Michael Sweet of the band Stryper and former Dokken and Lynch Mob guitarist George Lynch collaborated on the upcoming hard rock album Only to Rise. Throughout the album, which was also composed by the two musicians, it’s clear that Sweet & Lynch, though seemingly an unlikely duo, turned out to be a potent combination.
The overall sound of the album is not easy to label. In an interview with Guitar World, Lynch talked about its eclectic mix of sounds and the importance of a well-constructed song, quipping, “In the end, a good song is a good song.”
He specifically pointed to the song “Dying Rose” as an example, saying the track has “a country-esque, Nashville element to it. I could hear a modern country outfit do it as well as a rock band. It’s a beautiful melody and chorus with a nice hook. There’s also some showing off and old-school metal kind of stuff on this album as well.”
Besides the composition of the songs, the musicianship is exceptional, with Lynch’s dynamic guitar riffs and Sweet’s smooth, powerful vocals. Other musicians featured on the album include 80s rockers bassist James Lomenzo of White Lion and drummer Brian Tichy, who has worked with Ozzy Osbourne.
A number of influences can be heard on this 12-track album, including classic bands Journey, Bad Company and Van Halen.
Sweet and Lynch are considering a tour in 2015, possibly as a Lynch Mob/Michael Sweet project. The details have not yet been worked out, but Lynch confirms they will “be playing in some context.”
Currently available for preorder, Only to Rise will go on sale January 27, 2015.