Stryper‘s music video for the song ‘The Valley’ can be seen below. The track is taken from the band’s new album, “God Damn Evil”, which will be released on April 20 via Frontiers Music Srl. Produced by frontman Michael Sweet, it is Stryper‘s most powerful album to date, doubling down on the hard rock/heavy metal sound that earned the group a worldwide fan base.
Asked by All That Shreds what made Stryper choose such a seemingly provocative title for its follow-up to 2015’s “Fallen”, Sweet said: “We didn’t do it just to shake things up. We have a point to prove in a statement. A few years back we thought about using this title. We didn’t go with it because we felt it was a little too much at that time. Now in 2018, with everything that we’ve seen on the news, the evil we’re faced with on a daily basis to new levels and new degrees, it made perfect sense for us to have an album called ‘God Damn Evil’. It’s a prayer request. It is what it is. It’s not a swear, it’s not just the shock statement, it’s a prayer request, and we’re asking God to damn the evil that we see. It should be a prayer for everybody. Some people are freaking out thinking you’re taking the Lord’s name in vain, and it’s not that at all.”
In a press release announcing the release of “God Damn Evil”, Sweet explained that he and his bandmates “thought long and hard about this title. It was actually considered quite a few years ago and it just didn’t feel like the right time. Now, with all the evil in the world that we see around us on a daily basis, it made perfect sense. It’s a very bold statement yet a prayer asking God to damn/condemn evil. Nothing more, nothing less.
“We all see and hear the darkness that surrounds us in our society, but with faith and love, we’ll always have hope,” he continues. “That’s what Stryper is all about: powerful music and a message that builds foundations, not walls. We couldn’t be more excited about ‘God Damn Evil’, as it showcases our undying love for what we do and why we do it.”
“God Damn Evil” will be released on April 20 via Frontiers Music Srl. The CD marks the band’s first effort since the addition of former Firehouse bassist Perry Richardson. Perry joined the group as the replacement for Stryper‘s longtime bassist Tim Gaines, who was fired from the band last year.
Perry did not play bass on Stryper‘s new album due to scheduling constraints. The bass tracks on “God Damn Evil”were laid down by John O’Boyle, who played bass on Sweet‘s last two solo albums.
01. Take It To The Cross
04. God Damn Evil
05. You Don’t Even Know Me
06. The Valley
07. Sea Of Thieves
09. Can’t Live Without Your Love
10. Own Up
11. The Devil Doesn’t Live Here
Perry did not play bass on STRYPER‘s new album due to scheduling constraints. The bass tracks on “God Damn Evil”were laid down by John O’Boyle, who played bass on Sweet‘s last two solo albums.
Stryper will return to the road this year, kicking off the “God Damn Evil” world tour in Milan, Italy on April 28 at the Frontiers Rock Festival.
APRIL 28 – FRONTIERS ROCK FESTIVAL – LIVE CLUB AT TREZZO, MILAN, ITALY
MAY 5 – M3 ROCK FESTIVAL, COLUMBIA, MD (NEW DATE!)
MAY 6 – AGORA THEATRE, CLEVELAND, OH (NEW DATE!)
MAY 8 – GRAMERCY THEATRE, NEW YORK, NY
MAY 9 – STONE PONY, ASBURY, NJ
MAY 10 – JERGLE’S RHYTHM GRILLE, WARRENDALE, PA
MAY 12 – MIXX 360, MALDEN, MA
MAY 13 – FISH HEAD CANTINA, HALETHORPE, MD
MAY 14 – SELLERSVILLE THEATER, SELLERSVILLE, PA
(Michael & Oz Live Acoustic Performance)
MAY 16 – DIESEL CONCERT LOUNGE, CHESTERFIELD, MI
MAY 18 – GREEN BAY DISTILLERY, GREEN BAY, WI
MAY 22 – THE SIDE ROOM IN RALSTON ARENA, RALSTON, NE (Full Band Acoustic Performance) (NEW DATE!)
MAY 23 – VAL AIR BALLROOM, WEST DES MOINES, IA
MAY 25 – STAR PAVILION @ AMERISTAR CASINO HOTEL, KANSAS CITY, MO
MAY 26 – BMI SPEEDWAY, VERSAILLES, OH (NEW DATE!)
MAY 27 – BRAT FEST, MADISON, WI (FREE CONCERT!)
MAY 30 – IDL BALLROOM, TULSA, OK
MAY 31 – PROOF BAR ROOFTOP LOUNGE, HOUSTON, TX
JUNE 1 – GAS MONKEY LIVE!, DALLAS, TX
JUNE 3 – PHARR EVENTS CENTER, PHARR, TX
JUNE 5 – SAM’S BURGER JOINT, SAN ANTONIO, TX
JUNE 7 – CENTER STAGE, ATLANTA, GA (NEW DATE!)
JUNE 8 – THE FOUNDATION PERFORMING ARTS CENTER, SPINDALE, NC
JUNE 9 – THE CANNERY BALLROOM, NASHVILLE, TN (NEW DATE!)
JULY 7 – BARCELONA ROCK FEST, BARCELONA, SPAIN
SEPT 7 – GRAND ROCK TEMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL, HINCKLEY, MN (NEW DATE!)
SEPT 8 – THE ARCADA THEATRE, ST. CHARLES, IL
SEPT 13 – HOUSE OF BLUES, ORLANDO, FL (NEW DATE!)
SEPT 15 – “ROCK IN VIVO FEST” @ VIVO BEACH CLUB, ISLA VERDE, PUERTO RICO (NEW DATE!)
OCTOBER 10 – LEATHERHEADS SPORTS BAR, DRAPER, UT (NEW DATE!)
OCT 19 – THE VENUE, DENVER, CO
OCT 20 – LEATHERHEADS SPORTS BAR, DRAPER, UT (NEW DATE!)
OCT 25 – THE MARQUEE, TEMPE, AZ
OCT 26 – RIALTO THEATRE, TUSCON, AZ (NEW DATE!)
OCT 31 – WHISKEY A GO GO, WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA
NOV 4 – ACE OF SPADES, SACRAMENTO, CA
Stryper‘s ninth and latest album, “Fallen”, has been released on October 16th. 2015 via Frontiers Records, the album entered The Billboard 200 chart at position No. 43 with first-week sales of just over 10,000 units — nearly all from pure album sales.
Our review of “Fallen” can be found here.
Video (audio) for ‘Lost’
Video for ‘Sorry’
Lyric video for ‘Take It To The Cross’