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Since emerging in 2018, Light the Torch have grown stronger together as a band and as friends. Through this growth, the Los Angeles, CA trio-Howard Jones [vocals], Francesco Artusato [guitar], and Ryan Wombacher [bass]-only enhanced every aspect of their signature sound. Upheld by head-spinning seven-string virtuosity, yet also anchored to skyscraping melodies, the group crafted twelve no-nonsense and no-holds-barred metallic anthems on their 2021 second full-length album, You Will Be The Death of Me.The group shot out of the gate as a contender on their full-length debut, Revival (2018). It bowed at #4 on the Billboard US Independent Albums Chart and at #10 on the Hard Rock Albums Chart in addition to receiving acclaim from Revolver, Outburn, and many more. "Calm Before the Storm" racked up a staggering 14.5 million Spotify streams, while "The Safety of Disbelief" remains one of SiriusXM Octane's all-time most requested songs. They also crisscrossed North America and Europe on tour with the likes of Trivium, Avatar, In Flames, Ice Nine Kills, Killswitch Engage and August Burns Red to name a few.In late 2019, an idea for the title track "Death of Me" kickstarted the creative process. The guys returned to Sparrow Sound in Glendale, CA to work with the production team of Josh Gilbert and Joseph McQueen once again [Bullet for My Valentine, As I Lay Dying, Suicide Silence]. This time around, they also welcomed Whitechapel's Alex Rudinger on drums. They kick down the door on You Will Be The Death of Me with the single "Wilting In The Light." Howard's instantly recognizable vocals soar over a sweeping riff and rolling beat before culminating on a massive luminous hook. "More Than Dreaming" opens up the record with gut-punching guitar and another knockout hook. Elsewhere, airy keys wrap around chugging distortion on the title track "Death Of Me." After the melodic melancholia of "Come Back To The Quicksand," Light the Torch recharge the 1987 Terence Trent D'Arby classic "Sign Your Name" as the record's climax. Shimmering keys bleed into an overpowering verse before it snaps into the immortal chorus beefed up with thick distortion.In the end, the bond between Light the Torch burns brighter than ever in the music as they deliver a definitive statement with You Will Be The Death Of Me.