Stryper is a Christian glam metal band from Orange County, California, USA. Formed in 1983, they are pioneers in the mainstream popularization of Christian rock music. Stryper enjoyed some success during the mid-late 1980s, with one Platinum and two Gold records, before breaking up in 1992 at a time when most metal (especially glam metal groups of the 1980s were losing popularity. However, the band reunited in 2003 and since have released two new studio albums.
The name "Stryper" derives from the King James Version of the Bible.
But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. —Isaiah 53:5