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Stryper Is Reborn

The multi-platinum and Billboard charting rock band Stryper is back and set to release "Reborn" via Big3 Records on August 16, 2005. "Reborn" marks the band's first complete studio release of original material in over a decade, since 1990's "Against The Law," and features 10 original tracks marked by Stryper's trademark blend of melodic vocals, heavy guitar licks and pounding drums, as well a new version of the previously released track "In God We Trust." After writing and recording some songs in April 2004, Michael Sweet approached the band about reuniting and recording the material as a Stryper record. The album was re-recorded in Massachussetts at Blue Jay Studio, Mixed Emotions, and Sweet's home studio. The title track "Reborn" is provocatively dark with catchy lyrics and raw guitar riffs, and will impact radio on June 7th.

Said Stryper frontman Michael Sweet of the new record, "Our fans have said they would like to hear Stryper with more edge, but I didn't want to do something so heavy that it would limit us. We were able to deliver the edge yet still keep the melody and catchy guitar riffs." As for the title "Reborn," Sweet remarks, "I wrote the song "Reborn" before we decided to reunite as a band, and once we came together it was natural to make this notion the essence of the album as we feel we are being reborn. We truly feel like a new band."

The release of "Reborn" begins a remarkable new chapter in Stryper's career. With 8 albums released and more than 8 million albums sold worldwide, the band has been a pioneering force in the Christian metal music scene, and one of the most exciting forces in American rock music. "Reborn" encapsulates the band's signature sound, yet includes a modern twist that will not only speak to Stryper's loyal fan base worldwide, but also to hard rock fans everywhere. On this album particularly, Michael Sweet and the band have pushed the envelope while still understanding the delicate balance between heaviness and melody. "Reborn" was written, produced and arranged by Michael Sweet (with additional production by Kenny Lewis).

Original Stryper members Michael Sweet (lead vocals, guitar), Oz Fox (lead guitar), Robert Sweet (drums) are pleased to announce the addition of Tracy Ferrie (bass) to the band. Stryper will embark on a North American tour in support of the record this fall. Prior to the album release, the band will perform at Spain's big music festival Recinto Ferial Huerto de la Rueda on June 18th, and coming off a smashing live show in Puerto Rico in late 2004, they will grace fans with a return visit on August 20th, just days after the album is released on August 16th. Stryper will be showcasing material from Reborn, as well as performing hits from their incredibly successful run of recordings in the 80s and early 90s. Big3 Records will also release a Stryper DVD, packed with live footage and special features, by the end of the year. The DVD is history in the making. Not only is it the first Stryper DVD to be released, but it is also the first ever live music filmed in Puerto Rico.

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1. Rulin Kmadd writes:

Geez. Do you really think that god likes this shiitty band? (snicker, snicker)

# May 6, 2005 @ 5:49 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. volatile writes:

this is one of the few christian bans that made acceptable music.

Severe torture !!!!

# May 6, 2005 @ 7:15 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. BLACKDOG writes:

They weren't that bad but if you think about it their time has bacically passed.

# May 7, 2005 @ 8:38 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. BLACKDOG writes:

That's basically.

# May 7, 2005 @ 8:39 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. brokenwings13 writes:

Blackdog is right, theeir time is gone, look at how they'd fit in now with the Christian metal scene with Underoath, Norma Jean, Zao, etc.

# May 7, 2005 @ 10:25 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. BLACKDOG writes:

Yeah they came out when band's like poison and cinderella were on top.Although I suspect that type of music is about to make a comeback(Motley Crue,Velvet Revolver even Billy Idol's on the comeback trail),but that was their era back in the 80's.

# May 7, 2005 @ 11:03 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. RememberMetal? writes:

Man their era passed before Nirvana even got signed....We're talking 1989....They were a flash in the pan hair metal band with tthe God edict gimmick of Creed.

Can anyone make a wild guess as to why this is happening?....It has a little something to do with the value/religious/conservative movement that has more or less been assured of at least another 3.5 years of dominance..This doesnt mean Stryper will move more than a pickup truck worth of units, but this would not be happening at all rite now if the country wasn't sprinting backwards to the 50's.

These guys figure they can cash in..and "strike while the god iron is hot".....think about who was in charge and the socio/political-economic situation when these guys first burst onto the scene.

Either my general tsao's chicken was poorly cooked again or this is making me ill.....

# May 7, 2005 @ 11:31 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. BLACKDOG writes:

I wonder what Christian Metal Groupies are like.Are they lame like you would think or are they like Groupie Groupies (Holly Hoe's if you will) ? Something else I'm curious about.If you are in a highly successful Christian Metal band. Do you have to give highly obsorbetive amount's of your earning's to the church ?

# May 7, 2005 @ 11:54 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. BLACKDOG writes:

Whoop's that was "Holey".

# May 7, 2005 @ 11:54 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. RememberMetal? writes:

HEH...quite possible....Depends on how involved they are in the church....

I have a question too!

If their on tour and the wake up sunday morning after a good-clean-fun show do they try and go to a neighborhood church to observe the sabbath?......

also

I imagine the 'holy' groupies prolly give head, but are reserving other ...actions...for when the singer marries them or they marry the local yocal christian plumber.......but what if the band really did turn away the groupie concept, like nirvana and pearljam.....do the fans throw the new testament on stage instead of bottles and underwear?......I just discovered how little i know about the christian metal scene...kind of embarrassing.

# May 8, 2005 @ 12:07 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. brokenwings13 writes:

It's not a big scene to start with. Creed wasn't a "Christian" band, despite was Scott Stapp said, he actually said they were and then they weren't, I suppose that kind of flip flopping, and his inflated ego caused them to break up, anywayss.........

Only if they are Jewish they would observe the Sabbath, and that starts on Friday, but Disturbed tours on Fridays(they played here on a Friday once) and their singer is Jewish.

I don't think there are groupies for them, if there are, they probably all get together and read the Bible together.

# May 8, 2005 @ 12:53 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. BiGG Perm writes:

true, they were eighties and their time has come and passed but it's still pretty bad a$$ that they're coming together again. i know these kinds of girls(holy hoes). they are as hippocritical as well, a hippocrite. they say sh** like no sex before marrige but they never actually do save their virginity. i think they f*** in the name of god and then they playa game of bible bingo.

# May 8, 2005 @ 1:02 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. RememberMetal? writes:

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!...

Actually thats a f***ing test dude, that whole no sex till marriage thing....My respect goes out the girls and guys that can actually pull that sh** off....but there is often another side to that.....and here it is......

Half these clowns who say "I'm saving myself for marriage" are ass-ugly and have the personality of a moray eel.

Yeah pal, theres a reason you doing 'gods will' and waiting till marriage....cus nothing with a d***/p***y wants to see any part of you naked, letalone writhing and sweating on top of them.

I cant tell you how many disturbingly fat jacked-face b****es have strolled up to me, without my asking no less and said..."I'm saving my desirable virgin tightness for a man with a wedding ring......"

They think it's their ace in the hole.......lol, pun not intended.......and it takes alot of will power to keep the demons from making me laugh in their pudgy 2 chin 700 club faces.

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14. maidenhead22 writes:

f***...this sucks.

# May 8, 2005 @ 3:56 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. MarlaSinger writes:

CHRIST!!!!!! oh he he, christ indeed....I cant be the only one that thinks is the most unneeded reunion in the long sad history of hair metal. The only thing more sad than a poison fan is a stryper fan. period.

# May 8, 2005 @ 5:44 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. thedude writes:

"and will impact radio on June 7th" hahahaha impact radio. Anyone with a brain knows that they wont get airplay except on christian stations.

# May 8, 2005 @ 11:19 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. brokenwings13 writes:

Bullcrap, I think they'll play it on my station, but as a joke during the show.

# May 8, 2005 @ 1:51 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. BLACKDOG writes:

I find it incredibly difficult to listen to the radio in my area.It all suck's eccept for Shred and Reagan in the morning.That's more a comedy show along the lines of Howerd Stern only not nearly as bad.

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19. DEADMETAL writes:

brokenwings ..... you said norma jean is a christian band? ..... i listen to them all the time and i had no idea .... i guess i cant understand most the lyrics anyways but i had no idea ..... i love their song titles, f***ing funny

# May 8, 2005 @ 4:11 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. brokenwings13 writes:

I haven't heard of that show, I hear Bob and Tom out here though.

Yeah, Norma Jean, they're on Solid State, that's a big hint, but yeah, there are alot of songs you can't understand, and besides, them being a Christian band doesn't mean anything much by lyrics or heaviness, it's actually all about what they choose to put in their songs.

# May 8, 2005 @ 4:52 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. Rulin Kmadd writes:

They have bob and tom out in texas too? I know thier show is syndacated in ohio and kentucky.
Their main station WFBQ is a couple miles from my place. But funny you guys are talking about
stryper and groupies I remember Stryper in 88 putting out a badboy album called Against The Law and
they covered Earth Wind And Fire's Shining Star and they had groupies, convertables and all that shiit
in that video it was worse than a Tone Loc video. It just shows you how hypocritical x-tians can be.
Down in the end we all live for sin.

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22. kmad is gay writes:

kmad loves his little groupie brad

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23. Rulin Kmadd writes:

Thanks for the compliment.
Worship Satan and bring on the beautiful hate.

# May 8, 2005 @ 6:18 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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24. brokenwings13 writes:

Rulin Kmadd is right. We all live for sin, of course, a persons definition of sinis different than that of the next person, but we all have a general idea about it.

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25. BLACKDOG writes:

I don't believe everything in the book but I do believe that the rules are to be taken and interpreted a needed.

# May 8, 2005 @ 9:03 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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26. brokenwings13 writes:

See, that's the same with me, I'm skeptical, it's just my nature, I have so many theories about life, I just can't get them straightened out so where someone would believe me.

# May 9, 2005 @ 12:18 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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27. RememberMetal? writes:

Kmadd you live in or near ohio/kentucky by any chance?....Theres this an alarming possibility that i may know you if yopur name is kevin....it's a shot in the dark really, but if im rite about the kevin thing let me know.

# May 9, 2005 @ 12:22 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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28. brokenwings13 writes:

Hmm.....interesting, I know where he lives, but I'll let him answer the question.

Do you know any Satanists in the Ohio/Kentucky area named Kevin?

# May 9, 2005 @ 12:27 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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29. RememberMetal? writes:

Sorry for long delay. Well satanist...might be a stretch.

Theres this strange coincidence that i (used to) know a Kevin who liked heavy music. His old.... hell, maybe current email address is very similar to Kmadd, Madd k's name is all.

He brought up ohio/kentucky and i live in Louisville. A semi-big border city to Indiana and Ohio. Which is an hour away from Cincinnati.

More than likely theres no way he can be the same guy, but then again i've run into an ex-girlfriend at an Ihop while on vacation in Phoenix wth my current gf so i suppose anythings possible.

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30. DEADMETAL writes:

vacation in phoenix? ... i live in phoenix and there ain't sh** here ..... what did u do here?

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31. DEADMETAL writes:

that would be the most awesome coincedence if gaymadd and remember are friends!!! ....

# May 9, 2005 @ 5:21 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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32. RememberMetal? writes:

I severely doubt it but anythings possible.

Phoenix vacation was to visit an aunt and her husband. They had moved into a super nice high rise condo thing.

The best eateries were a 'Jack in the box' across the street from this little "worldly im more cool than you" store that has semi-fashionable sh** made by hand straight from you name it thrid world countires and piss poor poetry readings. And off in another direction an Ihop a quiznoes...

Lots of art galleries and hit and miss family run mexican food that MAY or may not give you the sh**s well on into the next year. I guess it depended on how long the dead cow carcass had been sprawling on the bathroom floor before being put into my burrito.

Funny thing i noticed. NOONE walks in that city. The sidewalks are desserted and you'll have high rise buildings on one street and the next one will be tiny little 2 bedroom houses.

Weird place, but i guess every city is weird for differnt reasons....

My city just had 900,000,000,000,000,0001 and people in it for the ignoble hick fest free for all where the drunk who lives under a milk crate in the ally bets on the same horse as the multi-trillionaire and they both leave p***ed off.

f***ing Kentucky Derby.

Maybe MaddK, if he's the guy I'm thinking about, remembers a derby day in 2000, inwhich about 40 people got wasted to the tune of bourbon and rum in his living room and on his driveway.

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33. Rulin Kmadd writes:

It's not me I live in Indinapolis. Very funny deadnoclueonmetal nu-metal nerd.

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34. Rulin Kmadd writes:

I think Head joined this band because I heard that single last Sun. night on Solid
Rock Sunday on WFBQ and it sounded like x-tian version of Disturbed. Funny a bunch of
fourty somethings trying to play shiitty nu-metal in the name of the lord. Hahahaha!

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35. bradispissed writes:

jesus is on bass


it's cause he's black

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36. BLACKDOG writes:

Low brad Real low .

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