Stryper are ready to go. They will release a new album, ‘Even The Devil Believes,’ on September 4, and lead vocalist Michael Sweet says, “‘It’s for sure 100 percent a metal album.”
The 11-track project will be the band’s first studio LP with Perry Richardson (formerly of Firehouse) on bass and background vocals. Sweet, who also produced the new album, said, “Yes it’s metal, but we really wanted to incorporate more melodies and bring back a little bit more of the melodic side of the band as well as the edgy side of the band,” he added, “So while these are metal songs, there’s lots of melodies and vocal parts going on.”
Speaking about 2021 and what it might hold in store especially given that 2020 has been a washout for live concerts, with no end in sight, Sweet said, “Next year is pretty booked solid.” He continued, “We’re gonna be doing a couple of on-demand live shows here, then I’m gonna finish singing the Sunbomb album will Tracii Guns.”
Sweet said that he also has two other projects that are on his timeline: “I’m gonna do a solo album early in the year. And then I’m talking about a [third] Sweet & Lynch album [collaboration with George Lynch], and then we’ll do another Stryper album at the end of the year or beginning of the following year.”
Stryper formed 37 years ago, and created interest and headlines by being the first overtly Christian metal band to go mainstream. The group’s name comes from Isaiah 53:5, which states: “But he was wounded for our transgressions…and with his stripes we are healed.” Their albums include, ‘To Hell With The Devil,’ ‘Second Coming,’ ‘No More Hell To Pay,’ ‘Fallen,’ and ‘God Damn Evil.’ Their 10th album, ‘Ten,’ was released last October.