complex emotional content. They asked Matt Coplon (vocals, former frontman of REVERSAL OF MAN) and Ken Karg on drums (ex-member of BRUTALITY, OMEGA MAN) to join and soon they began to play together cohesively. It was within their music that they established a sophisticated, intelligent, intensely violent take on metal which they named "power death" (power violence + death metal). And powerful it is. A rare metal band whose performance is more comparable to a gallery show, LIGHT YOURSELF ON FIRE's live show is uncompromising. Their stagecraft and incredible songs immediately won them shows supporting massively popular death metal bands such as DEICIDE, DARKEST HOUR, BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME, and TORCHE. And if the climate of the Tampa scene is any indication, from the overwhelming response to LIGHT YOURSELF ON FIRE, it's a sound that will soon end up in bedrooms, mosh pits, gallerys, and venues all across the country.