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PostSubject: New Stryper "Take It To The Cross"   Fri Feb 09, 2018 5:37 am



This is the one with the death metal growls. Ok song once you get past the first 1:15 of nothing. Will have to give a better listen on some good speakers
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PostSubject: Re: New Stryper "Take It To The Cross"   Fri Feb 09, 2018 10:44 am

Personally, I don't care for the chorus at all.† Shut it down at 3:13.

I used to love Stryper back in the day.† Something changed and I don't know what.† Their sound just doesn't do it for me any longer.
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PostSubject: Re: New Stryper "Take It To The Cross"   Fri Feb 09, 2018 12:05 pm

I love the verses and the solo.† The chorus sounds too much like they are trying to be someone or something other than Stryper.

The death metal vocals are so out of place on this that they are funny.† Were they trying to do a parody of themselves with this?† That's how it comes off to me.

I hope the rest of the album is better.

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PostSubject: Re: New Stryper "Take It To The Cross"   Fri Feb 09, 2018 1:18 pm

I thought it was really good.† Not stand out amazing, but interesting to see them do something different.

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PostSubject: Re: New Stryper "Take It To The Cross"   Fri Feb 09, 2018 1:21 pm

Most of the time, doing something different is where rock bands go wrong.† Once you get that audience in place, you will do your best by catering to them.† Too much change and you risk losing your audience.

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PostSubject: Re: New Stryper "Take It To The Cross"   Fri Feb 09, 2018 1:30 pm

The song isn't bad until you get to the chorus.† It just doesn't fit.
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PostSubject: Re: New Stryper "Take It To The Cross"   Fri Feb 09, 2018 1:37 pm

It's true it's not really Stryper, but I kinda dig it.

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PostSubject: Re: New Stryper "Take It To The Cross"   Fri Feb 09, 2018 3:07 pm

https://stores.portmerch.com/stryper/

Preorders up but I will prob order from Amazon.
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PostSubject: Re: New Stryper "Take It To The Cross"   Fri Feb 09, 2018 3:48 pm

Wow. I really liked this until the chorus kicked in. That really doesn't fit within the song, but I'm all about melody and that chorus has none. I like the outro and the growling vocals. I think that's a neat way to incorporate those type of vocals subtly in the outro. I'm not loving the guitar tone. It' seems a bit bright to me and not chunky enough, but it could wind up sounding great like in my car with a bit of EQ adjustment.

Overall I'm disappointed because this could have been a really cool song if they would have just did something different with that chorus.
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PostSubject: Re: New Stryper "Take It To The Cross"   Fri Feb 09, 2018 4:10 pm

I liked pretty much everything except M.S. rapid fire Rob Halford impersonation on the chorus.† Even the death metal vocals were kind of cool, but I'm not sure I'm ever gonna get used to that chorus.
Also hope the album version of the song doesn't have over a minute of near silence before the track really seems to kick in.

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PostSubject: Re: New Stryper "Take It To The Cross"   Fri Feb 09, 2018 4:16 pm

JLE3 wrote:
I'm not loving the guitar tone. It' seems a bit bright to me and not chunky enough, but it could wind up sounding great like in my car with a bit of EQ adjustment.

Stryper's tone has always been kinda thin.
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PostSubject: Re: New Stryper "Take It To The Cross"   Fri Feb 09, 2018 4:57 pm

Xid wrote:
JLE3 wrote:
I'm not loving the guitar tone. It' seems a bit bright to me and not chunky enough, but it could wind up sounding great like in my car with a bit of EQ adjustment.

Stryper's tone has always been kinda thin.

Agreed, seems like they have always had a high, almost "tinny" sounding guitar tone.† Not at all beefy like some doom/stoner band.

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PostSubject: Re: New Stryper "Take It To The Cross"   Sat Feb 10, 2018 8:12 am

The music is cool.
†The vocals too.
But , the death metal growls are terrible.
I think this song would be cool , without the death metal growls
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PostSubject: Re: New Stryper "Take It To The Cross"   Sat Feb 10, 2018 5:12 pm

That didn't take long:

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PostSubject: Re: New Stryper "Take It To The Cross"   Sat Feb 10, 2018 7:57 pm

I will never hear the song the same way again EVER!!!!

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PostSubject: Re: New Stryper "Take It To The Cross"   Sat Feb 10, 2018 8:10 pm

Oh man that's hilarious!

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PostSubject: Re: New Stryper "Take It To The Cross"   Sun Feb 11, 2018 5:57 am

Oh dear!† This could prove an issue! lol!

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PostSubject: Re: New Stryper "Take It To The Cross"   Sun Feb 11, 2018 1:45 pm

Oh Xid this is hilarious.
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PostSubject: Chorus No   Sun Feb 11, 2018 4:28 pm

I like the lyrically content. I like Mikes vocals and I like the guitar bass and drum tone. Could it be thinker yeah but I like it. I do not like the chorus. It just doesnt fit in the song. They shouldve just used a harmony vocal part between Mike Oz and O boyle. If that chorus wasnt in there I might consider it one of my favorite new songs but notta. Too forced and outta place. I hope the rest is classic stryper with the heavier melodic guitar.
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PostSubject: Re: New Stryper "Take It To The Cross"   Sun Feb 11, 2018 5:26 pm

Guess I'm odd man out here. I dig it. I like the "harder" Stryper, and the chorus is reminiscent of speed metal... which is a refreshing change for a band that can often times sound the same throughout many songs. Seems to be human nature to "expect" the same cookie cutter sound from bands we like. But I applaud them for taking risks and trying different stuff. Regardless if he sounds like a hyped up Beavis, I still dig it. I'm a fan.
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PostSubject: Re: New Stryper "Take It To The Cross"   Sun Feb 11, 2018 5:33 pm

Guilty/Forgiven wrote:
Guess I'm odd man out here. I dig it. I like the "harder" Stryper, and the chorus is reminiscent of speed metal... which is a refreshing change for a band that can often times sound the same throughout many songs. Seems to be human nature to "expect" the same cookie cutter sound from bands we like. But I applaud them for taking risks and trying different stuff. Regardless if he sounds like a hyped up Beavis, I still dig it. I'm a fan.

Same here
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PostSubject: Re: New Stryper "Take It To The Cross"   Sun Feb 11, 2018 8:53 pm

Staybrite wrote:
I liked pretty much everything except M.S. rapid fire Rob Halford impersonation on the chorus.† Even the death metal vocals were kind of cool, but I'm not sure I'm ever gonna get used to that chorus.
Also hope the album version of the song doesn't have over a minute of near silence before the track really seems to kick in.

Now that you mention Halford, I'm getting a recent Saint vibe from the chorus. Similar soundscape, Eb tuning. I feel like the chorus could've come from Hell Blade.

I also feel like I'm chasing a bounty hunter through Coruscant watching that video, anyone else?


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PostSubject: Re: New Stryper "Take It To The Cross"   Mon Feb 12, 2018 1:26 am

Xid wrote:
That didn't take long:

That's it! You have ruined me lol!
Guilty/Forgiven wrote:
Guess I'm odd man out here. I dig it. I like the "harder" Stryper, and the chorus is reminiscent of speed metal... which is a refreshing change for a band that can often times sound the same throughout many songs
Good point, I agree
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PostSubject: Re: New Stryper "Take It To The Cross"   Mon Feb 12, 2018 11:03 am

I don't mind it when bands take risks and try something different.† My only issue with the song is that the chorus seems to have been spliced in from another song so the whole song seems disjointed.† It's got a nice riff, a good hook, and moves along in a nice groove and then it's like someone switched the song.† So it isn't that I dislike the chorus, I just dislike it for this song.† Maybe it is that long pause at the end, because it doesn't really bother me at the end when they go back to the main riff before the fade out.† I like the growls, but then again...I like growly music.† There's also something about the lyrics that bother me, but I can't quite put my finger on it.†

Oh, and I kept expecting Zam Wesell to appear in the video.
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PostSubject: Re: New Stryper "Take It To The Cross"   Sat Feb 17, 2018 5:06 pm

I listened to it again for the first time in a week, and I didnít hate it as much as I did the first time I listened to it. I still donít love it, but itís growing on me.
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