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Encyclopedia > Stryper
Origin United States
Genre(s) Hard rock
Heavy metal
Glam metal
Christian metal
Years active 1982 - 1992
2003-present
Label(s) Enigma
Hollywood
Big3
Associated
acts
Bloodgood
Sindizzy
King James
Blissed
Website Stryper.com
Members
Michael Sweet
Robert Sweet
Oz Fox
Tracy Ferrie
Former members
Tim Gaines

Stryper is a Christian metal band from Orange County, California, USA. Formed in 1983, they are pioneers in the mainstream popularization of Christian rock music.[1] Stryper enjoyed great success during the late 1980s, with one Platinum and two Gold records,[2] before breaking up in 1992 at a time when most metal groups of the 1980s were losing popularity. However, the band reunited in 2003 and are attempting a comeback in the Christian music world. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Hard Rock redirects here. ... Heavy metals, in chemistry, are chemical elements of a particular range of atomic weights. ... Glam metal is a sub-genre of heavy metal music that arose in the late 1970s - early 1980s in the United States. ... Christian metal is a form of heavy metal music and its many subgenres with Christian lyrics and themes. ... In the music industry, a record label is a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. ... Enigma Records was a popular rock and alternative record label in the 1980s. ... Hollywood Records is a record label owned by Disney. ... Bloodgood is a Christian Metal band from Seattle, Washington. ... Sindizzys first and only release - Hes Not Dead - released in 1998. ... King James is a metal/rock supergroup formed in 1993 by guitarist Rex Carroll (formerly of Whitecross). ... Michael Sweet Singing Michael Harrison Sweet (born 4 July 1963) is a Christian rock singer from the United States. ... Robert Sweet is the drummer of the Christian Metal band Stryper. ... Oz Fox, with his signature Wayne Guitar model. ... Tracy Ferrie is the current bass player of Christian metal band Stryper. ... It has been suggested that this article might be improved by explaining why the subject is significant or notable. ... Christian metal is a form of heavy metal music and its many subgenres with Christian lyrics and themes. ... Band may mean: A musical band A band (electronics) is a range of frequencies or wavelengths between two given limits In anthropology, a band society A Rubber band In solid-state physics, an energy band The Band, a particular musical band See also: bandana This is a disambiguation page — a... Cities in Orange County Orange County is a county in Southern California, United States. ... Year 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar). ... Look up mainstream in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Christian rock (occasionally abbreviated CR) is a form of rock music played by bands whose members are Christian and who often focus the lyrics on matters concerned with the Christian faith. ... The 1980s refers to the years from 1980 to 1989. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article or section is in need of attention from an expert on the subject. ...


The name "Stryper" derives from the King James Version of Isaiah 53:5: This page is about the version of the Bible; for the Harvey Danger album, see King James Version (album). ... This article is about the Book of Isaiah. ...


"But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed."[3]


The scriptural reference is also part of Stryper's logo on most of their releases. (They also incorporate stripes into most of their outfits and their logo.) In addition, the band's name has been said to stand for:


"Salvation Through Redemption, Yielding Peace, Encouragement, and Righteousness."[4]

Contents

History

Foundation and mainstream success

The Sweet brothers were converted to Christianity in 1975 by Jimmy Swaggart.[2][5] Inspired by bands such as Van Halen, but distressed by their message, they sought to form a band that would extol their worldview and beliefs.[5] Stryper was originally known as Roxx Regime and comprised brothers Michael Sweet on lead vocals and guitar and Robert Sweet on drums as well as Scott Lane on lead guitar.[2] However, Scott Lane was left out of the recording contract. The name "Stryper" was adopted when bassist Tim Gaines joined the band, and shortly afterward, they released the EP The Yellow and Black Attack on July 10, 1984. During this period, Stryper opened for bands like Ratt and Bon Jovi, leading some music critics to claim that they were not a true Christian band.[6] Stryper's first full-length album, Soldiers Under Command released on May 15, 1985, was the band's first gold record, selling more than half a million copies. Capitalizing on this unexpected success and in an attempt to make up for the EP's extremely limited release (less than 20,000 copies), their record label, Enigma, re-released The Yellow and Black Attack on August 10, 1986 with two new tracks and new cover artwork. Topics in Christianity Movements · Denominations · Other religions Ecumenism · Preaching · Prayer Music · Liturgy · Calendar Symbols · Art · Criticism Important figures Apostle Paul · Church Fathers Constantine · Athanasius · Augustine Anselm · Aquinas · Palamas · Luther Calvin · Wesley Arius · Marcion of Sinope Archbishop of Canterbury · Catholic Pope Coptic Pope · Ecumenical Patriarch Christianity Portal This box:      Christianity is... Jimmy Lee Swaggart (born March 15, 1935 in Ferriday, Louisiana) is a Pentecostal preacher and pioneer of televangelism who reached the height of his popularity in the 1980s. ... This article is about the band Van Halen. ... Michael Sweet Singing Michael Harrison Sweet (born 4 July 1963) is a Christian rock singer from the United States. ... Robert Sweet is the drummer of the Christian Metal band Stryper. ... It has been suggested that this article might be improved by explaining why the subject is significant or notable. ... // Extended play (EP) is the name typically given to vinyl records or CDs which contain more than one single but are too short to qualify as albums. ... The Yellow and Black Attack EP was the first release of the Christian metal band Stryper, out on July 10, 1984. ... This article is about the year. ... Ratt is an American sleaze metal and semi glam metal band that formed in San Diego and enjoyed significant commercial success during the 1980s. ... Bon Jovi is a hard rock band originating from Sayreville, New Jersey. ... Soldiers Under Command is the second release, and first full-length studio album, from Christian metal band Stryper, released in 1985 (see 1985 in music). ... “Golden record” redirects here. ... Enigma Records was a popular rock and alternative record label in the 1980s. ... Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ...


Stryper's third album, To Hell with the Devil, was released on October 24, 1986 and went platinum after spending three months on Billboard's album charts,[7] eventually selling more than 2 million copies. In addition to being Stryper's most successful record, it was both the first contemporary Christian music and Christian metal album to achieve this feat.[2] "Calling On You", "Free" and "Honestly" were hugely popular MTV hits in 1987--so much so, that "Free" and "Honestly" both became most-requested songs on MTV They were also the first Christian band to get any airplay on MTV. [8] and "Honestly" is Stryper's best-known song, peaking at #32 on the Top 40 charts.[5] To Hell with the Devil is the fourth release, and third full-length album, from the Christian metal band Stryper, released in 1986 (see 1986 in music). ... Billboard can refer to: Billboard magazine Billboard (advertising) Billboard antenna In 3D computer graphics, to billboard is to rotate an object so that it faces the viewer. ... Contemporary Christian Music (or CCM; also by its religious neutral term Inspirational music) is a genre of popular music which is lyrically focused on matters concerned with the Christian faith. ... Christian metal is a form of heavy metal music and its many subgenres with Christian lyrics and themes. ... This article is about the original U.S. music television channel. ... Top 40 is a radio format based on frequent repetition of songs from a constantly-updated list of the forty best-selling singles. ...


Bassist Tim Gaines did not participate in the recording of this album, and for a period of time prior to the release of the record he was replaced by another bass player, Matt Hurich. Hurich wasn't with the band more than a month, although he was outfitted with a Yellow & Black striped bass and a Racing Costume that was later handed down to Tim Gaines, who didn't wear it often because it was too small. Brad Cobb played bass on the album. [8] However, when the promotional photos for the album were being shot, Gaines decided to return to the band and participated in its successful world tour. In 1987 the band headlined the Dynamo Open Air Festival in the Netherlands.[1] There is one To Hell With The Devil promotional photo of the band with Matt Hurich is that seen on some websites. Prior to his time in Stryper, Matt was in the band Leatherwolf. In 1989 he performed with the group Divine Right who featured Kevin Brandow (Petra) on lead vocals and guitar. The Dynamo Open Air Festival (D.O.A.F.) is an annual music festival that first took place in 1986 (see 1986 in music). ... Leatherwolf is a Los Angeles-based heavy metal band known for their triple lead guitar approach. ...


Their next album, In God We Trust, released on June 28, 1988, also went gold, and the song "Always There for You" briefly entered the lower levels of the pop charts. However, the sound of the album was more pop-oriented than previous releases[2] and a number of critics, as well as Stryper fans, criticized the songs as being too commercial and over-produced. In addition, the image of the band was moving closer to the glam metal look of the era, giving fans something else to criticize. These factors led to lower sales, and the album spent only 5 weeks charting on Billboard.[7] As with the previous album, Tim Gaines did not participate in the recording of In God We Trust and Brad Cobb once again played bass, but later Tim Gaines rejoined the group for another world tour. In God We Trust also garnered two GMA Dove Awards, for "Hard Music Album" and "Hard Music Song" for the title track.[9] In God We Trust is the 5th release, and 4th full-length album by Christian Metal band Stryper, released in 1988 (see 1988 in music). ... For other uses, see Pop music (disambiguation). ... Glam metal is a sub-genre of heavy metal music that arose in the late 1970s - early 1980s in the United States. ... The Gospel Music Association (GMA) was founded in 1964 for the purpose of supporting and promoting the development of all forms of Gospel music. ... The Dove Awards, created in 1969 by the Gospel Music Association to honor the outstanding achievements in contemporary Christian and gospel music, are held annually in Nashville, Tennessee. ...


Decline

On August 21, 1990, Stryper released the controversial album Against the Law, which drastically changed the band's image and lyrical message.[2] While their earlier albums all had yellow and black colors in the covers and the lyrics spoke of God and salvation, Against the Law featured the band with black leather clothes and with no mention of the word "God" in the lyrics at all.[1] The band's musical sound was also heavier, closer to classic metal.[2] Drummer Robert Sweet said that the change of image and sound was in response to the criticism of the previous album and an attempt to leave behind their glam metal image. But the band's original fan base claimed that they were not being true to their roots,[citation needed] and the album sold poorly. Part of that were some rumors in the press (both mainstream and Christian) that Stryper was not only playing music which was becoming more mainstream, but also becoming less committed as Christians and caught up too much into the Rock and Roll lifestyle.[6][2] Fans would wonder why they covered the 1975 Earth Wind & Fire #1 hit "Shining Star". The video for it would not be a hit on MTV (the first Stryper video that wasn't). However, many critics still considered the album to be Stryper's best musical production to date.[citation needed] Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ... Against the Law is the fifth studio album by Christian Metal band Stryper. ... For other uses, see Salvation (disambiguation). ... This article discusses the term God in the context of monotheism and henotheism. ... Classic metal is a term used to refer to heavy metal bands from the 1970s and 1980s who peaked later than the late 1960s and early 1970s pioneers of the genre, yet before the era when mainstream and underground heavy metal became seriously divided. ... Glam metal is a sub-genre of heavy metal music that arose in the late 1970s - early 1980s in the United States. ... Earth, Wind & Fire was a legendary American funk band, formed in Chicago in 1969. ... Shining Star may refer to: Shining Star (band), a metal band with Fabio Rocha and Lance King. ...


On July 20, 1991, after being signed to Hollywood Records, Stryper released a greatest hits collection called Can't Stop the Rock, which featured two new songs. One of which was the Gulf War inspired "Believe". The band continued to tour until February 1992, when frontman Michael Sweet departed the band citing artistic differences and to pursue a solo career.[2] Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ... Hollywood Records is a record label owned by Disney. ... Cant Stop the Rock is the sixth album by Christian Metal band Stryper. ... 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ... Frontman (also front man) is a term referring to the lead singer or band leader of a music group. ...


Stryper continued as a trio for several European dates, with Oz Fox doing lead vocals. Sometime during this period while touring with the Christian band Bride, Dale Thompson would fill in at vocals. It was during one of the concerts that Robert Sweet unexpectedly announced that Bride's frontman Dale Thompson was going to be their new lead singer. This however was later denied by Dale Thompson. Upon returning to the United States, the remaining members decided to go their separate ways. Bride in a recent interview Bride is a Christian metal/rock band formed in the 80s, by brothers Dale and Troy Thompson. ...


Oz Fox and Tim Gaines formed their own band, Sindizzy, and released the album He's Not Dead in 1998. During the 1990s, Michael Sweet released four solo albums which performed well in the Christian music market. Drummer Robert Sweet played in several bands, among them Blissed, who released an album in 2002. Other bands include King James, dbeality, Final Axe, and The Seventh Power. Sindizzys first and only release - Hes Not Dead - released in 1998. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... This article or section is in need of attention from an expert on the subject. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... King James is a metal/rock supergroup formed in 1993 by guitarist Rex Carroll (formerly of Whitecross). ...


Reunion

The former members of Stryper first reunited in 1999, when Michael Sweet and Sindizzy were invited to play at a summer rock festival in Puerto Rico. As an encore, Sweet joined Oz Fox and Tim Gaines on stage and played several Stryper songs. Later, in 2000, the first "Stryper Expo" was held in New Jersey, and for the first time in 8 years the complete line-up of Stryper took the stage. That same year, a concert was held in Costa Rica at which the four members played together. A second "Stryper Expo" took place in Los Angeles in 2001.[2] This article is about the year. ... A rock festival, or a rock fest, is a large-scale outdoor rock music concert, featuring multiple acts, often spread out over several days. ... The encore is an additional extra performance of a musical piece at the end of the regular concert, which is not listed in the event setlist. ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full 2000 Gregorian calendar). ... “NJ” redirects here. ... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ...


Hollywood Records asked the former members of Stryper to record tracks for a new greatest hits compilation in 2003 Seven: the Best of Stryper which also had 2 new songs, "Something" and "For You". A tour followed in support. The band played 36 shows in the United States and finished the tour in San Juan, Puerto Rico. A live album, titled 7 Weeks: Live in America, 2004, was released the following year, and the concert in Puerto Rico was filmed for a live DVD. However, that show in Puerto Rico proved to be the last for the original line-up of Stryper. Gaines left the band in 2004 before they were slated to play Disney's Night of Joy In Orlando. Michael's bassist on his previous solo tours, Tracy Ferrie, replaced him. A greatest hits album (sometimes referred to as a best of album) is a compilation album of successful, previously released songs by a particular music artist or band. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see San Juan. ... DVD (also known as Digital Versatile Disc or Digital Video Disc) is a popular optical disc storage media format. ...


After the Night of Joy show and with new found energy, Stryper decided to go back into the studio to record a new CD. Reborn and another tour followed in the fall of 2004.


During their reunion, controversy continued to follow the band. In December 2004, Stryper was scheduled to play in Mexico City at the Palacio de los Deportes. The band cancelled the show, which led to a major disagreement between the band and the promoter. Stryper and their management claimed the promoter was too inexperienced to stage an event of this magnitude, but a group of well-known Christian rock bands, including Saviour Machine, Narnia and Mortification, sided with the promoter. The promoter demanded that Stryper return all the money they had received related to their appearance, but the band refused. Later, Stryper began selling items on their website in part to refund this promoter. Palacio de los Deportes (English: Sports Palace) is an indoor arena located in Mexico City, Mexico, within the sports complex Magdalena Mixhuca, near the Mexico City International Airport. ... Saviour Machine is a Christian Goth/metal band from California, USA. // Saviour Machine was formed by brothers Eric and Jeff Clayton in the summer of 1989. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... Mortification is a Christian extreme metal band from Australia, founded in 1990 from the 1980s metal band LightForce by Steve Rowe, Cameron Hall and Jayson Sherlock. ...


Stryper's latest album, Reborn, was released on August 16, 2005, and was the band's first recording of original material in 15 years. The new album received a positive response from fans and critics, some of whom labeled Reborn as one of the best albums of that year [10]. With a more modern sound incorporating aspects of alternative and grunge, along with fewer guitar solos, the new record updates their style while keeping the Stryper identity, though a few songs do have a familiar sound to Michael's solo recordings. In fact, he had originally written the album with the intent of releasing it as a solo project.[11] The lyrics also have returned to the band's familiar themes of God and salvation. Reborn is the 8th studio album by Christian Metal band Stryper. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Alternative music redirects here. ... Grunge music (sometimes also referred to as the Seattle Sound) is an independent-rooted music genre that became a commercially successful offshoot of hardcore punk, thrash metal, and alternative rock in the late 1980s and early 1990s. ...


In 2006, the band released the DVD Greatest Hits: Live in Puerto Rico after two years in production.


In November of 2006, Stryper announced new management. They also announced a follow-up to Reborn tentatively due in Spring/Summer 2007. However, that February saw lead singer Michael Sweet postponing the release of the new album two days before its recording was to begin. Sweet's wife Kyle had been diagnosed with stage four ovarian cancer, and the new album was put on hold so that he could care for his family and ailing wife. She underwent surgery and treatment from February 14 to July 14, eventually resulting in her complete recovery and restored health. Verified plans for the exact future of the next Stryper album are currently unreleased.


In addition to still playing in Stryper, Oz Fox is also one of the guitarists in the Christian metal band Bloodgood, who was also a frontrunner in the early 80's Christian metal scene. Bloodgood is a Christian Metal band from Seattle, Washington. ...


Legacy

Stryper is recognized as the first openly Christian heavy metal band to gain recognition in the mainstream music world.[1] Their hit ballad "Honestly" is often ranked among the greatest ballads of the 1980s. Their message of salvation and religion has also made them popular with some elements of the media. Honesty, the quality of being honest, is a value which can be defined in multiple ways. ...


However, Stryper has not been free of controversy. Many conservative religious groups criticized the group for being members of the heavy metal industry, which some of them saw as being close to Satanic music.[6] Others saw the band's non-conservative dress as contradictory to the faith they claimed to represent.[12] Televangelist Jimmy Swaggart led opposition to the group, likening their practice of distributing the New Testament at their shows to "casting pearls before swine".[2] In 1990 Rolling Stone Magazine reported that the band was disillusioned with Christian music.[2] This, along with the groups lyrical shift, led to Against the Law being banned from many Christian bookstores. The Swaggart condemnation may not have been a surprise, however, as Stryper was supported by the rival Jim Bakker ministries, who are thanked on several Stryper albums. Satanism can refer to a number of belief systems depending on the user and contexts. ... In the USA, a televangelist (television evangelist) is a religious minister (often a Christian priest or minister) who devotes a large portion of his (or her) ministry to TV broadcasts to a regular viewing and listening audience. ... Jimmy Lee Swaggart (born March 15, 1935 in Ferriday, Louisiana) is a Pentecostal preacher and pioneer of televangelism who reached the height of his popularity in the 1980s. ... This article is about the Christian scriptures. ... This article is about the music magazine. ... Against the Law is the fifth studio album by Christian Metal band Stryper. ...


Many of their peers in the metal music world recognized them as a great musical group, but some argued that their message was incompatible with heavy metal.[citation needed] In fact, this argument is generally used in pop culture when referring to the music of Stryper.[citation needed] Stryper has sold over 10 million recordings worldwide,[8] and it is estimated that two-thirds of their albums were bought by non-Christians.[2] Popular culture, or pop culture, is the vernacular (peoples) culture that prevails in a modern society. ...


The Marvel comic series Runaways refers to Stryper as being a Christian glam band in Vol. 4 True Believers. This article is about the comic book company. ... Runaways is a Marvel Comics comic book series created by Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona. ...


Current members

  • Michael Sweet - guitars and vocals (1983 - 1992, 2003 - present)
  • Oz Fox - lead guitars (1983 - 1992, 2003 - present)
  • Robert Sweet - drums, "Visual Time Keeper" (1983 - 1992, 2003 - present)
  • Tracy Ferrie - bass (2004 - present)

Michael Sweet Singing Michael Harrison Sweet (born 4 July 1963) is a Christian rock singer from the United States. ... Oz Fox, with his signature Wayne Guitar model. ... Robert Sweet is the drummer of the Christian Metal band Stryper. ... Tracy Ferrie is the current bass player of Christian metal band Stryper. ...

Past members

  • Tim Gaines - bass (1983 - 1992, 2003 - 2004)
  • Scott Lane - Guitars

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Discography

Main article: Stryper discography

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References

  1. ^ a b c d Hale, Mark (1993). "2869", Headbangers, First edition, second printing, Ann Arbor, Michigan: Popular Culture, Ink., 336. ISBN 1-56075-029-4. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Powell, Mark Allan (2002). Encyclopedia of Contemporary Christian Music, First printing, Peabody, Massachusetts: Hendrickson Publishers, 891-895. ISBN 1-56563-679-1. 
  3. ^ http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=isaiah%2053:5;&version=9;
  4. ^ http://www.stryper.info/index.php?ref=history
  5. ^ a b c George-Warren, Holly, ed; Jon Pareles, Patricia Romanowski Bashe (1995). "Stryper", The New Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock & Roll, Second Edition, New York City: Fireside, 962-963. ISBN 0-684-81044-1. 
  6. ^ a b c Watkins, Terry (1995). "Stryper", Christian Rock: Blessing or Blasphemy?. Dial-the-Truth Ministries. 
  7. ^ a b Larkin, Colin, ed. [1992, 1995] (1998). "Stryper", The Encyclopedia of Popular Music, Third edition, New York City: Muze, 5203. ISBN 0-333-74134-X. 
  8. ^ a b c Erickson, Sturdevant (2006). Stryper: Loud n' Clear, unabridged audio, Maryland: Classic CD Books. ISBN 0976480549. 
  9. ^ Dove Award Recipients for 1989. Gospel Music Association. Retrieved on 2007-03-12.
  10. ^ http://msnbc.msn.com/id/10709926/page/2/
  11. ^ http://www.hmmagazine.com/exclusive/stryper200508/index.php?page=2
  12. ^ Kyle, Richard (2006). "If You Can't Beat 'em Join 'em", Evangelicalism : an Americanized Christianity. New Brunswick, New Jersey: Transaction Publishers, 285. ISBN 0-7658-0324-0. 

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