STRYKEN - FIRST STRIKE
RETROACTIVE RECORDS / GIRDER RECORDS
Metal To Infinity
Records has been very busy the last few weeks. Next in row is Stryken, a Texas
Metal band that released an album called “Blitzkrieg” in 1983. The band
didn’t steal many souls in Europe back then, they were even infamous around
here but I can easily believe they were hot in their own era. The reason is
obvious; these guys deliver ‘easy on the ear’ music that plenty of Americans
adored in those days. Nowadays Stryken sounds a bit dated and if you’re able
to find this CD (it is available in local Metal shops) you should take a look to
the band’s picture! Especially if you’re a child of the Eighties Metal scčne
I’m quite sure a big smile will appear on your face…
at this particular picture the band reminds me a bit to the old Pantera. There
has always been a discussion about the old Pantera; were they Glam Metal or not?
Well, in my opinion they weren’t although some songs they wrote were pretty
cheesy. It is a fact the Pantera guys dressed themselves pretty “Glam” in
those days but musical wise too many songs on “I am the night” and “Power
Metal” were far too heavy to deserve the status of a
Hair Metal band. Anyway; what I wanted to say is that the good old
Pantera constantly crosses my mind while I listen to this record.
musical wise I hear similarities with my old time heroes! On the other side I
have to admit Stryken is mostly softer and much cheesier. It makes them sound
actually as a Hair band and if you’re a fan of bands like Motley Crue, Ratt
etc. you should try this one out! Stryken is probably a band that deserves a
place in your collection. This is actually the ideal music for another “Grand
Theft” game, that’s for sure. I adore these games, not only because of the
game itself but also because of the fact the music makes the game breathe that
exclusive Eighties atmosphere. Stryken fits perfect in this description and
makes it cool to hear this re-release.
band is full of surprising and good songs, real heavy ones but also some sweet
ballads, often reminding me to Alice Cooper. “Crush of the head of Satan”,
“State Of Emergency”, “Rock on”,… are a few tracks I really enjoyed!
Every track contains a different mood or in other words Stryken delivers a wide
range of songs. Although Stryken seems to be a Christian Metal band you don’t
have to fear the fact the band is constantly singing about God or Jesus. Not
that I personally care but I know some 'diehard’ fans have difficulties with
this kind of lyrics. The States is far different on this particular item than
Europe but if you’re into some great Hard Rock / Melodic Metal you shouldn’t
care at all!
quite sure that Stryken could have been a bigger band when they had some good
support twenty five years ago. Be sure there was a public, in Europe, for their
kind of Metal in that era. It didn’t work out this way but that doesn’t hold
me enjoying this release with8(!) bonus tracks! Talking about these bonus tracks
I need to say Stryken often sounds a bit too melodious to me. These songs are
different, reminding me to the kind of music for one or another popular typical
Hillary Duff movie. Glad fully
songs like “Circus man” and “Cross the line” changes a bit my
thoughts about these extra tracks.
The digi-pack could have been from a better quality but after all the
music counts. Very enjoyable release!
Points: 79 / 100
(Review by Officer Nice)
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