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Michael Sweet & George Lynch Team Up For New Supergroup SWEET & LYNCH

Friday, January 23, 2015

Debut Album Only To Rise Slated for Release in January
via Frontiers Music SRL
Exclusive Pre-Order Available via PledgeMusic at http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/sweetlynch
Two of hard rock’s most notable figures have partnered up for a new project. Iconic vocalist/guitarist Michael Sweet of Stryper and legendary guitarist George Lynch of Lynch Mob/Dokken have teamed up to form a new supergroup Sweet & Lynch. Joining them on this new musical adventure is bassist James Lomenzo and drummer Brian Tichy. The band will be releasing their debut album Only To Rise on January 23rd 2015 in Europe and January 27th, 2015 in North America via Frontiers Music Srl. Sweet & Lynch recently launched a pre-order for the new album via PledgeMusic. The pre-order features various bundle packages for fans and is live at:
"When I was approached to help put together an all-star lineup, instantly I thought of George Lynch,” explains Michael Sweet. “George is one of the most talented guitarists out there and a ‘bucket list’ player for me. George wrote riffs/basic ideas and I wrote melodies, lyrics and arranged and completed the songs. I knew that we would compliment each other's style. When you add the amazing rhythm section of Brian Tichy and James Lomenzo, you just can't go wrong with this line-up. It really is a special project and I'm honored to be a part of it!"
From the opening notes of “The Wish” to the drum solo finish on the album-closer “Only To Rise,” it is evident that this musical partnership between Michael Sweet’s unmistakable voice and George Lynch’s signature guitar tone has yielded incredible results. Songs “Like A Dying Rose,” “Me Without You” and “Strength In Numbers” showcase the diversity that permeates throughout the entire album. Sweet & Lynch released a lyric video for the 9/11 inspired track “September” which can be seen here: http://youtu.be/i5G5uzrYWXw. An EPK featuring Michael and George discussing this new project can be seen here: http://youtu.be/BPYIoe0fTqI. Only To Rise was produced by Michael Sweet who also produced the last Stryper album, No More Hell To Pay, which received massive fan praise and critical acclaim alike.
The track listing for Only To Rise is:                                                          
1)      The Wish                                                    
2)      Dying Rose
3)      Love Stays
4)      Time Will Tell
5)      Rescue Me
6)      Me Without You
7)      Recover
8)      Divine
9)      September
10)   Strength In Numbers
11)   Hero-Zero
12)   Only To Rise
Plans are currently being worked out for Sweet & Lynch to play a few live shows in the Spring of next year, making this different than any other supergroups that record together but never play live. More information will be announced in the near future. If the past records of these four musicians are any indication, no fan will want to miss these shows.

SWEET/LYNCH To Rise In January

Friday, January 23, 2015
Frontiers Records have debuted a new track from Sweet & Lynch, "Divine"!!! 

Click the link below to hear the song AND to pre-order their debut album, ONLY TO RISE! They have multiple bundles available including CD and VINYL (yes, VINYL) versions of the album, hats, t-shirts, hoodies and more! Check it out!

ONLY TO RISE is out January 27th, 2015 in N.A. and January 23rd in EU.



STRYPER - Live At The Whisky (Showcase)

Thursday, September 18, 2014
Live At The Whisky
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September 19
Hard Rock
“Live at the Whisky” is the new Live cd/dvd package from Stryper featuring the original line up in a sold out show held in October 2013 at the Whisky Club in LA during a handful of shows in support of the release of the latest studio album “No More Hell To Pay”, the album that marked Stryper’s highest Billboard chart entry since the days of “To Hell With the Devil”.

Stryper is one of the top Christian rock bands of all time.  Comprised of the original line-up of Michael Sweet (vocals/guitar), Oz Fox (guitar), Tim Gaines (bass), and Robert Sweet (drums), Stryper has been rocking since 1984, and is responsible for such '80s metal classic albums as SOLDIERS UNDER COMMAND, TO HELL WITH THE DEVIL, IN GOD WE TRUST and such MTV hit singles/videos as "Calling on You," "Free," and "Honestly." After a sabbatical for much of the 1990's, Stryper returned strong in the early 21st century.  To date, the band has sold upwards of 8 million records worldwide and is a Dove Award-winner and Grammy nominee.  Stryper is the first band to have two songs in MTV’s Top 10 simultaneously.

Michael Sweet: Lead vocals, guitar
Oz Fox: Vocals, guitars
Tim Gaines: Bass, vocals
Robert Sweet: drums

SWEET/LYNCH - A 4-Track Preview Of Debut Album

Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Vocalist Michael Sweet (Stryper) and guitarist George Lynch (Dokken, Lynch Mob) have teamed up for SWEET/LYNCH, an album designed by Frontiers Records CEO Serafino, which is due for release early in 2015.
I’ve been fortunate enough to preview 4 tracks from the upcoming album and can’t speak highly enough of the tracks!
Both Lynch and Sweet impress the hell out of me on these tracks and the backing band of James Lomenzo (Megadeth, White Lion, Black Label Society) and drummer Brian Tichy (S.U.N., Whitesnake) means that if these four tracks are anything to go by, all the songs written for this album are going to be hammered home by this ultra-powerful rhythm section.
Sweet just sounds extraordinarily good on these songs. And Lynch is shredding and riffing like a man possessed. This is something big to look forward to.
Briefly – the four tracks I have heard are:
The Wish – A brilliant, rousing hard rocker with a thumping beat and an instant guitar riff, and a melodic vocal driven chorus that isn’t huge, but is immediately stored in the memory bank for endless repeating in your head later. And Lynch gets to display the best of his guitar work during a decent length solo.
Like A Dying Rose – An even better chorus on this one. The beat isn’t as intense or as fast as The Wish, but the chorus is huge and delivers a sound mix of everything that made Dokken and Stryper Platinum sellers. A big big vocal!
Love Stays – A slow, groove orientated ballad with a direct, impactful chorus and some classy guitar playing throughout.
Time Will Tell – Less intense than the other tracks, but more uptempo, adding good variety to the 4 tracks previewed. Another strong, harmony filled chorus and some choppy riffing.
A 90-second preview of another track Divine can be heard here: http://www.chirb.it/eKcwes
And you can hear just how awesome the track Time Will Tell sounds right here: http://audio.chirbit.com/michaelhsweet_1406294226.mp3
Stay tuned for more preview samples and updates on SWEET/LYNCH.

STRYPER Continue To Spread Their Musical Message With New Live CD/DVD

Friday, September 19, 2014
STRYPER Continue To Spread Their Musical Message With New Live CD/DVD
Live At The Whisky Slated for Release in September via Frontiers Records
Stryper is back with their latest release, a live CD/DVD combination called Live At The Whisky. The live recording will be available on September 19 in Europe and September 23 in North America, via Frontiers Records and is truly a must have for any fan!
The concert was recorded at a sold-out show last November at the famous Whisky a Go Go on Sunset Blvd in Los Angeles. The 16-track collection documents the band’s first show in support of their latest critically acclaimed release, No More Hell To Pay. From the show opener “Legacy” to the final notes of show finale “Soldiers Under Command,” Live At The Whisky documents Stryper’s rich musical legacy that spans over 30 years.
The original lineup comprised of Michael Sweet (vocals/guitars), Robert Sweet (drums), Oz Fox (guitars) and Tim Gaines (bass) showcase the musicianship and songs that garnered the band a huge fan base in the mainstream world and the Christian market. Live At The Whisky was produced by Michael Sweet is available for pre-order at Amazon at http://geni.us/StryperWhiskyAMZ.
"We've always wanted to record a live album that captures the rawness of the band and this is it! We couldn't be more thrilled then to have captured this at the infamous Whisky, where it all began for us. After 30 years, we're still proud to do what we do and hopefully it shows. This is an intimate performance, the way it should be."
The DVD of Live At The Whisky also contains the music video for “No More Hell To Pay” and “Sympathy” from their latest album No More Hell To Pay. It also features an interview segment the band recorded for Nashville All Access.  A trailer for the DVD can be seen at http://youtu.be/uCB8lvXw5pk.
The track listing for Live At The Whisky is:
1) Legacy                                                                        09) The Rock That Makes Me Roll
2) Marching Into Battle                                                    10) No More Hell To Pay
3) You Know What To Do                                                11) Jesus Is Just Alright
4) Loud And Clear                                                           12) Always There For You
5) Reach Out                                                                   13) All For One
6) Calling On You                                                            14) The Way
7) Free                                                                             15) To Hell With The Devil
8) More Than A Man                                                        16) Soldiers Under Command
Stryper is one of the top Christian rock bands of all time. Comprised of the original line-up, Stryper has been rocking since 1984, and is responsible for such '80s metal classic albums as Soldiers Under Command, To Hell With The Devil and In God We Trust. Stryper is also the first band to ever have two songs in MTV’s Top 10 simultaneously with their hits “Free” and “Honestly.” After a sabbatical for much of the 1990's, Stryper returned strong in the early 21st century. To date, the Dove Award-winning and Grammy nominated band has sold upwards of 10 million records worldwide. 

Updated - ALLEN/LANDE, TRIXTER, SWEET LYNCH Coming from Frontiers Records

Tuesday, July 15, 2014
There's been a number of recent high profile releases from Frontiers Records of late, but there's plenty more to come. Three such releases include new albums from Trixter, Allen/Lande and the partnership between Michael Sweet and George Lynch.
Recent info from the label on these projects is as follows:
Trixter - "Back in 2012, we released the first new studio album of original material from Trixter in 20 years! Happy to announce that the wait for the next album will be a lot shorter as the band has just inked a new deal with us and we'll be putting out their new studio album in 2015!"
Allen/Lande - "Russell Allen (Symphony X, Adrenaline Mob) and Jorn Lande (MasterPlan) have gotten together and recorded another classic metal album under the Allen-Lande moniker! The new album, The Great Divide was recorded under the direction of Timo Tolkki (Timo Tolkki's Avalon, Stratovarius), who also contributed to the songwriting process. The album will be released this October, but in the meantime, here is a sneak peek at the album cover!"
Sweet / Lynch - "In a recent interview, Michael Sweet of Stryper revealed the possible name of his new project with renowned guitarist George Lynch (George Lynch Fan Page, Dokken, Lynch Mob (Official), KXM) is "Sweet Lynch". The album also features bassist James LoMenzo (Megadeth, Black Label Society, White Lion) and drummer Brian Tichy (Whitesnake/David Coverdale, Foreigner, Billy Idol)!
We've heard the album, which will be released in early 2015, and let's just say you guys will be absolutely, 110% BLOWN AWAY! Michael and George have outdone themselves! First taste of music from the album is currently scheduled to appear in September and you will be able to hear how awesome it is yourselves then!"


Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Rich Davenport's Rock Show this week features exclusive interviews with Glenn Hughes, Michael Sweet, Eden's Curse, Eclipse and Touchstone, and is available now for streaming at this link: www.mixcloud.com/richdav1/rich-davenports-rock-show-glenn-hughes-michael-sweet-edens-curse-eclipse-touchstone-interviews/
In the first hour of the show, Glenn Hughes, the legendary Voice of Rock, talks about his new band California Breed, featuring former his Black Country Communion compadre Jason Bonham, alongside new discovery Andrew Watt. Glenn talks about finding Watt, writing and recording the album, and the future of the band, with 3 songs from the self-titled debut, released by Frontiers Records on May 19th. (Further info: www.californiabreed.com)
Also in part 1, Stryper frontman Michael Sweet discusses his new solo album “I'm Not Your Suicide”, and his recently released autobiography “Honestly”. Michael also gives the low down on Stryper's future plans, and also on a project he's working on with George Lynch (KXM, Lynch Mob, ex Dokken). You'll also hear two tracks from “I'm Not Your Suicide”.
In part two, Eden's Curse members Paul Logue (bass) and Nikola Mijic (vocals) talk about their current Symphony of Sin UK tour, the reaction to the album of the same name, their new drummer John Clelland, and their future plans. Paul and Nikola also choose a song each from “Symphony of Sin”.
Also in the second hour, Eclipse frontman Erik Martensson spills the beans on the band's new remixed, remastered reissue of their “Are You Ready To Rock” album, and outlines their plans for a new record.
Finally, Adam Hodgson, guitarist with UK Prog Rockers Touchstone, talks about the response to their current release “Oceans of Time”, their forthcoming DVD, and their performance at Trinity Live, a concert in aid of Cancer Research (www.trinitylive.co.uk)
You can also listen on Sunday 18th May 15:00-17:00 GMT and Wednesday 21 May 22:00-00.00 GMT on www.totalrock.com, and on demand on hot new Texas rock and metal station KXZR Radio at www.kxzr.fm.



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