"Stryper" is a Christian metal band from Orange County, California, USA. Formed in 1983, they are considered pioneers in the mainstream popularization of Christian rock music. Stryper enjoyed great success during the late 1980s before breaking up in the early 1990s, but the band reunited in 2003 and are attempting a comeback in the Christian music world.
The name "Stryper" derives from a Bible verse, Isaiah 53:5:
''"But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his "stripes" we are healed."''http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=isaiah%2053:5;&version=9; (1)
The scriptural reference is also part of Stryper's logo on most of their releases. In addition, the band's name has been said to stand for:
Stryper was originally known as "Roxx Regime" and comprised brothers Michael Sweet on lead vocals and guitar and Robert Sweet on drums as well as Oz Fox on lead guitar. The name "Stryper" was adopted when bassist Tim Gaines joined the band, and shortly afterwa...
|years active||1983 - 1992 ; 2003 - present|
|music genre|| Christian Metal|
|current members|| Michael Sweet|
Robert Sweet (musician)