Stryper are still battling the demons of the world with their pious brand of heavy metal in God Damn Evil
Since 1983, Orange County based Christian heavy metal band Stryper have been proving to the faithful and mainstream alike that you don’t have to be soft, wimpy, and namby-pamby in terms of sound in order to sing the message of the gospel. They still prove it to this day with their new LP God Damn Evil.
God Damn Evil is definitely one of the band’s heaviest albums to date, not just in terms of the sound, but also in lyrical content. With the chaotic way things are going in the world right now, Stryper definitely has a lot to say about it.
An interesting fact surrounding God Damn Evil is that ginormous corporate chain store Walmart actually banned it from all of their stores. It is speculated that it is more than likely due to the title.
This is also bassist Richard Perryman‘s first album with Stryper.
Stryper waste no time getting right to the heart of the matter with the opening track “Take It to the Cross”. It’s actually one of the most brutal sounding tracks ever put out by the band. The chorus is full of 16th note syncopated rhythms, even in the sky high vocals. There are even guttural vocals in certain spots.
That said, there are plenty of melodic moments on the record as well. Songs like “Beautiful”, “Can’t Live Without Your Love”, and “Sorry” have some of the most delectable melodies imaginable. Plus, the backing harmonies on “Beautiful” are layered so fantastically that they will make anyone’s neck hairs stand up stiff.
“Own Up” is where things get incredibly crunchy. That guitar riff could be compared to the best ever bag of chips in that way. The rhythm backing it is pretty serviceable with just enough to fill that prescription for more cowbell.
God Damn Evil shows that Stryper are just as on fire for the Lord today as they were 35 years ago. If anything, with the overall message of the album talking about the current state of the world and how they feel it needs God now more than ever, their fire is only stoked. This is undeniably reflected through their music.
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