Sep 162020

GRAMMY-nominated, multi-platinum rock band Skillet delivered what Cryptic Rock called an “epic” deluxe project, “Victorious: The Aftermath” (Atlantic) last week, exciting fans and media alike, with American Songwriter remarking how they “keep rocking harder,” and New Release Today remarking how it “helps ease the sting of a rough 2020.” The collection features all twelve original tracks from 2019s Victorious, plus eight additional tracks, including two brand new unreleased songs, and 5 reimagined songs.

Of the brand new tracks is ‘Dead Man Walking,’ a favorite of lead-singer John Cooper, and for which the band released a ‘Marvel-esque’ lyric video which can seen below.

Two original “Victorious” tracks are also getting traction as ‘Legendary’ has been tapped once again for the WWE’s Monday Night Raw theme song this fall, and ‘Terrify the Dark’ is currently impacting Christian CHR/Hot AC radio.

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Aug 142020

Skillet is telling its fans to load up their cars and come rock out for a two-night drive-in concert at the North parking lots of the H-E-B Center in Cedar Park, Texas as part of the venue’s Tailgate Series on October 9 and October 10. This is the rockers’ first-ever drive-in event, which will also feature fellow Atlantic Records artist Colton Dixon.

“It’s been tough to not rock out with our fans over the past five months, so we are psyched to do two shows in a row in Texas this October,” SKILLET’s John Cooper said about the shows. “Come rock with us, panheads!”

Skillet will offer advance tickets during a presale between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. CDT on August 12-13. Tickets can be purchased with the code VICTORIOUS. The H-E-B Center’s presale will launch on August 12 as well, between noon that day and 10 p.m. on August 13, with the official on-sale starting August 14 at 10 a.m. local time via and the H-E-B Center box office. Tickets are per car (not per person) and capacity is limited. Very limited VIP Platinum and Gold packages will also be available for presale. VIP packages will include front row parking in P1 or P2, question-and-answer session with the band, one custom Skillet fleece blanket and one exclusive poster, hand signed by Skillet. This event date is subject to State of Texas and local government guidelines for helping the community stay safe during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Skillet – “Victorious”

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May 172020

There is no doubt that Skillet has a great formula that seems to work for them in terms of reaching the masses and thus their significance in the rock world plays an important role from a Christian perspective. I am not the biggest fan of their music but I certainly respect what they have been able to achieve within the industry. I hated their debut album and in fact I only really started giving them the benefit of the doubt at around Comatose which was released in 2009, which by then I could tolerate them and today their latest releases are something I can get by on. Their success in the Christian charts has been continuous for the past two decades and their ability to stride successfully between the secular and Christian music world is noteworthy. Victorious is their tenth album and though sounding at times similar to their previous release Unleashed I think overall it is a little more polished. Also think a little more emotional attention was given to it. However in some ways for me it comes off as a continuation of the last release, like a part 2, or disc 2 of a larger album release. Like they had all these songs and divided it over two releases. Again that said there is allot of emotional investment that seeps through by the band on this one that though similar to Unleashed does give it some distance as the songs have a more personal engagement.

The stylistic approach of Skillet is a working formula, and I guess don’t mess with what works for you, and their melodic catchy songs have caught the hearts of thousands. The songs are generally pick me up’s with anthem driven lyrics and kids and adults alike can sing along with relative ease, which works well with their mission based statement they represent.

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Skillet Launches ‘Save Me’ Video Game

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Apr 122020

Skillet has launched the ‘Save Me‘ video game, themed with the band’s latest active rock track and music video of the same name. In the game, each of the bandmembers (JohnKoreyJen and Seth) are characters fans can select and play as. Once a character is selected, the characters run through a maze where players are meant to avoid various aspects seen in the ‘Save Me‘ music video: the hand (callout to John‘s scene), water/poison (callout to Jen‘s scene), and fire (callout to John‘s scene/smoking hands burning his eyes), which will be floating around chasing them; similar to the ghosts in Pac Man.

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Apr 042020

Skillet‘s official music video for the song “Save Me” can be seen below. The track is taken from the band’s tenth full-length album, “Victorious”, which was released last August via Atlantic.

Skillet frontman John Cooper told Cryptic Rock: “‘Save Me’ was a song where I had written the chorus melody… I was thinking I could almost hear [Five FingerDeath Punch doing that chorus. Then I said, ‘I just think that this could really be a Skillet song.’ Instead of moving towards ultra-metal, it can move a little bit towards romantic and sad. Then when we started recording it and working on the parts, I was, like, you know what? It can be sad and metal at the same time. I literally thought, ‘If this was a Five Finger chorus, what would they do on the drums?’ I know it doesn’t sound like Five Finger — it sounds like Skillet — but for a musician, if they really picked apart the guitar and the drum parts and the chorus, you can hear that being a Death Punch chorus with his voice — if Ivan [Moody] was singing it. Some bands don’t like to admit stuff like that, but I do. I like to pay homage to bands that I love, because I don’t have much of an ego — I think it’s cool. So, I can hear Ivan sing it.

“I wanted to make the song kind of sad, because the lyric is very romantic, actually. It’s dark-sounding, but it’s about the fact that intimacy is really hard. We all want to be known and we all want to know someone in an intimate way, but what we’re not always prepared for is that intimacy hurts. The second verse lyrics — ‘Peel back the skin, exposed to you / Take pleasure in the pain’ — what that’s saying is that it’s really wonderful to be known, but it also hurts because we have a lot of ugly crap inside of us. It’s not always wonderful when somebody finds out how selfish of a person you can be, or what a jerk you can be in the mornings when you’re in a bad mood; the way you respond to someone you love when you’re exhausted and they find out how bad you are.

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