Aug 142019
 

The official lyric video for the song ‘Better Part Of Me’ from Stryper frontman Michael Sweet can be seen below. The track is taken from Sweet‘s upcoming tenth solo LP, aptly titled “Ten”, which is scheduled for release on October 11 via Rat Pak Records in North America and Frontiers Music in Europe.

“Ten” features an all-star guest lineup that includes Jeff Loomis of Arch EnemyTodd La Torre of QueensrycheAndy JamesTracii Guns of L.A. GunsRich Ward of FozzyJoel Hoekstra of WhitesnakeGus G. of FirewindHowie SimonEthan BroshMarzi Montazeri of ExhorderWill Hunt of Evanescence , John O’BoyleMike Kerr and Ian Raposa of Firstbourne and more.

On the subject of guest musicians, Michael comments: “There is a different player appearing on every song. It started out where I was just going to have a couple of guest appearances on it, then I decided that it would be really interesting to bring in different players for every song. I started putting names out there and reaching out to people, and they started agreeing to do it. And then I had guys reaching out to me.”

“Ten” is available for pre-order via the Rat Pak Records web site in various bundle configurations, including translucent green and black splatter vinyl, cassette and hand-autographed CD packages. The album also has two bonus tracks that appear on all configurations.

Produced by Michael Sweet“Ten” was recorded and mixed by Danny Bernini at the Spirithouse Recording Studio in North Hampton and was mastered by Alex Saltz.

Regarding the musical direction of the album, Michael states: “I’m very excited about this release. There are old-school, straight-ahead metal ideas in the vein of Judas Priest and Iron Maiden — all the stuff I love listening to!”

As for the “Ten” album title, Sweet recently stated: “It’s called ‘Ten’ cause it’s my tenth album, and because there is a title track on there about the Ten Commandments — a really powerful song. There’s real heavy stuff. It starts kind of smacking you in the face and it ends kicking you in the gut.”

Track listing:

01. Better Part Of Me (featuring Jeff Loomis of Arch Enemy)
02. Lay It Down (featuring Marzi Montazeri)
03. Forget, Forgive (featuring Howie Simon)
04. Now Or Never (featuring Gus G of Firewind)
05. Ten (featuring Rich Ward of Fozzy)
06. Shine (featuring Ethan Brosh)
07. Let It Be Love
08. Never Alone (featuring Joel Hoekstra of Whitesnake)
09. When Love Is Hated (featuring Joel Hoekstra of Whitesnake)
10. Ricochet (featuring Tracii Guns of L.A. Guns)

Bonus tracks:

11. With You Till The End (featuring Mike Kerr and Ian Raposa from Firstbourne
12. Son Of Man (featuring Todd La Torre of Queensryche and Andy James)

Video for ‘Better Part of Me’

“One Sided War” was released in August 2016 via Rat Pak Records. Backing Michael on the record were HoekstraHuntO’Boyle and Brosh.

In a 2016 interview with The Aquarian WeeklySweet said that he enjoyed making solo albums “because it’s an opportunity to free myself up a little bit more, experiment a little bit more, and try some things that Stryper may not be able to try.”

Stryper‘s latest album, “God Damn Evil”, was released in April 2018 via Frontiers Music.

 

Upcoming Michael Sweet solo Shows:

Nov 14, 2019 – Sydney, Australia @ Factory Theatre
Nov 15, 2019 – Brisbane, Australia @ Woolly Mammoth
Nov 16, 2019 – Melbourne, Australia @ Stay Gold
Dec 21, 2019 – Plymouth, MA @ Spire Center for Performing Arts

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