interview by Michael McCarthy If you’ve been following Love is Pop for any period of time then I’m sure you’ve realized that one of my favorite people to interview is Michael Sweet of the legendary heavy metal band Stryper. In fact, this interview is the seventh time we’ve spoken since we started chatting...Read more
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interview by Michael McCarthy What can I say about the great Michael Sweet that I haven’t already said? This is Love is Pop’s sixth interview with the extremely talented, super busy Stryper frontman/songwriter/co-lead guitarist and solo artist. We love the guy here at Love is Pop HQ and he’s always such a joy...Read more
Michael Sweet of Stryper is gearing up to release his tenth solo album, appropriately entitled Ten, which will be out on October 11 via Rat Pak Records in North America and Frontiers Music Srl in Europe. Today we're pleased to bring you...Read more
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
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
The second single from Stryper frontman Michael Sweet's new solo album One Sided War is called "Radio" and it pokes fun at rockers who think they can just move to Nashville and become country stars. Starting and ending with banjo, it's a pretty funny song, especially if...
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
Stryper’s powerhouse vocalist Michael Sweet and guitar maestro George Lynch, formerly of Dokken, have joined forces here and the result is a truly incredible album that’s better than anything either of them has done in quite a while. Not that either of them have put out bad music during recent years, mind you....Read more