STRYPER's new re-recorded collection, Second Coming, hit the streets on March 22nd in Europe and on March 26th in North America. Second Coming debuted at #106 on the Billboard 200 album chart, at #35 on the Top Rock Albums chart, and at #25 on the Indie chart.
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'
'Soldiers Under Command'
'Makes Me Wanna Sing'
'The Rock That Makes Me Roll'
'To Hell With The Devil'
'Calling On You'
'Sing Along Song'
'More Than A Man'
Bleeding From Inside Out' (new song)
'Blackened' (new song)
The complete Second Coming album can be previewed via iTunes here
Stryper began recording their eighth full length album on April 2nd; they checked in with a brief studio update: "We got drum tones and started mapping songs for the new Stryper record. The drums sound massive! Tracking begins today..."
Frontman Michael Sweet recently posted the following message to fans: "I'd like to ask all of you to continue to pray for the band and the process of recording what we hope and pray will be our best and most powerful record to date. God is in control and He could take a band like us, a record like this, and do things that have never been done before. I've seen God work first hand and many things have happened over the years with Stryper that are nothing short of miraculous! I pray that this record will have the power, message and energy that all the others have had combined, so much so that it's undeniable to anyone that hears it.
People ask all the time if our faith is still intact, if we still believe, if we're still a Christian band and the answer is a loud n' clear - YES! More so than ever before.
We're a little tired, beat up and exhausted from the past 30 years but our heart's desire is to continue spreading God's love through the gifts, talents and abilities that He has blessed us with. God is leading the way, not any one of us.
God bless you for your undying support, belief and encouragement for all that we have done and all that we do.
This record can be our best record yet and we appreciate your prayers. We love you guys and could not have made it this far without you. Love and respect to all of you, always!!!"