12 Songs, 48 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

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.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

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.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5

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AppleMan707

Haven't heard it yet but it will blow our minds no doubt!

First Review :D

R3dguitarist :)

Well it's definitely a bit different than their other stuff, but true supporters of the band will acknowledge their shift to a new style for the sake of experimenting and doing what they love. Overall it's still fantastically performed :) Great job guys!

Exciting

Matchu 711

Cannot wait for this to come out. I heard this is gonna be one of the best albums.

About Skillet

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 and keyboards, Ben Kasica on guitar, and Lori Peters on drums, Skillet released Alien Youth on Ardent Records in 2001, followed by Collide, also on Ardent, in 2003. The latter album was then picked up by Lava/Atlantic and reissued the following year with a bonus track. Collide went on to be the band's best-selling album to date (even earning a Grammy nomination), and Skillet supported the record on tours with bands like Saliva and Shinedown. Skillet's next effort for the label, Comatose, appeared in fall 2006, followed by Awake in 2009 and Rise in 2013. A compilation album, Vital Signs, was released in 2014 to introduce the band to European audiences. Skillet's ninth album, Unleashed, followed in 2016 and was bolstered by a deluxe version, Unleashed Beyond, which arrived in late 2017 and featured five new songs, including "Breaking Free" with Lacey Sturm. ~ Jason Ankeny & Steve Leggett

ORIGIN
Memphis, TN
GENRE
Rock
FORMED
1996

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