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Second Coming (Re-Recorded)

Stryper

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Christian metal pioneers Stryper revisit the career-defining songs of their early years on Second Coming with a mixture of mature perspective and still-youthful energy. The band takes advantage of 21st-century studio technology in these re-recordings of classic tunes from its first three albums, managing to infuse them with the same boundless faith and fist-raising defiance that made Stryper a platinum-selling act 30 years ago. Singer Michael Sweet soars above Oz Fox's guitar pyrotechnics with Spirit-filled fervor, anchored by the rock-solid rhythm section of bassist Tim Gaines and drummer Robert Sweet. Together they summon the prayer-warrior heroics of Christian rock’s formative years: favorites like “Soldiers Under Command,” “The Rock That Makes Me Roll,” and “To Hell with the Devil” have lost none of their anthemic punch over the years. From the machine-gun riffage of “Loud N’ Clear” through the worshipful melodrama of “More Than a Man,” the band proves its ability to praise God with headbanging aggression all over again. The new tracks “Bleeding from Inside Out” and “Blackened” are worthy additions to Stryper’s legendary canon of tunes.

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Uncompromisingly Stryper

I left the promo copy of this disc on my desk putting off listening to it though I wanted to hear it real bad.
I had not listened to any of the samples the band had released because I feared what I would hear.
(Re-recording veritable golden and platinum classics is a cardinal sin).
I was cringing hoping it wouldn't be bad or embarrassing, but as I plugged in and cranked my monitors up - my jaw proceeded to fall through the floor.
This is an amazing album.

Though 'Second Coming' is not without it's flaws - considering this band was shot and left for dead as a relic of the 80's glam metal industry that fell the night 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' hit the airwaves - it's a wonder it's even here at all.

These aren't thoughtless rips of their own classics, they've been meticulously re-produced and lightly re-arranged keeping the spirit of the originals while sharpening the teeth. These songs have been handled with care - right through stacks of tubes, modern processing gear, and cranked up way past 11.

Awesome

Better than the original recordings. Guitar work, vocals everything that I heard is the Stryper I grew up on in the 80's with the edge it needs. Keep Rockin and can't wait to hear the whole album.

This is how you really REMASTER songs!!

Wow, I had no idea these re-recordings were on the radar when I received an iTunes email mentioning that Stryper had a new release this week. Here are some reasons why this works...

1) Michael can still reach all of the notes!
2) Stryper was on a small label when many of these songs were originally cut and consequently did not have a high production budget - even for 1985.
3) Audio production, in general, has improved tremendously since the mid-80s
4) Ability for the band to enhance and put modern tweaks to the songs without diminishing the orginal songs
5) It sounds much more like Stryper does live (ala Kiss Alive!)

As I said in my headline, this is the way you truly re-master songs. If you are like me, you have bought many "remastered" albums in the past that really didn't sound much improved over the original. That is not the case here. These songs sound great and you will probably prefer them over the originals. I played the new "Soliders..." for 10 seconds. Then played the orginal for 10 and switched back. The clarity was like light and dark. Amazing sound on the newly cut tracks.

PS: If you like this album, Firehouse did a similar project in 2011 with great results called Full Circle.

PPS: And to all of the other bands that have re-packaged their greatest hits multiple times, why not really give the fans something and re-cut them from scratch. Here is a great example of how it is done.

Biography

Formed: 1983 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Heavy metal has been associated with ol' Beelzebub ever since its inception, but a few acts took the opposite route and put their Christian beliefs in hard rocking songs, such as Stryper. Formed in Orange County, California, in 1983, the group was originally known as Roxx Regime, and consisted of singer/guitarist/main songwriter Michael Sweet, drummer Robert Sweet, lead guitarist Oz Fox, and bassist Timothy Gaines. It wasn't until the group changed its name to Stryper (which stood for "Salvation...
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