Before bands such as Relient K made Jesus Christ sound like a mall-punk pansy, Christian metal group Stryper were singing the Lord’s praises with air-bludgeoning guitars. Their signature saccharine power ballad, “Honestly” (off 1986’s To Hell With the Devil), allowed the holy rockers to sell over a million copies—with thanks, of course, to the man upstairs. After a hiatus, Stryper released Murder By Pride this year, featuring former Boston vocalist/current touring member Michael Sweet. (Hallelujah!) Just remember that when you throw up the horns tonight at the Fillmore, you’re actually sealing the fate of Nikki Sixx.

Fri., Sept. 18, 8 p.m., 2009