Stryper Still Playing Metal For The Man Upstairs


Early next year, Stryper — yes, Stryper — will be returning with a new disc called The Covering, which will include more than a dozen covers of tracks by much better bands. A cover of Black Sabbath’s “Heaven and Hell” will be the first single, with an expected iTunes release in advance of the album.

The LP will also contain a single original track from Stryper called “God.” Seriously. “The concept for The Covering is very powerful and rings true to the power of God’s love upon our lives,” says frontman Michael Sweet. “God’s covering is transforming and life-changing and we thought it would be very cool to visually portray that through the new artwork.”

Wow, man. Like, I get that everyone has their own beliefs and shit, but I can’t help but be turned off by all this God talk. Just be a band, Mike. Stop making it about God. And I have no problem with God or Jesus…I just don’t like their fans.

“Even though this has been a record to cause controversy and a select few to question our motives and reasons for covering the songs that we recorded, our faith and beliefs have never been more confirmed and our message is the same as it has always been: We’ll go to the grave making a bold stand for Christ and we will never deny that,” Sweet adds. So much for that. “At the same time, we wanted to show a different side to the band and make everyone aware of the fact that we literally ‘cut our teeth’ on this music.”

The disc includes covers of The Scorpions’ “Blackout,” Deep Purple’s “Highway Star,” Kiss’ “Shout It Out Loud,” Iron Maiden’s “The Trooper,” Van Halen’s “On Fire,” Judas Priest’s “Breaking the Law,” and Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song.”

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