On the other hand, we have Michael Sweet. With his main band, Stryper, the term of Christian Metal took flesh and blood. Stryper is an already classic Christian Metal band and especially its earlier works are all gems in my book.
These two great musicians joined forces back in 2015 and released a solid debut, "Only To Rise", that gained a very positive feedback from both fans and critics. Nowadays, these two legendary musicians are back with album number two entitled "Unified". Except Lynch and Sweet, we, also, have two more great players on board; bassist James Lomenzo (ex MEGADETH, WHITE LION, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY) and drummer Brian Tichy (The Dead Daisies, ex-WHITESNAKE).
It's time for a slower moment now; "Tried And True" is a kinda of ballad, a kinda of mid-tempo that features Sweet's amazing and soulful vocals in front row. The self-titled track "Unified" is a good one and more modern. I just love the mid-tempo rocker of "Bridge Of Broken Lies". A track that includes strong arrangements, Sweet's amazing vocal lines, Lynch's excellent guitars and a moodier vibe in it that takes the final result into a higher level. Brilliant just brilliant!!!!
"Unified" is an album that doesn't disappoint. It's a classy record with a strong dose of the late 80's hard rock scene but with a more modern and updated approach that 'hits the bulls eye' for the fans of both Stryper and Lynch Mob works. The voice of Michael Sweet is on top form and Mr. Scary delivers an excellent, as always, guitar work. As for the rhythm section, it is, also, tight and the final result is solid!
Rating : 8/10