In a rather surprising move, Walmart has banned Stryper’s new album God Damn Evil.
There are only a handful of heavy metal bands from the 80’s that have managed to some extent or another stay alive and relevant in today’s modern world. One of those would be Christian metal band Stryper.
Known for bringing the gospel with tremendous riffs, blistering solos, thundering rhythms, and all of the power of metal, Stryper managed to put a powerful new spin on worship music that other religious bands have taken inspiration from since.
Now however, it would seem that the band has hit a bit of a snag, as their upcoming 10th studio album God Damn Evil has been preemptively banned by Walmart.
A shocked and unhappy front man Michael Sweet stepped forward to offer his feelings on the ban, saying:
“We’re disappointed. Stryper has always been about making people think outside the box. Our new album title God Damn Evil is a statement that’s needed in our society.
We’ve seen evil rise to new levels and this title is simply a prayer request asking God to damn or condemn all the evil around us. Many chains have joined us in making such a statement.
Walmart unfortunately has not. The odd thing is of all the chains out there we assumed Walmart would be one to understand exactly what our point and purpose is.
Unfortunately not. Although we respect their decision and what’s done is done, it’s frustrating to see something that’s meant for good get misinterpreted and misunderstood.”
Fortunately for fans of Stryper, they do not have to solely rely on Walmart to be able to pick up God Damn Evil, which comes out tomorrow (4/20). The album can also be pre-ordered here.
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