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MICHAEL SWEET “I’m Not Your Suicide” (Official Video) Is: Stone’s METAL Pick Of The Day!

Posted in christian heavy metal, christian rock, classic rock, Hard Rock, Music, music videos, news, rock music, rock music news, world news with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 15, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

Michael Sweet - I'm Not Your Suicide - promo cover pic - 2014

MICHAEL SWEET – The legendary Michael Sweet has released (March 4th – Big 3 Records) a grand new music video, I’m Not Your Suicide, which is also the title track of his forthcoming solo album. I’m Not Your Suicide carries a positive message to young people: that choosing suicide from being abused or bullied is not the answer and help is available to those being tormented.

Child abuse in all its forms must be addressed and Michael Sweet has succeeded in raising the awareness to this troubling social crisis, through his song and music video. A suicide crisis hotline number is also shown at the end of this music video: 1-800-4-A-CHILD.

I love this song, both for its incredibly positive message to young people and for its melodic and inspiring music. A brilliantly beautiful song is I’m Not Your Suicide. The vocals of Michael Sweet are filled with intense and undeniable emotion. Amazingly well done. Listen and watch for yourself, below:

Find out more about Michael Sweet’s new single and how a portion of the proceeds are graciously going to benefit Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline:

https://donate.childhelp.org/page/contribute/michaelsweet

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The single I’m Not Your Suicide is available now on iTunes and Amazon.com.

* Pre-Order The New CD By Clicking The Link Below:

http://michaelsweet.portmerch.com/stores/product.php?productid=19030

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The full-length album, I’m Not Your Suicide, will be released on May 6th, 2014, via Big 3 Records.

Michael Sweet is the vocalist, guitarist, songwriter and co-founding member of the iconic Christian Heavy Metal band: Stryper. Michael Sweet is also an ex-vocalist and guitarist for the super-legendary Boston.

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Michael Sweet’s autobiography, Honestly – My Life And Stryper Revealed, will be released on May 6th, 2014.

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* For more related news features on Michael Sweet:

Michael Sweet Of Stryper – Expresses Thoughts On His New Solo Album “I’m Not Your Suicide”

Michael Sweet – “I’m Not Your Suicide” Single And Music Video Release Dates Announced!

The above links are for posts featured on Metal Odyssey, on January 24, 2014 and February 25, 2014.

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* For more info on MICHAEL SWEET:

Facebook: Michael Sweet

Website: http://www.michaelsweet.com

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LONG LIVE MICHAEL SWEET.

LONG LIVE STRYPER.

STAND UP TO BULLYING AND CHILD ABUSE, THROUGH AWARENESS, GUIDANCE, INTERVENTION AND PREVENTION.

Stone.

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STRYPER – To Record Live CD/DVD At Legendary Whisky A Go Go, On November 16th!

Posted in christian heavy metal, christian rock, classic rock, classic rock bands, Hard Rock, hard rock news, Heavy Metal, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on September 24, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

Stryper - Live At The Whisky A Go Go - promo banner - 2013

STRYPER Will Be Recording This Concert For Their Upcoming Live CD/DVD!

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STRYPER - Live At The Whisky! Stryper records their live CD/DVD at The Legendary Whisky A Go Go! Don’t miss this opportunity to be a part of history as they perform classics along with all new material from the new release, “No More Hell To Pay”.

WHEN: November 16, 2013

TIME: 6:00 PM PST (6:00 PM DOORS)

WHERE: Whisky A Go Go – West Hollywood, CA

TICKETS: http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=3817734&pl=ment

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STRYPER:

Michael Sweet – lead vocals & lead guitar

Robert Sweet – drums

Oz Fox – guitar & vocals

Timothy Gaines – bass & vocals

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STRYPER – No More Hell To Pay releases on November 5th, 2013, via Frontiers Records.

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(Source: Whisky A Go Go)

* For More Info On STRYPER:

Facebook: Stryper

http://www.stryper.com

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WHISKY A GO GO:

Facebook: whisky a go-go

http://www.whiskyagogo.com

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LONG LIVE STRYPER.

LONG LIVE WHISKY A GO GO.

Stone.

STRYPER – 2013 TOUR DATES!

Posted in christian heavy metal, Hard Rock, hard rock news, Heavy Metal, heavy metal news, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on June 10, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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STRYPER – Below are the dates, cities and venues where the prodigious STRYPER will be playing their legendary Heavy Metal live! Take a Metal look below to see if STRYPER will be Rockin’ in your area! Metal be thy name!

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JUNE 28, 2013

UNITED STATES

THE GRANADA THEATER

DALLAS, TX

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JUNE 29, 2013

UNITED STATES

WAREHOUSE LIVE BALLROOM

HOUSTON, TX

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JULY 12, 2013

UNITED STATES

CASINO BALLROOM

HAMPTON BEACH, NH

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JULY 13, 2013

UNITED STATES

BB KINGS

NEW YORK, NY

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JULY 14, 2013

UNITED STATES

THE CHANCE

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY

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JULY 16, 2013

UNITED STATES

MEXICALI LIVE

MICHAEL SWEET & OZ FOX ACOUSTIC

TEANECK, NJ

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JULY 19, 2013

CANADA

THE ROCKPILE

TORONTO, ON

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JULY 20, 2013 NEW DATE!

UNITED STATES

DIESEL CONCERT LOUNGE

CHESTERFIELD, MI

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AUGUST 9, 2013

UNITED STATES

TAILGATER’S

BOLINGBROOK, IL

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AUGUST 10, 2013

UNITED STATES

WISCONSIN STATE FAIR

WEST ALLIS, WI

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AUGUST 14, 2013

UNITED STATES

WHISKY A GO GO

MICHAEL SWEET & OZ FOX ACOUSTIC

HOLLYWOOD, CA

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AUGUST 15, 2013

UNITED STATES

THE COACH HOUSE

MICHAEL SWEET & OZ FOX ACOUSTIC

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA

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AUGUST 16, 2013

UNITED STATES

CLUB MADRID @ SUNSET STATION CASINO

MICHAEL SWEET & OZ FOX ACOUSTIC

LAS VEGAS, NV

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OCTOBER 20, 2013 NEW DATE!

UNITED STATES

SCULLEY’S SHOOTERS

MICHAEL SWEET & OZ FOX ACOUSTIC

NORTH PLATTE, NE

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STRYPER:

Michael Sweet – Lead Vocals & Guitar

Robert Sweet – Drums

Oz Fox – Guitar & Vocals

Timothy Gaines – Bass & Vocals

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For more info on STYRPER, click on the links below! Whoa!

Facebook: Stryper Music

For VIP Packages, click here: http://www.stryper.com

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LONG LIVE STRYPER.

Stone.

STRYPER – “No More Hell To Pay” Track Listing! Whoa!

Posted in christian heavy metal, christian rock, classic rock, Hard Rock, hard rock bands, Heavy Metal, heavy metal news, Metal, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on June 5, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

Stryper - Group Publicity Pic - #1 - 2012

STRYPER – The forthcoming new STRYPER studio album will be titled: No More Hell To Pay. I’m not certain if the following track list for this hotly anticipated album will change. I sure hope it stays as 12 songs… or more for that matter!! Metal be thy name!!

This photo below I discovered on the Stryper Music facebook page on Tuesday night! Bassist Timothy Gaines wrote the following caption to go along with this photo:

New Stryper album – No More Hell To Pay kicks!! Listening to it non stop… Can’t wait for ya’ll to hear it!! ~ Timothy Gaines

Stryper - track listing - No More Hell To Pay - 2013

No More Hell To Pay - Track Listing:

Revelation

No More Hell To Pay

Saved By Love

Jesus Is Just Alright (cover song)

The One

Legacy

Marching Into Battle

Te Amo

Sticks & Stones

Water Into Wine

Sympathy

Renewed

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Michael Sweet – Lead Vocals & Guitar

Robert Sweet – Drums

Oz Fox – Guitar & Vocals

Timothy Gaines – Bass & Vocals

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S-alvation
T-hrough
R-edemption
Y-ielding
P-eace
E-ncouragment
R-ighteousness

Stryper – by His stripes we are healed!

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(Source: STRYPER MUSIC facebook)

For more info on STRYPER, click on the links below! Whoa!

www.stryper.com

http://www.facebook.com/stryper

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LONG LIVE STRYPER.

777.

Stone.

STRYPER – Begin Recording 8th Full Length Album This Week!

Posted in christian heavy metal, christian rock, classic rock, classic rock bands, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, heavy metal news, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on March 31, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

Stryper - Group Promo Pic - #7 - 2013

Stryper, L to R: Robert Sweet (drums), Michael Sweet (lead vocals, guitar), Timothy Gaines (bass, vocals) and Oz Fox (guitar, vocals).

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As written by Michael Sweet and reported on the facebook of Stryper:

We start recording our 8th, full length album on Monday 4/1 and I’d like to start it the right way. 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 in tact, 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 hearts desire is to continue spreading Gods 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!!!

Michael

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For more info on STRYPER, click on the links below!

http://www.stryper.com

http://www.facebook.com/stryper

http://www.frontiers.it

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LONG LIVE STRYPER.

Stone.

STRYPER – Hard Rock & Heavy Metal Legends Are: Stone’s METAL Pick Of The Day!

Posted in christian heavy metal, christian rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on February 13, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

STRYPER LOGO - LARGE!!

STRYPER – When I think of the band that pioneered Christian Hard Rock and Heavy Metal, STRYPER is number one. Across their catalog of seven studio albums, the words melodic and memorable jump out at me; while their 80’s arena style heaviness never seems to grow stale. After listening to STRYPER after all these years, I’m readily admitting that their inspirational lyrics and vibes never sounded so grand!

STRYPER has proven their Heavy Rock relevancy with Murder By Pride (2009) and The Covering (cover song album from 2011). With a newly inked record deal with Frontiers Records, the future looks even more positive for a band that has been Rocking positive energy into their fans souls… for decades strong.

To celebrate STRYPER being Stone’s METAL Pick Of The Day, I have compiled a chronological list of ALL the STRYPER features, album reviews and news that has ever appeared on Metal Odyssey. This list of links below begins with the most recent of STRYPER posts. Scroll and click away… and enjoy some STRYPER history! Metal be thy name!

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STRYPER – Iconic Christian Rockers STRYPER Sign To FRONTIERS RECORDS For Multi-Album Deal January 15, 2013

STRYPER “Reason For The Season (Rehearsal Sessions 1984)”: Is Stone’s Metal Pick Of The Day! December 3, 2012

STRYPER – Two New Tour Dates For South America 2013 October 30, 2012

STRYPER – World Tour 2012: West Greenwich, Rhode Island – Promo Video April 27, 2012

STRYPER ‘Calling On You’ Music Video – A Classic From 1986 March 20, 2012

MASS – To Perform With STRYPER, Memorial Day Weekend! And More Fantastic MASS News! March 16, 2012

Stryper - Group Publicity Pic - #1 - 2012

STRYPER – North American Tour Dates 2012 February 2, 2012

STRYPER ‘Rockin Around The Christmas Tree 2011′ – Music Video December 25, 2011

STRYPER “The Covering” – A Commanding Celebration of Hard Rock and Heavy Metal Classics February 4, 2011

STRYPER – COVER SONGS ALBUM IN THE WORKS! & “ALWAYS THERE FOR YOU” VIDEO FROM 1988! February 21, 2010

STRYPER – “EXTENDED VERSIONS” IS A LIVE AND ROCKIN’ GOOD TIME CD November 29, 2009

My Favorite STRYPER Album Of All Time – “To Hell With The Devil” August 9, 2009

STRYPER – “The Roxx Regime Demos” Is Classic Christian Heavy Metal July 2, 2009

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STRYPER:

Michael Sweet – Lead Vocals / Guitar

Robert Sweet – Drums

Oz Fox – Guitar / Vocals

Timothy Gaines – Bass/Vocals

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For more info on STRYPER, click on the links below!

http://www.stryper.com

http://www.stryperforum.com

http://shoutlife.com/stryper

http://www.facebook.com/stryper

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LONG LIVE STRYPER.

Stone.

STRYPER – Two New Tour Dates For South America 2013

Posted in christian heavy metal, christian metal, Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, rock concerts, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on October 30, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

STRYPER – Attention STRYPER fans in South America! Two new dates have been announced via http://www.stryper.com and they are listed below! Metal be thy name!

February 16, 2013 – Buenos Aires, Argentina – Teatro Flores

February 17, 2013 – Sao Paulo, Brazil – Carioca Club

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STRYPER:

Michael Sweet: Lead Vocals / Guitar

Robert Sweet: Drums

Oz Fox: Guitar / Vocals

Timothy Gaines: Bass/Vocals

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(Photo Credit: Stryper Music facebook)

For more info on STRYPER, click on the link below!

http://www.facebook.com/stryper

LONG LIVE STRYPER.

Stone.

STRYPER – World Tour 2012: West Greenwich, Rhode Island – Promo Video

Posted in christian heavy metal, christian rock, classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, heavy metal news, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on April 27, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

STRYPER – Check out this very cool STRYPER promo video for the West Greenwich, Rhode Island concert! May 26th, Memorial Day Weekend!

Click Here To Purchase Tickets: THE ROCK JUNCTION

For more info on this STRYPER show, with special Rockin’ guests MASS, click on the large link below!

MASS – To Perform With STRYPER, Memorial Day Weekend! And More Fantastic MASS News!

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For more info on STRYPER, click on the link below:

Stryper – Official Website

For more info on MASS, click on the link below:

MASS – MASS ROCKS.COM

LONG LIVE STRYPER.

LONG LIVE MASS.

Stone.

MASS – To Perform With STRYPER, Memorial Day Weekend! And More Fantastic MASS News!

Posted in christian heavy metal, christian rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, heavy metal news, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , on March 16, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

You Wanted It New England! You Got It! 

Kick Off  Your Memorial Day Weekend Right With..

MASS

&

STRYPER

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When And Where:

Saturday ~ May 26, 2012

“Special Outdoor Event”

The Rock Junction

731 Centre of New England Blvd.

West Greenwich,RI.

Click Here To Purchase Tickets: THE ROCK JUNCTION

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Then…

Showcase Live Presents!

“Narcissus Heavy Metal Reunion Event”

Join MASS and Many Other Great Artists For This Rockin’ Night!

When And Where:

Saturday, June 9th, 2012

23 Patriot Place, Foxboro, Massachusetts

Tickets On Sale Now! 

Ticket Info: SHOWCASE LIVE

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LATEST NEWS:

MASS is currently working hard on their 10th studio release and follow-up to 2010’s successful “Sea Of Black”

More Info To Come!

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Louis St. August Says:

Thank you to all the fans who voted and to LimeLight Magazine!

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MASS MERCH!

Only a limited amount left  of the custom wood-crafted MASS Puzzle!

 

Each Puzzle is hand-crafted with no two cuts the same! Each 5×7 puzzle comes either autographed or un-autographed.

Order At: MASS – MASS ROCKS.COM

Or At: Puzzle Me – Puzzles

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For more info on MASS & STRYPER, click on the links below:

MASS – MASS ROCKS.COM

Stryper – Official Website

LONG LIVE MASS & STRYPER.

Stone.

IMPENDING DOOM – ‘Baptized In Filth’ Is A Heightened Listen Into Some Absolute Extreme Metal

Posted in christian heavy metal, deathcore, Extreme Metal, extreme metal bands, Heavy Metal, heavy metal news, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , on March 7, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

IMPENDING DOOM – Releasing on March 13th, 2012, via eOne Music is Baptized In Filth from Riverside California’s – Impending Doom. Extreme. Extreme Metal. You’re getting a magnitude of Extreme Metal with Impending Doom. This band is not sheepish on keeping the level of intensity atop a colossal barrage of blast beats, searing guitar leads, chunky riffs, quaking bass lines and wrathful vocals. Extreme. Metal.

Does Impending Doom stare down the ominous shadow of redundancy? Sure they do. Their convincing as hell when it comes to playing this fast and furious. I can feel this band’s unrestrained aggression come through quite loud and clear on Baptized In Filth, that is for sure. It takes commitment to write and play Metal this enraged. Hell yes it does. To sing as brutal as Brook Reeves does takes some Metal passion, I myself would begin to choke after singing this way for twenty seconds.

Steering away from labeling Impending Doom with “multiple genre” tags is useless. (Christian Metal and Deathcore can be thrown about). Extreme. Metal. That’s all my fellow Metal brethren need to know. This album accentuates a great deal of positives for this band, these guys have a keen sense for how an album should flow for these songs really do stack-up together fittingly. Their musicianship and obvious energy shows signs of greater things to come and yet Impending Doom have a damn fine album of songs here and now.

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One thing Impending Doom should realize is “toning it down” as they did with My Light Unseen, makes sense and adds a stylistic quality about them other than full-throttle. I’d like to hear more of this side to Impending Doom in the future. This song is still hard and heavy, even with its tempo turned down a few notches. I really welcome this sound from Impending Doom, with both clean and Extreme vocals existing together.

Exploring dark themes lyrically and putting the anti-God doctrine on the witness stand, with an obvious unrelenting and aggressive musical identity, Impending Doom has created quite the heightened listen with Baptized In Filth. This being their fourth full-length, I will predict that Impending Doom will be around for many more albums to come. There’s a genuineness in this band’s collective sound that I can appreciate.

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Baptized In Filth – Track Listing:

Murderer

For the Wicked

Chaos: Reborn

Deceiver

Falling Away

Absolute Horror

Angry Letters to God

Baptized in Filth

My Light Unseen

Death. Ascension. Resurrection

Brook Reeves – Vocals

Cory Johnson – Guitars

David Sittig – Bass

Brandon “Btown” Trahn – Drums

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For more info on IMPENDING DOOM, click on the links below:

http://www.thearteryfoundation.com/artis…

http://www.myspace.com/impendingdoom
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http://www.twitter.com/impending_doom

LONG LIVE IMPENDING DOOM.

Stone.

IMPENDING DOOM – “Baptized In Filth” Releases March 13th, Via eOne Music

Posted in christian heavy metal, christian rock, Death Metal, Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal news, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , on February 21, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

Southern California Death Metal road warriors, IMPENDING DOOM are releasing their next onslaught of gorship “Baptized in Filth” three weeks from today on March 13th, 2012. Produced by Andreas Magnusson (The Black Dahlia Murder) and Machine, this is the bands fourth full length and most ferocious effort to date. Bassist David Sittig comments:

“Baptized in filth represents the mindless indulgence and self worship in the vile world we live in. This album is meant to scare the hell out of you!”

IMPENDING DOOM has also confirmed for this years Metal Alliance Tour along side acts like Devildriver, Job For a Cowboy and Dying Fetus. If that wasn’t enough the band is also playing select dates on this years VANS Warped Tour this Summer.

(Source: eOne Music)

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For more info on IMPENDING DOOM, click on the links below:

 http://www.thearteryfoundation.com/artis…

http://impendingdoom.merchnow.com/

eOne Metal

LONG LIVE IMPENDING DOOM.

Stone.

STRYPER – North American Tour Dates 2012

Posted in christian heavy metal, christian rock, classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, heavy metal news, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , on February 2, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

STRYPER – Check out below the North American tour dates for Stryper! See if Stryper is playing live in your neck of the Metal woods in 2012!

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February 24, 2012 – Sault Ste. Marie, MI @Kewadin Casino

February 25 – 28, 2012 – Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Monsters Of Rock Cruise

May 12, 2012 – Columbia, MD – M3 Rock Festival

May 17, 2012 – Dallas, TX – House Of Blues

May 18, 2012 – Houston, TX – House Of Blues

May 19, 2012 – Las Vegas, NV – Santa Fe Station Hotel & Casino

May 24, 2012 – New York, NY – BB Kings

May 25, 2012 – Foxborough, MA – Showcase Live

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(Source: Stryper Official Website)

* To buy tickets and more info, click here: Stryper – Official Website

LONG LIVE STRYPER.

Stone.

STRYPER “The Covering” – A Commanding Celebration of Hard Rock and Heavy Metal Classics

Posted in christian heavy metal, christian rock, classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, metal music, metal odyssey, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on February 4, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

STRYPER – Christian Heavy Metal and Hard Rock’s genre pioneer, influence, household name and undisputed legend of a band are back again. This time around, they are releasing an album of 12 covers songs with an additional original song. This original song is aptly titled: God. This substantial undertaking of covering such lifetime dependable classics is known as The Covering, to be released on Big 3 Records on February 15, 2011.

Stryper. The name alone resonates the positive energy and glorious power of their Christian belief and unity, not to mention they are one incredibly talented group of musicians. To understand and accept each respective Heavy Music genre is to be open minded to the bands that illuminate each genre, like a shooting star in the midnight sky. Stryper has been a shooting star for Christian Heavy Metal and Hard Rock since their 1984 debut The Yellow and Black Attack. Spanning four decades as a band of any genre is an admirable feat, while still being able to legitimize their sound and style through quality musicianship, after all these years, to multiple generations of fans, is undeniably respectable. For me, this is what Stryper has consistently accomplished to date.

There has been that moment when Stryper tried their hand at breaking away from their lyrical style and to a degree, musical style as well, with 1990’s Against The Law proving they were just as muscular and driven as a band than ever before. Stryper has branched out once again with The Covering, justifying they are not just an enormous Heavy Metal Band, they are colossal fans of Heavy Metal and Hard Rock’s roots. The Covering offers up the stylistic depth of Stryper, a Heavy Metal aptitude that they have bestowed upon songs that many of us old and new school Metalheads find uncompromisingly sacred.

From Iron Maiden to Kansas, with the Ronnie James Dio era Black Sabbath in-between, Stryper doesn’t need to wear their influences on their sleeves… they cover them with the upmost Heavy Metal reverence on The Covering. It is with much applause from this Classic Rock admirer, that a much prominent hit from the catalog of Sweet is exposed for it’s timeless Rockin’ sheen. Set Me Free is credibly set free with Stryper’s trademark Arena style vibe, acknowledging Sweet for their rightful place among Rock legends. Michael Sweet never wavers vocally throughout The Covering, he only makes each song rise with their power and energy that they originally were christened with by their creators.

As stated by me so often in the past, nothing beats the original. However, when done with acute and painstaking care, an album of cover songs can Rock my world and leave me appreciative and begging for more when done the Stryper way. How difficult can it be to cover a Scorpions song? Klaus Meine’s vocals alone are so unique and identifiable it’s simply scary. If it were up to me, I would never mess with trying to cover a Scorpions song… only Stryper did just that. On Blackout, I cannot control the enthusiastic feeling that devours my senses, as Michael Sweet belts out the lyrics to this classic Scorpions song. The only thing I can say about the cover of Highway Star is: holy Metal does Stryper embellish this song with impressive guitar driven prowess! And it’s built on speed!

Any tried and true Metalhead will come down with a serious case of ostrich bumps up and down their body, as the psych-you-out adrenaline bursts within like a volcano, each time they hear Heaven and Hell by the Ronnie James Dio fronted Black Sabbath. Stryper may never exceed those heavenly supercharges of Heavy Metal ecstasy that I feel from the original Heaven and Hell… only Stryper does come close. It may be that this song means so damn much, to so many of us, coupled with Stryper’s anointing Heaven and Hell with their approval of influence, that in turn triggers such an ignited feeling within my Metal soul. I’m certain the late Ronnie James Dio is smiling down, from above.

Over The Mountain is yet another super Heavy Metal classic from a legend of legends… Ozzy Osbourne. No, Oz Fox nor Michael Sweet are going to out-do the late Randy Rhoads on guitar, nor will Michael Sweet become an instant sound alike to Ozzy either. The Metal point is, this is Stryper simply covering a song with a sincerity that heavily seeps through their music in an uncanny way, which at the end of the Metal day cannot be ignored or denied. When I can catch myself singing along to these covered classics from Heavy Metal’s storied past, the realization sets in that Stryper has done good. Damn good too.

Carry On Wayward Son from an ultra-influential band like Kansas is untouchable right? Well, Stryper touches it and fires up their version with the heightened emotion it was always meant to release. If there is one song on The Covering that doesn’t smack it down for me, it’s Stryper’s version of The Immigrant Song by the infinitely legendary Led Zeppelin. Yes, some classics are best left untouched and Led Zeppelin is a monumental band to cover, regardless of the song. It just comes across as Stryper not staying true to the original hardness of The Immigrant Song, any slight watering down of such a classic will stand out and scream at me in a millisecond. Where’s Great White when I need The Immigrant Song covered?

The lone original song on The Covering, as I mentioned earlier is God. Whoa, this song is super saturated with emotion and can easily be looked upon as one of the most inspiring songs Stryper has ever written and recorded. It’s ostrich bumps time folks… and God is a candidate for Michael Sweet’s finest vocal performance of his very own legendary career. I found myself playing this song the most since I’ve obtained The Covering from Best Metal Buddy and Metal Researcher… Scott Coverdale. Yes, Scott has given The Covering his highest of Metal praise and understandably so. Stone’s Message to Stryper: God is one “heck” of a song and The Covering is one hell of an album. Metal be thy name.

I’m pleased as a fan, that Styper has shown the world that they do have Hard Rock and Heavy Metal influences that are not of the flower garden variety. What else would any Stryper or Heavy Metal fan expect? Michael Sweet has his affiliation as a member of Boston and the Heavy Rock family tree does extend outside the lines of the Christian genre for Stryper. These guys are human, just like me and you, they are not martyrs sent to us from the Vatican. This is a band that has been influenced by some of the most iconic acts in the Heavy Rockin’ land and The Covering proves it. Stryper will always be a Christian Metal Band and I sincerely respect that. I also respect the fact that Stryper has taken this path down Hard Rock and Heavy Metal roots lane and covered some of the greatest songs of Rock Music’s history.

* For more info on STRYPER, just click on the link below:

Stryper – Official Website

STRYPER:

Michael Sweet - lead vocals & guitar

Robert Sweet – drums

Oz Fox - guitar & vocals

Timothy Gaines - bass & vocals

Track Listing For The Covering:

Set Me Free – (Sweet)

Blackout - (Scorpions)

Heaven and Hell - (Black Sabbath)

Lights Out – (UFO)

Carry On Wayward Son - (Kansas)

Highway Star - (Deep Purple)

Shout It Out Loud - (KISS)

Over The Mountain - (Ozzy Osbourne)

The Trooper - (Iron Maiden)

Breaking The Law - (Judas Priest)

On Fire - (Van Halen)

Immigrant Song - (Led Zeppelin)

God

LONG LIVE STRYPER.

Stone.

My Favorite STRYPER Album Of All Time – “To Hell With The Devil”

Posted in Album Review, christian heavy metal, christian rock, classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on August 9, 2009 by Metal Odyssey

main-150Stryper – “To Hell With The Devil” was released on October 24, 1986. I already was an avid listener to Stryper and their brand of Christian Heavy Metal Music when this album came out. I had purchased their album “Soldiers Under Command”, (released on May 15, 1985), within months after it’s release, therefore I already took a liking to Stryper. I always have been and forever will be, diversified with my adoration for Metal music. I hate sounding like a broken record by saying… if I have said it once, I shall say it again… I listen to all Hard Rock and Metal Music genres. The songs on this album are exquisitely inspirational, they are enormously melodic and yes… commercial 1980’s Heavy Metal. It is the power that comes across to me, from these songs, that makes this Stryper album my all time favorite. Anytime any religion plays a role within the framework of a Heavy Metal band and their lyrics, it is better left up to the individual listener, to make the choice if this is what they want to embrace. In my Metal opinion, it is all about personal preference and interpretation, when it comes to any specific form of music. I will still play this album and benefit from the Heavy Metal and lyrical contents that are found within.

I remember buying this album at Strawberries Records & Tapes, in a very expensive town in very expensive Connecticut, back in 1986, of course. I snagged this album up within the first month of its release. I wound up with the limited front cover version of “To Hell With The Devil”, (see album cover image below as to what I mean). The image of the album cover, at the beginning of this post, shows the current front cover being used for “To Hell With The Devil”. I am not trying to sound cliche by stating, “To Hell With The Devil” is one darn cool, feel good Heavy Metal album. For me, this album really is a mood changer… an album that sends me directly into a good mood vacuum. One thing is for certain, I never felt I had to be a saint to in order to listen and get into the Heavy Metal thunder of Stryper.

This album I originally bought back in 1986, fell victim to being sold by me years later. Crazy as this sounds, I ventured into a local thrift store last Autumn of 2008, on one of my Metal prowls… and I found “To Hell With The Devil” with the limited front album cover as well. I stood inside this thrift store and felt as if I was imagining things… here was an album I most regretted ever letting go and it was the limited version staring right at me. This album beckoned me to bring it home and give it a turntable spin once again. I state quite often my Metal finds, they do happen more frequently than not, I will not complain. Believe me when I say, this copy I found at the thrift store is in mint condition – it came with the semi-hefty price tag of fifty cents. As I drove away from this thrift store, with this Stryper album placed on the passenger front seat… I looked down upon it, thinking some funny thoughts.

My mind was drifting away, astray with thoughts as to why was I fortunate in finding this particular Stryper album? My single favorite Stryper album of all time just so happened to be at this thrift store on this day. The more rare of the two album covers as well, has been returned to my collection of Metal Music on this particular day, for literally pennies. I started to think that maybe I was being rewarded by a higher power, for perhaps some good deeds that I bestowed in the past. Maybe it was just pure luck too. Whichever it may be, luck or divine intervention, the original album cover version of “To Hell With The Devil” will not be for sale by me again. I really am not concerned with its secondary market value anyhow, for me the true value is found within the songs of this album, the enjoyment I derive from the Christian Heavy Metal Band of Stryper.

The musicians of Stryper, as they appeared on “To Hell With The Devil”: Michael Sweet on lead vocals and guitar, Robert Sweet on drums, Tim Gaines on bass guitar and Oz Fox on drums.

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