Stryper was the first influential Christian heavy metal band to reach a high level of popularity and gained airplay in the 80s. When the released their album To Hell With the Devil in 1986, they introduced Christianity to a whole culture of heavy metal enthusiast around the world. How many untold people did they reach with the message of Jesus Christ through their music. I remember as a teenager, listening to that album over and over. I became a huge fan….and much to my disappointment, when the went their separate ways in 1992.
Jump forward to 1999 when they briefly reunited for a festival in Puerto Rico and then in 2000 when the original lineup took the stage together for the first time in 8 years, my hopes began to rise for the future. So in 2005 when they released the album Reborn I was so excited. The effort wasn’t bad, but to me the production quality had a lot to be desired, even though the tunes weren’t not too bad. But Stryper was back….I could only hope they kept at it.
Well here we are in 2013, early in the year they re-recorded some classics and released it as the Second Coming. Now here we are in November and the newest album No More Hell to Pay is upon us. As I write this I’m listening through for the first time and I can see this is one of the best Stryper albums to come yet. The message is there, the music is right on for you heavy metal lovers, and the production quality is excellent. What a great album so far. Give it a listen, check out the videos released below and listen to the message. Great stuff.