Stryper frontman Michael Sweet is back with his 10th solo entitled “Ten.”
This album is among the best work Michael Sweet has ever done, and that’s saying quite a bit given his nine previous solo albums and extensive discography with the trailblazing Christian heavy metal band Stryper.
Sweet is keeping ’80s heavy metal alive all on his own, given his frenetic output and the consistent quality of each release.
“Ten” begins with a Stryper DNA type song “Better Part of Me,” which is built around the intro riff from 1986’s “More Than A Man.”
It’s unbelievable how well Sweet’s voice has held up over 40 years with little or no rest between albums and tours.
Sweet also brings in a truckload of metal friends, including cameos from members of Whitesnake, L.A. Guns, Fozzy and Arch Enemy. “Son of Man,” a duet with Todd La Torre of Queensryche, is everything a heavy metal song should be: fast-paced, drum-heavy and with unfathomably guitar shredding by Andy James. The mighty Jeff Loomis plays on Ten as well.
“Ten” will be one of the best hard rock albums of 2019.