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The heroic urgency that has sustained Skillet since the ‘90s is very much present on Rise, the band’s ninth studio album. Fans of the foursome’s landmark Collide album will find the same mix of thunderous ballads and soaring rockers on their latest release. Built around the theme of a teenager’s struggles with alienation and despair, Rise is at once desperate and empowering in tone. Front man John Cooper retains his throat shredding intensity as a singer, rising from a whisper to a scream on “Sick of It” and snarling with conviction on “Madness in Me.” Tracks like “Circus For a Psycho” and “American Noise” seethe with free-floating angst, while “Good to Be Alive” and “Not Gonna Die” offer anthems of survival with a faith-based underpinning. As usual, Skillet manages to exalt the Creator while maintain their aggressive edge – “My Religion,” for instance, sets a worshipful lyric to a swaggering, glam-tinged groove. Seth Morrison’s insistent guitar leads and Jen Ledger’s yearning background vocals (used most effectively on “Salvation” and “What I Believe”) help deepen the music’s impact. At the heart of Rise’s arena-shaking sound is a life-affirming message rooted in compassion and delivered with a ferocious kick.

Customer Reviews

I've waited for so long!

I normally wouldn't have bought the deluxe version because I didn't want the videos but I made an exception. Skillet is by far my favorite band of all time. I first heard their comatose album and since then I was hooked that night I saw them live back in 2007, waited in line for over an hour for them to sing my cd. I love them. They saved my life. Now for all the people who will claim skillet isn't like the old then you must get your ears checked. Last time I checked they still produce music that has a strong and uplifting message and most people wouldnt know who they are if they hadnt gotten so popular. They helped me through the bad stuff in my life. No matter what true panheads will stand by them through whatever people might say about them. I really hope this isn't their last album. I think it might break my heart.

I LOVE YOU SKILLET! Keep making the best music out there!
Panhead forever!
In Christ!
Andrea :)

Skillet has Risen above The American Noise!

I believe this album may top Comatose!! I love the Christian theme behind the lyrics of each song!! Jen's voice shines in this release, as well! The album lifts you up and inspires!! It will not disappoint!! Definitely get the Deluxe version!! The additional songs are worth it!! Skillet still rocks after nearly two decades!!!

Rise does exactly the opposite.

Let me just say starting off, "Rise" remains true to Skillet's Christian mission, which is what really matters in the end. For years, Skillet has been the greatest Christian band out there, and each album they've had has been aflame with the love of God and inspiration from the spirit. However, if the greatest inspiration they could get for this album was "Lonely room you've got nowhere to run..three… for all and all for one," "tonight, get ready for a fight," "circus for a psycho (psycho, psycho, here we go)," and "when you go away the darkness hides the day," then perhaps they shouldn't have bothered to do another album so soon. This is by far Skillet's weakest album. They have struggled with cheesy lyrics for a long time, but they always made up for it with the songs. That is not the case here. Not only are these the most horrid lyrics they have ever written ("light" "fight" "unite" every five seconds), but the music doesn't cover for them this time. The instrumentation is bland and poorly mixed, and it sounds like they replaced Jen with a computer. Honestly, she was never auto tuned into Oblivion in the past, why did they choose to do so now? The vocals are also pretty uninspired in nearly all the songs. I've taken the time to listen through more than once, so as to attempt to write a less harsh review, but nothing has changed. There are maybe 3 or 4 good songs on this album, "Not Gonna Die," "Hard to Find," "What I Believe," and "Battle Cry." Even then, these songs are some of the worst that Skillet has done. Then there are the live videos. How dare they charge extra money so that we can watch a few live videos that are overdubbed with the actual song tracks? I really hope that Skillet had nothing to do with that, because this is an absolute insult to their fans. The one saving grace this album has that would keep me from giving it zero stars is the fact that, as I listen, even though I don't like the songs, I can still tell that the inspiration comes from above, and really the man upstairs is the one they are trying to please, so I give them major props for sticking to that, but not enough props to make this album worth spending any money on.
I really wanted to like this album, and I have tried several times, but next time, Skillet should just not do another album if they can't think of anything good.


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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