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  • Audio CD (July 21, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Big3 Records
  • ASIN: B002C39STC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,514 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Eclipse for the Son
2. 4 Leaf Clover
3. Peace of Mind
4. Alive
5. The Plan
6. Murder by Pride
7. Mercy Over Blame
8. I Believe
9. Run in You
10. Love Is Why
11. Everything
12. My Love (I'll Always Show)

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2009 studio release from the veteran Christian Metal band, an album that marks their 25th Anniversary as a recording unit. Murder By Pride features 12 new tracks filled with Stryper's trademark blend of melodic vocals, heavy guitar licks and pounding drums. The album includes a cover of the Boston song 'Peace Of Mind' featuring Boston guitarist Tom Scholz.

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All other song good to great.
L Smith
After a great history of amazing songs I think was a shame the 'Reborn' CD, I mean is OK for those who doesn't know Stryper.
Rafael Vila
For me "Murder By Pride" is a great listen, definitely the best album I've heard by STRYPER since "To Hell With The Devil".
Kevin Davis

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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Davis TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 21, 2009
Format: Audio CD
In 1984, Stryper broke on to the scene with their debut EP Yellow and Black Attack, and have since gone on to sell 8 million albums and tour the world spreading an inspirational message through their branded sound of rock songs, heavy guitars, and pristine harmony vocals. The group's unprecedented 1986 album To Hell with the Devil went platinum and was named one of the "100 Greatest Albums in Christian Music" by CCM Magazine.

For me "Murder By Pride" is a great listen, definitely the best album I've heard by STRYPER since "To Hell With The Devil". In fact, having listened to both albums consistently recently, I have to give "Murder By Pride" the top billing as the best overall album by STRYPER. Opening track "Eclipse Of The Son" sets the tone nicely for this very solid album. If you liked 80's metal bands Poison, Guns N Roses and Whitesnake, then you'll be hooked right away by the great dual guitar solos and pulsing and catchy melodies of this entire album. Since those 80's metal bands have all recently attempted comeback albums, I'll also suggest that STRYPER has outdone all of them with "Murder By Pride".

"4 Leaf Clover" might be the signature song from this album. I am very impressed musically by the entire album, and especially by this song. It has a great driving rock beat and Michael Sweet's vocals have never sounded better. In 2008, Michael Sweet joined legendary band BOSTON on vocals and guitar Murder by Pride includes a great cover of the BOSTON song "Peace of Mind" that features BOSTON guitarist Tom Scholz on the recording.

"Alive" is a great ballad in the style of all-time STRYPER great song "Honestly".
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Big Hair Addict on August 1, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Stryper is rockin', I believe, better than ever. This release didn't have to grow on me, it engulfed me from the very start. It's really incredible. The album is a solid collection of hard rockin tunes. Not a filler among them. So many of the 80's metal groups have come out with new albums trying to capture the glory of days gone by. For the most part, they have done a decent job. Never quite reaching what they once had, but good efforts all around. Then we have Strypers album. Not only do they capture it, they surpass it. This album is far and above their best. When Michael said he listened to what the fans wanted, he truly did listen. It wasn't the typical self promoting hype that all bands spew. The guitars are everywhere. And his voice - Unbelievable!!! He's still hitting those high notes with ease. And isn't that what we long for? Bands from the past to reemerge today with relevance, yet keeping true to the sound that made us fans in the first place? We've had GnR, White Lion, Great White, Def Leppard, Europe, House of Lords, etc release some great and not so great releases. I love Europe's Secret Society, Def Lep's Sparkle Lounge, and House of Lords World Upside Down. They are all wicked awesome. I just think that Murder By Pride delivers a notch better. And I mean that without any malice toward the other bands. I love them all. But Stryper has more than delivered on the hype. I guess you either hate them or love them. If you were a fan back in the 80's, you will love Murder By Pride.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Dobbs "dragonboots" on July 21, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Being a huge fan of the 2005 comeback album "Reborn" and all of Stryper's earlier work I was excited to know another release was imminent. The band is celebrating 25 years with this release, so where does it sit alongside the legacy. Early listens suggest this is a sweet (no pun intended) blend of "Reborn" (the continued development in the song writing department) and "Soldiers Under Command" (the guitar work) which at times is from the 80's flash handbook. The band is tight and very focused. Opener "Eclipse of the Son" is almost punk in its approach, then the big harmonies drop in and you know it's simply the band rocking out and having a bit of fun. "4 Leaf Clover" arrives next and we are back in business. This one will please those followers from the early days being strictly metallic like those early albums were (albeit with awesome pop rock overtones).

"Peace of Mind" the cover of the Boston classic has been around for a while now and is the same version here as the downloadable one but it's well worth including on an album proper. A great song that was built on Brad Delp's (RIP) multi-layered vocals. Who better to do it proud justice than Michael Sweet? The sentiment of this song is never lost on me; when it feels like everything is getting you down you need to take a deep breath and check what is really important to you in life. Stryper are always the masters of the power ballad. Really I try to resist them every time, but somehow they get under my radar, this time the delightful "Alive" a cello and piano affair with a divine (I know, I know) vocal.

"The Plan" has an urgency and skips along and is capped by some nice flurries from Oz Fox and one of those trademark screams to cap it all off nicely.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Dale Young on July 25, 2009
Format: Audio CD
When Stryper re-united and announced plans for a new album in 2005, I couldn't wait for the release of REBORN. I found myself disappointed, however, with the production quality of the album and felt most of the songs were not up to par for one of the best rock/metal bands from the 80s. Enter this second "new" recording and I have 2 words to say: Welcome back. This is the Stryper I've been waiting for! MURDER BY PRIDE is a much better recording than REBORN and highlights several of the things that were missing from that album: mesmerizing guitar solos & guitar licks from Oz Fox, crisper drum-sounds (courtesy of "guest-drummer" Kenny Aronoff - from John Mellencamp's band), and pounding bass (you can actually hear Tracy Ferrie now without having to strain your ears). The thing I probably like best though are Michael Sweet's vocals. From the high piercing screams on some of the harder rock songs (the note he hits on "Four Leaf Clover" just about gives me the chills) to the sheer power of his voice on "I Believe" to the haunting tones of the rock-ballad "Alive," this album show-cases Michael's astounding vocal talents. Out of the 12 songs on this album, the only mediocre one is "Mercy Over Blame" (musically, it's quite repetitive and lacks the "punch" that the other songs have). "4-Leaf Clover" and "Murder by Pride" are among the best hard-rock songs ever recorded by Stryper, and the rest of the songs leave you wanting very little. I also like the fact that Stryper stretched out with some different sounds this time around. The piano/acoustic guitar sounds on "Alive" and "Run in You" sound really good, and the cover of Boston's "Peace of Mind" is an amazing combination of retro guitar-sounds, great vocal harmonies & alternating 1/3 and 2/4 drum-timing.Read more ›
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