When church leaders were accusing heavy metal of encouraging Satanism, Stryper set out to prove that metal and hard rock could be used to promote Christianity. The southern California band was viewed with suspicion by both ministers (who refused to believe that Christianity and metal were compatible) and fellow headbangers -- and yet, Stryper managed to sell millions of albums to both Christian and secular audiences. Stryper's first release, The Yellow and Black Attack!, showed the rockers to be along the lines of Def Leppard and Quiet Riot musically, but not lyrically. On such likable cuts as "You Know What to Do," "Co'Mon Rock," and "Loud 'n' Clear," Stryper managed to promote a religious message without being preachy. While the uptempo songs are decent, the ballads are hard to take. In fact, "You Won't Be Lonely" and "My Love I'll Always Show" are about as unbearably syrupy as it gets.
Performance CreditsStryper Primary Artist
Oz Fox Guitar,Background Vocals
Tim Gaines Bass,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Michael Sweet Guitar,Vocals
Robert Sweet Drums
Technical CreditsStryper Producer
Christopher Currell Programming
Ron Goudie Producer
Brian Ayuso Art Direction
Tom Utley Illustrations,Cover Design
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I say that because most Christian groups aren't recognized in the secular rock era but Stryper proved to be one of them. I like mainly a few of the songs on this album than the whole album. There are some really tremendous stuff on this album. Loud n' Clear is definetly the best song on this album with excellent screaming vocals and by far some of the best guitar playing there is, you have to hear the guitar solo for Loud 'n Clear it is simpy amazing, and its even better live. The other songs I like are C'mon Rock and From Wrong to Right. Everything else is pretty decent. This is definetly an album people should go looking for.