Stryper’s Michael Sweet shared his views on grunge via his Instagram account. He stated that neither Nirvana nor grunge contributed to the demise of hair metal or affected Stryper’s career. Despite the fact that heavy metal is commonly associated with Satanic imagery, Stryper adopted a different image throughout their musical career. Although the media has labeled them as a Christian band, the band members have frequently referred to themselves as a Christian group. Due to the length of their career in the metal scene, they were also a part of the hair metal era. In the early 1990s, numerous hair metal bands weighed in on the never-ending debate surrounding the rise of grunge. The majority of the discussion has centered on how the rise of grunge drove the majority of hard rock and metal bands off the radio and led to a decline in album and tour sales. Leading 1980s rock and metal musicians, including Michael Sweet of Stryper, have commented on the influence of grunge on the glam-rock scene.
Sweet stated that he does not believe grunge put an end to hair metal. According to him, after the novelty of a new 1980s metal music genre wore off, most bands, including Stryper, began to release mediocre music. He added that fans desired an original sound, which grunge provided. Michael Sweet also discussed the first time he listened to Nirvana. He stated that Nirvana and grunge motivated him to improve as a writer, performer, musician, and producer. Michael Sweet’s Instagram post stated: “I do not believe grunge eradicated hair metal. Many hair metal bands ceased their efforts to some degree and began producing mediocre music. Stryper is featured.
In the early 1980s, when “hair metal” exploded onto the scene, it was compelling, new, and exciting. A movement that altered history. As the ’80s came to a close, ‘hair metal’ was predominantly cliche, somewhat redundant, and predominantly recycled. I want to be fair, so I’ll say not all bands, but many. Moreover, this is my own opinion. Fans desired something novel and exciting once more. Enter grunge. It was also a movement. The music was not as complex musically, but it was raw and passionate, making it appealing. Regardless of the genre. Originality and fervor form the basis of any great artist or band.
I will never forget the first time I ever heard Nirvana. I immediately went out and bought the record because I was so impressed. I played it for the guys, and although they weren’t as enthusiastic as I was, I realized that the times were rapidly changing. Personally, the grunge movement encouraged me to work and strive harder. From that point forward, I dug much deeper within myself to become a better writer, performer, musician, and producer. Therefore, I’d like to thank grunge for turning things around.”