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Stryper - 2013 Second Coming

ARTIST: Stryper
ALBUM: Second Coming
LABEL: Frontiers
YEAR: 2013


LINEUP: Michael Sweet - vocals, guitar * Robert Sweet - drums, percussion * Oz Fox - guitar, vocals * Tim Gaines - bass, vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Loud 'N Clear * 02 Loving You * 03 Soldiers Under Command * 04 Makes Me Wanna Sing * 05 First Love * 06 The Rock That Makes Me Roll * 07 Reach Out * 08 Surrender * 09 To Hell With The Devil * 10 Calling On You * 11 Free * 12 The Way * 13 Sing Along Song * 14 More Than A Man * 15 Bleeding From Inside Out * 16 Blackened


It's fair to say that Christian metallers Stryper are largely unrepresented here on GLORYDAZE. Not on purpose I might add. Sure, Jeff Duran wrote a few articles on them awhile back, and because they've been reasonably active over the last few years, it's time to have a look at what they've been up to of late. Their last full studio album of 'new' material was 2009's 'Murder By Pride'. With Michael Sweet being active with lead singer duties alongside Tom Scholz in Boston during that time, the only other Stryper offering was 2011's 'The Covering' which as you would notice by the album-title, was an album full of cover songs. Two years later the band decide to rework some of their older material on this latest album: 'Second Coming'. Apart from two new songs ('Bleeding From Inside Out' and 'Blackened'), the remainder of the material can be found on their original albums, although the tracks featured here have been totally re-recorded. According to online interviews on the Net, Michael Sweet says the re-recordings were an attempt to correct a few 'wrongs' in the recording, producing, mixing and mastering of the older material, as well as claim ownership of these new songs in lieu of the older ones. The other point he makes is that the re-recorded stuff is far heavier. Fair enough I say.

In Summary
Not only is this a worthy collection of Stryper favourites, there's also a fair swag of songs too: all 16 of them. If you can't be bothered acquiring all the old records and CD's, or have been slightly put off by Michael Sweet's assertion that some of the old songs are 'not all that' in the production stakes, you could do no worse than pick this CD up from your regular online retailer.

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#1 | reyno-roxx on July 10 2013 20:32:28
'The Covering' was really good and this album is even better. The reworking of the old songs has been superbly executed. The new songs are really good too.
#2 | Explorer on July 11 2013 20:19:15
Good call...this is an excellent album with a good choice of songs from their back catalogue, anyone recall their show at the Hammersmith Odeon? bible throwing, visual timekeeper the lot..great stuff!
#3 | reyno-roxx on July 12 2013 21:19:47
Yup, I was at that Hammersmith Show. Yellow and black spandex and all. Still got the Stryper stickered bible!
#4 | jeffrey343 on October 18 2013 19:28:07
In spite of my Christian upbringing and having several friends who would listen only to 'God Rock', I never really got into these guys back in the day. The new song 'No More Hell To Pay' is excellent, and it has led me to explore (and re-explore) their other material. I gotta agree that these re-recordings are excellent, and to me far better than the originals. Sweet's voice didn't really appeal to me 20+ years ago, but it does now. I've heard a few re-recordings over the years of songs and albums that I liked, and rarely are they anywhere near as good as the originals. This appears to be the rare exception.
#5 | jeffrey343 on October 18 2013 21:35:26
Also worth mentioning is that all the songs on here (aside from the two new ones) come from the first three albums - "Yellow and Black Attack", "Soldiers Under Command", and "To Hell With The Devil". All songs are also in the original key, which is impressive considering that a lot of re-recordings are lowered in pitch to accommodate aging vocal chords. This album does not contain one of their major hits - "Honestly", but that one was re-recorded and released as a single in 2010 (and it was lowered in pitch by a half step).
#6 | melodiapositiva on June 24 2017 12:29:57
I think to hell with the devil deserves a review.
One of the best hair metal albums of the 80's with a singer that should be rated as one of the best heavy metal singers ever .

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