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Stryper

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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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  • kadriguez

    AMAZING band, I love them!!

    27 Apr 1:00pm Reply
  • jrs1991

    Great Band

    11 Apr 2:06am Reply
  • Leshle

    Oooooo!

    29 Mar 6:07pm Reply
  • Red-haired92

    Lady <3

    14 Jan 9:25pm Reply
  • onlycharles

    Concert in São Paulo - Brazil was really amazing, almost a heaven!!!! Thanks STRYPER!!!

    23 Dec 2014 Reply
  • hcctiti144

    The new album is A W E S O M E

    28 Nov 2014 Reply
  • SeaMonkee

    First time listener here. Rock on!

    7 Sep 2014 Reply
  • Lyrici17

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

    23 Aug 2014 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 2014 Reply
  • Cocteauholic

    I could listen to this band all day.

    7 Jun 2014 Reply
  • AliceSDemise

    I like this band.

    24 Jan 2014 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
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