Band Of The July ’10 – Stryper
Now, let’s describe next Glam Metal band – Stryper. They played very, very characteristic music based not only on Glam but also/mainly Christian Metal. There was a lot of another bands playing Christian and Glam Metal in the same breath, but I think that they were most popular amongst them.
Stryper deserve attention, also because band’s members wear yellow-black-striped clothes.
Do you remember their songs? “In God We Trust”, “To Hell with the Devil” or “Calling On You”.
But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
The name “Stryper” was adopted when bassist Tim Gaines joined the band. The name “Stryper” first came when they were recording from a passage in Isaiah “by his stripes we are healed.” Shortly afterward, they released the EP The Yellow and Black Attack on July 21, 1984.
Stryper – You Know What to Do
In the beginning, in “Stryper” was playing brothers: Michael Sweet (lead vocals and lead guitar) and Robert Sweet (drums). In addition, Oz Fox (lead guitar) and Tim Gaines (bass guitar).
Stryper albums and songsTheir first official, full-length album “The Yellow and Black Attack” released in 1984 wasn’t popular, they sold only 20,000 copies. Lyrics dumped a bit Christian subject, which resulted in fans’ sharp criticism. The next album “Soldiers Under Command” released in 1985 was “bull’s eye”, Stryper sold more than half a million copies, achieving Gold record status.
Stryper continued success – “To Hell with the Devil” albums was sold in over 1 million copies, achieving Platinum record status and becoming best-selling band’s album.Album contains my favorite song – “Calling on You”, best-known Stryper’s song – “Honestly” , “To Hell With The Devil” and “Free”3.
“Honestly” is the American Christian metal band Stryper’s fifth single and their highest charting on the Billboard Hot 100. “Honestly” became one of the most requested songs on MTV. “Honestly” is one of Stryper’s best-known songs, peaking at #23 on the Hot 100. It was Stryper’s only Top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100.
Stryper – Honestly
Stryper – Free
Their popularity wasn’t decreasing, fourth release – “In God We Trust” released in 1988 achieved Gold record status with more than half million copies.
After the hard-rocking To Hell with the Devil, Stryper decided to follow up with an album that was more pop-leaning and radio-friendly, and as a result, many critics and fans considered the album overproduced and too commercial
Stryper – In God We Trust
It was last Stryper album with glam metal accent. Next album was released in 1990 – “Against The Law”.4
This album marked a radical change in the musical and visual direction of the band. Gone were the bumblebee-colored spandex outfits, the bold evangelical lyrics and the familiar yellow-and-black band logo with Isaiah 53:5. In their place were leather outfits, and lyrics more focused on rock n’ roll and relationships, although arguably from a Christian worldview. The album was praised by many critics as the band’s strongest work to date, but a large percentage of Stryper’s Christian fanbase felt betrayed by this unannounced creative metamorphosis, and many of them accused Stryper of selling out their image and message for greater mainstream acceptance. As a result, Against the Law sold poorly compared to the band’s previous gold and platinum releases.
They released only one new album before collapse – “Can’t Stop The Rock” in 1991. In 1992 Stryper stopped playing.In 2003, after eleven years they reunited, for recording new compilation “7: The Best of Stryper”. In the next year they’ve released their first live album – “7 Weeks: Live in America, 2003”. In 2005, Stryper members recorded first full-length album after collapse – “Reborn”.
After that, there was “Extended Versions (2006)”, “The Roxx Regime Demos (2007)” and newest album – “Murder by Pride (2009)”.
Now they recording new album “The Covering”.
Stryper – Murder By Pride
Stryper – In The Beginning (Documentary)