12 Songs, 47 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The unlikely team-up of Stryper frontman Michael Sweet and ex-Dokken lead guitarist George Lynch yields an album steeped in the arena-shaking heroics of classic ‘80s metal. Only to Rise reflects both the shared musical tastes and divergent spiritual views of its creators in brawny, thought-provoking tunes like “Time Will Tell,” “September,” and “Strength in Numbers.” Sweet’s brash vocals and Lynch’s serene-to-snarling riffage mesh effortlessly, whether the mood is contemplative (“Me Without You”), swaggering (“Dying Rose”), or ferocious (the title track). Christian and secular rock fans alike should find Only to Rise a rousing listen.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The unlikely team-up of Stryper frontman Michael Sweet and ex-Dokken lead guitarist George Lynch yields an album steeped in the arena-shaking heroics of classic ‘80s metal. Only to Rise reflects both the shared musical tastes and divergent spiritual views of its creators in brawny, thought-provoking tunes like “Time Will Tell,” “September,” and “Strength in Numbers.” Sweet’s brash vocals and Lynch’s serene-to-snarling riffage mesh effortlessly, whether the mood is contemplative (“Me Without You”), swaggering (“Dying Rose”), or ferocious (the title track). Christian and secular rock fans alike should find Only to Rise a rousing listen.

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