Skillet has been on a hot streak of late. Following their success in 2006 with the certified gold album Comatose
, Skillet released their 2009 blockbuster album Awake
, which was recently certified platinum, putting them in the same class as Mumford & Sons and The Black Keys–the only other two rock bands to achieve platinum status in 2012.
topped the iTunes Top Album Chart, debuted at the number 2 spot on Billboard's Top 200 Album Chart and number 1 on the magazine’s Top Modern Rock/ Alternative Albums Chart, and earned 3 Billboard Music Awards. The staggeringly successful album featured hit singles “Awake & Alive”, “Hero”, “It’s Not Me It’s You”, and, of course, “Monster” which sold an incredible million plus copies and peaked at Top 5 at Active Rock radio.
The momentum continues in 2013 with Skillet’s newest studio album, Rise
, featuring the hits, “Sick Of It” and “American Noise”. Rise, a gripping coming-of-age story and the band’s first ever concept album, tells the story of a typical American teenager struggling with the transition into adulthood. “…we started to realize that there was something going on–that the album was really telling a story.” John Cooper says. “Realizing that, I knew we needed to make it as powerful as we could.”
To bring the concept to life, Skillet (John Cooper, Korey Cooper, Jen Ledger, and Seth Morrison) went back into the studio with producer Howard Benson (My Chemical Romance, Motorhead, All American Rejects), who had helmed their previous album, Awake. The end result of their efforts is an musically expansive album that picks up where the band left of with Awake while expanding into new sonic territory by incorporating acoustic instruments like mandolin, harp, tympani, dulcimer, bells, and accordion. "There are some powerful anthems and the ‘signature Skillet’ songs our fans tend to love: symphonic, classical rock duets.” says Cooper.
Cooper calls Rise
a rallying cry. “We’ve written songs about issues, but the reason this record stands out so much to me is that this is the first time that we’re singing songs that use the word ‘we’ rather than ‘me’. It’s not just my feelings, these are our feelings. We can do this. Even the title track is not about me rising, it’s about us rising. So this record feels inclusive of all kinds of people, and that’s unique for us.”
“I think music should be bringing people together and bringing them hope,” - John Cooper.
Skillet’s ever expanding legion of fans, lovingly called “Panheads”, should be exceedingly happy the effort put forth by their humble rock and roll heroes. As for the band, they hope that their music will unite and inspire anyone who listens. “I think music should be bringing people together and bringing them hope,” says Cooper. “That’s what music does for me.”
Be sure to get your copy of Skillet's Rise now on iTunes and follow @skilletmusic on Twitter to find out when the road warriors will be rocking out a city near you!