God Damn Evil

Album: God Damn Evil (2018)
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  • Asked by All That Shreds what made Stryper choose such a seemingly provocative title for their twelfth studio album, Michael Sweet replied:

    "We didn't do it just to shake things up. We have a point to prove in a statement. A few years back we thought about using this title. We didn't go with it because we felt it was a little too much at that time. Now in 2018, with everything that we've seen on the news, the evil we're faced with on a daily basis to new levels and new degrees, it made perfect sense for us to have an album called 'God Damn Evil'. It's a prayer request. It is what it is. It's not a swear, it's not just the shock statement, it's a prayer request, and we're asking God to damn the evil that we see. It should be a prayer for everybody. Some people are freaking out thinking you're taking the Lord's name in vain, and it's not that at all."
  • On whether Stryper had a long internal debate about using "God Damn Evil" as an album name Michael Sweet told Bay Ragni of Totally Driven Radio: "No, it is a title that Robert [Sweet, drums] threw out there a few years back and we didn't go with it. We felt like it wasn't the right time and we certainly contemplated and thought about it for a long period, then I threw it out there again in '17 and everyone is, like, 'Yeah, this is perfect.' It is perfect for the times that we live in. It's a powerful message, makes people talk, makes people think and hopefully makes people pray."
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