The Covering

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The Covering
Studio album by Stryper
Released February 15, 2011
Recorded 2010
Genre Christian metal, heavy metal, hard rock, glam metal
Length 53:21
Label Big3 Records/Sony
Producer Michael Sweet, Bill Edwards
Stryper chronology
Murder by Pride
(2009)Murder by Pride2009
The Covering
Second Coming
(2013)Second Coming2013
Singles from The Covering
  1. "Heaven and Hell"
    Released: September 14, 2010
  2. "Carry On Wayward Son"
    Released: December 14, 2010
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]

The Covering is the seventh release and eighth studio album by American Christian heavy metal/hard rock band Stryper, released by Big 3 Records/Sony on February 15, 2011. The album is a collection of twelve cover songs from bands that inspired Stryper and helped to shape the band's sound and musical identity. The album also includes "God", a new original recording.


The album was originally scheduled to be released on October 13, 2010. On October 22, 2010, it was announced on the band's official site that due to the feeling of the business and label team that more set-up time will allow for a stronger release, the album was projected to be released in the first quarter of 2011. On January 24, 2011 Michael Sweet announced via Twitter that the official release date for the album is February 15.[2]


On September 14, 2010, it was announced that the album's first single, a cover of Black Sabbath's hit "Heaven and Hell", was available on iTunes.

The second single, a cover of Kansas' "Carry on Wayward Son", was made available on iTunes on December 14, 2010.

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Original artist (date)Length
1."Set Me Free"ScottSweet (1974)3:45
2."Blackout"Schenker, Meine, Rarebell, KittelsenScorpions (1982)3:58
3."Heaven and Hell"Dio, Iommi, Ward, ButlerBlack Sabbath (1980)6:11
4."Lights Out"Schenker, Mogg, Parker, WayUFO (1977)3:45
5."Carry On Wayward Son"LivgrenKansas (1976)5:16
6."Highway Star"Blackmore, Gillan, Glover, Lord, PaiceDeep Purple (1972)5:45
7."Shout It Out Loud"Stanley, Simmons, EzrinKiss (1976)3:15
8."Over the Mountain"Osbourne, Rhoads, Daisley, KerslakeOzzy Osbourne (1981)4:21
9."The Trooper"HarrisIron Maiden (1983)3:53
10."Breaking the Law"Halford, Downing, TiptonJudas Priest (1980)3:02
11."On Fire"E. Van Halen, A. Van Halen, Anthony, RothVan Halen (1978)3:08
12."Immigrant Song"Page, PlantLed Zeppelin (1970)2:18
13."God"M. SweetStryper (2011)4:55
Total length:53:21

Track list credits reference[3]



  1. ^ AllMusic review
  2. ^ Michael Sweet (January 24, 2011). "Twitter @ Michael Sweet". Retrieved February 5, 2011. 
  3. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo (2011-02-01). "The Covering - Stryper". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-04-06.