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STRYPER To Record New Album In October2/9/2017
Veteran rockers STRYPER will enter the studio in October to begin recording the follow to their 2015 album "Fallen" for a tentative March/April 2018 release.
Deliverance on Indiegogo to raise money for old school thrash album!1/11/2017
Hey Big D fans, this project is for you! Jimmy has teamed up with Jim Chaffin ( The Crucified, The Blamed, Fasedown) and Victor Macias ( Tourniquet ) for a Thrash project that will bring back the classic D sound. Fast and Heavy!!! The project is slated for a spring release and shows are lining up in Europe as this post goes live. We have plenty of extras for you to choose from.
Rey Parra returns to Sacred Warrior as lead singer and releases a new Christmas song12/23/2016
Legends of the Christian metal "Sacred Warrior", have released a new song "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen", a classic Christmas song, to style of "Sacred Warrior". The other novelty is the return of Rey Parra as lead singer of the band, after the departure of Eli Prinsen last June, Rey Parra returns to the band to take the place that had left to Eli Prinsen.
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Getting to know...
This is a monthly article where we get to know those from the Christian music industry a little bit better. We find out what is going on in the lives of your favorite musicians, writers, artists, and more...
In this month's article, we caught up with Doug Van Pelt from "HM Magazine" and got a little personal...
Who was the strangest person you ever interviewed?
Doug Van Pelt: Gosh, I don't know... when I interviewed Mike Dirnt from Green Day at the height of their "Dookie" album time, he was really strange. I asked him about Jesus Christ; he says "I don't know, I don't believe in a God necessarily, I believe in Star Wars, the force of Star Wars or whatever." and he was kind of silly and wouldn't get serious about answering that question, and so that was really strange. Another strange one, which is actually one of my favorite interviews, was the interview with Peter Steele of Type O Negative. I asked him, "What do you think of Jesus Christ?" and he said, "I think he was a fool. Anybody who would die for the sins of the world... I am 200 pounds of meat in motion. When I die, that's it. I'm gone." and that was such a strong and immediate answer that had so much passion behind it. I thought that was very strange, unusual and wonderful at the same time; even though you know I wish there was a positive spin to it, but the good news is that later on in his career, prior to the "Dead Again" album in the early 2000's, he came to embrace Jesus as his Savior and this is wonderful.
What is your biggest New Year’s resolution?
Doug Van Pelt: Hmm... maybe to lose weight. I gained about 5 pounds since Thanksgiving. I also have a lot of projects that are unfinished. A lot of times I come home from work and I'm too tired to work out and so I'd like to knock off a bunch of those creative things; like writing a book, doing some articles and stuff like that.
Where is your favorite place to vacation?
Doug Van Pelt: Well, I love vacations! I love being able to relax and rest. My favorite place to vacation is a place I vacationed at once but, I was only two years old so I remember none of it and that is Hawaii. I was born in Japan and when we moved from there back to the United States, my dad was in the Air Force. We stopped in Hawaii for vacation and I was so young, I have no memories of it whatsoever but I love the beach and Hawaii is going to be just your gorgeous, wonderful paradise of a place to visit. I like ski resort towns, I like mountains. I was on my high school football team, we played people like Big Bear, Mammoth and Bishop (California) and I visited some of those places obviously. I've also visited Denver and Aspen, Colorado and I just love the feel of a ski resort town up in the mountains, there is something special about that. I think I would enjoy it in summer or winter but I am glad to vacation anywhere, pretty much because the idea of relaxing and taking a break and resting is so wonderful.
When did you first become a Christian?
Doug Van Pelt: I first became a Christian at age 11. I responded to the message about the rapture in the end times and how you need to get right with Jesus and have Him forgive your sins and ask Him and your heart before He comes back; because once He comes back, if you weren't right with Him, it would be too late for you and be bad news. This was a fruitful time in my life, at age 11 I learned a lot about the Bible and was studying it and learning about worship and I had the privilege of leading my two best friends to Christ in the woods behind my house. I remember wanting to carve their initials on the tree to commemorate the moment and after about six months, I slowly but Surely walked away from the Lord. I came back to him as a prodigal son.
Why do you think 2017 is going to be a great year?
Doug Van Pelt: Well, to be honest with you, I think having a conservative party in the executive branch of the government and legislative branch will do you a lot of good for the economy. And, being able to appoint Supreme Court justices and getting silly government laws repealed. Where government bosses us around, there'll be less of that and I think that's a good thing. I like the saying; "If you're not a liberal by the time you're 20, you have no heart; but, if you're not a conservative by the time you're 40, you have No brain". I'm over 40 now, so it goes without saying that I'm a conservative. and I also think that maybe my relationships... my relationships will grow and I'll meet someone new and wonderful of the opposite sex in the year 2017 and that's a very exciting proposition. Here's hoping.
How do you normally spend New Year’s eve?
Doug Van Pelt: That's a good question. I don't think I have a routine. Sometimes I like to spend the night at home and just relax. I love to have a small intimate party with friends at home and that's fun; it's nice to ring in the new year with friends and having a good time drinking a little beer; maybe having some champagne. I don't watch Dick Clark's New Year's special. Also, I love watching some of the bowl games that come around that time of year. I think for the most part, I like being inside a nice warm house on New Year's Eve.