Photo Credit: Florian Stangl

Photo Credit: Florian Stangl

Stryper promises that their upcoming album ‘Fallen‘ won’t just include some ferocious heavy metal anthems and a choice cover of Black Sabbath‘s “After Forever,” but that it will feature some of their strongest material thus far.

That’s a surprising claim for a band known for first becoming one of the first commercially successful Christian heavy metal units more than three decades ago, but take a close listen to the samples from ‘Fallen’ and there is some promising snippets to be found.

“I don’t wanna scare any fans away or anything, but it’s gonna be the heaviest album we’ve done,” says lead vocalist Michael Sweet. “Not in the sense that it’s gonna be 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.”

Sweet adds: “Sonically, I think this is our best-sounding album to date! Everything is crystal clear. The highs are crisp and the lows are tight and punchy. The more I listen, the more excited I am for all of you to hear it!”

There may be some validity to his statement; the sound on these samples is very similar to that of 2013’s ‘No More Hell to Pay‘ while featuring an evidently heavier sound and overall weight, particularly on the tracks “Yahweh” and “Big Screen Lies.”

Stryper’s new album ‘Fallen’ is due for release on October 16 through Frontiers Records.

Stryper, ‘Fallen’ Track Listing:

01. Yahweh
02. Fallen
03. Pride
04. Big Screen Lies
05. Heaven
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