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March 2006
Released: 2005, Big3 Records
Rating: 4.5/5
Reviewer: Celtic Bob

Multi platinum, Christian rockers return after a 15 year hiatus with a new disc of excellent material. Featuring three original members (Michael, Robert & Oz) and newcomer Tracy Ferrie, this release is extremely close to the previous releases that we and know and enjoy so much.

Incorporating a bit of new sounds and technology into the recording while keeping true to their roots is the best way to describe this comeback. Despite the subtle bits of new sounds and effects they don’t veer too far away from what put them at the top in the first place. Featured here are 9 new original songs along with a Stryperized version of the traditional “Amazing Grace” now titled “100,000 Years” and a newly recorded version of their classic song “In God We Trust”.

The majority of the CD is upbeat and really rocks out. The stand outs on it are the title track and “Passion”. The latter is where Michael really shines and truly uses his voice to it’s full capacity. He is one of the strongest vocalists in the hard rock world and is highly underrated. Heavy groove oriented songs like “Live Again” is where newcomer Tracy works well with Robert in creating that solid heavy groove. This is one area that a harder edge takes the forefront.

The last two tracks are the heavily updated “Amazing Grace” complete with the new title of “100,000 Years” which apart from the lyric you’d never recognize it. The final one is their newly recorded version of the classic Stryper track “In God We Trust”. My view on this one is…Why?? The original is a great song on it’s own and did not need an update at all. Another new original would be much more welcomed.

A great new disc from one of the 80’s most distinguishable and visual bands.
Track Listing

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.



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