"Trouble is one of the greatest heavy metal/rock/doom bands ever, and also one of the most underrated. I got hooked on Trouble about 12 years ago, and their music has always found a place in my CD player. "Run to the Light" shows an expansion of their unique metal stylings, drenched in doomy funereal riffs, one-of-a-kind guitar tones by a masterful duo, and some morose, emotional singing by Eric Wagner. Wartell and Franklin create some of the most distinctive dual-edged guitar pieces ever released by a metal band. The Sabbath influence is loud and clear, yet never derivative. Wagner's vocals are moody, emotional, forceful, anguished, and ultimately more masculine than most "clean" singers in this genre. The lyrics tend to expound upon the trials and tribulations of a misguided, depressed soul, however Trouble has firm beliefs that the sorrowful man can find redemption "in the light". The difference between Trouble and other bands that tend to be "preachy" is that Trouble plumbs the depths of sorrow and feels the pain of the struggling man in a much more truthful and realistic way than most bands with the Christian moniker. In "Run to the Light", the message is clear that salvation lies "in the light", but even this positive message is conveyed from the point of view of a man buried in a pit of despair, and the listener still feels like the man in the song has a very long climb ahead. It is brilliant.Trouble can be a difficult band to embrace right away. I needed a little time before I really understood what they were trying to do, and in my experience that is a sign of a GREAT band. Give them a try if you crave a different approach, and for those collectors of 80s hard rock / metal, any of the first four Trouble albums are a mandatory purchase."
The best Doom album from the best Doom band
Chris V. | Philadelphia, PA United States | 12/07/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Trouble is an extremely heavy doom band, that variates from slow and melancholy to fast and crunchy more often than you'd expect. The band is really amazing, and anyone who likes Doom or HEAVY Metal should check this out. It is true the band is Christian, but the lyrics reflect their personalities, beliefs, values, ideas, etc., and are not meant to convert anyone. At times the band can be very morbid and depressing, and the easiest way to describe their lyrical philosophy is "hope in a world of despair." It actually makes for some compelling songs. My top picks would be "Born in a Prison", "The Misery Shows" and "Peace of Mind". Highly recommended!"
Gloom & Doom Heaven
Chris V. | 04/06/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Trouble is a most unusual "God" band, but stryper they are not. You feel a raw power and anger in their music that you don't find in many bands. Kind of reminds me of early Black Sabbath. If you like a depressing, gloomy sound, with at times powerful lyrics, check this one out."
Great band, mediocre CD
Chris V. | 03/19/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Trouble may still be my favorite metal band of all time. They have a unique weeping guitar sound and heavy riffs that would make Tony Iommi proud. I always said that this band is what Sabbath should have become.However, this CD was a huge disappointment to me when it came out. Trouble's first two albums, Psalm 9 and The Skull, were incredible. Two of the best metal albums ever released. So Run To The Light had a lot to live up to. And it just didn't do it. The songs aren't as heavy. The changes aren't as interesting. The songwriting isn't as good. It's not that it's bad. It's just that it's a poor effort by a great band. For anyone who remembers the disappointment when Celtic Frost put out Cold Lake, this is Trouble's Cold Lake.If you want great Trouble buy Psalm 9, The Skull, and their self-titled 1990 album."