A guitar tutorial video for the new STRYPER song “Big Screen Lies” featuring the band’s guitarist/vocalist Michael Sweet and guitarist Oz Fox can be seen below.
Sweet described the song with this sentiment: “It talks about how Christians are mocked on screen. I don’t know if you know this, but 9.5 times out of 10 in movies or on television, Christians are portrayed as maniacal lunatics and backwoods crazies who aren’t in touch with reality. There are some like that, but I wanted to write a song that showed this was not true for everybody. A lot of bright, grounded people are Christians.”
“Big Screen Lies” is taken from STRYPER’s new album, “Fallen”, which will be released worldwide on Friday, October 16 via Frontiers. The CD was tracked at SpiritHouse Recording Studios in Northampton, Massachusetts and will include a cover version of the BLACK SABBATH classic “After Forever”.
“Fallen” track listing:
04. Big Screen Lies
06. Love You Like I Do
07. All Over Again
08. After Forever (BLACK SABBATH cover)
09. Till I Get What I Need
10. Let There Be Light
11. The Calling
12. King Of Kings
“Yahweh” was co-written by SEVENDUST guitarist Clint Lowery.
The cover artwork for “Fallen”, which can be seen below, was designed by Stanis Decker, who worked with STRYPER on 2013’s “No More Hell To Pay”. Sweet said: “We sent Stanis the concept about Lucifer being cast out of heaven and he sent us this amazing illustration, capturing the original idea perfectly.”
Sweet recently stated about the musical direction of “Fallen”: “I don’t wanna scare any fans away or anything, but it’s the heaviest album we’ve done. Not in the sense that it’s thrash metal or anything like that. It’s definitely got a little bit of a darker vibe to it lyrically and musically. Some of the songs are tuned down — not like the modern Drop B stuff; I’m talking like the E dropped to D, ‘Unchained’ VAN HALEN kind of stuff. And it’s just got a heavy sound to it. And I think when people hear it, in a good way, they’re gonna go, ‘That’s STRYPER? What?’ I think they’re gonna be shocked.”
He added: “The album was written and arranged very quickly (9-10 days, actually). This by no means reflects on the quality of the album. It’s some of our best material to date and so far those who have heard it have said the very same. Chris Jericho [FOZZY singer and WWE wrestling superstar] texted me and said that ‘Yahweh’ may be the best song since reuniting.”