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    Stryper’s New Song ‘Rise to the Call’ Suggests a Higher

    Stryper released their new song “Rise to the Call” on Friday (June 24). It’s the first single from the veteran California Christian metal band’s upcoming 14th studio album that they also announced this week. The effort, which doesn’t yet have a release date, follows 2020’s Even the Devil Believes.

    “Rise to the Call,” a standard glam metal number, makes the case for spiritual intervention in everyday life. “Encourage one another / Build each other up,” it opens. “In a world of trouble / Never say enough / Be strong and courageous / Do not be dismayed / For the Lord your God / Is with you today.”

    Read the rest of the lyrics and hear the song below.

    Revealing “Rise to the Call” on social media this week, Stryper remarked that it’s “the first taste of our brand new full length studio album coming later this year! We couldn’t be more excited and we hope you are too.”

    But while the aim of “Rise to the Call” is clearly to bring listeners together, its religious platitudes could be viewed as clumsy the same week the United States Supreme Court overturned the constitutional right to abortion. The right had been in place in the U.S. since the landmark Roe v. Wade decision in 1973, 10 years before Stryper’s formation. (On Friday, many rock musicians reacted to the news.)

    However, Stryper singer-guitarist Michael Sweet is outspokenly against abortion. Last year, he responded online to a video of four protesters who represented the abortion advocacy group Shout Your Abortion reportedly swallowing pills with water outside the Supreme Court Building in Washington, D.C.

    “When women are shamelessly and proudly taking ‘abortion pills’ on video with smiles on their faces, isn’t that a whole new level of evil?” Sweet asked in his caption when he re-shared the clip on Instagram. “How and why is this acceptable in our world? Are we really this far gone? Celebrating the death of the unborn!”

    NEW MUSIC PLAYLIST: Keep up with each week’s new rock and metal releases by liking Loudwire’s “Weekly Wire” playlist over on Spotify. It gets updated weekly with at least 50 brand new songs.

    Stryper, “Rise to the Call” Lyrics

    Encourage one another
    Build each other up
    In a world of trouble
    Never say enough
    Be strong and courageous
    Do not be dismayed
    For the Lord your God
    Is with you today

    God is our salvation
    Never be afraid
    He gives power to the weak
    And strength to the enslaved
    He’s the God of mercy
    But we just can’t believe
    He is everything
    And more than we need

    We can’t go down
    Like a ship on the sea
    Because we’re too mighty
    To fall to our knees
    We fight and we wrestle
    Risk losing it all
    When we could win battles
    And rise to the call

    There’s so much to be done
    But we hit every wall
    We repeat our own mistakes
    And question why we fall
    Because it’s human nature
    Hard to comprehend
    That someone would die
    For everyone’s sin

    Stryper, “Rise to the Call” Lyric Video

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