Strypers history dates back some 20 years. In that period of
time they achieved greater success than any other christian band
Originally known as Roxx Regime, the band featured Michael Sweet
on vocals and guitar, Robert Sweet on drums, Timothy Gaines
playing bass and Oz Fox on rythm and lead guitar
built up a carefully constructed image and marketing strategy,
they subsequently changed their name to STRYPER and after Robert
got an idea about their clothes, the band dressed in matching
yellow and black outfits. Robert also came up with the acronym
they have used ever since:
were now a band with a mission to spread the word of God through
rock music, especially after their friend Kenny Metcalf
witnessed about Jesus Christ and the salvation through Christ.
signing to Enigma Records, they attracted widespread media
attention which generally focused on the "novelty" factor of
their beliefs. A debut mini-album, "The Yellow And Black
Attack", featured standard hard rock, with simple lyrics and
high pitched harmonies, while live shows climaxed with the band
throwing bibles into the audience. In 1985 they released their
first full lenght album, "Soldiers under command", which soon
became a best seller. By their third album they had build up a
loyal army of fans and the excellently-produced melodic rock and
Hell With The Devil" was released in 1986 and was their most
successfull album so far. Their success reached new heights with
a massive world tour and more than two million records sold.
They got frequently airplay and after some arguing they got
their videos shown on MTV, with enormous response. At this time
Tim left the band and was replaced by Matt Hurich. To complicate
things even more it was`nt Matt who played bass on the record
either, but a session player named Brad Cobb.
God We Trust" saw the band mellow with more emphasis on
pop-rock. The album was to say the least over-produced,
something the guys admitted themselves. Again the bass playing
on the record was given to Brad Cobb. The album was a commercial
disappointment, failing to build on the success of the previous
release. It did reach number 32, but only stayed on the
Billboard chart for five weeks. The band took time off for a
radical re-think, before entering the studio again.
The Law" emerged in 1990, marking a return to a more aggressive
style. The yellow and black stage costumes had been abandoned
and the lyrics were considerably less evangelical. This to the
unliking of some of the bandmembers. In my opinion musically
this is their best album by far. Lyrically though, I find it
dissapointing. I clearly prefer the other albums lyrically
because they were more straight to the point concerning their
chritian beliefs. However, by this time, most of their original
fans had moved on and the album sold poorly.
Enigma went broke in 1990 they signed to Hollywood records and
made a best of album, "Can`t stop the rock" was released. The
record contained two new songs ("Believe" and "Can`t stop the
rock") and such classics as "To hell with the devil" and
"Soldiers Under command".
Michael Sweet quit in 1992 it seemed only divine intervention
could rescue Stryper's career. The other boys continued some
time into 1993 under the name Stryper but no records were
released. They did some concerts in Europe in 1992 and 1993.
Recently they have played some shows together. Last years first
annual Stryper Expo saw them playing together again after all
these years. This may they did a new show at the second Stryper
expo and they played the Cornerstone Festival july the 7`th.
(The actual day I got married, believe it or not!)
january 2003 the boys recorded two new tracks for a new
compilation album released spring 2003. Hopefully this is the
beginning of a new era for Stryper.
in the fall of 2003 they embarked on a US tour. They played some
30 shows that fall and released a live cd recorded on that tour
May the 18`th.
March 25th of 2003, Hollywood Records released Seven, The Best
Of Stryper that included 2 new songs (Something and For You).
That fall, they embarked on a 35 city tour that both fans and
critics agreed was one of the hottest tours of 2003. In March of
2004, Stryper triumphantly returned to Puerto Rico to play a
sold out show that was recorded for a DVD release. The prayers
of Stryper fan everywhere were answered in May of 2003 with the
new live CD recording titled 7 Weeks: Live In America.
in 2005 a member change took place. Tim Gaines left the band and
was replaced by bass player Tracy Ferrie. They went in the
studio and recorded "Reborn" which was released on august 16`th.
The release was followed by an american tour.
On August 19, 2007, Michael Sweet performed
with the Legendary rock band Boston at a concert honoring the
voice of Boston, the late Brad Delp. Stryper then performed
with Boston members at the Station Family Fund Concert on
February 25, 2008. Later that year, Boston tapped Michael Sweet
to sing for them during their summer tour.
Exactly 25 years after their ground breaking
release of the Y&BA, Murder By Pride (MBP) was released on July
21, 2009. At the time of this writing, Stryper is set to embark
on their 25th Anniversary Tour in September of 2009. Reuniting
for the tour, Tim Gaines will once again play bass. Stryper
will also reunite with yellow & black clothing designed by Ray
Brown, whom created their classic outfits for THWTD and IGWT.
february 2011 Stryper released "The Covering". An album
containing covers from their favourite bands. Among them are
classic metal bands as Judas Priest and Black Sabbath.
put it in simple terms, Stryper is the most successful christian
band ever. They have sold in excess of 8 million albums
worldwide. That`s an impressive number for any band, especially
one with such a clear christian message. The most recent album,
"Reborn", sold 10 000 copies the first week and keeps on selling.
Hopefully this is a new beginning of an already impressive
carrier. Let`s hope so. God willing!