Stryper

Rating: 74/100

Reviewed by: Kenn Jensen, September '05
Label - Big3 Records / MTM Music
Style - White Metal

Reborn

The yellow and black attack is back - armed with their first studio album for almost 15 years. The concept hasn't changed one bit, melodic metal with a good portion power thrown into the mix. The lyrical content is still written with from a Christian perspective - I've chosen to call it white metal, because it was under those banners Stryper rocked the world in the mid-80's and forth...

I've always had a soft spot for Stryper, not because of their lyrical approach to things, but more because they've never been afraid to speak their beliefs no matter the consequences, and they have always been true and honest about their Christianity. And over the years they've actually made some very good albums as well, so it was a nice surprise to read about them reuniting and touring again...

The core of the band has always been Michael Sweet on vocals, Oz Fox on guitars and Robert Sweet on drums, and they have been joined by new bass players Tracy Ferrie on this, their comeback album "Reborn". This album will never crack the top ranks on my list of this year's best album - but it is still everything a Stryper fan could have hoped and wished for, solid songs with excellent guitar work by Oz, Michael's singing hasn't changed much, so you either like his high pitched voice or you hate it ... the drumming is as solid as ever and new boy Tracy fits the band perfectly.

If you love their old stuff, then you'll love this one as well. If you are just looking for a good melodic metal album, then I suggest you do your self a favour a check this album out. The decision is yours...
Ohh and the remake of the old "In God We Trust" song, which hides behind the title "I.G.W.T." is awesome...

Recommended tracks: "Reborn", "If I Die", "Wait for You" & "I.G.W.T."

Link: www.stryper.com