Light Up the Darkness is a four-piece hard rock outfit that knows how to execute their sound professionally. It’s an underrated experience on several levels from an underrated band.
Hailing from Conway, MO, Waiting is the band’s debut full-length, having previously released one EP. The release steps up their sound with a lot more variety and a much harder punch. First and foremost, the vocal work stands out with the beautiful male/female blend the band uses. The keyboard work is as beautiful as it is haunting, and is used to pluck at the emotions on both sides of that scale.
Female screamers are seriously underrated in the metal/hard rock field, and Light Up the Darkness uses their frontwoman brilliantly. The lyrics are simple but powerful — covering ideas from spiritual drift to the awesome power of the Lord — with the band’s faith continually the focus.
Despite a few awesome solos, the guitar work feels like it’s mostly used as filler on the album. The drum work sits particularly prominent, causing the album to feel off-balance.
Despite a few kinks this album is a solid, strong release from a great, up-and-coming band. Waiting is a killer album that will keep you head banging from start to finish. For fans of The Letter Black and Stryper.