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
The Covering
Second Coming
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
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 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.

Since December 14, 2010, a second single, a cover of Kansas' "Carry On Wayward Son", is available on iTunes.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Original artist (date) Length
1. "Set Me Free" Scott Sweet (1974) 3:45
2. "Blackout" Schenker, Meine, Rarebell, Kittelsen Scorpions (1982) 3:58
3. "Heaven and Hell" Dio, Iommi, Ward, Butler Black Sabbath (1980) 6:11
4. "Lights Out" Schenker, Mogg, Parker, Way UFO (1977) 3:45
5. "Carry On Wayward Son" Livgren Kansas (1976) 5:16
6. "Highway Star" Blackmore, Gillan, Glover, Lord, Paice Deep Purple (1972) 5:45
7. "Shout It Out Loud" Stanley, Simmons, Ezrin Kiss (1976) 3:15
8. "Over the Mountain" Osbourne, Rhoads, Daisley, Kerslake Ozzy Osbourne (1981) 4:21
9. "The Trooper" Harris Iron Maiden (1983) 3:53
10. "Breaking the Law" Halford, Downing, Tipton Judas Priest (1980) 3:02
11. "On Fire" Van Halen, Van Halen, Anthony, Roth Van Halen (1978) 3:08
12. "Immigrant Song" Page, Plant Led Zeppelin (1970) 2:18
13. "God" M. Sweet Stryper (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.