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CD Review: STRYPER Second Coming

By Larry Petro, News Monkey
Friday, April 5, 2013 @ 12:24 AM


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STRYPER
Second Coming Frontiers Records

I think that along the way someone forgot to tell the boys in the Christian metal band STRYPER that as you get older you tend to lose a step or two, both vocally and musically. They obviously didn't get that memo because with their latest release, Second Coming, the band shows that if anything they have actually gained a step or two over the past 30 years. Second Coming is a great collection of re-recorded STRYPER classics from the early part of their careers, along with two brand new songs, recorded specifically for this release. Stripping away the old, polished and sometimes over-produced elements of these classic tracks and replacing them with a newer, more updated and raw sound, what we have left are songs that sound fresher and heavier than they did originally. Even the selections included from The Yellow And Black Attack, STRYPER's very first album, sound so fresh and powerful that they could have easily been written yesterday. This is what the band sounds like now, in 2013, and it's quite apparent from just a first listen that vocalist Michael Sweet has taken very good care of himself and his voice as his trademark screams in songs like "The Way", "Soldiers Under Command" and "Surrender" still bring goosebumps and make the hair stand up on my arms! Having produced the album himself, who better to know what to correct from the original recordings than Michael? The overall sound quality and production of this CD is over the top and showcases the talent these members possess. Forget the band's message for a minute and focus on the musicianship of it's members and they can hang with the best in the business.

There are also the aforementoned new tracks, "Bleeding From Inside Out" and "Blackened". Both carry the notable STRYPER harmonies (one point that I have always loved about this band) and have a very heavy, modern sound. The latter, "Blackened" has to be my favorite track on the CD, probably only because it's new. The band is already tracking songs for an album of all new material due later in the year and if these two songs are an indication of what we can expect from them next, then Michael may very well be prophetic when he's been saying that the next record could be their heaviest, best yet.

Congrats guys on 30 years of kicking Holy Butt!

***** out of 5

Second Coming Trackslist:

  • "Loud N' Clear"
  • "Loving You"
  • "Soldiers Under Command"
  • "Makes Me Wanna Sing"
  • "First Love"
  • "The Rock That Makes Me Roll"
  • "Reach Out"
  • "Surrender"
  • "To Hell With The Devil"
  • "Calling On You"
  • "Free"
  • "The Way"
  • "Sing Along Song"
  • "More Than A Man"
  • "Bleeding From Inside Out"*
  • "Blackened"*
* - New Tracks


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