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To Hell With The Devil

Stryper Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (9 Mar 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: IMPORT
  • ASIN: B000000OB3
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 76,879 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Abyss (To Hell With The Devil)
2. To Hell With The Devil
3. Calling On You
4. Free
5. Honestly
6. The Way
7. Sing-Along Song
8. Holding On
9. Rockin' The World
10. All Of Me
11. More Than A Man

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When the majority of Christian artists were going unheard in the secular market, Stryper became even more visible among non-Christian audiences with its third album, To Hell with the Devil. This was the first time a Stryper album went platinum -- something the headbangers' presence on MTV no doubt played a role in. And the fact that this album boasted Stryper's strongest writing up to that point didn't hurt. The southern Californians sound especially confident and inspired on "The Way," "Sing-Along Song," "More Than a Man" and the infectious title song. But as invigorating as the up-tempo numbers are, Stryper's ballads didn't improve a bit; "All of Me" and the hit "Honestly" are as annoying as ever.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good. 16 Dec 2002
Format:Audio CD
For those who don't know, Stryper were the biggest overtly Christian band of the '80's rock/hair metal scene by a long way.
This was their first big success - having caused a stir with an EP of demos that later became a full album (dodgy production), and a proper album (better produced, better vocals), the band tightened up, improved their songwriting considerably, and put out "To Hell..." to a stunned audience. many were outraged that these "so-called Christians" could dress like a glam band, wear make-up, look so "pretty" and claim to be saved.
But they were.
And if you strip away the image and look at the lyrics of their songs, they invariably carry a strong message.
The drummer is excellent, and can do all the tricks in the book. The lead guitarist is very talented, and likes his fast runs.
The bass is inaudible, but in this kind of band that was the norm in those days. (shame, he's not bad - even if not the chap pictured with the band; controversy, falling out, etc...), the vocalist is similar to Vince Neil of Motley Crue, but a couple of significant differences: he's better, he uses his diaphragm like you're supposed to, and his vocal range is phenomenal (high A - guitars don't go that high!!!).
This is a heavy band, the guitars are LOUD and DISTORTED - not as heavy as Metallica, but heavier than, say, the Crue.
But there is a strong melodic element to the proceeding, which makes the songs kinder to the ear, and gives you a decent tune to listen to.
After an atmospheric, if perhaps unnecessary intro, the title track kicks off - an excellent mid-tempo rocker, with a great chorus, and a nice complex guitar break.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good christian rock music 24 Oct 2001
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I rated this group along with the early Bon Jovi as a top rate rock band. They were loud and heavy. You wouldn't think that they were Christian rock band but there was a definite message in their music.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars To hell with the devil - indeed!!! 13 Jun 2002
Format:Audio CD
This is a great rock album and the title track is just as awesome as it's name. There is a clear christian theme in their music, but don't let this put you off. It's as good a rock cd as you'll hear anywhere, very heavy and very hard with an odd balad flung in to cool you down.
Some really great guitar riffs and heavy rhythm guitars also, with a fantastic power metal voice you have a very good combination. Even if you are a heathen, you'll like this solid effort.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Rock 25 April 2003
Format:Audio CD
I originally owned this album on vinyl and it totally blew me away. This is rock/metal at it's melodic best. I've introduced this group to friends and they were totally shocked that 1) they were Christian; and 2) they were so damn good! The odd thing is people would write this band off for the deeper meanings portrayed in the songs yet music, which is decidedly dodgy, is okay, but it's nice to change people's point of view.
This is the stuff you grew up listening to in the 80's and you can still go back to without being embarrassed or doing the confused face, sorry I used to listen to this? This is sing along loudly in the car Rock whilst driving at a not too sensible speed. It's pure brilliance in compact disc form....
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