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First Strike

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Category: Christian Rock
Year: 1987
Label: Chrystal Records
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Rating: 7.52 out of 10. (29 ratings)

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Ezekiel Vade
Dale Streiker
Joey Knight
Stephen Streiker
1.  Crush the Head of Satan  3:12
2.  One Way  2:41
3.  The Answer  5:07
4.  State of Emergency  2:38
5.  First Strike  2:40
6.  Rock On  3:14
7.  The Young Men Have a Vision  4:54
8.  Riot  5:05
Total Running Time:  29:31

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From: Ian   ( Date: December 14, 2004 at 18:06
These guys never get the credit they deserve... starting in the late 70's as Stryker (years before Stryper came along!), they had a crunchy, dark, and heavy sound that had more in common with Kiss's 'Creatures of the Night' than with any Christian metal bands of the time. Check out my interview with Stryken drummer Joey Knight at!
From: Ty   ( Date: December 31, 2004 at 14:10
Released in a time when hairspray and spandex were hot and Christian rock/metal could be found hidden under the counter at a Christian bookstore so people weren't offended. While the names are similar, Stryken are not Stryper clones...even their 'glam' image is different than Stryper's. 'First Strike' is raw, heavy glam with a metallic edge. 'Crush the head of satan!' and 'Rock on!'
From: Doug   ( Date: February 6, 2005 at 23:28
I sent you the info on this band Stryken . I'm glad to see you finally have it listed on your site . Rock On & The Answer are my favorite on this album .
From: Beth1979   ( Date: October 7, 2005 at 3:27
It's true, Stryken did come before Stryper. They were originally called Stryker (after the Streiker brothers) but Janice Sweet (Stryper's manager, mother of the Sweet brothers) threatened to sue them because the name was similar to Stryper (through Stryker came first, Stryper attained greater success), so they just changed the last 'R' to an 'N' to avoid a lawsuit, and that's how they got the name Stryken.
From: GodsHeadBanger   (---.) Date: March 8, 2006 at 15:05
I had this album when they came into the stores (wore out 3 cassettes). If anyone still has a copy that sounds great, and can burn it onto a CD for me, please email me ASAP! I would like to have this album on CD format. Thanks, and R.O.C.K. (Reaching Other for Christ's Kingdom). Kev (the INZANE One)
From: Adam   ( Date: April 18, 2006 at 23:29
One of the worst recordings that I have ever heard. Such poor quality.... Sounds like it was echoed in someone's basement. F-
From: kethdredd   ( Date: April 30, 2006 at 11:37
This has been remastered and rereleased. Im looking forward to hearing it. You can get it from
From: Matthew   ( Date: June 23, 2006 at 19:24
I'm Dale's son. HAHAHAHAHAHA!!! Ironically he owns a family fun center in Marble Falls, TX. Check out my band Despite the Loss at God Bless
From: jesse   (---.) Date: December 28, 2007 at 9:43
wanna know why people make fun of christian metal? look no further than this album. Still, despite the cheese and the poor recording I have a soft spot for old school heavy metal. 6/10
From:   ( Date: December 25, 2008 at 13:37
were are they now....
From: Salomonkey   ( Date: May 9, 2012 at 5:57
Finally I was able to hear this album, and the wait was worth it! Despite the poor quality of the sound, this is a very very good album (including the bonus tracks the remastered version has; not all, but many). If you like 80s melodic heavy metal, you will like this one.
From: rick kerch vzla   ( Date: October 30, 2012 at 23:02
The sound of the album seems to be one of the most common issues of the comments above and they're quite right IMO...nothing really extraordinaire musically talking too,just more of a curiosity for the band rather than what i was gonna expect from shots are tracks 2(nice ballad),4,6,8 & 9(nice ballad too)...70/100

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