Frontiers Records [Release date: 24.06.22]
Mining the motherlode of Classic Metal (with an extra melodic twist) seems to come easy to Stryper nowadays.
You might say that on this single release, ‘Rise To The Call’, a trailer for their forthcoming album due out later this year, they sound remarkably lean and confident. But there’s nothing remarkable about it. Michael Sweet’s band has been turning out cleverly crafted melodic rock and hook heavy metal for years now.
‘Rise To The Call’ comes barrelling out the speakers like a juggernaut, powerful, melodic and single minded. The band might be looking back on the long road travelled and sizing up the the shorter road ahead, but this feels fresh.
In the best sense of the word, Sweet is a journeyman. He knows that simple, well written metal, surefooted, with not too many moving parts, punctuated by his nasal howl gets the job done. ****
Review by Brian McGowan
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