Stryper frontman Michael Sweet currently working on new solo album that he aims to finish by April 2019
Stryper lead vocalist and guitarist Michael Sweet is currently working on his next solo studio album and aims to have it finished by April 2019 and released via Rat Pak Records in 2019.
The following message was posted on Sweet‘s Facebook page earlier today:
“Writing songs has always been part of my DNA. Once I get into that mode the flood gates open. I spent the past few days working on some ideas and so far I have 11 that I like. Now I need to weed through them and arrange them and program drum grooves to make em’ feel right. Joel Hoekstra and I are co-writing 2 songs together so I’m waiting to hear what he comes up with and that will make 13 tracks total (12 for US, one bonus track for overseas).
So far there are old school, straight ahead metal ideas ala Priest & Dio as well as a few up temp riffs ala Maiden. There’s also a few ballads with a bit of a Zeppelin vibe. I’m sure there will be a few other ideas to come over the next few weeks as well?
Between now and the first week of January I’ll arrange and fine tune everything as well as compose the lyrics. So far I’m really excited about the musical direction and I’m sure you will be too? I’m bringing back a few of those classic hooks and melodies that some of you have asked for. Ask and you shall receive?
It’s going to be a killer album friends! We start tracking on 1/14 and it should be turned in by mid April at the latest (it would be sooner but Stryper is going to Japan in early February and rehearsing so I’ll be taking a few weeks off from recording).
The album will of course be released in 2019 via RatPak Records. Thank you all for believing in me and for your undying support. I couldn’t do this without you and I’m blessed to be able to encourage and inspire all of you through music.
God Bless and stay tuned,
Sleaze Roxx stated the following in its review of Sweet‘s last solo album One Sided War: “After a few listens to this album, I was surprised at how fast of a listen this album is. Once it is over, you will ask yourself, “Is it already over? Because I want to hear more!” That’s how good this album is. If you are a fan of the heavy side of Stryper, then you have to pick this album up. It will not disappoint you and you will want to tell all your friends about how good it really is. I am also amazed at how well all the musicians are on this album. I was blown away at their talents and I will be sure to check out all their other work so I can hear more of what they have done.”