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Reborn, Stryper's ninth career disc and premiere release on Big3 Records, features a cavalcade of high-voltage arrangements that showcase the band's richly melodic vocals, deft instrumentation and powerful themes. In addition, the disc proficiently melds the group's standard intensely tuneful style with edgy hard rock influences. Produced by Michael Sweet and Kenny Lewis (who collaborated with Sweet on several solo projects), Reborn debuts entirely new material, with two bonus songs-a Stryperized version of 'Amazing Grace' re-titled '10,000 Years' and an updated rendition of the group's classic track 'In God We Trust', that should rouse both longtime and new fans alike. 2005.

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For those of you who never left 1985, a time when metal bands had big hair, singers reached for the highest note, and drummers twirled their drumsticks between beats, I bring good news: Stryper is back! Then again, after listening to the "comeback" release Reborn, it sounds like they never left. And while the yellow-and-black spandex may be gone, the vocal theatrics of Michael Sweet remain in tracks like "Make You Mine," "Rain," and "When Did I See You Cry." The band updates its sound some with the edgier "Open Your Eyes" and on the title track. "10,000 Years" is another curiosity as Sweet takes lyrics from the timeless classic hymn "Amazing Grace" and wraps them around a metal rave-up. But for the majority of this release, they’ll be no mistaking the guitar riffs of Oz Fox, let alone the tin-can, rat-a-tat-tat drumming of Robert Sweet. New bassist Tracy Ferie capably locks down the rhythm section as a successor to original bass player Tim Gaines. Otherwise, it all seems to be frozen in time. If you never left the 80s, you’ll love Reborn. Break out the Aquanet and studded belt and live to rock another day with the original Christian metal band. --Michael Lyttle

1. Open Your Eyes
2. Reborn
3. When Did I See You Cry
4. Make You Mine
5. Passion
6. Live Again
7. If I Die
8. Wait For You
9. Rain
10. 10,000 Years
11. I.G.W.T.

Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 16, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Big3 Records
  • ASIN: B000A7Q2IM
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,627 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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40 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Louie Bourland on August 16, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Fresh on the heals of their successful reunion tour, Stryper has returned in full force with "Reborn", their first album of all new material since 1990's "Against The Law".
For this album, the band has not only added a new bass player, Tracy Ferrie (who replaces original member Tim Gaines) but also adopts a heavier edgier sound than what was heard from them during their hair-band '80s heyday. Despite this, the album still comes off as a genuine Stryper effort and is arguably their best since "To Hell With The Devil".
Tracks such as "Make You Mine", "Wait For You", "If I Die" and "Rain" retain the classic Stryper sound 2005 style with Michael Sweet's signature vocals and melodic songwriting. Other tracks such as "Open Your Eyes", "Live Again" and the title track have a more raw in-your-face feel with their thick edgey guitars and gritty vocals. "Passion" finds the band moving slightly into a worshipful territory while "10,000 Years" adopts a new approach to the hymn "Amazing Grace".
Just the show that Stryper isn't ashamed of their past, the band closes the album with a new rendition of their 1988 classic "In God We Trust" which has a heavier darker feel to it but is still awesome nonetheless.
What else can be said about "Reborn" except for the fact that it is an amazing album. Stryper is definitely back for the long haul and are sounding better than ever. All of the band's musical trademarks are still in tact with some new elements thrown in. "Reborn" was definitely worth the wait and it's great to see Stryper back in business again.
Still Rocking for the One Who Is The Rock!!!

Small Footnote: The track listing on the back cover as well as inside the CD booklet is slightly incorrect. Here is the correct track listing as it appears on the CD: 1.Open Your Eyes/2.Reborn/3.When Did I see You Cry/4.Make You Mine/5.Passion/6.Live Again/7.Wait For You/8.Rain/9.If I Die/10.10,000 Years/11.In God We Trust.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Brian Reaves VINE VOICE on January 15, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Pioneers of Christian metal Stryper have had a rough history. The first real "metal evangelists" in the 80's, the church didn't know how to accept them even as the crowds at their concerts were given songs with more honest lyrics than many songs on adult contemporary radio at the time. Known for harmonic guitar solos between Michael Sweet and Oz Fox, Michael's stratospheric vocal range, and the most visually active drummer around, Stryper thrilled their fans with amazing concerts and consistently good records. Eventually, though successful, the 90's hit and metal died. Stryper disbanded after a powerful career, with each member going their separate ways. After reuniting for an anniversary tour, the band stayed together to bring a new batch of songs into the twenty-first century.

Over a decade since their last studio album, Stryper is back with Reborn. Just to prove they haven't softened much, the CD cover alone should cause enough controversy to shake a few Christian retailers (they actually had to hide the cover with a yellow wrapper to soften the "transformation" look). Original members Michael Sweet, Robert Sweet, and Oz Fox are back, joined this time on bass by Tracy Ferrie (already well known to Christian music in bands like Seraiah and Whitecross). The yellow and black spandex is gone (to be fair, they actually dropped that with their final release Against The Law), but how's the new sound?

It's hard to know what to say here. Bands like Bon Jovi and Aerosmith keep their fan base and grow new ones because they gradually update their sound with each record (even though they went several years before putting out a new one themselves). Stryper, on the other hand, was known for the "hair metal" sound.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Richard D. Cappetto VINE VOICE on October 7, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I did not even know Stryper was coming back until I head a new concert on XM radio live from the BB KING club in NYC, it was a hot show and the new songs were great so I had to get the CD, and I LOVE IT. Stryper has come back right on time, we are right on the beginning point of a resurgence of hard rock; And this album (CD) reborn ROCKS. many many bands come back after the years have passed with weak versions of there old materiel, but not Stryper, this album reborn does have the old Stryper sound, but its updated and very edgy. I would say its heavier (and harder) then the old Stryper. The Bass Player, Tracy Ferrie has a lead bass style that is driving the music in a more edgy way then pervious Stryper albums. Also instead of just clean fast lead Guitar licks (of which there are some), we have some more retro rifts and licks hear from OZ and Michael. Also the lead vocals of Michael are as good as ever and the Harmonies are outstanding. Robert Sweet's Drumming is excellent as always. Some stand out songs on the CD are Open Your Eyes, Reborn, Where did I see you Cry, Live again and Passion. LIVE AGAIN absolutely ROCKS. l'd say Stryper fans will not be disappointed and there will be plenty of new fans. This is a must have CD.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ghost In The Ruins on August 28, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I've been a long time Stryper fan, so the new album has given me mixed feelings as it has alot of old fans.

Pros - The lyrics are well written; the band still plays great; album cover artwork rules; the music still has that signature Stryper melody; the band has updated into a raw, punchy sound; and the guys just look plain great!

Cons - I'm not too crazy about Robert's drum sounds; guitar solos are few and far in between; I very much dislike the "doowop" choruses they use in a couple of the songs; and the production needs to have a fuller sound the next time around.

Overall, the album is pleasing to us long time fans that have longed for the yellow and black attack to give us something new. That they have done, but hopefully they'll take the above criticism as being constructive.
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