STRYPER : legendary metal band and Frontiers Music Srl announce continued partnership
Frontiers Music Srl and Stryper are pleased to announce that they have extended their working relationship for the release of more new studio albums together, with the next due in 2022. They had originally joined forces in 2013 for the release of ‘Second Coming’, an album comprised largely of new recordings of songs from the band’s early years.
What followed has been a string of critically and commercially successful studio albums that include ‘No More Hell To Pay’ (2013), ‘Fallen’ (2015), ‘God Damn Evil’ (2018) and ‘Even the Devil Believes’ (2020). A live album and video, ‘Live at the Whisky’, was also released in 2014. Every new studio album issued via Frontiers has successfully charted on the Billboard US Top 200 album chart and topped the Hot 100, Rock, Hard Rock, Current and Christian Music album charts.
Stryper is one of the best known metal bands to emerge from its fertile ’80s renaissance. They first landed on the global scene in 1984 and are responsible for classic albums from that era that include ‘Soldiers Under Command’, ‘To Hell With The Devil’ and ‘In God We Trust’, as well as hit singles such as ‘Calling on You’, ‘Free’ and ‘Honestly’. The group has sold over 10 million records to date and is a Dove Award-winner and Grammy nominee. Stryper was also the first act to have two songs chart on MTV’s Top 10 Video Countdown simultaneously.
Following a hiatus that lasted for much of the ’90s, Stryper returned stronger than ever in the early 21st century. Musically, the band has progressed and steadily continued to build its fan base, and is one of the few ‘classic’ metal bands from the ’80s that has kept itself front and centre via the consistency of its musical output.
Singer, main composer and producer Michael Sweet states: “We are honoured to be working with Frontiers again on the next Stryper album. Serafino and his team have always believed in what we do and we have made some incredible albums together over the past eight years. They understand who we are and are passionate about our band and our brand. We are very grateful for that. We are so excited to continue our relationship and I have always believed that the best is yet to come. We have released seven Stryper albums together and it has been an amazing journey so far. I can’t wait to get started on what will be our best album yet! We have strived to stay true to our roots and deliver what the fans expect – the classic Stryper sound! Although we wish to continue doing so, we also want to branch out a little bit more and try something different as well. We’ll keep stretching out and working hard to stay close to who we are yet experiment a bit more and try a few different things along the way. I know it will be an amazing album!”
Serafino Perugino (Frontiers label president) responds: “I second Michael’s words. Working with Stryper has been nothing but an absolute pleasure and an honour. They have vision, strong guidance and an outstanding work ethic. Musically, of course, the guys are on fire! They have released outstanding albums and worked hard to promote them with countless interviews and also on the road. Michael in particular is a major talent as singer, guitarist, performer, producer and songwriter and shares with me the vision of working on his output creatively. We will also soon see him on new albums with Tracii Guns (Sunbomb), Nathan James, Joel Hoekstra, Marco Mendoza and Tommy Aldridge (the name of which will be revealed soon), then for an album with Alessandro Del Vecchio, and finally also with Sweet & Lynch for his third album with George Lynch. I can only admire and thank Michael and the guys for the trust and the faith they have put in our work. Long live Stryper!”
Stryper is: Michael Sweet (vocals, guitar), his brother Robert Sweet (drums), Oz Fox (guitars) and Perry Richardson (bass).
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