STRYPER TO RELEASE NEW STUDIO ALBUM | “GOD DAMN EVIL,” | APRIL 20TH 2018
Plus 2018 Tour Date Listing
February 18, 2018
STRYPER will celebrate their 35th anniversary with the upcoming release of their 10th studio album, God Damn Evil, due April 20, 2018 from Frontiers Music SRL. Produced by frontman Michael Sweet, the band returns with their most powerful album to date, doubling down on the hard rock/heavy metal sound that earned them a worldwide fan base.
God Damn Evil is available now for pre-order at all major retailers including Amazon and iTunes.
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Fans were initially introduced to the new album title and cover art via a social media post on February 5th, which quickly went viral causing a significant amount of conversation from STRYPER fans.
“We thought long and hard about this title,” says Michael in response to thousands of fan comments. “It was actually considered quite a few years ago and it just didn’t feel like the right time. Now, with all the evil in the world that we see around us on a daily basis, it made perfect sense. It’s a very bold statement yet a prayer asking God to damn/condemn evil. Nothing more, nothing less.”
God Damn Evil is the first release since the recent addition of bass player Perry Richardson, who joins original members Michael Sweet (vocals and guitar), Robert Sweet (drums) and Oz Fox (guitar). Perry is best known as a founding member of the multi-platinum band Firehouse.
STRYPER fans are getting their first look into the upcoming album with today’s release of the epic lyric video for the song, “Take It To The Cross.” View the Lyric video here:
“’Take It To The Cross’ is our answer to many fans asking us to do something a little heavier and even bordering on thrash,” says Michael. “The verses are heavy with a vocal and lyric delivery that’s bold and relevant yet the chorus kicks in with a fast, thrashy vibe. We brought in Matt Blanchard (Act of Defiance / Shadows Fall) to handle the vocal growl on the choruses and the end vamp. This song is 100% high octane.”
“Take It To The Cross” can be streamed at Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer, etc. Those links available HERE: http://radi.al/GodDamnEvil.
Rocking since 1984, STRYPER is responsible for such classic ’80s metal albums as Soldiers Under Command, To Hell with the Devil and In God We Trust. In fact, STRYPER is the first band to ever have two songs in MTV’s Top 10 simultaneously with their hits “Free” and “Honestly.” After a sabbatical for much of the 1990’s, STRYPER returned strong in the early 21st century. To date, the Dove Award-winning and GRAMMY-nominated band has sold over 10 million records worldwide.
God Damn Evil is the follow-up to STRYPER’s ninth studio album, Fallen (Frontiers Music SRL), which released in 2015 and debuted at the top of the Billboard charts. 2016’s 30th Anniversary To Hell With The Devil Tour saw record crowds and featured the band’s largest sound and lighting production in nearly two decades.
STRYPER will return to the road this year, kicking off the God Damn Evil World Tour at the at the Frontiers Rock Festival in Milan, Italy on April 28th. Tour dates will be posted as confirmed at http://www.stryper.com/Tour/tour.html.
“We all see and hear the darkness that surrounds us in our society but with faith and love, we’ll always have hope,” says Michael. “That’s what STRYPER is all about – powerful music and a message that builds foundations, not walls. We couldn’t be more excited about God Damn Evil as it showcases our undying love for what we do and why we do it.”
God Damn Evil Track Listing:
1. Take It To The Cross
4. God Damn Evil
5. You Don’t Even Know Me
6. The Valley
7. Sea Of Thieves
9. Can’t Live Without Your Love
10. Own Up
11. The Devil Doesn’t Live Here
APRIL 28, 2018 FRONTIERS ROCK FESTIVAL – LIVE CLUB AT TREZZO MILAN, ITALY
MAY 8, 2018 GRAMERCY THEATRE NEW YORK, NY
MAY 9, 2018 STONE PONY ASBURY, NJ
MAY 10, 2018 JERGLE’S RHYTHM GRILLE WARRENDALE, PA
MAY 12, 2018 MIXX 360 MALDEN, MA
MAY 13, 2018 FISH HEAD CANTINA HALETHORPE, MD
MAY 14, 2018 SELLERSVILLE THEATER (Michael & Oz Live Acoustic Performance) SELLERSVILLE, PA
MAY 16, 2018 DIESEL CONCERT LOUNGE CHESTERFIELD, MI
MAY 18, 2018 GREEN BAY DISTILLERY GREEN BAY, WI
MAY 19, 2018 ROUTE 47 PUB N GRUB FRIDLEY, MN
MAY 25, 2018 STAR PAVILION @ AMERISTAR CASINO HOTEL KANSAS CITY, MO
MAY 30, 2018 IDL BALLROOM TULSA, OK
MAY 31, 2018 PROOF BAR ROOFTOP LOUNGE HOUSTON, TX
JUNE 1, 2018 GAS MONKEY LIVE! DALLAS, TX
JUNE 3, 2018 PHARR EVENTS CENTER PHARR, TX
JUNE 5, 2018 SAM’S BURGER JOINT SAN ANTONIO, TX
SEPTEMBER 8, 2018 THE ARCADA THEATRE ST. CHARLES, IL
OCTOBER 19, 2018 THE VENUE DENVER, CO
OCTOBER 25, 2018 THE MARQUEE TEMPE, AZ
OCTOBER 31, 2018 WHISKEY A GO GO WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA
NOVEMBER 4, 2018 ACE OF SPADES SACRAMENTO, CA
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