Stryper gets busy preparing for new album
Christian rock / metal act, Stryper have had an interesting start to the New Year. Lead man Michael Sweet got married on January 8th to Lisa (Belated congrats!), their very good 2009 release 'Murder by Pride' in their 25th Anniversary was in the Top 20 CMSpin albums of 2009 and received many great reviews and in 2010, Michael Sweet has said the band will release ..., wait for it, a covers album!
This was announced on February 15th, 2010:
Hey Everyone, Just as promised, I wanted to outline some more details regarding the new Stryper record. We grew up listening to many different styles of music and there is a list of bands that influenced us throughout our musical education. Bands like Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Scorpions, Van Halen, UFO, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Queen, Kansas and many others, helped to shape our sound and make us who we are today, musically speaking.
We grew up on the streets of LA playing every club in town from Gazzari's to The Whisky to The Troubadour to you name it. We played covers from all the bands mentioned above and we shaped our own sound from listening and performing songs from these classic bands.
We wanted to step outside the box and record a record that shows you, the fans, where we come from - our historical, musical roots so to speak. It's a side to Stryper that no one has really seen or heard before, or at least quite like this. We performed "On Fire" by Van Halen on a few tours and we also performed "Breaking The Law" by Priest on this last tour. The response was far beyond our expectations each time we performed these songs. People seemed genuinely surprised to hear Stryper cover these songs and even more surprised to hear Stryper perform these songs relatively well. This will be an opportunity for Robert Sweet, Oz Fox, Tim Gaines and myself to loosen up and have some fun.
For those of you who may think that we're walking away from our faith - your wrong. We've never been more serious about our faith at any point in our lives. It is however important to enjoy what you do and lighten up from time to time. That's what we plan to do. This will be a fun record to make and we hope that this comes through, as well as the chance to showcase the abilities that we've been blessed with. More details to come and a specific song list and sequence to follow.
We're looking forward to getting back into the studio and more important, to seeing all of you on the road again this year!
Be well, be blessed and let the games begin,
He also goes on to say that he will release, gradually, the songs they are covering through his Twitter page: http://twitter.com/michaelhsweet he's already listed the following songs as on the list to be included - I'm impressed, as these will be a challenge:
'Breaking the Law' - Judas Priest
'The Trooper' - Iron Maiden
'Blackout' - Scorpions
'Over the Mountain' - Ozzy Osbourne
'Set Me Free' - The Sweet
'On Fire' - Van Halen'
That's all so far, but follow Michael through his Twitter site for the latest updates on the albums progress and the song titles!