Multi-platinum rock band STRYPER has released their first- ever acoustic “unplugged” album, To Hell with the Amps on the Stryper Recording label distributed worldwide by Flatiron Recordings. The first STRYPER album is available in Dolby Atmos, To Hell with the Amps will feature physical editions (including Blu-ray, CD, DVD, cassette and vinyl formats) to follow in June. The Blu-ray and DVD editions will feature a full live performance video of the album.

The 11-track collection features stripped-down versions of STRYPER classics – ranging from energized tracks “Loud & Clear” and “Soldiers Under Command” to power ballad “Honestly” – plus a never-before-released version of the enduring hymn, “Amazing Grace.”

“This record has been in the works for over seven years and it’s an absolute honor to be able to finally say, ‘it’s here!’” says lead vocalist, guitarist and primary songwriter Michael Sweet. “So many of these songs were actually written on an acoustic guitar and to be able to release it and showcase different interpretations of these classic STRYPER songs is something that we’ve wanted to do for a very long time.”

The band will also embark on their first-ever acoustic tour this month, playing the entirety of the acoustic project during each performance. STRYPER’s To Hell with the Amps – The Unplugged Tour will hit 18 cities nationwide between May 30-June 23, before plugging back in for a 40th anniversary world tour that kicks off in the fall.

“We’re excited to show people a totally different translation of these songs,” says Sweet of the upcoming tour. “Most of the acoustic shows will be set in smaller, more intimate venues, and the set is naturally more toned down. It will feel like a family affair, like everyone is sitting in our living room listening to us play.”

To Hell with the Amps was produced by Michael Sweet and recorded and engineered by Danny Bernini at Spirithouse Studios. The Dolby Atmos mixes were done at Iguana Studios.

To Hell with the Amps – The Unplugged Tour

May 30 – MadLife Stage & Studios – Woodstock, GA
May 31 – Amos’ Southend – Charlotte, NC
June 1 – The Orange Peel – Asheville, NC
June 3 – Phantom Power – Millersville, PA
June 4 – City Winery Philadelphia – Philadelphia, PA
June 6 – Narrows Center For The Arts – Fall River, MA
June 7 – Tupelo Music Hall – Derry, NH
June 8 – Town Ballroom – Buffalo, NY
June 10 – Rome Capitol Theatre – Rome, NY
June 11 – Cohoes Music Hall – Cohoes, NY
June 14 – Diesel Concert Lounge – Chesterfield, MI
June 15 – J.D. Legends – Franklin, OH
June 16 – The Vogue – Indianapolis, IN
June 18 – Mercury Ballroom – Louisville, KY
June 20 – Warner Vineyards – Paw Paw, MI
June 21 – The Hobart Art Theater – Hobart, IN
June 22 – Danenberger Family Vineyards – New Berlin, IL
June 23 – Liberty Hall at The Factory at Franklin – Franklin, TN

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