Apr 192018
 

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.” Continue reading »

Apr 192018
 

Expressing concerns over the album title, leading national retail chain Walmart has refused to carry chart-topping rock band Stryper‘s upcoming 10th studio album, “God Damn Evil” — available April 20, 2018 from Frontiers Music SRL. Several Christian retail chains have also objected to the title and declined to carry God Damn Evil in their stores.

“We’re disappointed,” says Stryper frontman Michael Sweet. Stryper has always been about making people think outside the box. Our new album title God Damn Evil is a statement that’s needed in our society. We’ve seen evil rise to new levels and this title is simply a prayer request asking God to damn or condemn all the evil around us. Many chains have joined us in making such a statement. Walmart unfortunately has not. The odd thing is of all the chains out there we assumed Walmart would be one to understand exactly what our point and purpose is. Unfortunately not. Although we respect their decision and what’s done is done, it’s frustrating to see something that’s meant for good get misinterpreted and misunderstood.” Continue reading »

Apr 092018
 

Stryper‘s new song ‘Lost’ can be streamed below. The track is taken from the band’s new album, “God Damn Evil”, which will be released on April 20 via Frontiers Music. 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.

Sweet states: We’re not Lost if we put Love first. There’s too much hate and unfortunately it spreads like a incurable disease. Love (divine love) is the only cure🙏 “Do not take revenge on others or continue to hate them, but love your neighbors as you love yourself.”

Michael Sweet recently denied naming the band’s new album “God Damn Evil” “just to shake things up,” insisting that it’s actually meant as “a prayer request.”

After the band announced it was calling its new disc “God Damn Evil”, a number of people within the Christian rock and metal community went up in arms, accusing Stryper of having gone too far. Continue reading »

Mar 242018
 

Stryper frontman Michael Sweet has denied naming the band’s new album “God Damn Evil” “just to shake things up,” insisting that it’s actually meant as “a prayer request.”

After the band announced it was calling its new disc “God Damn Evil”, a number of people within the Christian rock and metal community went up in arms, accusing Stryper of having gone too far.

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.” Continue reading »

Mar 122018
 

Stryper‘s video for the song ‘Sorry’ 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. 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.

Regarding the “God Damn Evil” album title, Sweet said: “We 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.” Continue reading »