21 Songs, 1 Hour, 28 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Flamboyant in its faith, Skillet has influenced a host of Christian pop/rock acts since it emerged in the late ‘90s. The group has refined its bold showmanship and glam rock-influenced sound over the years, with frontman John Cooper adding more gravitas to his glitz-drenched persona. Comatose Comes Alive neatly sums up what Skillet does well. More than anything, this album — also released as a DVD — captures the reverent frenzy of its pyrotechnics-laden live performances. Skillet runs through the tunes from its 2006 Comatose album, turning in especially strong versions of “The Last Night,” “Falling Inside the Black,” and “Better Than Drugs.” Searing guitars and hard-flailing drums keep the set moving at a brisk pace. Cooper’s charismatic presence — bringing to mind Midnight Oil’s Peter Garrett at times — is palpable, underscored by his group’s bombastic sonic thrust. Acoustic takes of “Yours to Hold,” “The Older I Get,” and other tunes reveal the solid foundations behind all the flash and fury. Comatose Comes Alive is comparable to similarly-titled live albums by the likes of Kiss and Peter Frampton – there’s excess here, but also real excitement. Skillet’s sizzle is caught in these tracks.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Flamboyant in its faith, Skillet has influenced a host of Christian pop/rock acts since it emerged in the late ‘90s. The group has refined its bold showmanship and glam rock-influenced sound over the years, with frontman John Cooper adding more gravitas to his glitz-drenched persona. Comatose Comes Alive neatly sums up what Skillet does well. More than anything, this album — also released as a DVD — captures the reverent frenzy of its pyrotechnics-laden live performances. Skillet runs through the tunes from its 2006 Comatose album, turning in especially strong versions of “The Last Night,” “Falling Inside the Black,” and “Better Than Drugs.” Searing guitars and hard-flailing drums keep the set moving at a brisk pace. Cooper’s charismatic presence — bringing to mind Midnight Oil’s Peter Garrett at times — is palpable, underscored by his group’s bombastic sonic thrust. Acoustic takes of “Yours to Hold,” “The Older I Get,” and other tunes reveal the solid foundations behind all the flash and fury. Comatose Comes Alive is comparable to similarly-titled live albums by the likes of Kiss and Peter Frampton – there’s excess here, but also real excitement. Skillet’s sizzle is caught in these tracks.

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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 them a Grammy nomination), and the band 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, their heaviest and most powerful to date, followed in 2016. ~ Jason Ankeny & Steve Leggett

  • ORIGIN
    Memphis, TN
  • GENRE
    Rock
  • FORMED
    1996

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