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Album Review

With the release of their fourth studio opus, entitled Alien Youth, the band Skillet establishes themselves as true pioneers in progressive Christian music. While prior releases seemed to feel their way through the dark, Alien Youth finds the light switch. The title cut kicks off the disc with splendor, as heavy, distorted guitars drive the tune into an alternative peak. "Vapor" offers much the same heaviness, as John Cooper sings through a wall of guitars at the chorus. When the band lies back in favor of acoustic guitars and programmed drums, they seem to be at their best. "You Are My Hope" is a cut that takes you places without leaving your seat. Here, the band utilizes well-placed backup vocals and an inspiring chorus to shine. The same is true for the cut "One Real Thing." On the song, John Cooper trades vocal passages with his wife and keyboardist, Korey Cooper. The tune is guided with a light synth and straightforward bass riff that leave just enough air for guitar harmonics to flavor the background. Ending the disc is a cut that permeates the soul. "Come My Way" is a piano-driven melody with awe-inspired lyrics. Cooper's vocals, when mixed with his wife, Korey's, are chilling. Alien Youth isn't just a great record; it serves as a voice to a generation of those seeking answers.

Customer Reviews

A great album

Alien Youth- 5/5. Overal great song, very good guitar Vapor-4.5/5 Not perfect, but very catchy Earth Invasion-4/5 Could have been better, but overal very good You Are My Hope-5/5 Great song with an even greater meaning Eating Me Away- 4.5/5 Very very addicting, worth your time and money Kill Me, Heal Me- 5/5 My personal favorite, I think this proves the meaning that Skillet wants The Thirst is Taking Over- 4/5 Great Song, a very different sound though. I liked it One Real Thing- 3/5 I didnt like this song as much, sounded more like Christian Pop to me Stronger- 4/5 Great meaning, different sound Rippin' Me Off 5/5 Great song, Amazing meaning behind the song Will You Be There(Falling Down)- 5/5 Very slow, but very good. Worth the time Come My Way-4.5/5 Also Very slow, but not as good as Falling Down There is no reason not to download or purchase all of these songs. These are amazing songs, and have changed my life.

He is my hope.

Listen to "You are my hope" it may not be the best song, but I know that Skillet did a tour right after 9/11 in New york, you won't believe how many lives it changed. FIVE STARS FOR BELIEVERS!

Simply Amazing

Cooper is starting to really amaze me in all their songs. They are Christian, but have that heavy metal touch to what they play. This album gets a five in my book. I just hope others agree with me.


Formed: 1996 in Memphis, TN

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Alternative CCM rockers Skillet formed in Memphis, Tennessee, around the nucleus of lead singer and bassist John Cooper, guitarist Ken Steorts, and drummer Trey McClurkin. Debuting in 1996 with a self-titled LP, the trio returned two years later with Hey You, I Love Your Soul. Invincible followed in early 2000, and the group contributed three tracks to the Ardent Worship: Skillet Live compilation that same year. With a new lineup of Cooper on bass and lead vocals, his wife Korey Cooper on guitar...
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