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STRYPER – Issues Statements On Future Of Their Band

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Music, music news, news, world news with tags , , , , on September 17, 2016 by Metal Odyssey

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From the Stryper Facebook – September 16, 2016:

As many of you know, we are preparing a tour to celebrate the 30-year anniversary of To Hell With The Devil. Although we’re extremely excited about this tour, our band and ministry is facing a crossroads for a variety of reasons, including some personal matters affecting our bassist, Tim Gaines that have affected the unity of our band.

As a result, upon the conclusion of this tour, we have decided to take a hiatus to allow each band member to think and pray about the direction of the band going forward.

We believe the right thing to do is to be open with all of you so we can continue on with integrity and put to rest any false rumors and accusations. We also believe we must honor our commitments in moving forward with the tour.

The name “Stryper” is very important to us. What (and who) it represents is even more important. We take what we do very seriously as a band and ministry and we believe it’s our duty to take this hiatus based on our faith, so we can move forward in the right way.

We do appreciate your thoughts and prayers.

God Bless you all,

Stryper

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From the Stryper Facebook – September 17, 2016:

Dear friends,

To adress a few concerns regarding our most recent statement:

1 – Tim has not left the band.

2 – We felt the need to make a statement based on a multitude of emails, texts, private messages and phone calls. Because of this, we felt that the right thing to do was to make you all aware of the situation before the tour rather than start the tour based on false rumors, speculations and gossip. We respect you all and you mean everything to us so we wanted to at least present a statement that would put to rest (at least to some degree) all the here say.

3 – The tour IS continuing. We are NOT canceling or postponing the tour. We made this decision based on honoring our commitments, as originally planned, with the original lineup.

4 – Stryper is not breaking up. We plan to take some time after the tour to reevaluate things and at the right time, we will proceed. There is more planned and we are looking forward to that.

5 – As stated, we are a ministry every bit as much as we are a rock band. Because of this, we have to deal with things accordingly and biblically. We’re not perfect, but we are accountable to God and each other. At least we should be. That’s not to be taken lightly or passively.

6 – Before you comment and respond emotionally, please understand that we have thought, prayed, talked and counseled with others for weeks about the right way to handle all of this. Our decision to release a statement with the content that it contains was based on patience, wisdom and honor. We’re trying to do the right thing. That’s all we can do.

Here’s to a great tour and God Bless you all!

Stryper

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MetalOdyssey

LONG LIVE STRYPER.

Stone.

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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

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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.

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

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, hard rock albums, Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, news, rock music, rock music news, world news with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 25, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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As reported on the Michael Sweet & Stryper Facebook pages:

The single “I’m Not Your Suicide” drops on @Itunes and @Amazon 3/3 and the video drops on 3/4!

Michael Sweet’s new album “I’m Not Your Suicide” releases on May 6th, 2014, via Big 3 Records.

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* For more info on MICHAEL SWEET:

Website: www.michaelsweet.com

Facebook: Michael Sweet

Facebook: Stryper

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LONG LIVE MICHAEL SWEET.

LONG LIVE ROCK ‘N’ ROLL.

Stone.

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

Posted in christian rock, classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, news, rock music, rock music news, world news with tags , , , , , , , on January 24, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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(Photo Credit: Michael Sweet Facebook)

As written by Michael Sweet and originally posted on the STRYPER Facebook page:

It’s an opportunity for me to express myself in new ways, and experiment a little more musically. As a writer, I respect all styles of music and although hard rock/metal is where I lay my head, it’s cool to be able try different things and reach outside the box. Stryper has a particular style and sound and it’s important that we don’t venture too far away from that. My new solo album has some heavy music on it and at the same time, it also has a little more diversity and different instruments going on which makes it very interesting. I used steel guitar on a few tracks, 12 string guitar here and there, mellotron, live cellos, B3, and all kinds of instruments that you don’t or most likely here on a Stryper album.

It’s exciting for me to be able to go into a studio and have the freedom to incorporate new sounds, techniques and instruments. I also brought in quite a few guest singers and musicians to add to the overall sound of the album. Kevin Max, Electra Mustaine, Tony Harnell, Chris Jericho, Doug Aldrich, Kenny Aronoff, Paul McNamara, Charles Foley, John O’Boyle & Pete Adams all helped to make this album the best solo album to date and a record that I’m most proud of. I look forward to all of you hearing it and I want to thank you all for being friends and fans, solo or not:-)

Love & Respect, Always ~ M

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

Michael Sweet’s autobiography Honestly will be released on May 6th, 2014.

* For more info on MICHAEL SWEET:

Facebook: Michael Sweet

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LONG LIVE MICHAEL SWEET.

LONG LIVE STRYPER.

Stone.

STRYPER “No More Hell To Pay” – Nominated For “Best Album Art” At HM Magazine’s The HM Awards! Vote For STRYPER Now!

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal awards, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , on December 14, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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As reported on the STYPER Facebook page:

Stryper has been nominated for “Best Album Art” at HM Magazine’s The HM Awards! Spread the word and encourage fans to vote! Online voting runs through Dec. 31.

http://vote.hmmagazine.com/

http://vote.hmmagazine.com/#album-art/1

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* For more info on STRYPER:

Facebook: Stryper

Website: http://www.stryper.com

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I’VE VOTED FOR STRYPER!

LONG LIVE STRYPER.

LONG LIVE HM MAGAZINE.

Stone.

STRYPER “Sympathy” (Official Video): Is Stone’s METAL Pick Of The Day!

Posted in christian rock, classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, music videos, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , , on November 21, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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STRYPER – Released on November 5th, the NEW studio album, No More Hell To Pay, from the ever-legendary STRYPER has accumulated impressive Billboard Chart positions; while receiving critic and fan praise around the globe!! Another new and official music video from this sensational album has been released and it’s Sympathy.

Michael Sweet sounds ultra-fabulous on vocals and guitar, once again!! The entire band is Rocking on all fired-up Metal cylinders!! This new album isn’t about STRYPER being back. Nope. These Christian Metal icons have never denied their fans of Rockin’ inspiration! STRYPER are always touring, along with consistently reaching out to their fans via social media. No More Hell To Pay is about STRYPER bringing on their Heavy Metal attack!! This is STRYPER’s Metal 2013!! Dig it!! Metal be thy name!!

Below, Listen To Sympathy And Crank Up The Volume, While You Allow The METAL Of STRYPER To Flood Your Soul! Whoa!!

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Michael Sweet – Lead Vocals & Lead Guitar

Robert Sweet – Drums

Oz Fox – Guitar & Vocals

Timothy Gaines – Bass & Vocals

Purchase No More Hell To Pay, Via Links Below!

iTunes: www.smarturl.it/stryper

Via the Official STRYPER website: www.stryper.com

Amazon: http://smarturl.it/strypercd

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* For more info on STRYPER:

http://www.stryper.com

http://www.facebook.com/stryper

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http://www.frontiers.it

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LONG LIVE STRYPER.

777.

Stone.

STRYPER – Amazing Chart Positions For “No More Hell To Pay” And More Grand News!

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , on November 15, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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As reported on the STRYPER Facebook page, November 15th:

We’d like to point out some amazing numbers that just blow our minds, to you this morning. This page just hit 155,000 likes! In it’s first week of release, No More Hell To Pay was #2 on the Contemporary Christian Albums, #3 on the Current Hard Music Albums, #3 on the Top Hard Music Albums, #3 on the Billboard Top Christian/Gospel Albums, #6 on the Top Current Rock Albums, #33 on the Billboard Top 200 Current Albums and #35 on the Billboard Top 200!

The Live CD/DVD Recording at the Legendary Whisky a Go Go in Los Angeles on November 16th is SOLD OUT! The video for NMHTP has over 199,000 views in less than a month. The video for Sympathy has over 71,000 views in less than 2 weeks. Plus, we just announced the special 77 hours sale for those who haven’t gotten the new album on our website. You can get the CD, or order multiple copies to give to others for just $7.77 each. We just want to say that STRYPER Fans ROCK! We are overwhelmed and blessed by all of you! Be watching for more announcements in the next few days and weeks. By His Strypes We Are Healed!

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Michael Sweet – Lead Vocals & Lead Guitar

Robert Sweet – Drums

Oz Fox – Guitar & Vocals

Timothy Gaines – Bass & Vocals

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* For more info on STRYPER:

Facebook: Stryper

Website: http://www.stryper.com

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Frontiers Website: http://www.frontiers.it

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LONG LIVE STRYPER.

A METAL CONGRATS TO STRYPER!!

METAL BE THY NAME.

Stone.

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