Soldiers Under Command is the second release, and first full-length studio album from Christian metal band Stryper, released in 1985. 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.
Almost every song is heavy, aggressive and darn catchy. "Surrender" is one of the band's heaviest songs. Of course every Stryper album had the obligatory ballads. The title track is one of Stryper's signature songs. The opening riff to "Makes Me Wanna Sing" has a striking resemblance to Iron Maiden's "Wicker Man". Both have a bit of a similarity to Judas Priest's "Running Wild".
1. Soldiers Under Command (5:03) 2. Makes Me Wanna Sing (2:52) 3. Together Forever (4:02) 4. First Love (5:48) 5. The Rock That Makes Me Roll (4:59) 6. Reach Out (5:20) 7. (Waiting For) A Love That's Real (4:35) 8. Together As One (5:03) 9. Surrender (4:27) 10. Battle Hymn of the Republic (Glory, Glory Hallelujah) (2:39)
Produced by Michael Wagener
Stryper - Soldiers Under Command (1985) [Japan 1st Press]
Michael Sweet: Lead vocals, guitar Oz Fox: Lead guitar, backing vocals Tim Gaines: Bass, keyboards, piano, backing vocals Robert Sweet: Drums
Christopher Currell: Synclavier, guitar John Van Tongeren: Bass, keyboards, piano