STRYPER frontman Michael Sweet has issued the following update:
"The new [STRYPER] record is almost finished! It sounds absolutely amazing!!! It's a perfect cross between heavy, edgy and melodic. There are solos, lots and lots of guitars, heavy drums, excellent bass and lots of vocals! Rob came out just after Christmas for one week, then Tracy tracked bass and then Oz came out just after New Year's Day. He was here for one week as well. We finished mixing on February 1st and we will head back in the second week in March to make final mix tweaks. There are eleven songs on the disc (at least at this point) and this record is in my opinion (and those who have heard it so far), the best STRYPER to date! We look forward to working with a label who will promote and market this record the way it should be and we plan to release a single and a video as well. We will also be working with a publicity firm and you may even see the band on some late night shows this year as well!
"There is so much planned and I feel that we have the music and the record so now all we need is the right choices to be made regarding marketing and promotion. We believe that this label will make all the right decisions in that regard. 2005 will be a great year and we look forward to getting back out on the road to perform this new music (and powerful message) for all of you.
"On another note, Kyle (my wife) has been hired as the make-up artist for a new film that is being shot here on The Cape. Shooting begins February 7th and will wrap sometime around mid March. She is excited to have the opportunity to do what she loves again. For those of you who don't know, Kyle used to do make-up for years and has worked on a number of films ('Terminator', 'Teen Wolf', 'Wisdom', 'Ghost', 'Night of the Creeps', 'Fraternity Vacation' and many other films and commercials). I'm happy for her! It's good to see her do what she is so talented at.
"I have a small role in the film and I'm happy to be a part of it. The writer/director/lead actor is a very good friend of mine by the name of David Wall. He also wrote and directed a movie by the name of 'Joe and Joe' and he asked me to take a bigger role and I said to him 'I can't act' and he said 'You can but you just don't know it.' Anyway, I'll start with something small and see how it goes.
"We'll keep you posted on the movie and when it will be available."