Long before there was Skillet…there was another Christian hard rock/metal band that was filling the ears of millions around the world. Thirty years ago, a band called Stryper arose in southern California and took the world by storm. Stryper was so big back in the day that they were the first Christian rock or metal band to have popular mainstream/secular rock bands open FOR THEM.
Since being founded 30 years ago, Stryper has sold over 8 million records, and they are about to sell a bunch more.
Frontier Records will release Stryper's 11th studio album on November 5th in North America. The title: No More Hell To Pay.
Stryper says it will be quite possibly be their best record yet, promising "high octane vocals, layered vocal harmonies, guitar solos galore, driving drums and bass and an energy that hasn't been seen since their glory days". High octane vocals is putting it lightly. 'Aint no man anywhere in the Milky Way Galaxy that can scream in as high a pitch as lead vocalist Michael Sweet!
Stryper was one of the first Christian bands to ever have one of their videos played on MTV.
After taking most of the 1990's off, this legendary band has come back on the scene in the 2000's, releasing a few albums in this century, but none with this much fanfare.
Now that bassist Timothy Gaines is back in the fold, the band has their original lineup all together once more. That lineup also includes axeman Oz Fox and Robert Sweet, drummer and brother of frontman Michael Sweet.
No More Hell To Pay will have 12 new songs, including 11 Stryper originals and a cover of Jesus Is Just Alright, which was also covered by DC Talk in the 1990's.
Stryper has 6 remaining USA tour dates in 4 states in the month of August.
The Blast plays several "modern" Stryper songs: Reborn, Murder By Pride, God, and Blackened. Blackened is a song from their most recent album called Second Coming which is an album of the band band covering themselves. That album came out in early 2013.