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Lights for Nero

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Columbia SC, United States (circa 2002 – 2005)

Lights for Nero was a band from Columbia, South Carolina. During their relatively short lifespan from circa 2002 to 2005, the band released two albums and only did a handful of touring, including two appearances in 2003 and 2004 at the Cornerstone Festival in Illinois. Keeping in line with similar and acts, their music was fast and often violent, but their sound was distinct due to their abundant use of saxophone, as well as their dual vocalists. The members also identified themselves as Christians, and as such Biblical influences can be found in their lyrics, seemingly contrary to their aggressive musical approach. After their previous band Edify split in 2000, vocalist Jason Kinch, guitarist Mat Saxon, and vocalist/saxophonist Joseph Young formed Lights for Nero, along with drummer Steven Cheek and bassist/guitarist Christopher Deans. In 2003, they put together nine tracks to create Dying to Shed Light on the Narrow Path of the Anathema Heist, which was released on a small local label.

Vocalist/bassist Darcy Del Priore, who also played in Edify, joined shortly thereafter when Deans stepped down. Deans would rejoin the band in 2004 for the recording of …and Little Lambs Eat Nations, an album that included reworked versions of older songs yet at the same time polished the band’s overall sound known to their fans as , and .

Following the obscure release of Little Lambs, the band underwent a number of lineup changes.

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