Burning Desire to Draw Last Breath
Terminal Bloom
Through All Unknown
2nd Edition
Feed the Birds
Paralysis Rise

GYGAX Announce New Album “High Fantasy”

Posted by admin on May.08, 2019

Ventura, California fantasy metal warriors GYGAX have completed their third LP, “High Fantasy”, now confirmed for a June 21st release date.

GYGAX has stormed through 2018 and 2019 playing live in support of their acclaimed second album, Second Edition. Drenched in influence from the likes of Dungeons & Dragons and Thin Lizzy, the album showcased the band’s top-notch musicianship through a fiery onslaught of infectious grooves and pristine hooks.

Just over a year after the release of “2nd Edition”, GYGAX returns with their third, and most triumphant album to date, “High Fantasy”.  The band’s fantastic storylines come blazing to life in the nine brand new tracks on the new LP. Surging with powerful riffs and unavoidable hooks, High Fantasy was recorded live in The Captain’s Quarters Studios in the band’s hometown of Ventura, California, with former guitar player Armand Tambouris at the helm.  As with their prior album, the “High Fantasy” artwork was completed by Fares Maese, who is also a renowned artist through his works in the gaming community, including Warhammer, Pathfinder, and more.

Check out the full tracklisting and info HERE!


The Creator-Destructor Podcast #32: Scotty Tankcrimes

Posted by admin on May.03, 2019

We’re back after a few months with another banger episode!  This time I sit down in the apartment with the fellow-Oakland homie Scotty Tankcrimes!  If you don’t know who Scotty is, he’s been plugging away putting out releases on his punk/metal label TANKCRIMES, including artists such as Necrot, Ghoul, Cannabis Corpse, Dystopia, and more – Scotty is like a sponge that has absorbed a shit-ton of music industry knowledge and wisdom, and it was a real treat to sit down and learn a bit from the master himself.   What I’ve always admired about Scotty is his willingness to always have an open discussion on his platforms about pros/cons of the ways in which bands and labels operate these days.  Like I said, it was a super interesting conversation, mostly because Scotty is a gem!   If you are interested in listening to two Oakland-based heavy metal label guys talk shop for a few hours, please join us!  

If you are new to the podcast, I’ve been talking to some super rad bands/artists/comedians for the past few years now, so head over to the podcast page below and scroll through the past episodes!

Listen to ‘The Creator-Destructor Podcast’ by clicking HERE

Pounder / Gygax Announce “Highly Uncivilized” West Coast Tour!

Posted by admin on Mar.26, 2019


California Hard Rockers Gygax and traditional Metallers Pounder are joining forces for a run of West Coast Dates. Hells Headbangers recording artists Pounder will be supporting their new record Uncivilized, “We’re really psyched to get out in the trenches and play stuff from the record live – some of these songs are in dire need of being road-tested” asserted guitarist / vocalist Matt Harvey. Gygax will be supporting their 2nd Edition album, released via Creator/Destructor records. The shows promise to be high-volume, leather / denim friendly affairs not to be missed. Harvey assured us that “the gigs will be loud, sweaty, and neck-breaking – the way it should be!”

Catch Gygax and Pounder live:
May 9 – Star Theater, Portland, OR

May 10 – Highline, Seattle, WA

May 11 – The Haul, Grant’s Pass, OR

May 12 – Elbo Room, Oakland, CA

May 16 – Blue Lamp, Sacramento, CA

May 17 – Tower Bar, San Diego, CA

May 18 – Five Star Bar, Los Angeles, CA

May 19 – Club Red, Phoenix, AZ

Listen to Gygax’s “2nd Edition” on Bandcamp HERE
Purchase Gygax’s “2nd Edition” & “Critical Hits” on LP/CD HERE

HELLHORSE Joins The Creator-Destructor Records Roster!

Posted by admin on Mar.06, 2019

HELLHORSE_GUITAR Creator-Destructor Records intensely excited to announce that Boston’s HELLHORSE has joined the label’s diverse and ever-growing roster.

Featuring ex-members of VYGR and Black Elm, HELLHORSE is a blistering five-piece vehicle of monumental heaviness. The band draws influence from early 2000s metalcore stylings of Botch, Converge, and Cave In, while infusing a raw and vicious d-beat/Cursed-esque approach to their particular brand of sonic thunder.

HELLHORSE released their impressive and crushing debut album, Old Dystopia, in 2018, and will be announcing their Creator-Destructor Records debut in the coming months, set to see a late spring/summer release. Stay tuned for plenty of updates surrounding the oncoming storm of HELLHORSE. In the meantime, endure their Old Dystopia LP HERE.

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New Merch Items Added to Store!

Posted by admin on Feb.06, 2019


We’ve recently added all kinds of rad new merchandise to our online store – Light This City Snapback Hats (Limited Run of 15pcs Black w/ Camo Lid & 15 pcs Black w/ Black Lid), Light This City Zip-Up Hoodies, GULCH T-Shirts, and new GYGAX ‘Dice Throwers & Rock N’ Rollers’ T-Shirts! All amazing designs, so be the coolest kid in school and pick up some hot new heavy metal threads!

Click Here to visit the Creator-Destructor Online Store!

You can also purchase tickets to LIGHT THIS CITY’s upcoming Bay Area show at Eli’s Mile High Club in Oakland on Saturday, March 2nd! We highly encourage you to attend, as it’ll be a real headbanger of an evening, featuring support from Redwood City’s CREPUSCLE and SAPONIFICATION! When you purchase your ticket, your name will automatically be added to Will-Call list, so no need to bring anything except a valid ID!

Facebook Event Page for March 2nd: Light This City, Crepuscle, Saponification @ Eli’s Mile High Club

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GYGAX Merchandise + Upcoming 3rd LP and Live Shows!

Posted by admin on Jan.15, 2019


GYGAX are starting to make big ol’ amazing plans for their upcoming third LP, having booked studio time already! We couldn’t be more excited over here at Creator-Destructor, and eagerly await new tracks any day now. Expect that unbelievable release (with even more insane packaging) this summer!

In other GYGAX news, the band recently completed an East Coast tour with label mates in LIGHT THIS CITY, and have announced two shows this month in LA/San Diego with Bay Area stars, Glitter Wizard! For all of you seeking new GYGAX threads, we added the amazing ‘Dice Throwers & Rock N’ Rollers’ T-Shirt in our online store! Check that out right HERE.

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LIGHT THIS CITY Announce Mexico Tour 2019!

Posted by admin on Jan.10, 2019

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Bay Area melodic death metal outfit LIGHT THIS CITY has confirmed a new set of tour dates in support of their acclaimed “Terminal Bloom” LP, released last year! The new venture sees the band headed to Mexico for the first time, with four shows booked throughout the country – From January 31st through February 3rd the band tear through Morelia, Guadalajara, San Luis Potosí, and Mexico City with their unique blend of thrash!

LIGHT THIS CITY Gira Por México 2019:
1/31/2019 Cactux Morelia – Morelia, MX
2/01/2019 Anexo Independencia – Guadalajara, MX
2/02/2019 Loud Open Stage – San Luis Potosí, MX
2/03/2019 Real Under – Mexico City, MX

“Terminal Bloom”, LIGHT THIS CITY’s first album in a decade, boasts ten tracks that capture their tendency towards extreme melody and intensity, honoring the Melodic Death Metal persuasion of the ‘90s. The band shows no signs of slowing down in 2019, with even more touring announcements to come!

LIGHT THIS CITY Guitar + Drum Playthrough Videos!

Posted by admin on Jan.06, 2019

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The Bay Area’s LIGHT THIS CITY have released Guitar and Drum playthrough videos for the songs “A Grotesque Reflection”, “Dormant Tide”, “Neverlanding”, and “Reality in Disarray”. Check all of those out by clicking here! While you’re at it, make sure to subscribe to our channel so you get automatic updates straight to your phone when we upload any new content!

LIGHT THIS CITY continue to support their 2018 comeback album, “Terminal Bloom”, which garnered acclaimed reviews across the board. The past year has seen the band embark on West Coast and East Tours of the United States, and the band has hinted at Mexico, Japan, and European touring plans for 2019. If you feel like supporting the album and purchasing it digitally, make sure to head over to our Bandcamp page and check out all of our current and past releases.

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GYGAX “Critical Hits” Digipak CD + LP Repress!

Posted by admin on Nov.18, 2018


We are thrilled to finally offer GYGAX’s acclaimed debut release from 2015 on CD for the first time ever! After many requests, we have launched preorders for “Critical Hits” Digipak CDs, as well as the 3rd pressing of the LP! All orders are set to ship on Monday 11/26 – Don’t miss out on a chance to grab one of these beauties! The third pressing of the vinyl release is limited to 250pcs, includes a digital download card, and features Silver/Purple Swirl colored wax!

PREORDER Gygax’s “Critical Hits” Digipak CD and/or the LP Repress HERE!

GYGAX recently wrapped up their first ever run of the Eastern US/Canada wit labelmates LIGHT THIS CITY. The band continues to support their highly praised second release, “2nd Edition”, which came out in March of this year. If you haven’t given that a listen, do so now here!

LIGHT THIS CITY Announce Eastern US/Canada Tour w/ Gygax!

Posted by admin on Aug.29, 2018

Bay Area melodic death metal outfit LIGHT THIS CITY has confirmed a run of East Coast North American tour dates for November – Tickets will be on sale Friday morning at 10am Eastern Time!

These shows will be LIGHT THIS CITY’s first performances outside of the West Coast since the band’s rebirth, as they continue to support their acclaimed “Terminal Bloom” LP. Running from November 6th through November 11th, LIGHT THIS CITY will trample through Cleveland, Toronto, Montreal, Brooklyn, Worcester, and Philadelphia, with support from Creator-Destructor labelmates GYGAX for the entire run.

LIGHT THIS CITY Eastern US/Canada Tour w/ Gygax:
11/06/2018 The Foundry – Cleveland, OH
11/07/2018 Hard Luck Bar – Toronto, ON
11/08/2018 Katakombs – Montreal, QC
11/09/2018 Gold Sounds Bar – Brooklyn, NY
11/10/2018 Ralph’s Diner – Worcester, MA
11/11/2018 The Fire – Philadelphia, PA

Creator-Destructor to Release GULCH 7″

Posted by admin on Jul.23, 2018

CD049_COVER copyWe are fucking thrilled to announce that we will be releasing the brand new 7″, “Burning Desire to Draw Last Breath” by San Jose’s GULCH on August 31st! The release contains 6 tracks of absolutely destructive, mind-fucking death metal-inspired hardcore that will have your jaw shattered on the floor after one listen. The pressing will be limited to 250pcs, and preorders have been launched in our online store! Order yours by clicking here!

GULCH features members of SPINEBREAKER, and the world-crushing 5 piece arecurrently playing all around California in support of their upcoming 7″ release. “Burning Desire to Draw Last Breath” was tracked at Panda Studios by Charles Toshio Carver in January of 2018, mixed by Charles Toshio Carver, and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege – Artwork was handled by Boone Naka, all combining for an amazing new release that we couldn’t be more proud to be a part of.

For now, you can stream/purchase the EP on our Bandcamp! Do that here. More news soon!

LIGHT THIS CITY / GYGAX West Coast Tour – Next Week!

Posted by admin on Jun.17, 2018

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The LIGHT THIS CITY “Terminal Bloom” West Coast Tour, featuring support from the almighty GYGAX, begins next Friday in San Diego, CA! The dates and ticket links are below, don’t miss this opportunity to see two amazing Creator-Destructor bands in one night! The righteous dudes in PISSED REGARDLESS will be playing the three So-Cal shows, so make sure to pick up their “Feed the Birds” 7″ at the merch table! That is, after you pick up GYGAX’s “2nd Edition” and LTC’s “Terminal Bloom” LPs! These will be shows to remember, so spread the word and we’ll see you out on the road!


6/22 San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick – Buy Tickets!
6/23 Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction – Buy Tickets!
6/24 LA, CA@ Viper Room – Buy Tickets!
6/28 SF @ Bottom Of The Hill – Buy Tickets!
6/29 Seattle, WA @ Highline – Buy Tickets!
6/30 Portland, OR @ Paris Theatre- Buy Tickets!
7/1 Sacramento, CA @ The Blue Lamp- Buy Tickets!

LIGHT THIS CITY Release New Music Video!

Posted by admin on May.15, 2018

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Reactivated Bay Area melodic death metal quintet LIGHT THIS CITY has released an official video for “Agents Of Fate,” the new single from the band’s first LP in over a decade, Terminal Bloom, approaching release next Friday!Directed and edited by Shane Henry, the new audiovisual clip captures the band crushing one of the album’s heaviest tracks in an intense, high-action, low-light setting.

See LIGHT THIS CITY’s “Agents Of Fate” video now at THIS LOCATION! 
“We’re thrilled to premiere the official video for “Agents of Fate”, and we hope you all enjoy it!  The band agreed that this song had a great combination of elements of the Light This City sound – thrash all the way through with some melody, blast beats, and a big ol’ chorus that hopefully gets you headbangin’ and in trouble at work!   We wanted to capture the dynamics of the song in as simple and intense a way as possible, thanks for watching!”  

LIGHT THIS CITY Premieres Title Track via Decibel Magazine!

Posted by admin on Apr.24, 2018


Bay Area melodic death metal outfit LIGHT THIS CITY have released the title track to the band’s upcoming fifth LP, and first in a decade, “Terminal Bloom”, through a premiere at Decibel Magazine. The band has also announced a run of West Coast tour dates supporting the LP’s release (check the ‘tour’ page!). Listen to the new song HERE!

LIGHT THIS CITY returns with ten tracks that capture the band’s tendency towards extreme melody and intensity, honoring the Swedish sound of the ‘90s. Having spent the past decade performing and touring in numerous other bands, the five members of LIGHT THIS CITY have only honed and shaped their skills and musicianship since their 2008-released Stormchaser. Terminal Bloom was recorded from December 2017 through February 2018 with Zack Ohren at Castle Ultimate Studios in Oakland, California, as with their previous four albums, and is wrapped in the vibrant cover artwork of Tony Midi.

Offers LIGHT THIS CITY’s Ben Murray, “We’re super excited to share the title track from the upcoming record with you all! ‘Terminal Bloom’ is one of the heavier songs on the album, with basically zero melody — just pure thrash! We wanted to release a total banger for the second single to show our fans the diversity of heaviness within the record, and I think this one represents the influences we drive from classic Bay Area thrash and death metal. The song is definitely a ripper, and an unrelenting example of the pace of the album. We hope you enjoy it! Turn it up loud.”

LIGHT THIS CITY Premiere “A Grotesque Reflection”

Posted by admin on Mar.29, 2018


The day has finally arrived! Reactivated Bay Area melodic death metal outfit LIGHT THIS CITY has unleashed the first single from their fifth LP, and first in a decade, “Terminal Bloom”. As the album nears release through Creator-Destructor Records in May, “A Grotesque Reflection” has been made available alongside preorders for the record.

Stream LIGHT THIS CITY’s “A Grotesque Reflection” at YouTube HERE or at Bandcamp HERE!

PREORDER The LP / Digipak CD / T-Shirt Combo Packs for “Terminal Bloom” HERE!

LIGHT THIS CITY returns with ten blazing tracks that capture the band’s tendency towards extreme melody and intensity, honoring the Swedish sound of the ‘90s. Having spent the past decade performing and touring in numerous other bands, the five members of LIGHT THIS CITY have only honed and shaped their skills and musicianship since their 2008-released Stormchaser. Terminal Bloom was recorded from December 2017 through February 2018 with Zack Ohren (Suffocation, Cattle Decapitation, Fallujah) at Castle Ultimate Studios in Oakland, California, as with their previous four albums, and is wrapped in the vibrant cover artwork of Tony Midi.