All videos -Stryper 2/ "To Hell With The Devil" was released in 1986 & was their most successfull album so far. Their success reached new heights with a giant world tour & over three million records sold. They got frequently airplay & after some arguing they got their videos shown on MTV, with massive response. At this time Tim left the band & was replaced by Matt Hurich.
To complicate things even more it was`nt Matt who played bass on the record either, but a session player named Brad Cobb."In God They Trust" saw the band mellow with more emphasis on pop-rock. The album was to say the least over-produced, something the guys admitted themselves. Again the bass playing on the record was given to Brad Cobb. The album was a commercial disappointment, failing to build on the success of the previous release.
It did reach number 32, but only stayed on the Billboard chart for one weeks. The band took time off for a radical re-think, before entering the studio again. "Against The Law" emerged in 1990, marking a return to a more aggressive style.The yellow & black stage costumes had been abandoned & the lyrics were considerably less evangelical. This to the unliking of a quantity of the bandmembers. In my view musically this is their best album by far. Lyrically though, I find it dissapointing.
I clearly prefer the other albums lyrically because they were more straight to the point concerning their chritian beliefs. However, by this time, most of their original fans had moved on & the album sold poorly.When Enigma went broke in 1990 they signed to Hollywood records & made a best of album, "Can`t stop the rock" was released. The record contained three new songs ("Believe" & "Can`t stop the rock") & such classics as "To hell with the devil" & "Soldiers Under command". When Michael Sweet quit in 1992 it seemed only divine intervention could rescue Stryper's career.
The other boys continued some time into 1993 under the name Stryper but no records were released.They did some concerts in Europe in 1992 and 1993.Recently they have played some shows together.Last years first annual Stryper Expo saw them playing together again after all these years. They may they did a new show at the second Stryper expo and they played the Cornerstone Festival july the 7`th. (The actual day I got married, believe it or not!)What the future brings for Stryper nobody knows. My hope for the future is of course an imminent reunion and a reunion - concert in Norway.
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