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Stryper

Formed: 1983
From: CA, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Stryper News

Below is our complete Stryper news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Stryper Posts "Second Coming" EPK, Releases Single

Christian metallers Stryper issued an EPK video for the band's upcoming release "Second Coming." The album features two new tracks, "Blackened" and "Bleeding From The Inside Out," along with re-recorded material from the early catalog ("Yellow & Black Attack," "Soldiers Under Command" and "To Hell With the Devil"). The album is set for release on March 26, 2013 in North America via Frontiers Records.

The single for "Bleeding From The Inside Out" can be purchased now through iTunes at this location.

The track listing for "Second Coming" is as follows: More...

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Stryper Heralds The "Second Coming"

Frontiers Records is proud to announce the signing of iconic Christian rockers Stryper to a multi-album deal. The first release due out will be a new re-recorded collection: "Second Coming" will hit streets on March 22nd in Europe and March 26th in North America.

The album features sixteen tracks, including new recordings of fourteen songs from the band’s early years as well as two brand new songs recorded especially for "Second Coming" and is produced by Stryper frontman Michael Sweet.

Sweet commented, “We're really excited about this record. The re-recorded songs are sounding awesome…better than the originals in many ways! One word to describe the record? Heavier. We've hooked up with some great people - we've got new management, a great album, a great label. We just feel like everything is coming together, and hopefully some big things are to follow."

After a sabbatical for much of the 1990's, Stryper returned strong in the early 21st century. To date, the band has sold upwards of 8 million records worldwide and is a Dove Award-winner and Grammy nominee. More...

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The Rockstar Ramblings: Lust, Glitter, and God

This week a start on the darker side with the Lust Boys followed by a Brazilian Christian band and then back to the sleaze with Glitter Magic. That’s right we are starting with drinking, finding God, and then back to drinking. It’s the circle of life, or the life of a spiritual alcoholic. More...

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Christwire Covers The Maryland Deathfest

Christwire, a satirical site mimicking ultra-conservative Christian news outlets such as the Christian Post, has posted a show report online for the recent 2012 edition of the Maryland Death Fest titled "Exposed: Satanic Black Necrometal Posing A Grave Danger To Our Children". Enjoy some excerpts from a "good Christian's" breakdown of the festival below:

For four days in May, over Memorial Day weekend, hordes of Devil worshiping, drug crazed evildoers descended upon the unsuspecting city of Baltimore to participate in a bacchanalia of promiscuous sex, drugs, Satanic music, vandalism, arson, and enough horrid perversions in the eyes of the Lord to fill a entire library full of St. Peter’s books. This celebration of death and all that is evil made no bones about it’s purpose, titling itself “Maryland DEATHFEST”!

In order to discretely blend in so as not to arouse suspicion and suffer gruesome tortures at the hands of these heathen barbarians I donned the obligatory uniform of these so called “Metalheads”; A black t-shirt with Satanic imagery and symbols, a pair of torn, filthy jeans and faux snakeskin cowboy boots. Not able to bring myself to blaspheme the Lord, I donned a Stryper shirt which had not been washed anytime in the last decade, an adequate compromise. My hair is washed and clean cut, so I donned a long hair wig that had been soaked in beer and rubbed into the dirt to complete my disguise.

Surrounding the festival grounds were two electrified hurricane fences topped with razor wire. The outer perimeter was ringed by a moat filled with pig’s blood swimming with venomous Nepalese Deathshead Adders, while the inner perimeter was patrolled by packs of rabid, black dire wolves and syphilitic pit bulls. The entrance was staffed primarily by Hell’s Angels motorcycle gang members armed with chains, zip guns and steel pipes who took every opportunity to inappropriately grope females and rough up the males, confiscating illegal drugs from would be entrants (which I witnessed them snorting behind the port-a-potties later that day).

After passing through the gauntlet of brutality at the entrance to the festival, I witnessed many ghastly sights that will haunt me for all the days of my life. I will attempt to adequately describe them here, but some of these monstrosities are so shocking and perverse that they should not even be written down, much less read by good Christian men and women (and most definitely not children!)
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Stryper Updates Tour Routing

The Yellow and Black Attack is back - infamous Christian glam act Stryper is about to embark on a string of select dates worldwide. The band has now made several changes to the previously announced tour routing and added on additional shows. The currently announced details for the run, which starts later this month, are as follows:

6.15.12 BamJam New Brockton, AL
6.22.12 House Of Blues Hollywood, CA
7.06.12 Seaside Festival Risoya, Norway
7.07.12 Gulbranna Festival Halmstad, Sweden
7.14.12 Kavarna Rock Festival Kavarna, Bulgaria
7.25.12 House Of Blues Orlando, FL (date changed)
7.27.12 Wild Horse Saloon Nashville, TN
7.28.12 HalfwayJam Royalton, MN
8.11.12 Scriba Town Inn Summer Oswego, NY
9.19.12 Indira Gandhi Stadium Kohima, India
9.22.12 DDSC Dimapur, India
11.16.12 Poliedro de Caracas Caracas, Venezuela
11.17.12 Complejo Ferial Bicentenario Barqusimeto, Venezuela

More dates are still expected to be added in the coming weeks. For more on Stryper, head over to the band's official website.

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Stryper Updates Tour Schedule

The Yellow and Black Attack is back - Christian act Stryper is about to embark on a string of select dates worldwide starting May 10th at Tailgaters in Bolingbrook, IL just outside of Chicago. The band has now added on new shows to the run. The complete listing of upcoming dates is as follows:

5.10.12 Tailgaters Bolingbrook, IL (Chicago)
5.12.12 M3 Festival Columbia, MD
5.17.12 House of blues Dallas, TX
5.18.12 House of blues Houston, TX
5.19.12 Santa Fe Station Las Vegas, NV
5.24.12 BB Kings New York, NY
5.25.12 Showcase Live Foxborough, MA – ALL AGES
5.26.12 Rock Junction West Greenwich, RI
6.01.12 The Marque Tempe, AZ
6.02.12 Speaking Rock Casino El Paso, TX Special Guest Stephen Pearcy/ RATT
6.03.12 El Corazon Seattle, WA
7.06.12 Seaside Festival Risoya, Norway
7.07.12 Gulbranna Festival Halmstad, Sweden
7.26.12 House Of Blues Orlando, FL
7.27.12 Wild Horse Saloon Nashville, TN
7.28.12 HalfwayJam Royalton, MN
9.19.12 Indira Gandhi Stadium Kohima, India
9.22.12 DDSC Dimapur, India
11.16.12 Poliedro de Caracas Caracas, Venezuela
11.17.12 Complejo Ferial Bicentenario Barqusimeto, Venezuela

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Stryper Adds More Tour Dates

As previously announced, long running Christian act Styper is about to embark in a string of select dates worldwide starting May 10th at Tailgaters in Bolingbrook, IL just outside of Chicago. The band has now added several additional dates to the run, which includes shows all the way up to November. The dates are listed below, and the following press release was also issued:

"Looking back over the past 25 years, Stryper is considered to be a groundbreaking act on all accounts. They are one of the first Christian rock bands to achieve unprecedented success in the mainstream. Their 1986 album To Hell With The Devil is listed among CCM’s '100 Greatest Albums in Christian Music' and the band’s popular power ballad 'Honestly' became a Billboard Top 20 hit and reached number 1 on MTV.

"Their pop-rock hit 'Calling On You,' also entered MTV’s top 10, simultaneously with 'Honestly' being one of the first bands to have two top 10 videos on MTV. Even as recent as 2010 and 2011 Stryper found their way once again on the Billboard Charts with their albums Reborn, Murder by Pride and The Covering."

5.10.12 Tailgaters Bolingbrook, IL (Chicago)
5.12.12 M3 Festival Columbia, MD
5.17.12 House of blues Dallas, TX
5.18.12 House of blues Houston, TX
5.19.12 Santa Fe Station Las Vegas, NV
5.24.12 BB Kings New York, NY
5.25.12 Showcase Live Foxborough, MA
5.26.12 Rock Junction West Greenwich, RI
6.01.12 The Marque Tempe, AZ
6.02.12 Speaking Rock Casino El Paso, TX Special Guest Stephen Pearcy/ RATT
6.03.12 El Corazon Seattle, WA
7.06.12 Seaside Festival Risoya, Norway
7.07.12 Gulbranna Festival Halmstad, Sweden
7.28.12 HalfwayJam Royalton, MN
9.19.12 Indira Gandhi Stadium Kohima, India
9.22.12 DDSC Dimapur, India
11.16.12 Poliedro de Caracas Caracas, Venezuela
11.17.12 Complejo Ferial Bicentenario Barqusimeto,Venezuela

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Stryper Heading Out On Tour

The Yellow and Black Attack is back - Stryper is about to embark on a string of select dates worldwide starting May 10th at Tailgaters in Bolingbrook, IL just outside of Chicago. The following press release was issued:

"Stryper is one of the few bands from a decadent era that features 'All Original Members.' They continue to tour the world and produce Billboard-charting albums. Brothers Michael Sweet and Robert Sweet, along with Oz Fox and Timothy Gaines, make up the legendary hard rock quartet.

"Looking back over the past 25 years, Stryper is considered to be a groundbreaking act on all accounts. They are one of the first Christian rock bands to achieve unprecedented success in the mainstream. Their 1986 album To Hell With The Devil is listed among CCM’s '100 Greatest Albums in Christian Music' and the band’s popular power ballad 'Honestly' became a Billboard Top 20 hit and reached number 1 on MTV. Their pop-rock hit 'Calling On You,' also entered MTV’s top 10, simultaneously with 'Honestly' being one of the first bands to have two top 10 videos on MTV. Even as recent as 2010 and 2011 Stryper found their way once again on the Billboard Charts with their albums Reborn, Murder by Pride and The Covering." More...

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Anger As Art Finishes Recording New Album

LA thrashers Anger As Art have completed the recording of their 4th album "Hubris, Inc." Mixing is currently underway, and the band is looking for a late spring/early summer worldwide release.

Says mainman Steve Gaines: "We approach every album like it might be our last, so we put everything we had into it. It is a 14 song epic. 2 of the songs we consider to be bonus tracks – in that they illustrate the history of where Anger As Art came from.

"One is actually a song called 'Speed Kills' that was written for Abattoir in 1984 by Dan Oliverio and me. This was while we were still finishing the Vicious Attack album. Juan Garcia had just left to join Agent Steel, and Dan was a new member. He had the basic riff, and I added music and lyrics to it. Fast forward 28 years, and Mark 'the Shark' Caro (Abattoir lead guitarist) contributed the solo for this song. Nonetheless, this is an Abattoir song performed by all Abattoir members. A nice capstone for a band that had a hand in shaping what thrash became.

"The other one is a song originally done by Pagan War Machine. PWM was a short-lived band featuring myself and Jim Durkin (Dark Angel). It is actually the band that Anger As Art evolved from. Anyway, the song is called 'Rage And Retribution'. Jim was kind enough to offer the guitar solo for the song. In addition to Jim, bass guitar was played by my brother Timothy Gaines from Stryper! This is the first time he and I have ever worked together musically. And… the lead vocal is a trade off between me and Betsy Bitch. While on tour as Bitch last year, Betsy offered 'If you need female vocals, I am your gal.' Seriously, did you ever think you'd see the day when members of Dark Angel, Stryper and Bitch would appear on the same song? Somewhere, Al and Tipper Gore are choking.

"Also, Winterthrall / Semtex Vest/ Evil Dead vocalist Steve Nelson came in and dropped some epic black metal growls and screams on the song 'The Evil You Create.' A complete honor to be able to share this album with such luminaries in the metal world."

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Stryper To Re-Record Old Songs For New Album

American heavy metal veterans Stryper have announced that their next release will consist of re-recorded versions of fourteen of their classics, in addition to three brand new songs entitled, "Bleeding From Inside Out," "Blackened" and "How To Live." A Twitter message from Strper frontman Michael Sweet reads as follows:

"It might be best for me to stop Tweeting about the re-record since it seems to be confusing many people. Here's the facts...

"We're tracking 17 songs - 14 old classics, 3 brand new songs. We're doing the record in phases, a little at a time. It won't be mastered until January, which means it won't be available until sometime after that. January is not the release date.

"We're funding this ourselves so it's a tedious, time consuming task that we have to do in phases due to extensive touring and other things going on between now and the end of the year. So sorry for the confusion and it will be worth the wait!"

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Stryper Performs Judas Priest Classic Live

Christian hard rock act Stryper performed a cover of the classic Judas Priest track "Breaking The Law." A recorded version of the cover also appears on Stryper's covers album titled "The Covering." You view the live footage below.

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Stryper Performs "Heaven And Hell" Cover Live

Christian hard rock act Stryper performed a cover of the classic Black Sabbath track "Heaven and Hell" during its March 15, 2011 performance at the Backstage Live venue in San Antonio, Texas. A recorded version of the cover also appears on Stryper's recent covers album titled "The Covering." You view the live footage below.

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The Rockstar Ramblings: All About The $

Michael Sweet from the Christian glam band Styper is auctioning off the rights to the classic song “Together as One” as well as dinner with Sweet. Aggressive drinkers who have a tendency to drop a lot of F bombs during the main course are advised to stay away… More...

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Stryper Announces Signing Session

Christian traditional heavy metal act Stryper has announced that it will be taking part in an autograph-signing session on March 19, 2011 at 1 p.m. at the "Rock Of Ages" location in Garden City, Michigan. The band will be perform later that night at the Harpos concert theater in Detroit.

The band recently released a covers album, titled "The Covering." You can view the album's tracklisting below.

1. SWEET - Set Me Free
2. SCORPIONS - Blackout
3. BLACK SABBATH - Heaven and Hell
4. UFO - Lights Out
5. KANSAS - Carry On Wayward Son
6. DEEP PURPLE - Highway Star
7. KISS - Shout It Out Loud
8. OZZY OSBOURNE - Over The Mountain
9. IRON MAIDEN - The Trooper
10. JUDAS PRIEST - Breaking The Law
11. VAN HALEN - On Fire
12. LED ZEPPELIN - Immigrant Song

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Stryper Announces New Tour Dates

Christian heavy metal veterans Stryper have announced the following dates for its forthcoming headline tour of the United States.

Mar. 02 - Seattle, WA - El Corazón
Mar. 03 - Portland, OR - Aladdin Theatre
Mar. 05 - Santa Clara, CA - Avalon Nightclub
Mar. 08 - San Juan Capistrano, CA - The Coach House
Mar. 09 - Los Angeles, CA - Club Nokia LA Live
Mar. 11 - Las Vegas, NV - Santa Fe Station Casino
Mar. 13 - Lubbock, TX - Jake's Sports Cafe
Mar. 14 - Houston, TX - Scout Bar
Mar. 15 - San Antonio, TX - Backstage Live
Mar. 16 - Dallas, TX - Trees

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Fozzy Frontman Joins Stryper On Stage

At a recent concert in Anaheim, California, veteran hard rock outfit Stryper was joined on stage by Fozzy lead singer and pro wrestler Chris Jericho to perform a cover of the classic Scorpions song, "Blackout." You can check out fan filmed footage below. The song is featured on Stryper's new covers album, "The Covering" and was also covered by Fozzy on the band's self-titled debut album in 2000.

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Christmas Metal 2010 Roundup

Another Christmas is just around the corner, which means jolly fat men in red suits scaring the bejeesus out of crying children and uncomfortable dinners with family members who don't actually like each other. Christmas isn't just caroling and spiked egg nog though, it's also another opportunity to rock out with some metal steeped in the holiday spirit. We already gave Christmas the metal treatment with a list of the top 10 most metal light shows, as well a new edition of the Rockstar Ramblings describing what aging rockers really want to get under the tree. Slipknot front man Corey Taylor also recently posted a Christmas music video here. To keep December heavy, we've also rounded up a list of the 2010 Christmas and Anti-Christmas rock and metal songs available online.

First off is the 2010 edition of the Misantrof AntiRecords "Holy Fucking AntiChristmas" compilation, which features 15 punk, instrumental, and metal tracks tearing the most commercial holiday of the year a new one. You can stream or download the songs here, and the track listing is as follows: More...

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Stryper Comments On Covers Album

Michael Sweet of Christian act Stryper has checked in with the following statement about the band's upcoming all covers album:

"Hello everyone, long time no type! I've been very busy traveling and moving two homes into one and it's been a very slow process getting unpacked and settled. My apologies for not updating all of you sooner. I try really hard (and enjoy) keeping all of you in the loop on everything that we do.

"I wanted to let all of you know that the concept for 'The Covering' is very powerful and rings true to the power of God's love upon our lives. God's covering is transforming and life changing and we thought it would be very cool to visually portray that through the new artwork. Chris at Pale Horse Design has designed a character that represents the bad or 'the evil' side if you will, in us all. The booklet, (in comic book style) will tell a story of good conquering evil and therefore leading to the transformation of the main character. I received the front cover and I have to tell you that it's modern, powerful, edgy and thought provoking. It is awesome! More...

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Stryper Checks In With Road Report

Christian glam rockers Stryper are hitting the road in support of the new album "Murder By Pride." Vocalist Michael Sweet has now checked in with the following road report:

"We had an eventful day on the 7th of August as we departed for Bolivia - trying to get out of multiple airports to hook up in Miami only to see Oz and Robert asked to exit the plane and then to sit at the gate, on the plane, for two hours. Apparently, some people tried to sneak on the plane and immigration pulled them off and went through the luggage. My first reaction was 'oh man, they arrested Robert and Oz!'

"I at least got a good laugh out of that thought. Although Tim and I were a little stir crazy, we took off on made our way to Bolivia. We landed close to midnight and made it through customs relatively quickly. We had a good amount of fans there to greet us (100+) and they had been waiting until 6 or 7ish... Robert and Oz made it in around 7 am and were a bit tired. I tell you, if anything there is a band that could plays the roles in a new Spinal Tap sequel, we are the guys! Everything that could happen usually happens to us and it's to a point where you just have to laugh. I laughed so hard yesterday my face was sore when I finally went to bed (4 am). We're still paying our dues and maybe, just maybe someday it's pay off and we'll be big 'rock stars' so we can look back on all the looniness and share our unique stories with our grandkids.... They most likely will never believe us!

"Anyway, they expect a very large crowd. We are performing in an outdoor amphitheater that holds 9-10 thousand. Should be an incredible night and a long overdue opportunity to play for our Bolivian fans. I count my blessings and I look forward to what the future will bring. Great things ahead."

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Stryper To Tour Australia

Stryper will be touring Australia in August, celebrating their 25th anniversary and latest release "Murder by Pride." The tour will feature their greatest hits and some newer material performed by all the original band members including: Michael Sweet (lead vocals, rhythm guitar); Robert Sweet (drums); Oz Fox (lead guitar); and Tim Gaines (bass).

Here are Stryper's Australian tour dates:

Melbourne: Wednesday 25th August 2010, Billboard The Venue
Sydney: Thursday 26th August 2010, Metro Theatre
Brisbane: Saturday 28th August 2010, Hi Fi Brisbane

Tickets are still available through venues and respected outlets.

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