Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Stryper: The Covering Review

Stryper is a classic hard rock band, so it isn't surprising that their latest project The Covering is an album with 12 tributes to 70s and 80s rock artists plus an all-new track titled "God." What's more surprising is the familiar songs they choose to revamp, as well as how close these songs fare to the original versions.

Another point of interest is that with The Covering, Stryper welcomed back the original bassist, Tim Gaines, adding much to the band's sound. In fact, compared to the familiar rock hits from Stryper, including "To Hell With the Devil," Styrper's sound is definitely more full and complete.

The Covering is a real treat for the 80s rock fans, covering such songs as Kansas' "Carry On Wayward Son," my personal favorite from the project. The lead guitar in this song (and the whole album for that matter) was quite enthralling, making the album definitely worth the listen. I was, however, very unsettled about the fact that the band chose to cover such popular tracks as Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song," Kiss' "Shout it Out Loud," Black Sabbath's "Heaven and Hell," and more. As a Christian, I believe strongly that music should be 100% for the glory of God, and therefore these tracks were a bit disappointing. To equalize the balance, Stryper added an all new track, simply called "God" to fill that place. The high-pitched lyrics and grunge guitars make this track very comparable to early Stryper music, and therefore highly enjoyable.

Stryper's The Covering is a must-have for the 80s rock fans who recognize all the popular hits. It is up for the Christian listener to decide whether or not a project like this is edifying in their Christian walk, but even then, "Carry On Wayward Son" and "God" are definitely worth the listen!

Rating: 4/5

Track listing:
1. Set Me Free
2. Blackout
3. Heaven and Hell
4. Lights Out
5. Carry On Wayward Son
6. Highway Star
7. Shout it Out Loud
8. Over the Mountains
9. The Trooper
10. Breaking the Law
11. On Fire
12. Immigrant Song
13. God

3 comments:

  1. I did not even realize Stryper was still around, I remember them from my late teen years... (Oh how I miss Petra!) And like you, I am also surprised at some of the song choices they chose to cover...though I'll admit you really have my curiosity up to take a listen. Cool review, might have to check it out.

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  2. Thanks, Carole! Stryper actually made a comeback in summer of 2009, and I believe this is their second project since then. I actually loved the music, and it was definitely better than classic Stryper, but the songs themselves weren't all that great. Hope you enjoy it if you decide to pick it up! :)

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  3. Good album review I enjoyed it and I will have to check out that album as soon as I can :)

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