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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...
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...
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."
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.
Christian glam rockers Stryper announced today that they will be hosting a 10-day tour of Israel from February 12-21, 2011. The VIP tour will be limited to 150 people. Stryper fans will be able to spend time with the band during the tour, with portions of the trip being filmed for an upcoming DVD. Vocalist / guitarist Michael Sweet issued the following statement about the package:
"Oz, Robert, Tim and I are excited to go to Israel and see first-hand the birthplace of Christianity. And to be able to share this experience with some of our fans makes this even more incredible. The tour will visit the following locations in Israel: Caesarea: A city built by King Herod the Great, Mount Carmel: Where the prophet Elijah defeated the false prophets of Baal, Galilee Boat Ride: Where Jesus walked on the water, Caesarea Philippi: Where the disciple Peter first confessed Jesus as the Messiah, Nazareth Village: A recreation of a village at the time of Jesus, Jordan River Baptism: An opportunity for those who wish to be baptized in the Jordan River, Masada: Where the final Jewish revolt against the Romans took place, he Dead Sea: A chance to float in the most therapeutic waters in the world, Pools of Bethesda: Where Jesus healed the man who was lame for 37 years, Garden Tomb: The place of Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection, Yad Vashem: Memorial to the Holocaust, Western Wall Tunnels: 60 feet below the modern city of Jerusalem, Jerusalem: The City of God, Mount of Olives: Where Jesus rode the donkey through the Eastern Gate, Garden of Gethsemane: Where Jesus prayed before He was betrayed by Judas, Western Wall: Holiest site in Judaism.
"Due to limited availability, this trip will sell out quickly. Reservations can be secured for only $300. To register, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-877-999-8868 ext 415. The cost for this unique travel opportunity is $3,299.00 per person, which includes airfare out of Los Angeles, New York or Toronto; hotel accommodations; all buffet breakfasts and dinners; air-conditioned transportation; an English-speaking tour guide and entrance fees to all of the sites. Price is based on double-occupancy and does not include airport tax, tip fee or lunch meals. For more information, please contact email@example.com or 1-877-628-2800."
Christian rockers Stryper recently revealed that they will be recording an all covers album from secular bands that influenced them. Stryper's Michael Sweet has issued the following statement about the decision to record the album:
"Hey Everyone, it seems that our decision to do a cover record has pleased many people, but has upset a small number of people as well. We've never been a band to go with the flow - we've always set out to do our own thing and to do it according to how we feel led. Some agree, some disagree. It's always been this way. We didn't grow up in the church, we grew up on the streets of LA so our approach to spreading God's word doesn't always line up with how others think it should be done. The bottom line is this - we have not turned our backs on our faith or our beliefs, we just want to loosen up a bit and show our fans how we came to be musically. We we're heavily influenced by a number of bands back in the 70's and early 80's and these bands helped to shape our sound and style. This is the purpose of this record, to show you how we evolved over the years and more important - to have a little fun in the process.
"The band is looking forward to cutting lose a bit and performing the music we grew up with. I'm sorry to hear that there are a few negative Nancy's who believe that we're turning our back on God and our faith. This couldn't be further from the truth. The fact is that we are stronger and even more serious about our faith then we've ever been before. God knows our hearts and our motives. We don't endorse any of these bands or the message they present or their lifestyles. We just want to play some amazing songs and hopefully break down some walls and open some doors along the way. We will continue to honor God in all that we do and say and we can only hope and pray that the few of you who have expressed your disappointment will open your minds and your hearts to what God can do with this record. Let's not limit God...."
The past weekend Axl and the new Guns N Roses rolled into New York for a couple surprise shows. Going on late, and then partying for, as Axl was quoted, “As long as it takes”, it is clear Rose hasn’t changed much from the Use Your Illusion days. However, I was quite shocked to see Axl rocking the Fedora hat with the bandana, a bold move few can pull off. Add in the trademark oversized aviator shades and Axl becomes a first ballot inductee for the Cranium Accessories Hall of Fame, joining Bret Michaels and Hulk Hogan (first time ballot inductees in the bandana category)… More...
Michael Sweet of Christian glam rockers Stryper has issued the following statement about recording an album composed entirely of cover songs:
"Hey Everyone, Just as promised, I wanted to outline some more details regarding the new Stryper record. We grew up listening to many different styles of music and there is a list of bands that influenced us throughout our musical education. Bands like Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Scorpions, Van Halen, UFO, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Queen, Kansas and many others, helped to shape our sound and make us who we are today, musically speaking.
"We grew up on the streets of LA playing every club in town from Gazzari's to The Whisky to The Troubadour to you name it. We played covers from all the bands mentioned above and we shaped our own sound from listening and performing songs from these classic bands.
"We wanted to step outside the box and record a record that shows you, the fans, where we come from - our historical, musical roots so to speak. It's a side to Stryper that no one has really seen or heard before, or at least quite like this. We performed 'On Fire' by Van Halen on a few tours and we also performed 'Breaking The Law' by Priest on this last tour. The response was far beyond our expectations each time we performed these songs. People seemed genuinely surprised to hear Stryper cover these songs and even more surprised to hear Stryper perform these songs relatively well. This will be an opportunity for Robert, Oz, Tim and myself to loosen up and have some fun. More...
Christian rockers Stryper have issued the following update about preparing to record a new album:
"Wow! Typically (and historically) speaking, a new Stryper record comes out every 2-3 years. I'm pleased to announce shocking news - we are starting pre-production at the end of February (of this year) and we begin recording the 2nd week of March (of this year)! We will have a new record completed by early May 2010 and we will be planning for a release later in the year!!!
"I don't want to say too much at this time but I will write an update by next week describing what we're going to do and I can tell you this - it won't be what anyone expects and it will show a completely different side to Stryper that the world has never heard before. Let the controversy begin........... The band is incredibly excited about this project and the label is equally as excited... Great things ahead!"
Christian rockers Stryper have issued the following road report:
"Hello Everyone! Looking back on the past five months I've realized that I've been a little more on the reserved side regarding updates and staying in touch. To be completely honest, it's been nice being more on the reclusive side but for some reason, I felt inclined to write today, 2/1, and I seem to have a lot on my heart so here goes........
"The tour has been a tug of war so to speak - pros and cons, ups and downs and an exhausting run that has certainly taken its toll physically and emotionally. Although we all enjoy our time on stage sharing the music and the message that God has blessed us with, the road life is very difficult at times and can be quite draining. Plain and simple - it can beat you up! We are all feeling the effects. I’m handling the touring life a little easier these days due to eating healthier, staying conditioned and taking care of myself (or at least trying to). God has taken care of us and answered prayer in terms of keeping us healthy and strong throughout the tour. There has been some sickness here and there but for the most part, by comparison, we've been healthier and stronger this time around. More...
Swedish melodic metal band AUDIOVISION has signed to Ulterium Records. The band's new album, "Focus," will be released later this spring, release dates and more information will be announced within the coming weeks.
The line-up of Audiovision is as follows:
Christian Liljegren [Divinefire, ex. Narnia] - Vocals
Simeon Liljegren [Ex. Modest Attraction] - Bass & Vocals
Torbjörn Weinesjö [Veni Domine] - Guitars & Vocals
Thomas Weinesjö [Veni Domine, Saviour Machine] - Drums
Olov Andersson [Grand Stand] - Keyboards & Vocals More...
STRYPER has announced the European tour dates in support of the release of the new album "Murder by Pride." Here are the latest:
1/15/2009 Barcelona, Spain - Sala Apolo
1/16/2009 Madrid, Spain - La Riviera
1/19/2009 Milano, Italy - Alcatraz
1/20/2009 Biel, Switzerland - Kongresshaus
1/22/2009 Prague, Czech Republic - Retro Music Hall
1/23/2009 Utrecht, Netherlands - Tivoli Oudegracht
1/24/2009 London, England - 02 Academy Islington
1/27/2009 Malmo, Sweden - Kulturbolaget (KB)
1/28/2009 Gothenborg, Sweden - Trädgårn
1/30/2009 Helsinki, Finland - Nosturi
Christian rockers Stryper have announced they will be offering the song "Alive" as a free download starting at 9:00PM EST on Thusrday, December 3rd. The track can be downloaded at this location, and the password for the download is "777." "Alive" will be available to download until December 13th at 9:00PM EST. "Alive" is off Stryper's latest album "Murder By Pride."
Christian rockers Stryper have issued the following announcement about performing at the New York annual Christmas tree lighting:
"Stryper is honored to have been selected to perform at the New York Stock Exchange 86th Annual Christmas tree lighting. An annual tradition, the New York Stock Exchange will hold its 86th Christmas tree lighting beneath the NYSE facade. The NYSE's tree lighting, a custom since 1923, is believed to be the city's oldest. Date: Thursday, December 10, 2009 Time: 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. Location: Beneath the NYSE facade (Broad Street between Wall Street & Exchange Place) Open to the public. Other acts include Twisted Sister and Collective Soul."
Christian rockers Stryper previously announced the postponement of their November 4th and 5th tour dates. Stryper are also now canceling their November 6th (San Antonio TX) and November 7th (Odessa TX) tour dates, with no rescheduled dates planned at this time. Refunds may be made at the point of purchase.
Christian rockers Stryper have postponed their tour dates scheduled for tonight Wednesday November 4th (Dallas – House of Blues) and Thursday November 5th (Houston – House of Blues). The rescheduled dates are December 21st (Houston – House of Blues) and December 22nd (Dallas – House of Blues). Tickets purchased for each concert will be honored on the rescheduled dates.
Vocalist Michael Sweet commented: “I’ve come down with a horrible case of the flu and now it seems to be spreading throughout the bus. I see reports all over the nation where bad cases of the flu are hitting America and had hoped we could make it through this entire tour without it affecting us, but unfortunately it has. It’s really bad and I wish our friends and fans all the best with their health during this season. I have seen a doctor and am on medication and anticipate a speedy recovery. My sincerest apologies to all the fans for this inconvenience but I look forward to seeing you all in December when we return. Just for these two shows we will be putting together a special Christmas segment of the show. It’ll be great to spend the holidays with our friends and fans in Dallas and Houston.”
Christian glam rockers Stryper have announced that they are releasing a 25 year visual history book of the band titled "Stryper: By His Strypes." The coffee table style book will feature 200 pages of pictures, including fan submissions. The book will be limited to 1,000 copies and can be pre-ordered at this location.
Christian rockers Stryper have issued the following announcement about shooting a new music video:
"On September 22, 2009 Stryper will be shooting a concept video for the song 'I Believe' off of their new album 'Murder By Pride'!
"The video will be directed by Michael Sarna and produced by Inmotion Entertainment, Inc. Michael Sarna has quite the resume which includes working with bands such as Megadeth, Candlebox, Anthrax, Smashmouth, Counting Crows & Dream Theater.
"Michael Sarna will also be bringing you, the fans, a behind the scenes look at the entire 'making of the video' process! Stay tuned as there will be updates, photos, and behind the scenes video clips provided directly from Michael Sarna from now until the video is released."
Christian rockers Stryper have issued the following statement about gearing up for their upcoming tour dates:
"Rehearsals are going extremely well. The guys are sounding incredible and really enjoying themselves. Spirits are high. Laughter, smiles, practical jokes, and of course intense hard-work and long days of practice fill the air as the band gears up to kick-off their 25th Anniversary world tour this Friday, September 11 at 'House of Blues' in Boston.
"Tuesday was spent running through the set several times and tweaking the new in-ear monitor system they'll be using on this tour. Also this week, the final yellow and black outfits arrived via FedEx. That was an exciting moment - like unwrapping a present on Christmas morning. Everyone is thrilled with the job Ray Brown did with the outfits (Ray Brown was the original outfit designer from the 80's).
The band also took a brief break from rehearsals to meet with One Verse, the ministry in which we are partnering with during this tour. Tom Scholz and Gary Pihl from BOSTON stopped by yesterday and briefly ran through 'Peace of Mind'. They'll be sitting in with the band on September 11 in Boston. If you live anywhere in the Boston area, or even if you don't, this is a show worth catching. It will be a historic night. More...
Christian rockers Stryper have issued the following update about replacing their bassist for their upcoming U.S. tour dates:
"Bassist Tracy Ferrie will not be performing on the U.S. leg of the Stryper tour. Instead, original bassist Timothy Gaines will be the sole bass player. What was originally planned as a 2-set show, will now be one full 90-minute show, consisting of all the greatest hits and new Stryper material. The band will be wearing new yellow and black outfits designed by the original outfit designer. All original members, Michael Sweet, Robert Sweet, Oz Fox, and Tim Gaines will be performing on the 25th Anniversary U.S. tour.
"Tracy has made the very honorable decision, one in which we support, to put the needs of his family first. Contrary to what many may believe, most professional musicians (especially those with families) have other jobs when their band is not touring. And in order to provide for their families, they often need to find other means of work during non-touring times.
"We are living in extremely difficult economic times whereby finding a good day-job is difficult. Tracy has a great one. One that provides well for his family. Leaving this job could put his family in a tough situation upon returning from tour. We support Tracy in this decision to ensure security for his family. At the same time, we're excited to get back out on the road and share our new music and the 25th Anniversary show with our friends and fans whom we have not seen in a long time.
"We're honored to have been doing this for 25 years and blessed to have the opportunity to go out on tour this fall. Without you, our friends and fans, we would not have lasted this long. Thank you. See you on the road soon."