While The Yellow and Black Attack! earned Stryper a fair amount of publicity, it was Soldiers Under Command that put the band on the map commercially. The album went gold, and Stryper became a major hit on MTV without abandoning its Christian message. Glossy yet intense pop-metal like "The Rock That Makes Me Roll" and "Surrender" definitely promotes Christianity, but does so without condemning non-Christians or pointing the finger at other religions. Ironically, one of lead singer Michael Sweet's influences is Rob Halford of Judas Priest -- although Stryper and the Priest have little in common lyrically. Like The Yellow and Black Attack!, Soldiers Under Command is decent when it comes to up-tempo songs, but weak when it comes to ballads. "First Love" and "Together as One" demonstrate that all too often, Stryper's ballads were much too sugary for their own good.
Performance CreditsStryper Primary Artist
Christopher Currell Synclavier
Oz Fox Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Background Vocals
Tim Gaines Bass,Piano,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Michael Sweet Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Robert Sweet Drums
John Van Tongeren Bass,Piano,Keyboards
Technical CreditsChristopher Currell Contributor
Michael Sweet Composer
Robert Sweet Composer
Michael Wagener Producer,Engineer
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DESPITE THE AWFUL BALLADS...THIS RECORD IT´S PURE POWER METAL...MIX JUDAS PRIEST, SAXON , IRON MAIDEN, EARLY MANOWAR, AND YOU HAVE SONGS LIKE SOLDIERS UNDER COMMAND ( THIS REMINDS ME ELECTRIC EYE OF PRIEST) TOGETHER FOREVER (SOUNDS EXACTLY LIKE ROCK FOREVER OF PRIEST) AND THE BEAUTIFUL MAJESTUOSITY OF SURRENDER ....THIS SONGS GIVES IRON MAIDEN A RUN FOR THEIR MONEY... THIS IS THEIR HEAVIEST RECORD...SO GET IT NOW..