Arising Empire

Melodic metalcore from the heart of London, UK.

THECITYISOURS are a 5-piece metal band from the capital who have quickly garnered attention and growing support from peers, industry and fans alike, with their high-octane live show and the success of their debut album, ‘LOW’ (2019) which smashed into the top 5 iTunes metal charts with several singles appearing in editorial playlists with the likes of Amazon, Deezer and Spotify (Including 2 covers on New Core and Metal UK) supporting the band.

2019 was a very busy year for City, with appearances at a slew of UK festivals including Camden Rocks, Macmillan Fest, Burn It Down, Holloween, a fly in appearance at High Fives Summer Festival in Sweden, a headline set in the Doghouse Tent at the revered Download Festival to a 4000+ audience of festival-goers in June, and a sold-out album release show at Boston Music Rooms in London.

Following the departure of long-standing vocalist Sam Stolliday in early 2020, the band unexpectedly found themselves in unknown territory. Now nearly 2 years on they are back with brand new music, a signing to respected German alternative/metal label Arising Empire, and the introduction of new vocalist Oli Duncanson, ready to welcome a brand new era of City with the release of their sophomore album 'COMA' [October 2021], following a slew of single releases, many surpassing 100k Youtube views and gaining Spotify, Deezer and Amazon editorial playlisting, with 'Violent', reaching #1 in iTunes Metal Chart, the title track 'COMA' featuring on Triple J Radio, and multiple singles being played on Alex Baker’s Fresh Blood show as well as receiving regular playlisting on Kerrang! Radio's 'K Nights' show.


There is a palpable sense of loss that ties together the band’s sophomore offering ‘COMA’, which tackles the passing of loved ones, relationships, even personal sovereignty and self-control head-on.

"We wanted this record to symbolise hope. A beacon of positivity through adversity and proof that even in your lowest moments, things can and will get better if we support each other. We couldn’t be more excited for people to experience the journey that is COMA, with us. We hope listeners are able to take something positive away from it, in which ever way they need."


“Oli Duncanson's voice is absolutely sensational” - Alex Baker, Fresh Blood, Kerrang! Radio 

“This London quintet have got a knack for writing satisfying choruses and bright guitar lines. The convincing collection of songs is about as anthemic as metalcore gets” – ‘COMA’ album review, Metal Hammer (7)

“Digging deep and emerging from a time of great personal turmoil, this London five-piece have spliced together a debut album [LOW] full of metalcore at its most infectious” - Rock Sound 

“...a thunderously assured album dealing with loss and mental health that practices what it preaches on the subject of self-empowerment… LOW Punches and soars in all the right places” - Kerrang KKKK

FFO: Wage War, Bury Tomorrow, Of Mice & Men


Oli Duncanson: vocals
Mikey Page: guitars/vocals
Jamie Roberts: bass
Stuart Mercer: guitar
David Cardona: drums

THECITYISOURS are available for UK/Euro shows, and festival appearances.


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