Stryper – “The Final Battle”

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Nov 142022

Stryper return with their 14th album, one that will not disappoint longtime fans and should win them some new ones if there is anyone who hasn’t heard of them yet. Don’t expect anything new, just great riffs and guitar solos, soaring strong vocals, a pounding rhythm section, and perhaps some nostalgia for the older crowd…

It’s been almost 40 years since Stryper debuted with The Yellow and Black Attack in 1984. Since then the band has sold over 10 million albums, had Top 40 hits, were nominated for a Grammy and were the first artist to have two songs in MTV’s Top 10 simultaneously back when MTV actually showed videos. For The Final Battle, the band had some things to overcome including Michael Sweet having to write lyrics while lying face down for a couple weeks after surgery. Given the band’s history and beliefs, subject matter on the album does in fact give a nod to themes of Armageddon with other topics including celebrating God’s love and mercy and finding relief in God during difficult times.

The album opens up with “Transgressor” and serves as the perfect introduction of what is to come. In fact the video will tell you everything you need to know about Stryper and the album. Fast guitar riff and some muted drums open up the track, building until Michael Sweet lets one of his signature screams go and then the song is off and running. Instantly, I was transported back to the late 80’s metal in terms of song structure, performances, and high quality production. Interestingly, Sweet must have been still recovering from retina surgery as he’s wearing a patch in the video is anyone is wondering about that visual element. Robert Sweet pounds on the drums and as you might expect there is a harmony guitar solo part and trading solos between Michael Sweet and Oz Fox, both of which are still at the top of their game.

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Nov 102022

Fear Not played a great set earlier this month (Nov. 5th) at the Whisky-A-Go-Go despite the power outage Stryper faced the show went off without a hitch!

The band ripped through a 30 minute set with 5 new tracks from “Fields of Sorrow” and ended with the classic ‘We Have A God‘ which featured Larry out front on vocals for a good portion of this classic track.

Fear Not‘s entire set was captured on video and audio for a possible live release in 2023! Stay Tuned!

For now take a look at the hand held captured promo of the band’s current single ‘Voluntary Madness’ with some help from our friends at KruseFX.

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Oct 212022

Frontiers Music has released Stryper‘s new album, The Final Battle. To mark the occasion, a lyric video for the song, ‘Ashes To Ashes’, can be found below.

“The Final Battle”! Firmly continuing the trend established over their last few albums, “The Final Battle” sees the band growing heavier while also maintaining their trademark melodies, virtuoso guitar playing, and air tight rhythms.
“The Final Battle” was crafted during the most challenging time of the band’s career. While they suffered the same setbacks faced by all artists during the course of the global pandemic, the band also had to contend with Oz Fox’s ongoing battle with brain tumors and for Michael Sweet, a detached retina which required multiple medical procedures, the use of an eye patch, and limited mobility for stretches of time. But rather than let the adversity get them down, the band accepted these challenges and channeled it into writing some of the greatest songs of their storied career.

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Oct 182022

Thats right for one night only Fear Not will be making a very very special guest appearance on Saturday night November 5th opening for Stryper on their just added second show as a part of the “Calling On You Tour”!

The Friday night show is completely SOLD OUT and a second and LAST show has been added! Tickets are going fast for this one too! Buy your tickets directly from Roxx Records here and all funds will go directly to Fear Not as they are needed to support this one time very special appearance!

We hope you can make it out, we will have a VERY VERY limited T-Shirt available ONLY at the show that night! In addition to lots of great Fear Not related items!

Come one, come all to see the Legendary Stryper and the equally Legendary…Fear Not!

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Oct 072022

Legendary, long-running heavy metallers  Stryper have released the official music video for their latest single, ‘Same Old Story’. The song will appear on their upcoming studio album “The Final Battle”, which is due on October 21 via Frontiers Music. The follow-up to 2020’s “Even The Devil Believes” was produced by guitarist/vocalist Michael Sweet and was once again recorded at SpiritHouse Recording Studios in Northampton, Massachusetts.

The video can be seen below.

“The Final Battle”! Firmly continuing the trend established over their last few albums, “The Final Battle” sees the band growing heavier while also maintaining their trademark melodies, virtuoso guitar playing, and air tight rhythms.

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