It’s been almost 34 years since Stryper first made a splash on the rock and roll scene with their 1984 debut album “The Yellow and Black Attack.”  With hard rocking riffs and melodic choruses, the band was the first Christian metal act to cross over into mainstream success.   It was the golden age of MTV and Stryper became one of the hottest bands of the era with their now iconic yellow and black stage attire.  Hit albums “Soldiers Under Command” and “To Hell With The Devil” continued the band’s successful journey as they continued to hold strong to their beliefs over the years despite many ups and downs.  The band has experienced  a creative resurgence in recent years with 2013’s “No More Hell To Pay” and 2015’s “Fallen” sparking a whole new generation of Stryper fans and are about to release their tenth studio album, “God Damn Evil.”  The new record is a powerhouse and perhaps the heaviest album Stryper has ever done  with the title track destined to become a classic Stryper anthem.  BackstageAxxess had the opportunity to chat with vocalist and guitarist Michael Sweet to get the inside scoop on the making of the  new record including the controversial album title  and the band’s upcoming tour.  Please join us for a conversation with the one and only Michael Sweet!

We would like to thank Brian Mayes from the Nashville Publicity Group for setting up the interview with Michael. for more information on Stryper including the new album “God Damn Evil,” please go to: Stryper. For more information on Michael Sweet himself, please go here: Michael Sweet.

About The Author Kris Engelhart

I am a small business owner, freelance writer, and part-time piano instructor in Charlotte, NC. My musical career started at the age of five when I was forced into taking piano lessons. I played flute in the school band and added the guitar as a young teen. There is nothing I would rather do than be at a live show. My first concert was Shaun Cassidy at the Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo in 1978. My top five live shows ever are: 1. Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band – Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, NY 1984- They played for 3 ½ hours and it was awesome. 2. Carolina Rebellion- Metrolina Expo Grounds, Charlotte, NC, May, 2011 – The first ever Carolina Rebellion featured over 15 bands with Avenged Sevenfold headlining. Non-stop music for over 12 hours. 3. Chevelle- Food Lion Speed Street, Charlotte, NC, May, 2008 - The first time I ever saw Chevelle live and I was hooked! 4. Skillet with Red- Bojangle’s Coliseum, Charlotte, NC, April, 2010 – Skillet is one of my favorite bands and they totally kick it live. 5. 106.5 The End’s Weenie Roast #9- Verizon Wireless Amiptheater, Charlotte, NC , October, 2003- Featured Staind, Shinedown, Three Days Grace.