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Ian Jane
02-14-2011, 06:11 PM
STRYPER GET BACK TO THEIR ROOTS ON COVERS - HEAVY SET, 'THE COVERING'


February 9, 2011: Christian rockers Stryper are offering fans a head banging view of who their influences were early on, with the arrival of an almost entire album's worth of covers, 'The Covering.' Set for release on February 15th via Big3 Records, the album includes twelve rocking covers, as well as an all-new original tune, "God." And most significantly, the album marks the return of original bassist Tim Gaines back into the Stryper fold, setting up the first Stryper release in years to feature the definitive line-up of Michael Sweet (vocals/guitar), Oz Fox (guitar), Tim Gaines (bass), and Robert Sweet (drums).


According to Michael Sweet, the impetus for putting out a mostly covers set was a simple one. "Every Stryper album is pretty serious and pretty bold in the lyrical faith sense of the word. We just wanted to roll our sleeves up, cut loose, and have some fun." And when it came time to pick out a listing of tunes to cover, all the band had to do was look back upon their club days. "Growing up, before Stryper was even Stryper, we were a cover band. We played Gazzarri's on the Strip for years - we would do originals but also do covers, as well. We always did Priest covers and Maiden covers, all those bands that we grew up on and influenced us."


What fans get is a CD that runs the gamut from 1970's era classic rock (Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song," Deep Purple's "Highway Star," Kiss' "Shout It Out Loud," etc.) to 1980's era heavy metal (Black Sabbath's "Heaven and Hell," the Scorpions' "Blackout," "Iron Maiden's "The Trooper," etc.). "A few things we set out to do on this album was to stay true to the original - we didn't want to disrespect the original versions," explains Michael. "I'm never going to sound like Bruce Dickinson or Ronnie James Dio, nor would I ever try to. And having me sing the song puts our own spin on it. We just all did our own thing and with our own touches and feel - Robert, Tim, Oz, and myself - it has that Stryper feel to it as well."


Big3 Records Chairman Bill Edwards adds, "We are excited to allow Stryper the creative freedom to do what they do best, and take this album to the next level. We are very excited about working with the band and helping make 'The Covering' a widespread success."
To support 'The Covering,' Stryper is planning a tour that begins in March, and when it comes to the set list, it will contain quite a few surprises for longtime fans. "We're probably going to pull out four Stryper songs that haven't been played in the set in years. And then we're probably going to do four covers. And then we've got a whole slew of other Stryper songs that we've been playing for a long time. So we probably have 20 songs in the set." Stryper fans rejoice, more anthemic metal will soon be on the way!


'THE COVERING' TRACKLIST:
1. Set Me Free (Sweet) 2. Blackout (Scorpions) 3. Heaven and Hell (Black Sabbath) 4. Lights Out (UFO) 5. Carry On My Wayward Son (Kansas) 6. Highway Star (Deep Purple) 7. Shout It Out Loud (Kiss) 8. Over The Mountain (Ozzy Osbourne) 9. The Trooper (Iron Maiden) 10. Breaking The Law (Judas Priest) 11. On Fire (Van Halen) 12. Immigrant Song (Led Zeppelin) 13. God (Stryper)


FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT
www.stryper.com (http://www.stryper.com)


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Ian Jane
02-14-2011, 06:11 PM
Also they're touring (http://www.stryper.com/Tour/Dates/dates.htm), but no east coast dates are listed yet.

They're playing Portland though...

Todd Jordan
02-14-2011, 06:24 PM
let's hope they stay over there. Ugh...I saw them for free and wanted my money back. Loudness was funny as the opening act..."wok and wol cwazee niiii-ee-ights!". Good guitar player though. Not Stryper, Loudness. Stryper < marginal.

Ian Jane
02-14-2011, 06:34 PM
Watch your mouth, or you'll wake up in the morning and see this waiting for you outside.

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_U7KGeNwsYRs/TFBppGysUBI/AAAAAAAACvg/7-dbvGMI3IA/s320/Soldiers_Under_Command_-_Stryper.jpg

Nolando
02-14-2011, 06:36 PM
Ye gods...

Todd Jordan
02-14-2011, 06:58 PM
looks like the Bugaloos. not tough at all.

Paul Casey
02-14-2011, 07:16 PM
That goofball that joined Boston still with these turds?

Roderick
02-14-2011, 07:28 PM
Danzig is also working on a covers album so good and evil remain in balance.

Ian Jane
02-14-2011, 09:02 PM
That goofball that joined Boston still with these turds?

Nope, it's back to the classic line up of the Bros. Sweet, Oz Fox, and the other guy from the 80s.

Mark Tolch
02-15-2011, 09:06 AM
If there was a god, Stryper would've been blasted by lightning a looonggggg time ago.

Todd Jordan
02-15-2011, 09:35 AM
There is a god. See track 13."GOD", a Stryper song covered by Stryper.

Ian Jane
02-15-2011, 10:00 AM
I can't be the only one who had a soft spot for them in the 80s....

Nolando
02-15-2011, 12:31 PM
Yes, yes you can, Ian.

Ian Jane
02-15-2011, 12:40 PM
At one point I had two different black Stryper 'rock banners' in my room, one for To Hell With The Devil and one for Soldiers Under Command.

Ian Jane
02-15-2011, 02:53 PM
OK, the cover of Shout It Out Loud sucks ass, but Over The Mountain actually isn't bad at all.

Ian Jane
02-15-2011, 03:06 PM
Horace's karaoke version of Immigrant Song is better than Stryper's, but I bet Stryper's version of Breakin' The Law is better than Horace's (though in fairness I haven't heard his yet).

Ian Jane
02-15-2011, 03:06 PM
This album isn't very good. Parts of it are better than they should be though.

Mark Tolch
02-15-2011, 03:13 PM
You should probably just talk to yourself about this one. You'll come away with at least part of your dignity intact.

Ian Jane
02-15-2011, 03:17 PM
You should probably just talk to yourself about this one. You'll come away with at least part of your dignity intact.

Says the man who owns Power Station's discography.

http://epk.radioandrecords.com/powerstation/cover.gif

Mark Tolch
02-15-2011, 03:33 PM
Actually, I only have the one album. And that album RULES. So suck it, godboy.

Ian Jane
02-15-2011, 03:36 PM
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_bmkSfR7bqvY/R1AMXQf6QZI/AAAAAAAAIdE/nHlJoLW6-8E/s1600-R/1d.jpg

Mark Tolch
02-15-2011, 03:38 PM
Okay, you got me on that one.

Ian Jane
02-15-2011, 03:41 PM
We've all got guilty pleasures. I'm not judging, just levelling the playing field a bit.

Roderick
02-15-2011, 04:21 PM
But at least Duran Duran had naked chicks in their vids.

"Girls on film!"

Todd Jordan
02-15-2011, 04:38 PM
I can't decide which is worse.

Ian Jane
02-15-2011, 04:42 PM
I can't decide which is worse.

http://www.metal-metropolis.com/White_Lion/white_lion_logopic.jpg

Paul Casey
02-15-2011, 07:50 PM
Wait and When The Children Cry are great songs.
I've never heard any Stryper (but own a poster).
Duran Duran is awesome.

Todd Jordan
02-15-2011, 08:33 PM
I can say I like a couple of White Lion songs and a couple of Duran Duran songs. I can also say I don't like any Stryper songs that I've heard. So I guess Stryper is worse.

Mark Tolch
02-15-2011, 10:44 PM
Logic. Its awesome.

Ian Jane
02-15-2011, 10:49 PM
Stryper had better matching outfits.

Mark Tolch
02-15-2011, 10:56 PM
Than Menudo

Paul Casey
02-16-2011, 08:24 AM
I assume all the stripes are so that when standing around after a show, bullies won't know where one band member ends and another begins. Y'know, like zebras.

Mark Tolch
02-16-2011, 08:37 AM
That's also why they say "Yo, dog, what's crack-a-lackin'?" Like Zebras.

Ian Jane
02-16-2011, 09:42 AM
Bullies wouldn't beat them up, they're too friendly. Stryper would be all like, c'mon guys, let's not fight (because we have a giant yellow tank/RV thing with machine guns on it and will lay you to waste), let's just hang out and talk about the good things in life.

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_xpadHP2LoUA/Rb5EOHxtLnI/AAAAAAAAAAY/wc1ulmgAs68/s320/stryper777.jpg

Todd Jordan
02-16-2011, 09:48 AM
we have a giant yellow tank/RV thing with machine guns on it

...made out of poster board and cray paper...

Todd Jordan
02-16-2011, 09:50 AM
who's a big shit pile of sissy farts?


http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_xpadHP2LoUA/Rb5EOHxtLnI/AAAAAAAAAAY/wc1ulmgAs68/s320/stryper777.jpg

"Us...that'd be us...guilty...yep you pegged us..."

Ian Jane
02-16-2011, 09:58 AM
Why the hate, angry Todd? Let's just hang out and split a Pepsi.

http://www.musicmayhem.com/stryper5.JPG

Todd Jordan
02-16-2011, 10:18 AM
If you throw on some poodle skirts I'll meet you down at Pop's Chocolate Shoppe.

Ian Jane
02-16-2011, 10:25 AM
Who says hot chicks don't hang out back stage at the Stryper show?

http://elizabethsabine.net/MSweetStryperFEA8.jpg

Paul Casey
02-16-2011, 11:17 AM
Todd, which one would you bang first?

Todd Jordan
02-16-2011, 11:24 AM
If you're talking about the old ladies, I'd do them at the same time. If you're talking about The Strypers, blondes first, then the brunettes. Save the best for last.

Ian Jane
02-16-2011, 11:31 AM
Tommy Lee's got nothing on this drum kit!

http://www.rockandreview.com/blog/assets/content/images/stryper/stryper_robert_sweet_pearl_quad_bass_drum_set.jpg

Todd Jordan
02-16-2011, 12:32 PM
I always did dig the suspended cymbals.

Paul Casey
02-16-2011, 01:24 PM
They represent heaven.

Ian Jane
02-16-2011, 01:34 PM
You dudes are so out of touch you didn't even notice he's only using 1 drum stick in that picture.

Roderick
02-16-2011, 02:10 PM
It's just out of frame above his head. He has faith he will catch it.

Todd Jordan
02-16-2011, 02:40 PM
I noticed the one stick. I thought he dropped it to wave to his fan (mother).

Paul Casey
02-16-2011, 03:15 PM
Jesus used zero drumsticks. Y'know, no free hands and shit.

Ian Jane
02-16-2011, 03:17 PM
903

Mike T
07-24-2011, 12:04 AM
I only have one thing to say over all of this...


...Duran Duran...

...talk...


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i8xxmNHYdsU

Ian Jane
10-24-2011, 08:13 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XGiVqroKIFE&amp;feature=grec_index

Ian Jane
10-24-2011, 08:18 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vyrU2YX7dK0

Ian Jane
07-24-2014, 09:11 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uCB8lvXw5pk

sukebanboy
07-24-2014, 10:34 AM
THE YELLOW AND BLACK ATTACK IS BACK!!!

Indeed!


Nice to see the drummer keeping up the "Metal Hair" tradition by wearing a silly hat!!

Ian Jane
02-11-2018, 09:52 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OWvdLnP8m3I