With Flight Patterns and Manic Drive, 7 p.m. Monday, December 21, at House of Blues, 1204 Caroline, 888-402-5837 or www.hob.com/Houston.
Before bands such as Relient K made Jesus Christ sound like a mall-punk pansy, Christian metal group Stryper was 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, this year Stryper released Murder By Pride, featuring former Boston vocalist/current touring member Michael Sweet. (Hallelujah!) Just remember that when you throw up the horns Monday at House of Blues, you're actually sealing the fate of Nikki Sixx.