STRYPER REVIEW BY MICHAEL VAN DYKE


Stryper will celebrate their 35th of rock and roll with the upcoming release of their 10th studio album, God Damn Evil, Which came out April 20, 2018, from Frontiers Music SRL. The band returns with their most powerful album to date, they even came at us with their rock/heavy metal sound that earned them a worldwide fan base.

Fans were initially introduced to the new album title and cover art via Stryper's social media post on February 5th, 2018 which quickly went viral causing a substantial amount of conversation from Stryper fans.

“We thought long and hard about this title,” says Michael in response to thousands of fan comments. “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.”(Michael Sweet)

God Damn Evil is the first release since the recent addition of bass player Perry Richardson, who joined the original band members such as Michael Sweet (vocals and guitar), Robert Sweet (drums) and Oz Fox (Lead guitar). Perry is best known for being a founding member of the multi-platinum band Firehouse.
Stryper fans also got their first look at the new album with the release of their epic music video for the song, “Take It To The Cross.” View the Lyric video here:

“’Take It To The Cross’ is our answer to many fans asking us to do something a little heavier and even bordering on thrash,” says Michael. “The verses are heavy with a vocal and lyric delivery that’s bold and relevant yet the chorus kicks in with a fast, trashy vibe. We brought in Matt Blanchard (Act of Defiance / Shadows Fall) to handle the vocal growl on the choruses and the end vamp said frontman Michael Sweet. 

They have been rocking since 1984; Stryper is responsible for such classic ’80s metal albums such as Soldiers Under Command, To Hell with the Devil and In God We Trust. In fact, Stryper is the first band to ever have two songs in MTV’s Top 10 simultaneously with their hits “Free” and “Honestly.” God Damn Evil is the follow-up to Stryper’s ninth studio album, Fallen (Frontiers Music SRL), which released in 2015 and debuted at the top of the Billboard charts
Stryper returned to the road this year, kicking off the God Damn Evil World Tour at the Frontiers Rock Festival in Milan, Italy on April 28th. Which lead their tour to hit Green Bay, WI on May 18, 2018 with their message of love, faith and for their love of music. Also were one of Green Bay, WI local bands (Sir Real) opened up for them.

“We all see and hear the darkness that surrounds us in our society but with faith and love, we’ll always have hope,” says Michael. “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.”



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