STYLE: Hard Music RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 14198-10889 LABEL: Big3 BTD36779 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RELEASE DATE: 2005-10-01 RRP: £12.99
Reviewed by Steve Best
Four fifths of the original Stryper line-up (bassist Tim Gaines is not present) are back following a 20th anniversary reunion tour and live album that indicated a green light from the man upstairs for a return to the fray. The spandex may be gone - wisely so, I'd say, and the lads may look a little, erm, frayed at the edges, but boy can they still rock?! Opener "Open Your Eyes" leaves the listener in no doubt that this is not an empty gesture; these guys really mean it. The riffs are as hard as ever, the widdley-widdley bits as...well, widdley-widdley as ever, and who cares if it sounds a lot like Bon Jovi? Watch out for the final two cuts, a radical reworking of "Amazing Grace" followed by a brand new reading of the Stryper classic "In God We Trust". Totally lacking in subtlety, but utterly committed to God, Stryper are back, and I for one am glad to see them on such blistering form.
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