Christian hard rockers STRYPER have released short audio clips of “Bleeding From Inside Out” and “Blackened”, the two new tracks which will be included on a collection of re-recorded versions of the band’s classic songs, to be released in the summer of 2012. The CD will contain a total of 16 cuts — two from “The Yellow And Black Attack”, six from “Soldiers Under Command”, six from “To Hell With The Devil”, as well as the two aforementioned new tracks.
“Bleeding From Inside Out” audio clip:
“Blackened” audio clip:
In other news, STRYPER frontman Michael Sweet will enter the studio on December 18 to begin recording his new solo album. Sweet states, “Kenny Aronoff [CHICKENFOOT] will be drumming on the record, there will be a few ‘guests’ musicians/singers as well.” Sweet is also writing his first “book/autobiography,” which he promises “will outline my life and give you a page-by-page layout of the early years, the ups and downs of being in a Christian rock band, behind-the-scenes stories of what really goes on ‘behind the scenes’ of a successful Christian rock band (good and bad), getting through the toughest battle of all, joining the legendary classic rock band BOSTON, and much much more.”
STRYPER‘s covers album, “The Covering”, sold around 4,600 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 175 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band’s previous CD, 2009’s “Murder By Pride”, opened with 5,900 units to land at No. 73.
Produced by frontman Michael Sweet, “The Covering” is unlike any previous STRYPER recording in that it’s a collection of cover songs from bands that inspired them and helped to shape their sound and musical identity, including hits from JUDAS PRIEST, IRON MAIDEN, LED ZEPPELIN, KANSAS and many others. “The Covering” will also include “God”, a new original recording from STRYPER.
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