Who says metal can’t be wholesome? Certainly not Stryper! Whether you’re into the subject matter or not there’s no denying that these guys still have it. “God Damn Evil”, the bands’ 10th studio album, shows there is no slowing down for Stryper. This album seamlessly blends the harder sound they adopted with their 2013 release “No More Hell To Pay” with their classic 80’s sound.
Things start off with the first single for the album, “Take It To The Cross”. It is a fast and heavy track, complete with Death Growls provided by Matt Bachand of Shadows Fall and Act of Defiance. The title track, “God Damn Evil”, is one of many anthems on the album. You can’t help but find yourself singing along with the chorus. “The Valley” brings an excellent metal interpretation of Psalm 23:4. “Beautiful” is an uplifting track reminding you that you’re enough. “Can’t Live Without Your Love” is the ballad of the album, but doesn’t come across too sappy. The album concludes with “The Devil Doesn’t Live Here” a nod to 80’s metal and a final reminder of where their loyalty lies.
Even if you’re not into the content of Stryper’s music, the songs are good and still enjoyable. The combination of harder hitting tracks and dedications to the foundation of their faith makes this a great album and will please their longtime fans and newcomers equally. Be sure to check them out on tour this Spring and Summer.
– LP: CATALOG # FR LP 858 / BARCODE: 8024391085851