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“The Roxx Regime Demos” by Stryper

Artist: Stryper
Title: “The Roxx Regime Demos”
Label: Fifty Three Five Records
Release Date: 7/7/2007
Genre: Hard Rock
Rating: 3.5/5

In the Beginning, well in 1983 to be more exact, four musicians with a similar goal joined forces and called themselves “Roxx Regime”. They hit the club circuit on the Hollywood strip as it was rich with musical activity and while the band would perform at the very same clubs that Poison and Ratt were playing, their music would have a crucial difference from that of their peers. Roxx Regime had decided to sing hard-edged songs of praise to the Most High which was definitely risky and nowhere near tunes about wild parties and girls that the other Hair Metal acts were delivering. Yet so strong were their Christian beliefs and faith to make this thing work that they pressed on. The gamble paid off and the band was able to build up a strong following that was made up of both religious and non secular fans. The group would eventually change their name to Stryper and embark on a very promising career but that is not what we are here to discuss. Rewinding to the very roots of the band this CD takes us back to how it all started out and presents to their fans of today the sounds that they had originally. I like the idea of the band releasing their demos to the public years later as this offers a great little collectible and stops the sale of bootlegged material of the same kind as well. The material here is young, rough in sound and at times might seem quirky but the listener should be aware that no remixing or remastering was done at all. What you are hearing now is how the demos sounded at the time of their recording and as you listen you can hear that the band had some solid potential to make a break for the big time. The lineup of Roxx Regime would be the same through many years of Stryper releases with Michael Sweet (vocals, guitar), Robert Sweet (drums), Oz Fox (guitar, vocals), and Tim Gaines (bass, vocals).
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