May 312021

Stryper frontman Michael Sweet checked in with the following:

I’ve always wanted to record a “worship” album yet do my own interpretation of one. I always told myself that when that day comes, I would break all the rules and not do anything that sounds like every other worship album. You know me, I’m a bit of a rebel when it comes to how I like roll:-)

So, I did what I’ve wanted to do my entire life – I’ve made a worship album that breaks all the molds, all the stereotypes. Every song is different and it’s my own spin on what I think a worship album should be – an emotional and musical journey that inspires you to draw closer to God yet gives you a totally unique listening experience.

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Feb 242021

Sunbomb, the project featuring L.a. Guns‘ Tracii Guns and Stryper‘s Michael Sweet, will release its debut album, “Evil And Divine”, on May 14 via Frontiers Music. The lyric video for the first single, ‘No Tomorrows‘, can be seen below.

According to a press release, “Evil And Divine” is “an absolute blinder of a heavy metal album, melding influences of classic metal bands such as Black Sabbath and Judas Priest, with Tracii‘s love of metal subgenres, specifically doom metal.”

Initiated and conceived after Serafino Perugino, president and A&R director of Frontiers Music, reached out to Tracii about working on a new musical project for the label, the idea of a classic heavy metal-sounding album was born. The music style on “Evil And Divine” is much heavier than what one would expect from these two musicians and is firmly planted in the “metal” category. While Tracii wrote the music for the album, the fact that Michael Sweet has been writing/playing in an increasingly heavier style in the latter era, and extremely well-received Stryper albums made him a very logical choice to sing for the band. And since doom metal, often known for having powerful singers like Messiah Marcolin from Candlemass, was a massive influence on Tracii‘s songwriting here, Sweet‘s ability and range were a perfect match.

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Dec 182020

Stryper frontman Michael Sweet has recorded an acoustic cover of the Stryper song, ‘Passion’, which appeared on the band’s 2005 comeback album, “Reborn.” Speaking with V13 about the re-recording, he said “‘Passion’ has always been one of my favorite songs. It’s powerful yet simple and its message is so timely right now. I wanted to release a brand new version of this song hoping that it will shine brightly in a darkened world. I pray that it speaks to you during these troubled times.”

The video can be watched below:

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Sep 232020

Michael Sweet, the frontman of Stryper, is currently promoting his band’s new album, “Even The Devil Believes,” During a recent interview with Steve Harrison of ARfm’s The Unchained Rock Show, Sweet confirmed that he will start work on a new recording project at the beginning of 2021 with Whitesnake guitarist Joel Hoekstra and the singer from Inglorious, Nathan James.

During the in-depth interview, which can be heard below, Michael told Steve, “After the first of the New Year, I start a new project with Nathan James and Joel Hoekstra… we are doing like a Whitesnake throwback kind of album and then I’m doing a new Sweet And Lynch album right after that.”

Michael went on further to explain how the idea for the project came about, “Well, I’ve become dear friends with Nathan and I love his voice; and I was asked to work with him by Frontiers and it worked out where we are doing something. I’m going to be playing guitar and singing a few songs, a duet with him and I’m co-producing and co-writing and it’s going to be really cool… he is fantastic, I love him, great guy, great heart, great vocalist, he is one of my favourites, I can’t wait to work with him.”

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Aug 262020

Stryper will release their new album, “Even The Devil Believes”, on September 4 via Frontiers Music. The 11-track project is Stryper‘s first studio album with Perry Richardson (Firehouse) on bass and background vocals.

Sweet, who also produced the new album, told “Fox 17 Rock And Review” about the effort (see video below): “This album, I kept saying, ‘It’s a metal album. It’s a metal album,’ and it is. It’s for sure a hundred percent metal album. But at the same time, we really wanted to incorporate more melodies and bring back a little bit more of the melodic side of the band as well as the edgy side of the band. So, these are metal songs, but with lots of melodies and vocal parts going on.”

Sweet went on to say that his next year is “pretty booked solid” despite the fact that live concerts are still mostly prohibited, with no end in sight.

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