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Artist: Stryper

Title: Reborn

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Category: Modern Hard Rock

Year: 2005

Label: BIG3 Records

Catalog Number: 804983677927


Michael Sweet Lead Vocals, Guitar
Oz Fox Guitars, Backing Vocals
Tracey Ferrie Bass, Backing Vocals
Robert Sweet Drums


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.  I.G.W.T.  

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From: Geoff Date: September 14, 2005 at 22:36
Overall, this is a good one. A heavier Stryper than many are accustomed too, but it suits them well. The message only annoys me a couple of times and only ruins one song. The rest is good, solid heavy rock. I believe 'If I die' is a fave, but the playing of this disc has already dropped off. Open minded fans will enjoy this as there is no doubting the trademark Stryper sound and songs. Good effort.

From: AOR freaky Date: September 15, 2005 at 3:43
Oh Lord ! They are reborn, but I wish it never happened. What Stryper offers here is simply, unashamed third-rate modern hardrock ! All down-tuned guitars, dark, you get the picture, I think ! So I find this PURE CRAP of the highest order. No quality and even no quantity (very short running time !) One of the biggest disappointments of the year so far. Gone is the melodic approach. AVOID LIKE THE PLAGUE !

From: 9 CHAMPIONS A 1 Date: September 15, 2005 at 6:41
Que hayan algunos estribillos que no estén del todo mal no es suficiente como para que suavice algo los hirientes adjetivos que tengo en mente para catalogar este disco puesto que todo, o casi todo lo demás es una INFECTA BASURA.Los temas ya de por si son muy,muy,muy normalitos,la producción es la encargada de destrozarlos por completo pues está enfocada al sonido este modernillo-mierdoso, resultado:guitarras y bateria suenan de pena y la voz y los coros lucen menos que Baptista en la izquierda.

From: scott Date: September 15, 2005 at 8:03
This is exactly what I was expecting. Those familiar with Michael Sweet's "Truth" or the two new songs on Stryper's "7: The Best of" already have an idea of the direction the band is taking. Despite the more modern direction, there are still hints of the old Stryper, mostly in the vocal melodies of Sweet. The person who said the 'melodic approach if gone' hasn't a clue. Yes, this is a different Stryper, but this is still very melodic. Heavier? No. Their best? Probably not, but still a decent CD.

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From: Jez Date: September 15, 2005 at 14:22
Spot on Scott, reminds me alot of Michael's 'Truth' release. Last years new tracks did give a large indication as to what this would sound like, so if this surprises people in it's sound, then they haven't done their homework properly. (Freak - your slipping). Anyways is this any good? In places, yes it is, with some quality songs on show. There are still 3 or 4 songs that i'm not sure about and will have to live with a little longer, but overall, whilst not from their best, this is pretty good.

From: metalmaniac777 Date: September 15, 2005 at 17:11
They strip away some of their glam trappings, keep the vocals intact, beef up the guitars, and deliver their heavist disc to date, one that'll split fans right down the middle. Frankly, I love it, and I'm content enough to purr like a well-stroked feline. Some will reject it because it semi-departs from the old sound, but "honestly" (get it?), did you truly expect them to be exactly as they were back in the 80s? STRYPER has been born again and this is one baby I'm glad to have in my collection.

From: stryper Date: September 16, 2005 at 11:13
the big question.for those like me.think thwtd and suc or igwt.are some of the most under rated classic rock albums of our time.would like stryper.if they went more modern.the anwser?well it doesn't hit home straight away.thats for sure.and then bit by bit.things start falling into place.the vocals are as good as ever.oz is more crunch laiden guitar sound.robert has the drum sound of a thunder god.and last but not least.the hucks are still there.and i do agree.that this is very much like truth.b

From: stryper Date: September 16, 2005 at 11:17
but i liked truth.so the answer is this baby is good.more heavy.but then again.so was against the law.just don't expect to be hucked straight away.give it a few spins.don't judge it on the first listen.AND THEN YOU WILL SEE.THAT STRYPER ARE REBORN!!!!!

From: AOR freaky Date: September 16, 2005 at 12:46
stryper, very good name to give this RUBBISH a fair review, methinks ! Boy, LISTEN !!!!!!!! This is the BIGGEST CRAP OF THE YEAR so far, and with releases by the likes of Ra, Waltham, DFP etc., this means a lot !!! AWFUL !!! And is the running time (under the 40 minutes !) not important these days ? Well, well . . . !

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From: Jez Date: September 16, 2005 at 13:27
Quality not quantity Freaky - rather have 8 tracks of quality than 14 tracks with filler. The new Philip Bardowell is only 43 minutes so how you gonna cope with that!!!Don't really think your being fair with this either - how many times you played it? be honest, once at the CD shop or have you bought it? if so, play it a good few times and don't judge it on one play,then you will realise this does grow on you. No it's not a brilliant album by any means, but an acceptable one.!!

From: AOR freaky Date: September 16, 2005 at 13:44
Jez : I want both mate : quality and quantity ! But to be fair, none of this is on this CD ! I have to admit : I only heard it twice and I didn't buy it, cause it's the worst CD of the year so far (even worse than Ra or Waltham, to name a few !) So why should I spoil money on this one ! Right, the Philip Bardowell CD is only 43 minutes long and that cost the CD a point if I have to rate it. IMO, it's the best AOR CD of the year so far, but the quantity is insufficiant. No problem ! Best !

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From: Jez Date: September 16, 2005 at 14:32
Thats exactly what I'm trying to say. I can't judge the Bardowell yet as I have only played it a few times. I need to listen to an album alot before I can give it a fair review, only twice would not do it justice. Yes, initially it sounds really good, but a fair few do at first and wear off rapidly after 10 plays or so. For me you have to live with an album and explore all of it, give it time to all sink in and not judge it after 1 or 2 spins. Definately the case with an album such as this.

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From: Jez Date: September 16, 2005 at 14:35
Very rarely do you get an album of quantity, say 14 tracks, that are all killers. Usually there are fillers onboard to pad it out for people who want the quantity side. I would rather they drop 4 tracks and produce a shorter album of complete quality. You generally can't have both. Rather than 'I Want' I would say 'I would Like' - unfortunately you can't have everything you want.!!!!!!

From: AOR freaky Date: September 17, 2005 at 3:51
Hmm . . ., I see what you mean. But it's different for me. If a record doens't grab me after a few spins, it NEVER will. That's what 40 years of listening to this stuff has learned me. I agree that some records grow after some more spins (see the new Lightspeed CD 'Waves'), but only if the first spin was not totally negative, so to speak. By Stryper it was : Oh, my God ! Down tuned guitars, a modern approach ! Not my cup of tea ! I'll NEVER like this stuff. You know I hate a modern sound !

From: swriter Date: September 17, 2005 at 10:00
Lightspeed Waves!!!!!! very cool, my buddy's band, we have to get that listed on here!!! kinda catchy progressive rock for those interested, good band. Well, I will make it short on Stryper and say I am a little let down, ALTHOUGH, I do like the cd, just a different animal, there r a few classic Stryper tunes on it, but I compare it to Europe's Start cd, kinda the same touches.

From: stryper Date: September 19, 2005 at 17:00
aor freaky!!!listen my friend.i like yourself.hate the new bread stuff. with a passion.but sometimes you have to look past this.michael sweet.is one of the best rock singers of the past 20yrs.i can only think of a couple.who even come close.this still has hooks.it still has the great backing vocals.its short.but it hits the mark.this one does grow on you.trust me.and i too have had many years.listening to melodic aor music.STRYPER STILL RULE!!!!!

From: skelly Date: October 4, 2005 at 18:31
Nu metal maybe, but the heavy modern edge contrasts very well with the harmonies IMO. Still, this one and the Cry Holy CD are the only two Xian CD's I currently have. Any recommendations on the good MHR/AOR Xian stuff would be greatly appreciated.

From: vince Date: November 6, 2005 at 12:27
To Skelly,if you are looking for some VERY good music,try to get ahold of a band called"BRIDE".They are my all time faves in the "Christian" metal/hard rock genre.Actually one of my faves period.I recommend you start with their older stuff to really get a good feel for the band.They are on this site....go check 'em out.YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED!!

From: swriter Date: November 13, 2005 at 10:25
just have to add, this one is a bit of a grower, when I first got it in, I guess I was waiting for the old Stryper sound, but if u listen with open ears, it is there, not an immediate listen, but this one grew on me, only thing lacking are the long guitar solos, some good guitar work though, and the Stryper voice is there and not mutated at all, great backgrounds as well, listen again!!!

From: Bobby De Date: December 13, 2005 at 13:30
NO!!! Ofcourse its going to suck! Nu-metal sucks, everybody knows that. The scene is dead and no one wants to work 9 to 5! All the great 80s metal bands are putting out crap cuase crap is the what the L.A. scene is all about now! Unfortunately, they are just shooting themselves in the foot by loosing their core audience. The only bands that might get away with it are christian cuase their fans will swallow any crap due to the lack of quantity of christian metal. Their is a lot, but hard to get!

From: CC Date: January 26, 2006 at 12:15
I am in no way shape or or form,a Christian,but I have always been a fan of Stryper purely on a musical basis. When I hear that a band has taken on a more modern sound,I always approach the new album with caution,but also an open ear being that I do like some modern rock. When I first put this one on,I was at work,and only the 1st track stood out! At home I played it again,and the whole album just blew me away! Its not gonna replace Against the law as my fave,but its easily 2nd best for me!

From: cesar Date: January 31, 2006 at 19:41
menuda kk

From: poproxx2007 Date: February 6, 2006 at 21:13
"Passion" is a great ballad....Several filler tracks or just material that either doesnt hit the mark for me. Glad they reformed and at least tried to come back with something for the fans.

From: Fat Freddy Date: February 8, 2006 at 20:20
I've listened to this 3 or 4 times today and I'm still kinda "ehhhh" about it. The slickness of the older stuff is gone,which was a good idea (if they had put out an album that sounded just like 1988 they probably would've been laughed right outta town) and there is no sickeningly sweet ballad on this album either. Michael's voice still sounds good, but the guitars aren't as up front as I would like and the songs are all pretty middle of the road with no real standout tracks. Disappointing.

From: Fat Freddy Date: February 8, 2006 at 20:21
Additional comment: the cover to this CD is one of the worst I've seen in a while (and this is coming from someone who owns Metal Church's HANGING IN THE BALANCE). It's ugly as sin... pun intended. My copy is different than the one pictured on the site, they're covered in some kind of yellow & black goop and look like they're in pain. Not exactly something that's going to scream "BUY ME!" from the store shelf...

From: Metalmusicman Date: March 19, 2006 at 23:20
At first listen, I thought this was a decent release, but after just a few spins I am blown away. This is just amazing!!! This has plenty of classic elements that should keep die hard fans very happy. Such as killer tracks like "Make you mine" and "Passion", but it has so much more too. The title track "Reborn" and the revamped version of "In God we trust" are by far some of the heaviest tunes this band has ever recorded. The rest could have been written in their heyday. One of the best of 2005!

From: sluss528 Date: March 21, 2006 at 19:19
this cd sucks ass! it is a droning peice of crap that is so boring. dont waste your money.this is nothing like there early stuff at all!

From: gugahardrock Date: August 18, 2006 at 12:38
Tho I think this CD is everything but Stryper, the great disappointment of the year, I went to the show, and they do rocks!!! If you're a hard rock man, don't miss this show for anything... Hope to see them live again...

From: 777MORT Date: October 8, 2006 at 14:26
This cd is awesome! The thing people need to realize about this album, though, is that it was originally intended as a Michael Sweet cd, not Stryper. The whole reunion thing came about so fast, that this album just fell into place. Stryper is on tap for at least 2 more albums in the coming years, so keep looking for them. If you want more info on the group, come over to www.stryperforum.com and check it out!

From: z4roxx Date: September 12, 2007 at 10:29
96/100???Guys you are devoted to modern rock,it's evident.This is good for teengars who live for MTV clowns idols,another painful reunion...Never buy nothin of old bands before to listen some song...Maybe it's great if you like Commercial nu rock/metal bands,it sucks for the rest of people who love old style like....

From: shoemaker Date: September 12, 2007 at 11:47
No, this is not bad. More than I expected. I can listen to it, and it feels ok. But "In good we trust" is the best song and its an old one. You can´t destroy a good song, but with a modern touch you make it worse.

From: Vinfer Date: September 13, 2007 at 19:18
Yes z4roxx, this cd is for guys devoted to modern rock. For me 50/100. vinfer80@tin.it

From: YNGWIEVIKING Date: November 3, 2007 at 3:59
JUST OK 70/100 MODERN CHRISTIAN US ROCK ! disapointing but ok

From: RockMan10 Date: April 25, 2008 at 22:17
This is exactly what I thought a reunion CD would sound like. I love everything Michael Sweet has done, this included. It's not earthshaking but a very good CD that has a lasting quality to it. Here it is, April 2008 and I am still jamming to this a liking it more every time I hear it. Some fillers but overall a great disc in the Stryper collection.

From: gugahardrock Date: July 8, 2008 at 2:32
Stryper rocks!!!Reborn sucks!!!

From: Kindred Date: January 21, 2009 at 20:40
I really like this cd. Heavier? yes. Modern rock? eh. no. I like alot of modern rock. This doesn't have much of a "modern" feel to it. This just sounds like heavier Stryper to me. I think It's really good.

From: Ydol eM Date: July 12, 2013 at 10:35
H'm, after all those "empty" years this is real rebirth of Stryper, but with a small mutation. The change isn't as dramatic so that we couldn't recognize the band itself (mainly thanks to their typical explosive refrains), yet there are some "modern" elements of alternative rock or post-grunge. The similar change has also afflicted e.g. Harem Scarem (IMO) but a little bit earlier. Some songs also remind me Jani Lane's solo work but with better production, better performing and better choruses. And these are factors why I still consider this album interesting and good. 80/100.

From: rick kerch vzla Date: December 21, 2013 at 21:46
First album after so many years in silence...ummm...it could have been stronger and obviously it could have been better for them to have attached to their roots and not trying to innovate with that "grungy" sound,honestly outta place for them as a band...anyway there are some songs that caught my attention one way or another in the shape of "Passion"(my fave),"Open Your Eyes","Make You Mine","If I Die" & the remake(was it necessary?) of "In God We Trust"...65/100

From: hair metal again Date: April 29, 2014 at 8:34
pretty good release by STRYPER ,of course not nearly as good as their previous one!the production and the sound are a bit modern at times ,but if you spin it a few times it stops being annoying !as always you can listen to som great songs like "when did i see you cry" and "make you mine " and overall this isnt so bad...

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