Stryper: To hell with the Devil (1986)

Produced by Stephan Galfas, Michael Sweet, Robert Sweet, and Ox Fox

I really admire this band, they sing great metal songs with meaningful lyrics and they are great musicians. I can only imagine how hard it was and is to remain true to themselves in this industry, but in their way, they have lasted many years and although I am writing about their classic album To Hell with the Devil I must say they are still releasing great albums like Fallen, God Damn Evil and I just purchased their next release called Even the Devil believes, the first song from it was really great and I can’t wait to listen to the rest of album. I wanted to say this because I believe they have been able to better themselves and not rely on what they achieved in the past musically and they sound great.

To hell with the Devil has a special place in my heart. It is an album that I constantly listened to when it came out and I remember me and some friends pretended to be them and “play” the songs, I made drums out of empty export soda cans, they had real instruments but they did not know how to play them but still we rocked and enjoyed it. Now that I am older, I can appreciate the album so much more and as a Christian, I thank them for their words and for allowing God to use them with the music they wrote and keep writing. As I am writing this I am listening to the album and there is really not a weak track on it.

The title track can be controversial and I seem to remember it was, but if you hear the lyrics they are just talking about the truth about the Devil. They used a common expression to renounce his evil and the deceiving he can do in our lives. And a great rock track.

Calling on You is one of my favorite Stryper songs because I relate to the lyrics so much. When Michael sings about that lonely place I can understand completely and the best thing to do is to call on God. Honestly is a beautiful ballad and if the song is dedicated to a person or referring to God it does not matter, either way, is a beautiful song. Holding on is another track that I love from this album, the music, and the lyrics are perfect.

This album stands the test of time together with other albums from the time. I say it is one of the best albums of that era in rock. Even if you don’t believe or consider yourself a Christian just listen to it for what it is, great musicians, making great music.

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