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Stryper Merges Their Early Sound Into Their Present Heaviness On New Album

Stryper Merges Their Early Sound Into Their Present Heaviness On New Album

Christian rockers Stryper have been around since 1984’s “Yellow And Black Attack” release. And. over the years, the band’s sound has changed and morphed somewhat. Early on, Stryper was known for a distinct guitar sound, soaring vocals, and an uncanny sense of melody that included ballads alongside crunchy riff-heavy songs.

Starting with No More Hell to Pay (2013) and continuing on with Fallen (2015), God Damn Evil (2018) and Even the Devil Believes (2020), Stryper ventured into a decidedly heavier sound much to many fans’ delight. With their new album “The Final Battle”, Stryper still brings the heaviness but there is a definite nod to their early sound throughout this album, more so than the other recent albums mentioned above.

Fans of the band’s earlier more melodic sound will notice the change right away, but it comes at the cost of the album feeling a little less heavy as an entire release. That doesn’t mean that this album is devoid of some definite bangers, because it absolutely has some with songs like “Transgressor”, Ashes To Ashes”, and “See No Evil, Hear No Evil” sounds like it could have been an extra track from their album “To Hell With The Devil”.

In many ways, the band sounds more like the traditional Stryper sound here, but I think they also wanted to try to please the fans of the heavier sound which makes it a little of a mixed bag sound-wise, but it’s still a really good album for a band with a long career of making Christian metal. And while I don’t share the band’s particular beliefs or faith, I can give credit where credit is due, since the beginning, the band has stood by their beliefs, which also limited their exposure and acceptance from many in the secular metal world.

If you were a fan of the first four classic Stryper albums, you owe it to yourself to check out “The Final Battle”. And if you didn’t get into the band until later on, take a listen and see what you’ve been missing. The album is available everywhere on October 21st, 2022.

“The Final Battle” Tracklisting:

Transgressor
See No Evil, Hear No Evil
Same Old Story
Heart & Soul
Near
Out, Up & In
Rise To The Call
The Way, The Truth, The Life
No Rest For Wicked
Till Death Do Us Part
Ashes To Ashes

LINE-UP:
Michael Sweet – Lead Vocals, Lead & Rhythm Guitar
Robert Sweet – Drums & Percussion
Oz Fox – Lead and Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Perry Richardson – Bass, Vocals

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