Michael Sweet joined the Cobras & Fire Podcast recently to talk about his upcoming solo album “Ten”, to be released on October 11th via Rat Pak Records. When the discussion of how his faith affects his songwriting he said the following at the 6:22 mark.
“You’ll never hear me singing negative stuff. Or stuff that the content and context is the polar opposite of who I am and what I’m all about. It’s an important part of who I am. The lyrics gotta be right for me to be able to sing em. And for me to put my stamp of approval on. I’m always going to try to write and perform songs that inspire people.”
You can hear the entire interview below.
“Ten” is available for pre-order via the Rat Pak Records web site in various bundle configurations, including translucent green and black splatter vinyl, cassette and hand-autographed CD packages. The album also has two bonus tracks that appear on all configurations.
Produced by Michael Sweet, “Ten” was recorded and mixed by Danny Bernini at the Spirithouse Recording Studio in North Hampton and was mastered by Alex Saltz.
Regarding the musical direction of the album, Michael states: “I’m very excited about this release. There are old-school, straight-ahead metal ideas in the vein of JUDAS PRIEST, DIO and IRON MAIDEN — all the stuff I love listening to!”
As for the “Ten” album title, Sweet recently stated: “It’s called ‘Ten’ cause it’s my tenth album, and because there is a title track on there about the Ten Commandments — a really powerful song. There’s real heavy stuff. It starts kind of smacking you in the face and it ends kicking you in the gut.”
Michael Sweet Solo Album “Ten” track listing:
01. Better Part Of Me (featuring Jeff Loomis of ARCH ENEMY)
02. Lay It Down (featuring Marzi Montazeri)
03. Forget, Forgive (featuring Howie Simon)
04. Now Or Never (featuring Gus G of FIREWIND)
05. Ten (featuring Rich Ward of FOZZY)
06. Shine (featuring Ethan Brosh)
07. Let It Be Love
08. Never Alone (featuring Joel Hoekstra of WHITESNAKE)
09. When Love Is Hated (featuring Joel Hoekstra of WHITESNAKE)
10. Ricochet (featuring Tracii Guns of L.A. GUNS)
11. With You Till The End (featuring Mike Kerr and Ian Raposa from FIRSTBOURNE)
12. Son Of Man (featuring Todd La Torre of QUEENSRŸCHE and Andy James)
“One Sided War” was released in August 2016 via Rat Pak Records. Backing Michael on the record were Hoekstra, Hunt, O’Boyle and Brosh.