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(1983 – present)

Formed in 1983 in La Mirada, California by brothers Michael and Robert Sweet and guitarist Oz Fox as Roxx Regime, they would change their message and name to Stryper to go on to be the first Christian rock band to be recognized by the mainstream.

According to the To Hell With The Devil Songfacts, Stryper took their name from a Bible verse Isaiah 53: 5, which says “….by His stripes we are healed.” Stryper they explained was an acronym meaning “Salvation Through Redemption Yielding Peace, Encouragement and Righteousness.”

In 1983 they were signed by Enigma Records and released their first album The Yellow and Black Attack. By the mid-1980s, Stryper saw their most successful period starting with the release of To Hell with the Devil which achieved Platinum sales status.

The band earned their stripes (pun intended) on the Los Angeles metal club circuit and in 1984, after recruiting bass player Tim Gaines, signed with Enigma Records and released their debut mini-album, The Yellow And Black Attack (Y&BA).

Their first full-length release, Soldiers Under Command, sold over half a million units worldwide in the eighties, and stayed on Billboard’s Top 200 album chart for over forty weeks. In addition to the hard-rocking tunes that Stryper’s core audience has come to expect, the ballad “Honestly” from their platinum selling 1986 release To Hell With The Devil hit the Top-40 charts. The video for “Honestly” rapidly became the number one most-requested video on MTV. 1988 saw the near-platinum release of In God We Trust, as well as renewed success on MTV, which was bombarded by thousands of phone requests for “Always There For You”.

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  • Lyrici17

    Finally decided to check these guys out; it was a good decision.

    23 Aug 1:08am Reply
  • Barney9

    I have been avoiding this album based on its preachy God faring element as I find that christian based rock groups will receive a fan base on just that. But I decided to check out what all of the hype is with Strypers latest release. I have to tell ya, this is a pretty solid album musically, it is really quite enjoyable and all of the musicians on here blend their music quite well and they have written some really good music on this album. I may have to explore further.

    14 Jun 1:02am Reply
  • Cocteauholic

    I could listen to this band all day.

    7 Jun 1:46am Reply
  • AliceSDemise

    I like this band.

    24 Jan 1:33am Reply
  • mrmichel0927

    The new album is quite solid.

    4 Dec 2013 Reply
  • tediah

    NMHTP is simply amazing!

    5 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Yellowxander

    'No More Hell To Pay' album review: http://metaltalk.net/columns/20106320.php

    21 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Joodicator

    Wait, considering how close the new album is, this was a terrible time to finally hit 777 :(

    20 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Joodicator

    Oh wow, I have exactly 777 Stryper plays as of yesterday. Never scrobbling Stryper again.

    20 Oct 2013 Reply
  • OnlyVisitor

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    13 Oct 2013 Reply
  • tediah

    SIMILAR ARTISTS....FAIL! Try Poison, Motley Crue, WASP, Priest, Maiden, Tesla, GnR, LA Guns, Skid Row, etc. Please change!!!

    19 Sep 2013 Reply
  • DrSlump7

    soon coming is a new album! "No More Hell To Pay", check it out!

    19 Sep 2013 Reply
  • kame4493

    我心神信。

    3 Sep 2013 Reply
  • stavstav12

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dB2vOB2neck

    3 May 2013 Reply
  • adriaan_gtr2

    Second Coming is AWESOME!!

    31 Mar 2013 Reply
  • nodicenate

    Just listened to Second Coming today - It's exactly the kind of album where re-recording old tunes makes sense. Great production values, songs are heavier, solos are more precise, there's bass in the mix, and Michael's voice sounds as good-if not better than ever. Two awesome new songs as well! Between the cover tunes album "The Covering" and this one, I am very psyched for the next Stryper record of original material because I think it just might be their best yet.

    29 Mar 2013 Reply
  • SuicideParanoia

    beeline metal

    28 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Snaggletooth-

    TRRRRRRRRRRRRRRASSSHHHHHHHHHHHH!

    25 Mar 2013 Reply
  • DrSlump7

    pretty good single. Really really really looking forward to the new album! and PLEASE DO A TOUR!

    9 Mar 2013 Reply
  • adriaan_gtr2

    So glad to seen them live!!

    23 Feb 2013 Reply
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