Monday, December 7, 2009

Stryper - Murder By Pride

Murder by Pride is a forthcoming album by Stryper. The first single for the album, "Peace of Mind", debuted at #27 on on October 24, 2008 and peaked at #1 on February 22, 2009. The track is a cover version, originally performed by Boston. Michael Sweet is currently a touring member of the legendary Seventies band.

Starting May 5, the band announced to release a song per week on iTunes up until July 21. As each new song is released, the previous one will no longer be available until the full album is released. Robert Sweet did not play on the album as the drum parts were provided by Kenny Aranoff. Stylistically, Michael Sweet has commented, that "after years of speaking to fans and hearing comments like 'more guitars,' 'more solos' and 'more screams,' I decided to keep those suggestions 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.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Pearl Jam - Ten (Legacy Edition) (2009)

Ten is the debut studio album by the American alternative rock band Pearl Jam, released on August 27, 1991 through Epic Records. Following the disbanding of bassist Jeff Ament and guitarist Stone Gossard's previous group Mother Love Bone, the two recruited vocalist Eddie Vedder, guitarist Mike McCready, and drummer Dave Krusen to form Pearl Jam in 1990. Most of the songs began as instrumental jams, to which Vedder added lyrics about topics such as depression, homelessness, and abuse. Ten was not an immediate success, but by late 1992 it had reached number two on the Billboard 200 chart. The album produced three hit singles: "Alive", "Even Flow", and "Jeremy". While Pearl Jam was accused of jumping on the grunge bandwagon at the time, Ten was instrumental in popularizing alternative rock in the mainstream.The album has been certified twelve times platinum by the RIAA in the United States and remains Pearl Jam's most successful album.