STRYPER frontman Michael Sweet has claimed that STRYPER have never been a “Christian” band despite being widely known as one.
Sweet discussed this and more on a recent edition of the “Talk Is Jericho” podcast hosted by FOZZY frontman Chris Jericho. Sweet said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “I recently, in the past few yeas, said quite a few times, and it’s really caused a stir, that we’re not a Christian band. And people say, ‘What?’ But we’re Christians in a rock band. And there’s a difference.
“I look at PETRA as a Christian band, I look at SWEET COMFORT, I look at REZ BAND as Christian bands, ’cause they were Christians in a rock band,” the STRYPER frontman continued. “And they were brought up in the church, for the most part. We weren’t brought up in the church; we were brought up on the streets of L.A. playing Gazzarri’s, Troubadour, Whisky, and we became Christians. And we just continued doing what we always did, but with a different message.
“So we’re a rock band that’s comprised of Christians,” Sweet added. “We’re really not a Christian band. But if people wanna call us a Christian band, that’s okay. But I view us as just a rock band that decided to take a different path.”
Michael also said that STRYPER’s lyrics are genuine and not meant to be a marketing gimmick, as is the case with other bands in rock and metal.
“With a band like SLAYER — not just SLAYER but a number of other black metal bands… What’s interesting is STRYPER, we read the Bible, we pray, we go to church, we believe in what the Bible says,” Michael said. “So by doing so, so to speak, we practice what we preach. We’re not perfect — in any sense of the word, we’re not perfect — but we really do our best to represent Christ, represent God and all that God stands for. But it’s funny when you hear about SLAYER, and you think Satanic band, pentagram, evil, and then Tom [Araya, SLAYER frontman] is going to church every Sunday with his kids. Which is great. But my point is it’s a polar opposite of what they represent themselves as. STRYPER, on the other hand, you get what you get. We are what we are on stage and off stage. It’s not like we’re going to the satanic church after we get off stage.”
Some of STRYPER’s albums include the titles “To Hell With The Devil”, “Second Coming”, “No More Hell To Pay”, “Fallen”, “God Damn Evil” and their latest, “Even The Devil Believes”.