In a time of sex drugs and more sex rock n roll was at the top of its game. WASP, MÖTLEY CRÜE, RATT, METALLICA and many others had completely dominated the city streets and we were in dire need of salvation.
Out of that rubble appears a 4 piece band that seemed to have an interesting message with throwing bibles out into their audience. An interesting gimmick to say the least; however, their antics didn’t go unnoticed as their fan base began to grow. “To Hell With The Devil” was a solid album with a wholesome message. Moreover, their message wasn’t the only thing they had to offer. These four guys could truly play and sing. The four part harmonies on the CDs were something only heard in church choirs and their musicianship was quite impressive.
The first time I heard the guys I couldn’t help but laugh because they came across and REAL Heavy Metal players including the classic snarl in pictures. However, after listening to this album I must admit I was pleasantly surprised.
A few of the songs that stood out for me “Free”, the title track and “Rockin’ The World”. These songs were well written and well produced a fine example of material to add to the STRYPER collection.
This CD isn’t for everyone. Let’s face it, these guys are over the top religious fanatics who love their god and want everyone to know it. If you can listen to this and be cool with the message that they are putting out then you may enjoy how these guys play. However, if you are looking for some classic Heavy Metal lyrics this band isn’t for you. These guys can play and I’m happy to say that I got to listen to them but I too had a problem with listening to the religious stuff within the songs….
Check it out. (Online March 12, 2004)