interview by Michael McCarthy If Michael Sweet isn’t the hardest working man in the business, I don’t know who is. He’s currently on a break from touring with Stryper, but is he off vacationing in Paris or Barcelona? Nope. He’s hard at work on yet another solo album, which will be his 10th....Read more
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by Michael McCarthy Last Saturday night on 5/12/18, I was fortunate enough to catch Stryper live for the third time in my life. It feels weird admitting that, that it was only my third time seeing them, because they’ve been one of my all-time favorite bands – easily in my top 5 –...Read more
by Michael McCarthy Yes, it may be hard to believe, but this is my fourth interview with Stryper frontman/co-lead guitarist Michael Sweet already. What can I say, he keeps putting out fantastic albums and I love to ask him questions about them. Between making records with Stryper, his solo projects and Sweet &...Read more
First, Stryper utilized a little death metal style vocals on "Take It It The Cross," now they're doing thrash riffs during the verses on their new single, "Sorry." These are good things, though! I know some fans just want a To Hell with The Devil sequel,...Read more
interview by Michael McCarthy The following is my third interview with the legendary Stryper frontman Michael Sweet. We first spoke about Stryper’s blistering 2015 album Fallen, which I still feel is one of their strongest albums to date. (Check out opening track “Yahweh” and you’ll surely agree.) Next, we spoke about Michael’s high...Read more
interview by Michael McCarthy Earlier this year I finally had the opportunity to interview Michael Sweet, lead singer and co-lead guitarist of Stryper, after wanting to interview him for 20 years since I started doing music journalism. During the interview, Michael revealed the probable title of his forthcoming solo album, One Side War....Read more
Michael Sweet gave us the distinct impression that his next solo album, One-Sided War, was going to be quite different from Stryper and it really is. (Read our interview here.) For one thing, it's much, much heavier. There are some Stryper songs that verge on this level...
by Michael McCarthy As some of you may recall, I published a heavy metal zine back in the ’90s before I started writing for actual magazines like LiveWire and Lollipop (rest in peace x2). It was called ANT, The Only Cool Magazine That Bites. (Weird title, but, hey, people remembered it.) I’m bringing...Read more
by Michael McCarthy Each year, I feel overwhelmed before writing a “best albums of” list. There are always so many releases that I’ve loved during any given year, it makes it very difficult to narrow them down to a reasonable number. (When I first listed my best from this year, it was 144...Read more
It’s 2015 and Stryper’s yellow and black attack continues. And I dare say it’s stronger than ever. Just listen to “Yahweh,” the blistering opening track of their new album, Fallen. When I heard Michael Sweet was writing a song with Clint Lowery of Sevendust I thought we were in for a disaster, just...Read more
A lot of heavy metal bands from when I was growing up have re-recorded their hits during the past decade. My understanding is that most of them do it because their former record labels no longer produce copies of their albums, so new fans can’t obtain their songs unless they shell out some...Read more
I must say, this album cover baffles me. As you can see, it shows an angel rising from flames and breaking free from chains. The only angel I can think of that's in flames is Lucifer, otherwise known as the devil......
Kanye recently stated that God is a “featured guest” on his new album Yeezus. (I’m not sure where he said this, but it’s all over the internet so, you know, it must be true.) STRYPER sent the following reply to TMZ and it’s hilarious: “First of all, and with all due respect, how...Read more