STRYPER fans will have limited time to purchase the band's new album, "Murder By Pride" song by song up until July 21 when the full LP will be released.
Beginning on Tuesday, May 5, fans can purchase a track per week on iTunes. However, as each new song is released, the previous one will no longer be available until the full album is released. So fans have a seven-day window to purchase each track from "Murder By Pride" beginning May 5. Below is a schedule of the release dates for each song on the album. Remember, each song only stays up until the next one is made available so be sure to mark your calendars!
Release date on iTunes:
May 5 - "Eclipse Of The Son"
May 12 - "Murder By Pride"
May 19 - "4 Leaf Clover"
May 26 - "The Plan"
June 2 - "Alive"
June 9 - "I Believe"
June 16 - "Love Is Why"
June 23 - "Mercy Over Blame"
June 30 - "Run In You"
July 7 - "Everything"
July 14 - "My Love (I"ll Always Show)"
July 21 - Full "Murder By Pride" LP available on iTunes
Commented singer Michael Sweet: "After years of speaking to fans and hearing comments like 'more guitars,' 'more solos' and 'more screams,' I decided to keep those comments in mind as I wrote each song. It was important to me to try to get back to that early sound of STRYPER yet at the same time, to remain relevant today. It's certainly not an easy thing to do but as I listen to 'Murder By Pride', I think that was accomplished.
"I got the idea of the title 'Murder By Pride' from seeing pride consume dreams, goals and many times, lives. We all deal with pride and it can be crippling, so I wanted to write a lyric and a theme that would be a constant reminder of that. This record has been in the works for a long, long time and I can only hope that it was worth the wait!"
STRYPER will embark on a tour of the United States in September, hitting approximately 50 cities across America. This will be followed by international tour dates in January and February of 2010. The bands's 25th-anniversary tour will be a two-set show. The first set will be new STRYPER material and include bassist Tracy Ferrie, along with original members Michael Sweet, Robert Sweet, and Oz Fox. The second set will be classic STRYPER hits and will be all four original members, including original bassist Tim Gaines. Michael Sweet Jr.'s band will be the opening band on the tour.
25 years ago (1984), STRYPER broke onto the scene with its debut EP, "Yellow And Black Attack", and has since gone on to sell 8 million records worldwide and tour the world spreading an inspirational message through their branded sound of rock songs, heavy guitars, and pristine harmony vocals.
STRYPER - "Murder By Pride" audio samples: