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Album · 1987


1. The Misery Shows (5:36)
2. Thinking of the Past (3:51)
3. On Borrowed Time (5:26)
4. Run to the Light (6:01)
5. Peace of Mind (3:02)
6. Born in a Prison (4:48)
7. Tuesday's Child (3:25)
8. The Beginning (5:26)

Total Time: 37:39


- Eric Wagner / Vocals
- Bruce Franklin / Guitars
- Rick Wartell / Guitars
- Ron Holzner / Bass
- Dennis Lesh / Drums

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Full-length, Metal Blade Records, June 15th, 1987

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Opening with an (at the time) rare incorporation of synthesiser into Trouble's sound, the band's third album more than makes up for the somewhat underwhelming nature of The Skull and stakes out a powerful and original style for the band. The lyrics take a decidedly depressive turn this time around, without even the consolation of religion to hold back the existential misery, whilst the band benefit from the meatiest production of any of their early albums. I might be going against the accepted wisdom here, but I'd actually say that this is by far the superior of the first three Trouble albums, bringing the development of the band's sound over the past two discs to fruition wonderfully.
Run to the Light is the 3rd full-length studio album by US doom metal act Trouble. The album was released in June 1987 by Metal Blade Records.

Trouble made quite an impact with the release of their first two albums and Run to the Light is seldom considered a seminal release like Psalm 9 (1984) or The Skull (1985). While Run to the Light may not hold the same influential position as the two predecessors in the minds of many doom metal fans, I for one find the album very enjoyable. The style hasn´t changed much since those early albums and the music is still doom metal with traditional heavy metal elements. Bands like Black Sabbath and Judas Priest are still the main influences. We´re treated to both brick heavy and more uptempo riffing, great melodic harmony guitar work and those rusty and emotional vocals by lead vocalist Eric Wagner. The lyrics are still bleak as hell and deals with depression, alienation and other "uplifting" subjects. Trouble is one of those rare acts that actually has an instantly recognisable "sound" and in addition to their strong musicianship and great songwriting skills that´s one of their greatest assets. No one else could have made tracks like Thinking of the Past or On Borrowed Time. Or how about the great title track. That´s just Trouble spot on.

The production is professional and heavy. The sound suits the music very well.

So while Run to the Light may not have the "classic" status of its two predecessors it´s still a great doom metal album that should appeal to fans of the genre. A 3.5 - 4 star rating is deserved.

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