Soldiers Under Command

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Soldiers Under Command
Studio album by Stryper
Released May 15, 1985
Genre Christian metal, glam metal, heavy metal
Length 45:02
Label Enigma
Producer Michael Wagener
Stryper chronology
The Yellow & Black Attack!
(1984)
Soldiers Under Command
(1985)
To Hell with the Devil
(1986)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]
Kerrang! 3.5/5 stars[2]

Soldiers Under Command is the second release, and first full-length studio album from Christian metal band Stryper, released in 1985 (see 1985 in music). It was the first Christian metal album to achieve Gold record status, selling more than half a million copies. The album was originally issued on white vinyl. The Live in Japan in-concert video, released in 1986, was filmed on July 8, 1985 during Stryper's tour in support of this album.

A music video of the title track was released.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Michael Sweet, except where noted.

  1. "Soldiers Under Command" (Michael Sweet, Robert Sweet) – 5:03
  2. "Makes Me Wanna Sing" – 2:51
  3. "Together Forever" – 4:03
  4. "First Love" – 5:43
  5. "The Rock That Makes Me Roll" – 4:56
  6. "Reach Out" (M. Sweet, R. Sweet) – 5:21
  7. "(Waiting for) A Love That's Real" – 4:36
  8. "Together as One" – 5:01
  9. "Surrender" – 4:28
  10. "Battle Hymn of the Republic" (Julia Ward Howe, M. Sweet) – 2:36

Personnel[edit]

Stryper[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

  • Christopher Currell - Synclavier, guitar
  • John Van Tongeren - Bass, keyboards, piano

Singles[edit]

  • "Soldiers Under Command" / "Together as One" - released June 11, 1985
  • "Reach Out" / "Together as One" - released September 30, 1985

Production[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Henderson, Alex. "Soldiers Under Command - Stryper". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-08-27. 
  2. ^ Johnson, Howard (17 October 1985). "Heaven's on Fire". Kerrang! 105. London, UK: Morgan Grampian. p. 22.