Robert Sweet (musician)
|Birth name||Robert Lee Sweet|
|Born||March 21, 1960|
|Genres||Christian metal, glam metal, heavy metal, hard rock, nu metal|
|Instruments||Drums, percussion, vocals, guitar|
|Associated acts||Stryper, King James, Blissed, Dbeality|
Robert Lee Sweet (born March 21, 1960 in Lynwood, California) is the drummer of the Christian metal band Stryper. He and his brother Michael originally founded the band as Roxx or Roxx Regime. Robert became known as the "Visual Time Keeper" for his wild drumming and captivating drum kits. Unlike most drummers, Sweet faces in the direction of stage left or right while playing, not straight ahead, so that the audience can see him and not have their view of him obscured by his drumkit. Sweet also played a key role in the visual direction of the band itself as well as being a significant contributor to the group.
After Stryper broke up in 1992, Sweet went on to play in a variety of acts and projects largely Christian-oriented. He participated in the band King James alongside former Stryper bassist Tim Gaines and former Whitecross guitarist Rex Carroll, and toured with them until 1996. He also participated in other projects, such as Shameless and Titanic. Sweet went on to record a solo album titled Love Trash which demonstrated an eclectic side of his writing and performing capabilities. Later, Sweet joined Blissed.
Sweet played a key role in the reappearance of Stryper by taking part in 2000's "Stryper Expo" and a reunion show in Costa Rica. The successful reception led Sweet to push for a reunion of the band which came in the form of a request by Hollywood Records for a new Best of collection. The band decided that rather than simply doing another compilation, they would record two new songs and then go on tour in support of the new release. 2003 saw Sweet tour with a re-formed Stryper. In 2004, Stryper returned to the studio to begin working on its August 2005 release, Reborn, which marked the band's first full-length recording of original material in over 15 years, since 1990's Against the Law. Stryper's newest album, entitled Murder by Pride, was released in July 2009, although he did not play drums on the record (as this position was filled by studio musician Kenny Aronoff). Sweet did however play in Stryper's 25th Anniversary Tour in support of the album.
Sweet plays Crush drums.
- King James (1994)
- Produced and played drums for three song demo for Ken Zehner titled "X'd out, out there" (1996)
- Love Trash (2000)
- Blissed, Waking Up The Dead (2002)
- 7 Hours Later, It's About Time (2003)
- Dbeality, Self-Titled Debut (2005)
Other bands include Final Axe and The Seventh Power.
2003 Metal Mayhem Release It's About Time with former Tainted Angel guitarist Lynn Edward Glezen, Rusty "Lixx" Wilmot and Guardian's Jamie Rowe. Produced by Rusty "Lixx" Wilmot. 7 Hours Later were tour-mates with Stryper on both the 7 Reunion Tour and the Reborn Tour.
- Portell, Paul (August 21, 2005). "Stryper Reborn Review". Jesus Freak Hideout. Retrieved March 16, 2011.
- Erickson, Sturdevant (2006). Stryper: Loud n' Clear (unabridged audio ed.). Maryland: Classic CD Books. ISBN 0-9764805-4-9.
- Christensen, Brett (March–April 1997). "STRYPER: Can't Stop The Rock?". HM Magazine (64). Archived from the original on 2000-09-18. Retrieved 2007-04-30.
- Jackson, Zik (2001-02-17). "Love Trash". The Phantom Tollbooth.
- "Robert Sweet - Stryper". Crush Drums & Percussion. Retrieved 26 July 2013.