Michael Sweet of Stryper on New CD, The Final Battle – The Performances on This CD Have an Energy That Excites Me!
This new project with former Quiet Riot vocalist James Durbin was something of a surprise when we took some listens. Not saying I was shocked by his vocal range, as many in the business know the kid has talent, but the overall sound here is edgier and harder than what I expected from a Frontiers release. Guess it helps to have Mike Flyntz of Riot V and the rhythm section of bassist Perry Richardson and drummer Robert Sweet, both of Stryper. Yes you have some sprinkle melodica stylings here and there, but the overall product is deafening and sharper, and to be honest; that’s not a bad thing.
Guess if you have a lineup as stunning as this one you get to call the band Iconic. Hence the name. Will the music live up to the name’s sake? For the most part… yes it sure does. This here is classic Melodic Hard Rock that we come to expect from Frontiers and its long repertoire of releases.
The legendary heavy metal band Stryper have released a new single entitled ‘Rise To The Call’ today (24th June). It is taken from a forthcoming album set for release in late 2022 that is produced by frontman Michael Sweet and maintains the heavy trend established over the group’s last few albums, albeit retaining their trademark melodies, virtuoso guitar playing and airtight rhythms.
I like the fact that Michael Sweet isn’t afraid to do what he wants on his albums. Ten feels to me as if it is a more retrospective Michael Sweet, hitting various key points of his career, whether it was paying tribute to his heroes to hitting the high spots of his own bands…
Lyrically, I would describe this latest album as fearless.
It’s not so much of a statement as a prayer request; it’s us asking God to damn evil. It’s that simple. It has created controversy.
beyond a shadow of a doubt One Sided Army is is heaviest album, rivaling the power of most of Stryper’s catalog
Stryper frontman Michael Sweet returns with his most intense solo release to date