STRYPER is a Christian metal band that formed in Orange County, California, in the early 1980s. The band is known for its unique style that blends heavy metal music with Christian lyrics. STRYPER's music has been described as "glam metal," with its members donning flashy, spandex outfits and big hair during their early years.
The band's name, STRYPER, is an acronym for "Salvation Through Redemption Yielding Peace, Encouragement, and Righteousness." This reflects the band's message of Christian salvation and redemption, which is a constant theme in their music.
STRYPER's music is characterized by its heavy guitar riffs, thundering drums, and soaring vocals. The band's sound has evolved over the years, with their early albums featuring a more straightforward heavy metal sound, while later albums have incorporated elements of pop and alternative rock.
The band's first album, "The Yellow and Black Attack," was released in 1984 and was well-received by both fans and critics. The album features songs like "Loud 'N Clear" and "From Wrong to Right," which showcase the band's heavy metal sound and Christian message.
STRYPER's second album, "Soldiers Under Command," was released in 1985 and is considered by many fans to be their best work. The album features the hit singles "Soldiers Under Command" and "Reach Out," both of which received heavy airplay on MTV and other music channels.
In 1986, STRYPER released their third album, "To Hell with the Devil," which became their most successful album to date. The album was certified platinum and features the hit singles "Free" and "Honestly," which helped the band gain mainstream recognition and success.
Throughout the 1980s, STRYPER was known for their energetic live shows, which often included elaborate stage setups and pyrotechnics. The band's popularity continued to grow, and they were eventually nominated for a Grammy Award in 1988 for the song "Always There for You."
Despite their success, STRYPER faced criticism from some members of the Christian community who believed that their use of heavy metal music was inappropriate for a Christian band. The band also faced criticism from some fans of heavy metal who believed that their Christian message was too preachy.
In the early 1990s, STRYPER's popularity began to decline as the music industry shifted away from the heavy metal genre. The band went on hiatus in 1992, but reunited in 2003 for a tour and has since released several more albums.
Today, STRYPER is still actively touring and recording new music. The band's message of Christian salvation and redemption is still a central theme in their music, and they continue to inspire fans around the world with their unique blend of heavy metal and faith.
STRYPER - In God We Trust 12" Vinyl LP Album
Enigma D1-73317 , 1988 , USA
Stryper is a Grammy Award nominated Christian metal band from Orange County