STRYKEN - ONCE LOST...NOW FOUND (*NEW-VINYL, 2023, Retroactive) Includes the First Strike album + 7 bonus
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- 1st time ever on Vinyl!
- Limited to just 200 units
- Includes the iconic First Strike album + bonus
- 14 tracks / 7 new songs (remixed + 1st time available)
- Remastered for vinyl by Rob Colwell of Bombworks Sound
- Band authorized special reissue
- Exceptional write-up by Doug Van Pelt of Heaven's Metal Magazine
- 12x12 full color insert w lyrics and band pics
ABOUT THE ALBUM
Up to this point, all of STRYKEN’s previously recorded material had been released under the band name STRYKER. This includes their “45 RPM single” in 1980, “four song EP/Demo in 1981” and “Blitzkrieg" album in 1983.
In 1986, they changed their name to STRYKEN, released their “two song single titled ROCK ON/SURPRISE and went on to add bass player Ezekiel Vade. In 1987 they launched their eight song FIRST STRIKE album and were one of the “featured” bands on K-TEL's “RIGHTEOUS METAL” album with notable bands like Petra, Barren Cross, Bloodgood, and Philadelphia.
STRYKEN – ONCE LOST NOW FOUND includes 14 songs with 7 new releases and 4 NEW SONGS that were “once lost” but “now found.” Never released songs like “A Man,” “Momma,” and the up-tempo, bass guitar centric version of “I Need Your Love” which begins with a killer synthesizer intro. Additionally, 3 “LIVE” audio recordings “now found” enhance the album with one track that covers the band member introductions and the bands message regarding the Gospel of JESUS CHRIST. The album closes with “I’ll Be Home,” which Dale Streiker wrote for his daughter when she was very young and recorded as a wedding gift for her. Remastered for vinyl by Bombworks Sound and includes a deluxe 12x12 full color insert with lyrics and band pics; plus a full write up from Doug Van Pelt of Heaven's Metal Magazine all come together to ensure fans get everything their collector's hearts desire!
ABOUT THE BAND
Often referred to as the “fundamentalists in armor” and playing what it describes as “thunder rock,” Stryken was put together in Arizona in the late seventies by founding members Dale and Steve Streiker initially under the moniker Stryker. After releasing a single and a four song demo, the two proceeded to place a want ad for a drummer, which led them to a talented timekeeper by the name of Joey Knight. A move to Austin came about in late 1982, and by the spring of the following year the band recorded a nine song cassette only release entitled Blitzkrieg that sold very well in the Southwest. By the mid-eighties, however, Stryker started to receive pressure from the Stryper camp about changing its name. Yes, Stryker rhythms with Stryper, but one important thing to keep in mind is that the name Stryker was trademarked by the band after it formed in the late seventies- a time when the boys in yellow and black were more than likely still in junior high school. Needless to say, cooler heads prevailed and the band agreed to make a change by switching the last letter in its name from an “r” to an “n”. Hence, Stryken was officially born. With a permanent name in place and its line up finalized with the addition of bassist Ezekiel Vade, Stryken went through a complete makeover in its image which saw each member of the group don body armor that is symbolic of the Armor of God as described in Ephesians 6:11. Stryken soon formed its own label, Chrystal Records, which it used to release a 12” single that included the tracks “Rock On” and “Surprise” in addition to its 1987 full length debut, appropriately entitled, First Strike (which came out only on cassette and red transparent vinyl).
So, what is the best way to describe “thunder rock”? Well, according to the band, “thunder rock” is a slower, powerful, driving beat, highlighting on guitars and drums. I might describe it as a combination of eighties influenced metal and straightforward hard rock certain to appeal to fans of Stryper, Bloodgood, Saint, Messiah Prophet, Whitecross, Motley Crue and Kiss. First Strike, upon repeated listen, actually proves itself quite the consistent effort in that its tracks, for the most part, are well constructed and hold up under repeated play. The album, for example, delivers its share of anthemic hard rockers (“Crush The Head Of Satan” & “Rock On”), a couple of upbeat melodic metal tracks (“One Way” & “State Of Emergency’), a slower, more driving number (“The Young Men have A Vision”) and a pair of ballads (“The Answer” & “Surprise”). And the band pulls it off without a hitch, which is a credit to the strength of the songwriting here.
I Need You Love (Extended)
Rock On (Extended)
Stryken Show Intro (Live)
Crush the Head of Satan
The Young Men Have a Vision (Live Intro)
State of Emergency
I'll Be Home
Stryken Band (Intros and Message)
A Man/I Need You Love (Extended)/Rock On (Extended)/The Answer/One Way/Momma/Stryken Show Intro (Live)/Crush the Head of Satan/Surprise/The Young Men Have a Vision (Live Intro)/State of Emergency/Riot/I'll Be Home/Stryken Band (Intros and Message)