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Wow, I wasn't expecting this!,
This review is from: The Covering (MP3 Music)
The latest offering from Christian metal pioneers Stryper is a bit unconventional. With The Covering, the boys in yellow and black take on some of the best-known bands and songs in the "secular" hard rock and heavy metal world. This seems a bit risky, as some of the band's Christian fans may not find these songs appropriate, and mainstream metal fans might not think Stryper is up to the task of covering songs by Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and Black Sabbath.
I'm in the latter camp, and to my surprise not only did Stryper deliver respectable cover versions, they totally nailed nearly every song chosen for this collection. You tend to forget that behind the Christian message this is a band with serious chops. Oz Fox is a completely underrated guitar player, and Robert Sweet is a fantastic drummer. These guys are more than capable of serving up "Breaking the Law," "the Trooper" and "Heaven and Hell," and Michael Sweet's vocals bring the necessary power and versatility, whether he's singing a `70s rock staple like "Set Me Free" or "Carry On Wayward Son" or an all-out metal anthem like "Highway Star" or "Lights Out." The only song that seems ill-chosen is Van Halen's "On Fire."
The album closes with the new original recording "God," which is a not too subtle reminder that despite the band's affection for these metal classics, their loyalties are never in question. It rocks pretty hard too, which is a plus.
The Covering may be the surprise hit of 2011. It really is a fantastic collection of cover songs and a great display of what Stryper is capable of. Whether you're a Stryper fan or not, if you love classic hard rock and heavy metal, you should absolutely give The Covering a try.