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To Hell With The Devil

Band: Stryper
Released: 1986
Label: Enigma Records
Rating: 5/5 Skulls (2)

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Album Info: To Hell With The Devil is the Grammy Award nominated third release, and third studio album, by the Christian metal and glam metal band Stryper, released in 1986. It was the first Christian metal album to achieve platinum status, selling over one million copies. It remained the best-selling Christian metal album until P.O.D.'s Satellite in 2001.
The album was listed at No. 88 in the 2001 book, CCM Presents: The 100 Greatest Albums in Christian Music. The album was the only heavy metal album on the list. Ian Christe, author of the heavy metal history book Sound of the Beast: The Complete Headbanging History of Heavy Metal (2003), mentions To Hell with the Devil in his book as one of the landmarks of the glam metal movement. Throughout 1987, both music videos for "Free" and "Honestly" ranked No. 1 on Dial MTV, the daily MTV list of most requested videos. The first single/video video for "Calling on You" also reached No. 2 on the show. "Honestly" was the biggest single from the record peaking at #23 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles Chart.
The original cover of To Hell with the Devil caused a torrent of controversy, and was soon changed to an all-black design. The original artwork depicted four long haired angels throwing the devil into a fiery pit. The cover was then changed on later pressings to a basic black cover with the Stryper logo and the album title in the center.
According to Michael Sweet's autobiography, as the band started to record the album, Michael felt Tim Gaines wasn't the right bassist for the record. He was replaced by bassist Matt Hurich, who eventually ended up not working out. So session bassist Brad Cobb took Gaines' place while recording the album. However, before the tour began, Sweet asked Gaines to rejoin as he felt it wasn't right performing as "Stryper" without him.
In 2010, HM Magazine listed To Hell with the Devil No. 3 on its Top 100 Christian Rock Albums of All Time list stating that "when this album broke, it went multi-platinum, forever raising the ceiling of what heavy Christian music could do." Heaven's Metal fanzine ranked it No. 6 on its Top 100 Christian metal albums of all-time list.

Songs

  • Read info on this song Request this song To Hell With The Devil
  • Read info on this song Request this song Calling On You
  • Read info on this song Request this song Free
  • Read info on this song Request this song Honestly
  • Read info on this song Request this song The Way
  • Read info on this song Request this song Sing-Along Song
  • Read info on this song Request this song Holding On
  • Read info on this song Request this song Rockin' The World
  • Read info on this song Request this song More Than A Man
  • Read info on this song No Requests Winter Wonderland

Lineup

Michael Sweet - Lead Vocals/Guitar
Robert Sweet - Drums
Oz Fox - Lead Guitar/Background Vocals
Tim Gaines - Bass/Background Vocals

Additional Personnel:
John Van Tongeren - Keyboards
Brad Cobb - Session Bassist


Reviews For "To Hell With The Devil"

Favorite album by favorite band.

By Tom on 10/29/2011

Probably one of my all time favorite albums by any band and rightly so. Stryper not only opened the door for Christian rock, they kicked it in! To Hell With The Devil is full of great songs including the song that hit MTV's most requested, several times, "Calling On You". This album is great start to finish and should be in any Christian metalheads collection and even in any metalheads collection for that matter. My favorite songs are "To Hell With The Devil", "Free", "The Way", "Calling On You", and "Rockin' The World". If you don't already own this album, you may want to question your metalheadness....


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