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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

This is Skillet, my friends!

This album is almost a complete return to form! For the kids who haven't heard anything before Comatose, Skillet used to write songs like these. Songs about faith. Songs that resonated deep in your soul. Their music didn't just make you want to rock out; it made you feel. Not just human to human but human to Divine. Their music spoke of God and his greatness; it spoke of hope.
This album is like they have really awakened. It was definitely worth the wait! Get it.

Doesn't Disappoint

Once again Skillet releases another phenomenal album and I'm happy to say that there are NO fillers at all in this album. This is well worth the money and is definitely a must-get.

Honest Review

I've been a Skillet fan since I first saw them in concert back in 2006. I liked the performance, so I bought Comatose and Collide at the same time. Both solid albums. Then Awake came out. Not bad, but you could tell they were trying to mix up their sound a little bit. Not always a bad thing, but it was in this case. Rise is subpar. Not everything is bad, but nothing is really "good". The lyrics feel shallow, the guitar solos leave much to be desired, and I feel like they touched up Jen's voice WAY too much. That being said, I still love what they stand for. I'll probably be sticking with Comatose for my Skillet fix, though.


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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