Michael Sweet “Ten”

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Dec 062019
 

Stryper frontman, Michael Sweet, released Ten – his tenth solo studio album, on 11 October.

Do yourself a favour and head over to Encyclopaedia Metallum: The Metal Archives here and scroll his biography. So many releases, and with such consistency spanning a professional music making career of 35+ years. That is amazing!

I wonder what freedom he sought when he commented in a 2016 interview with The Aquarian Weekly about why he enjoyed making solo records: “it’s an opportunity to free myself up a little bit more… and try some things that Stryper may not be able to try.” In a recent interview with Mark of The Rockpit, Australia, Sweet said that each song on the new album was written with a different guitarist in mind. If you look at the track list, you’ll notice that “Better Part Of Me” features Jeff Loomis of Arch Enemy (and technical death metal supergroup, Conquering Dystopia) for instance. The risk then might be that each new guitarist’s unique style would result in divergent contributions to the album. As a songwriter, Sweet was able to unify the differing creative impulses into a cohesive whole. I agree with him when he says that “they all work and flow perfectly well together”. You can read the full interview here.

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Sep 182019
 

The official lyric video for the song ‘Ten’ from Stryper frontman Michael Sweet can be seen below. The track, which features a guest appearance by Rich Ward of Fozzy, is the title cut Sweet‘s tenth solo album, which will be released 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.” Continue reading »

Aug 092019
 

Building upon the success of his 2016 release “One Sided War”Stryper frontman Michael Sweet returns with his tenth solo LP, aptly titled “Ten”. The new album 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.” Continue reading »

Nov 212017
 

King’s X guitarist, Ty Tabor, will release his all new solo effort, “Alien Beans” on January 12th via Rat Pak Records. An EPK (Electronic Press Release) can be watched below.

“Alien Beans” is a double-disc album that features 10 all new studio tracks and a “best of” compilation disc. The “best of” disc is comprised of 11 remixed and remastered tracks personally selected by Tabor from his previous releases.

“I wanted to do a rock album and put some new, heavier stuff together. Along the way we also decided to remix some of the older stuff and make it a double album. Everything just fits together like it should,” explains Tabor. Continue reading »

Jun 012017
 

An EPK (Electronic Press Kit) for “Ignite My Insanity”, the sophomore album from Projected, the band featuring Sevendust members John Connolly (guitar) and Vince Hornsby (bass) alongside Alter Bridge/Creed drummer Scott Phillips and guitarist/vocalist Eric Friedman (a.k.a. E-Rock; Tremonti), can be seen below. The album will be released on July 21 via Rat Pak Records, the two-disc collection is currently available for pre-order in various configurations.

The follow-up to 2012’s “Human”, “Ignite My Insanity” features twenty-one all-new tracks from Projected and continues to build upon the sound the band established with its debut. It is an album designed to resonate with fans from the members’ original projects and guaranteed to garner new fans along the way. From the melodic piano interlude of the opener ‘Strike’ to the raucous ending of closer ‘Battlestations’, the new album takes the listener on a journey inside the minds of the band. Songs like ‘Six Feet Below’, ‘Gomorrah’, ‘Inhuman’ and ‘Upside Down’ are infectious rockers. The first single, ‘Reload’, is a frenetic composition that showcases the musicianship of these accomplished performers. Alter Bridge/Tremonti songwriter Mark Tremonti co-wrote ‘Rectify’ and ‘Call Me The Devil’ and Sevendust‘s Morgan Rose co-wrote ‘Concede’ with Projected. Continue reading »