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CDstryper second coming review

STRYPER

SECOND COMING

FRONTIERS RECORDS

2013

 

YELLOW AND BLACK AROUND AGAIN

 

‘Second Coming’ sadly isn’t perhaps quite what you might expect based on the title. It isn’t a self-proclaimed return from the wilderness for Christian Metal’s best known band, but rather a re-recording of 14 of their finest, with a couple of new ones tagged on the end.

 


Most bands rerecord for all the wrong reasons, or you might argue exactly the right reasons – money and reclaiming their catalogue from whomsoever might own it. Others rerecord to update the sound of the originals for the present day audience.

 


In this instance it seems that Stryper has chosen to tick all of the above boxes,  the lack of focus on the new tracks though leaves you wondering whether that’s just a ploy to get you to re=purchase these or the band sticking a toe in the water to see how they are received. To be honest if it was the latter I would have liked to have seen the tracks more prominent in the track-listing rather than tagged on the end.

 


Whether you have been a fan of the band sonically, and putting aside your stance on the lyrical content seems pertinent here as you all know the score, this re-recording exercise is one that has worked. Comparing the rerecordings to the originals you come away feeling that Stryper has added something rather than simply re-done or gone through the motions.

 


This album is heavier than the originals, and the recordings sound in many ways way better than the originals and not too many bands manage to capture that intensity even with the benefit of modern recording techniques.

 


In short if you love Stryper you’ll love what they’ve done with their back catalogue, though the two new songs ‘Bleeding From the Inside Out’ and ‘Blackened’ I think actually ice this particular cake, especially the laid back, muscular and very catchy ‘Bleeding..’ put out any more music like this and they just might convert me to the yellow and black!

 

 

MARK DIGGINS

 

STRYPER SECOND COMING CD ALBUM REVIEW 2013