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CD STRYPER NO MORE HELL TO PAY CD REVIEW
NO MORE HELL TO PAY
METAL THAT'S MORE THAN THE MESSAGE
I have to admit it I’ve never been a fan of Stryper at all, but there was something about the two new tracks on ‘Second Coming’ their re-recorded hits release from last year that made me think I’d like to hear their next outing. Well I don’t know if it’s just me but ‘No More Hell to Pay’ is stunningly good. Now as I said, not being a fan, I have no idea whether that is because Stryper’s style has held up over the years or indeed if I need to take a trip back through their back catalogue?
For all of those out there a little wary about rock and roll that’s not about girls and the eternal party; indeed any ‘music with a message’; where it be religious or political to be honest the only song that seemed overtly pushy was the cover of the Doobie Brothers classic ‘Jesus is Just Alright’ which here gets a welcome and winning Metal make-over.
Back in the day of course Stryper was a source of amusement to some, not necessarily because of their beliefs but more for their ‘yellow and black’ get up. Yellow and Black of course seemed to be saying they were W.A.S.P.’s (no not the insect) which whether intentional or not was a rather bad pun.
Anyway all that’s long in the past now and here on ‘No More Hell To Pay’ we’re treated to an album from the original line up which musically hits all the right notes as does Michael Sweet whose vocals here are outstanding. Whether you are a fan of the Lord or not this is good old fashioned Metal with attitude, and if you can give it a chance you’ll find some real old school Metal here that you’ll love.
Check out the martial ‘Marching Into Battle’; the remarkably simple yet brilliant ‘Sticks and Stones’ or high tempo closer ‘Renewed’ – this is epic stuff no matter what shade you like your Metal.