Stryper is back with their follow up effort to 2005’s come back effort “Reborn”. I believe their new disc, Murder by Pride is going to please a lot of fans of classic Stryper.
Michael Sweet is in fine vocal form, and Oz Fox plays some excellent guitar on this disc.
Murder By Pride kicks off with the rocking tune “Eclipse of the Son”. This song gets the disc going quickly with its high speed rhythm, and howling vocals of Michael Sweet.
“4 Leaf Clover” keeps the pace going. Oz Fox plays some killer guitar riffs on this track!
Stryper covers the Boston classic, “Peace of Mind” with guitarist Tom Scholz. This is an awesome rendition of this tune. This could easily be the best cover song of 2009.
The title track “Murder By Pride” sounds like it could have come off of the “To Hell With the Devil” album. This song will become a new Stryper hit before long.
“I Believe” has a cool modern rock vibe to it, that should help it get some radio play. This is a cool tune.
For the U.S. release, this album ends with a couple of great rockers “Everything” and “My Love”. Both of these are easily my favorites from this record. Much to my surprise, is the sound of the rocker “My Love”. The opening riffs had me headbanging immediately. This song has big guitars, and drums and that wouldn’t be out of place on a Thin Lizzy record.
The European version of this album includes the song, “My Love, My Life, My Flame”. This is a piano based ballad that was originally on the now hard to find, Michael Sweet solo disc, Touched. This is a good song, and a nice bonus to those who grab the import CD.
Murder By Pride is another solid effort by Stryper. Long time fans of the band need to get this. Recommended!
Rating: Out of 10
1. Eclipse of the Son
2. 4 Leaf Clover
3. Peace of Mind
5. The Plan
6. Murder by Pride
7. I Believe
8. Run In You
9. Love Is Why
10. Mercy Over Blame
12. My Love
13. My Love My Life My Flame
Michael Sweet – vocals
Robert Sweet – drums
Oz Fox – Guitar, background vocals
Tracy Ferrie – bass
Frontiers Records is honoured to welcome to its roster, the legendary Christian hard rockers STRYPER with the European release of the band’s brand new album “Murder By Pride“, on August 28th 2009.
Formed in 1983, Stryper are pioneers in the mainstream popularization of Christian hard rock and metal music, with overall sales in excess of 8 million records and one Platinum and two Gold records received for the albums “To Hell with the Devil” and “In God We Trust“. The band released five studio albums before disbanding in February 1992. Singer Michael Sweet pursued a solo career, while the other members have kept on working together, until Stryper came back in the original line up during 2005, releasing the acclaimed new album entitled “Reborn”.
In the past few years singer Michael Sweet started to cooperate with Boston and the result of this is a stunning recording of the classic song “Peace of Mind” on the brand new album “Murder By Pride“, which sees none other than Tom Scholz guesting on guitar.
“After years of speaking to fans and hearing comments like ‘more guitars,’ ‘more solos’ and ‘more screams’“, says Michael Sweet “I decided to keep those comments in mind as I wrote each song. It was important to me to try to get back to that early sound of STRYPER yet at the same time, to remain relevant today. It’s certainly not an easy thing to do but as I listen to ‘Murder By Pride’, I think that was accomplished“.
“I got the idea of the title ‘Murder By Pride’ from seeing pride consume dreams, goals and many times, lives” continues Sweet “We all deal with pride and it can be crippling, so I wanted to write a lyric and a theme that would be a constant reminder of that. This record has been in the works for a long, long time and I can only hope that it was worth the wait!”
“Murder By Pride” European track listing includes the following tracks:
01. Eclipse Of The Son
02. 4 Leaf Clover
03. Peace Of Mind
05. The Plan
06. Murder By Pride
07. I Believe
08. Run In You
09. Love Is Why
10. Mercy Over Blame
12. My Love (I’ll Always Show)
13. My Love, My Life, My Flame (Exclusive Bonus Track for Europe)
Streaming of some of the songs can be now heard on www.myspace.com/stryper
Stryper have also already confirmed some live appearances in Europe in early 2010, which will be followed by more dates which are currently being worked out. Stryper now are: Michael Sweet (vocals, guitar), Oz Fox (lead guitar), Tracy Ferrie (baass guitar) and Robert Sweet (drums).
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