The deluxe version CD with DVD arrived right on time the morning on the date of release. I was allowed to download MP3s from 'Autorip' facility two days ago though.
Well ! They say heavy metal is devil's music. (To hell with them!) Maybe it's for skulls arts and sign of the horns and headbanging and profanity and sex, drugs & rock 'n' roll theme. Amidst all this, Stryper dared to be different singing about Christian belief yet still heavy metal. They wanted to send the message to the heavy metal crowd in a heavy metal way. First of its kind. Although labelled as Christian metal, I wonder why they subliminally(?) emphasise on words such as hell and devil and its signs on the album covers and titles. Heaven knows.
'To Hell With The Devil' and 'In God We Trust' were all I knew about Stryper in their heydays OR in my teens. Both great metal albums of all time. I lost track of the band until I surprisingly found 'Second Coming'. Although the voice of Michael Sweet has become a bit nasal, the album sounds so fresh and new with re-recordings of their classic songs. 'Second Coming' made me a bigger and a serious fan. For nothing else but a good metal music. Still melodic screaming vocal and soulful guitar solos and riffs. It evoked the nostalgic memories of my youth.
The prerelease of the single 'No More Hell To Pay' assured me the album 'No More Hell To Pay' is not gonna be just for the sake of return or reunion. The 4 original, sober, good guys in yellow and black are again serious and looks cooler after 30 years. Having fully enjoyed listening to 'Second Coming' in the recent months, I was excited NMHTP would be strong in the same level, forgetting Second Coming is re-recorded package of the band's hits. So I said to myself there can never be second 'To Hell With The Devil', 'Calling On You', 'Sing Along Song' and laid back.
First day, first listen and my first favourite song is the blissful ballad 'The One'. Second play and 'Revelation', 'Saved By Love' and 'Legacy' are added to the favourite list. More plays and more songs start to sound better and better. Guaranteed this will turn out to be a fine album unless one holds a different expectation. Michael Sweet is very talented musician. Who can lead sing and play lead guitar in a band? Every song is written by him except title track collaborated with his brother Robert and 'Jesus Is Just Alright' a cover of The Doobie Brothers. The DVD contains 2 music videos of No More Hell To Pay and Legacy. Plus 20 minutes of making of the album. I fully enjoyed the world of Stryper forgetting my own.
Love Jesus! Love Stryper! Love Rock 'N' Roll \,,/,
The infamous Christian rock metal band Stryper have come back over the last few years much stronger, and reinvigourated. The last album a couple of years back hinted at surprising impressive songwriting and well crafted solid rock riffs and tunes, which might not really have been expected from a band many just see as a joke. They are still very much passionate Christians, and most of their tunes show their faith and worship, but they really do know how to rock out like many of their own influences. If you love bands like Judas Priest, Kiss, Iron Maiden, you will instantly hear the familiar riffing and structures but there are great original strong tunes here to enjoy. Even non-religious rock/metal fans I am sure will easily respect and deep down enjoy the honestly great rockin' songs, some very really stunning guitar, bass and drum work, and the singer's vocals and at times surprisingly well up there with the likes of Rob Halford, Bruce Dickinson. Rock out and be blessed.
This Album is Incredible & Still a Young Sound from Stryper to Boost to 2014: Don't take it from me-just look at the CD Cover of Delivery..& That's what you'll get! Jesus Uplifting You to a Heavenly Bound Sound Breakdance if you want..The Angels rejoice to people that can leave the old washer machines way behind & Step to ReFresherated Metal..Now that's COOool. + the DVD to Inspire & capture the Studio out work of Mike & his Crew No More Hell To Pay Mixdown & how the Sound of the New Stryper Should Be. The Result of the Bands performance is Sheer Brilliance-Every Instrument & Melody is Heard..the 2 video's displayed Nice. Ive seen them live at the Power Station Auckland N.Z. One girl Head Thrashed tru out the Whole Concert & No Ounce of sweet on her? & Me & Chad had Nu Skool Metal Jackets to prove that's Breakdancers love Metal Too..So Walk This Way. Strypers NO#1 CD. YES-SAH!
A cracking album ; stuffed with immense heavy metal and brimming with a pleasing Spiritual vibe ; there is no one stand out track the quality runs right through ; if you wanna do some heavy head banging for the Lord this is youre ticket man. Ive always kept in touch with what Stryper are doing and there is no way they are gonna short change you ; good guys creating great Heavy Metal period. Maximus Metallicus.
This really does take Stryper on from "To hell with the veil" left off. More mature vocally, instrumentally and lyrically and a consistent sound without every song sounding the same. Really happy to have purchased this - far,far better than "Re-Born" and a lot better than "Murder by pride." Puts the skills demonstrated so well on "The Covering" to good use with the addition of their own writing talent.
Perhaps their best album, in my opinion. Some really good, strong, crisp guitar solos (reminiscent of 'In God We Trust'. The song "Sympathy" is superb, right from the start. These guys just get better and better with time!
Not as strong as the recent Michael Sweet album. The bad - Jesus is just alright is far too twee and Marching into Battle is just dreadful. The really good - The title track, The One and Te Amo. Looking forward to the new Michael Sweet album. Great voice.
This new Stryper album is terrific! Great melodious classic hair metal with hooks, riffs - you even hear the bass ;-). Since To Hell With The Devil in 1986, the band never performed as good as on this album. Buy it! Worth every penny.