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Twenty-five years ago, the Christian glam-metal pioneers Stryper released their debut, The Yellow and Black Attack. It was the mid-’80s, a tough time for pubescent metalheads as the Moral Majority and the Democrats found a common enemy in heavy metal. But, thank Christ, heshers could still get their metal fix from Stryper and not get in trouble with their moms or Tipper Gore. The band broke up in 1992 as demand for glam metal shrank but reunited in 2003. Their latest album, Murder by Pride, is a solid return with a style that hearkens back to the group’s 1985 masterpiece, To Hell With the Devil. Stryper is definitely mining the past with catchy metal songs like “Eclipse of the Son,” “4 Leaf Clover,” and a divine cover of Boston’s “Peace of Mind,” but thankfully, its members have left those ungodly yellow-and-black-striped tights back where they belong.
STRYPER PERFORMS AT 8:30 P.M. WITH FLIGHT PATTERNS AND MANIC DRIVE AT THE STATE THEATRE, 220 N. WASHINGTON ST., FALLS CHURCH. $25–$35. (703) 237-0300.