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Stryper

Live In Indonesia At The Java Rockin’land DVD

Review by Greg Olma

I have spent a good part of my adult life being not very religious and I was never into the message of that type of music whether it was Christian or Satanic.  Both of the messages mean very little to me however, when a band rocks, I am still able to enjoy the experience.  Stryper was always one of those bands that I enjoyed and I think people didn’t give them a fair shake based on their Christian message.  No matter what your thoughts on religion happen to be, you had to give this band credit that they knew how to write catchy metal tunes.  Oz Fox was (and still is) a guitar hero and Michael Sweet may not have that high register like 30 years ago but he is still capable of putting in a great performance.  I actually like his voice better now than in the 80s.

This product is a no frills DVD of a show recorded in Indonesia in 2010, hence the name.  There are no bonus features or extras but what you do get is a great looking and sounding show.  Most of the tunes are culled from To Hell With The Devil and Soldiers Under Command.  In fact, all the albums are represented here except In God We Trust and last year’s The Covering.  You can nit pick as to which songs should have been included but at the end of the day, all the songs on this DVD are great Stryper cuts.  The highlights for me are “Loud ‘N’ Clear,” “Calling On You” and the two final tracks, “To Hell With The Devil” and “Soldiers Under Command.”  Like I mentioned earlier, the camera work is very good and you get a feeling of being at the show.  The sound is equally great and all in all, this is a great addition to any DVD collection.

This review is available in book format (hardcover and paperback) in Music Street Journal: 2012  Volume 6 at lulu.com/strangesound.

 
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