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New album coming September 24th

New single “End of Days” drops tomorrow.

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OMG - this cover art.... :devil:

I wish Stryper was a satirical band like Steel Panther. But they take all that religion stuff seriously, so I can't take them seriously.  Well, it helps that I don't like their sound anyway, especially Michael Sweet's voice. I liked his first solo album a lot, but as soon as his voice reaches higher pitches, I find it simply weak and boring. And incomprehensible. Just my opinion.

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New song “End of Days”

I’m sure there’ll probably be a lyric video or visualizer of some sorts later today. 

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2 hours ago, whiplash1972 said:

New song “End of Days”

I’m sure there’ll probably be a lyric video or visualizer of some sorts later today. 

And here it is....

 

 

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It's actually a little better than usual--I can actually understand about 25% of Michael's singing. :P

Jokes aside, it's a decent, typical Stryper tune. Hardly the greatest song they've ever written, but nowhere near the bottom either. My 17 year-old daughter, a casual Stryper listener at best, gave it a shot, shrugged, and said, "It sounds like all the other 'whatever' Stryper songs."

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A new album is coming. This song represents the heavy side. There is a more melodic side and even a poppier side to this album. The best is yet to come. I can’t wait for you all to hear it.

Against all odds, we’ve fought the fight and we’ve finished the race. We are blessed.
September can’t come fast enough🙌
 
Why release this as the first song if there are better songs to come? Surely if you think there are better songs on the album, you release them first to hook people into buying it.
 
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  • 3 weeks later...

Of those new tracks, "Grateful" is the better offering, bringing back some "pop-rock" melody to their sound. "Loves Symphony" is pretty much a throwaway filler track. I probably won't skip it every time ... but I'll skip it sometimes.

Listening to all the samples on iTunes, it's clear there are some better tunes on the album--though little that competes with their glory days--so I'm not sure why they didn't lead with those.

And, oh yeah, still nearly impossible to understand what Michael Sweet it wailing on about. He's still got a good, powerful voice ... but his enunciation is shot to hell.

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The artwork is a fucking disgrace BTW.

Using scripture and imagery of the Lord to promote yourself and your commercial endeavours is blasphemy of the highest order.

It's the main reason why I can't tolerate "Christian" Hard Rock/Metal, etc. Too self righteous and self serving. 

Don't get me wrong, I'm far from some devout follower of any mainstream religion, I just hate hypocrisy. 

Okay, that's my rant for the day.

 

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