STRYPER - "We Have Devoted Our Lives To A Worldwide Campaign Of Encouraging Others Through The Gift Of Music"

May 14, 2013, a year ago

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STRYPER, who are currently working on a new studio album, have checked in with the following comments on their new re-recording album, Second Coming:
"Thirty years ago we embarked on a mission, a mission to turn from the temptations of Sunset Strip and turn to the grace, mercy and forgiveness of God The Father. We realized at an early time in our lives that we didn't want to choose the same path that most of our peers had chosen. We took a bold stand and looked conformity in the face and said, 'to hell with you!' From that day forward, we haven't looked back.´Although we've taken blow after blow from biased opposition, we've stood our ground and have continued to spread the powerful message of Jesus Christ, without hesitation. This anthology speaks from the heart and soul of who we are - Soldiers Under Command! We're proud to say that we have devoted our lives to a worldwide campaign of encouraging others through the gift of music, and we look forward to doing so for another 30 years, Lord willing. We hope you this as much as we have enjoyed making it, and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for believing in the ministry of Stryper. By His Strypes We Are Healed......" Check out some Second Coming-related merchadise here. Stryper's new re-recorded collection, Second Coming, hit the streets on March 22nd in Europe and on March 26th in North America. The complete album can now be previewed via iTunes here. 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.
Second Coming tracklisting: 'Loud N’ Clear' 'Loving You' 'Soldiers Under Command' 'Makes Me Wanna Sing' 'First Love' 'The Rock That Makes Me Roll' 'Reach Out' 'Surrender' 'To Hell With The Devil' 'Calling On You' 'Free' 'The Way' 'Sing Along Song' 'More Than A Man' Bleeding From Inside Out' (new song) 'Blackened' (new song) The first single - a new studio cut 'Bleeding From Inside Out' - was released on February 25th. Sweet recently 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." Check out some audio clips from the album below: Stryper is one of the top Christian rock bands of all time. Comprised of the original line-up of Michael Sweet (vocals/guitar), Oz Fox (guitar), Tim Gaines (bass), and Robert Sweet (drums), Stryper has been rocking since 1984, and is responsible for such '80s metal classic albums as Soldiers Under Command, To Hell With The Devil, In God We Trust and such MTV hit singles/videos as 'Calling On You', 'Free', and 'Honestly'. 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. Stryper is the first band to have two songs in MTV’s Top 10 simultaneously.
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