Episode 40 is finally here! And in true RR style, the wheel has graced us with the 1986 album To Hell with the Devil by the Christian metal band Stryper! How will this album fare with our 5, yes 5 hosts tonight? Cantare, Cantaras!
To Hell with the Devil is the third studio album by the Christian 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.
This album is 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 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 artwork depicted four long haired angels (closely resembling the band members) 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.
Michael Sweet – lead vocals, backing vocals, lead and rhythm guitars, arrangements
Oz Fox – lead guitars, backing vocals
Robert Sweet – drums
Oz Fox – producer
Michael Sweet – producer
Robert Sweet – producer, cover concept
Stephan Galfas – producer, arrangements, engineer
Dan Nebanzal – engineer
Eddy Schreyer – mastering
Brian Ayuso – art direction
Ray Brown – costume design
Annamaria DiSanto – photography
Anna Revenge – photography
Neil Zlozower – photography
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