Skillet
Alien Youth


3.0
good

Review

by pizzamachine USER (213 Reviews)
August 27th, 2009 | 21 replies


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Skillet has never sounded better.

After three studio albums, Skillet has perfected their industrial rock. That much should be clear when listening to ‘Vapor’, an intense hard rock piece interwoven perfectly with industrial mechanisms. Other songs like ‘Earth Invasion’ and ‘Kill Me Heal Me’ follow this structure and result in perfect industrial bliss. Loose ends still exist, however. ‘Stronger’ utilizes annoying sound effects and bland lyrics while ‘Rippin’ Me Off’ is just a bunch of psychobabble.

Despite casual annoyances, Skillet’s Christian message has never been clearer: “Nations stream and angels sing, "Jesus reigns"”. It is when Skillet tears down the industrial sonic barriers that they are truly compelling as a Christian band. Songs like ‘You Are My Hope’ and ‘Will You Be There (Falling Down)’ take this musical direction and release emotion into the album. With excellent female vocals (from Korey Cooper) added to the mix, the quieter songs are practically irresistible listens. In the title track ‘Alien Youth’, her vocals are crystal clear and compliment the song in the way a glass of wine compliments a fine meal.

Although there are plenty of reasons to celebrate this album, there are also plenty of reasons to avoid this album. The mind-numbing industrial effects can get monotonous quickly. Also, the drama that comes with Skillet’s industrial music can bring the album down to a cheesy level. For those that can take it, though, an enjoyable album will await.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
pizzamachine
August 27th 2009


13476 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I can't believe no one reviewed this album. Comments anyone?

Willie
Moderator
August 27th 2009


17288 Comments


Skillet has never sounded better
Yet the album is only a 3? These guys must really suck.

Digging: Samael - Hegemony

pizzamachine
August 27th 2009


13476 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

That's pretty much what I was thinking.

PuddlesPuddles
August 27th 2009


4796 Comments


Haha I was thinking that too

I guess missing this isn't such a mistake?

bloc
August 27th 2009


43562 Comments


don't worry, it really isn't

Digging: Venenum - Trance of Death

Cesar
August 27th 2009


2732 Comments


Comatose is their best by far.

MassiveAttack
August 27th 2009


2754 Comments


hi pizza!

WhiteWallStargazers
August 27th 2009


2647 Comments


This is their best album...

MrGlass
August 27th 2009


329 Comments


review is way too short.

this album is great fun though.

Waior
August 27th 2009


11630 Comments


This is bad and Skillet is bad. Comatose is bad. Collide is bad. This is worse.

ninjuice
August 27th 2009


6760 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Comatose > this > Collide

I don't really care that much though...

pizzamachine
August 27th 2009


13476 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"hi pizza!"



Waaaazuuupp!!!

MassiveAttack
August 27th 2009


2754 Comments


What kind of pizza does your machine make?

pizzamachine
August 27th 2009


13476 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

ANY KIND YOU WANT.

MassiveAttack
August 28th 2009


2754 Comments


So....Cajun crust, pepperoni, green peppers, onions....hmmm wish I had money to order some.

Waior
August 28th 2009


11630 Comments


Pizzamachine.

endlessartix
August 30th 2009


275 Comments


Good review, I myself should be reviewing Invincible soon.

pizzamachine
September 1st 2009


13476 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Looking forward to the review!

endlessartix
September 1st 2009


275 Comments


Thanks, it should be on within a week.

natey
January 15th 2010


4187 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

KILL ME da da da da HEAL ME dadada ONANON



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