A Light Within – Body Matter

Rating: 4.5/5
Distributor/Label: Static Tension Recordings
Released: 2015
Buy Album [URL]: http://alightwithin.bandcamp.com/album/2015-body-matter-ep
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/ALWaudio

Band line-up:oSjZuaN

Kyle Brandt – vocals/keys
Jeff Irvine – guitars
Josh Bennett – guitars
Nick Sloan – drums
Andy Schiller – bass



1. Torn Page #21
2. Page #22 _No Charge
3. Page #51 _Between Shores
4. Page #29 _World Through the Window
5. Page #13 _To Have; To Hold
6. Page #47-48 _Glaso



A Light Within hail from Kansas City, Missouri and with the release of Body Matter they have two EP releases under their belts. They play a mix of post rock that has a touch of post punk to their sound, and they give us these six new songs that show that they’ve gotten better since their previous release.

The band has both a gentle sound such as on instrumental opener “Torn Page #21,” but they also have a harder, more biting sound that meshes together with the quieter bits really well. “Page #22 _No Charge” has the feel of what U2 should be trying for with their sweeping songs, these guys hit everything right. They have the sweeping sound, uplifting playing, passionate vocals and the thrilling playing that grabs you from the start. “Page #51 _Between Shores” brings the heaviness and it’s more of a slow and dirge like grind throughout that really sets the tone, dark and dirty, with vocals full of pain and anguish that ties into the beautiful arrangement that the band gives us. The vocals kind of remind me of Trent Reznor from NIN on this track and it’s probably the best track that NIN never did. The band plays with an amazing amount of energy and gives us a lot of thrilling sounds on this EP, plus the vocals from Brandt are spectacular throughout, which are clean but sometimes rough, but mostly smooth. All of that combined, it can raise the hairs on your arms.

This has so much going for it, that just calling it post whatever is a disservice. It’s a great album that is filled with music that should be heard by the masses right now. This is the kind of music that should be all over the radio and be hyped up in the press, not the pop, emo, fake crap that is forced down our throats.

Review By: Rick Ecker