Former STRYPER bassist Tim Gaines has posted the following update via his official web site:
"This really has been an exciting month for us and a wonderful beginning to a new year 2003. On New Years morning, my wife took me to the airport and there I met [ex-STRYPER guitarist] Oz [Fox]. We departed for Providence, RI, where we met up with [vocalist] Mike [Sweet] and [drummer] Robert [Sweet]. From there we went to a Motel 6 in Seekonk, MA and the four of us went to a room and prayed together. We asked the Lord to rededicate STRYPER, to be used by Him, and to forgive our shortcomings. I am truly amazed. I never thought I would see the day when we would sit together and put the past behind us and ask God to use us again. This is an answer to much prayer that has gone up for us over the last 10 years. God is good!
"The next two days were spent in a rehearsal studio going over the new songs that were to be recorded. It was a lot of fun and the songs came together very quickly.
The Peavey guitar company sent us a truckload of equipment to use, which sounded great. It looks a though Peavey will be doing a full endorsement with STRYPER this coming year.
"We went to the recording studio - Sound Station 7, and spent the first day getting drum sounds. The second day Robert and I recorded the drum and bass tracks. Time went by quickly, and before I knew it I was back on a plane to California. Oz and Mike spent another week doing guitars and vocals.
"So you might be asking where does this all lead? Well, it leads to a new 'Best Of STRYPER' album entitled 'Seven'. It will feature two new tracks as well as previously released tracks (yet to be confirmed) celebrating our 20th anniversary. The new CD is scheduled to be released in March 2003. At this point we are talking about the possibility of some touring this summer in support of the CD.
"So that's it folks, it is a start of something that could be really cool. Keep us in your prayers."