Skillet
Awake


3.0
good

Review

by William Forest Collins USER (13 Reviews)
January 23rd, 2012 | 14 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Who would've thought that I could end up here. Nevertheless, I'm probably not here to stay.

For any of you that don't already know about my religious habits, you ought to know that I am probably the most convoluted Christian that has ever existed. I rely on my religious habits to shape my daily habits in terms of faith and belief, but often commit certain displeasures that don't necessarily go along with those of the Christian faith. My musical tastes involving black metal, death metal, and other such things, the language I often use, and things that I do, it all revolved around just how strange this experience can get for me.

I didn't find Skillet on my own. Rather, it was a couple of people from my church that gave me two Skillet CD's a little while after Christmas last year. At first, I was a little confused, not because I wondered why they gave them to me, but more like "why did I actually enjoy this"? When I put "Awake" into the player and started to listen to it, I never thought I would ever enjoy a mainstream Christian rock album quite like this. When it comes to lyrics, I don't generally listen to them, so most of the Christian influences on this album, I don't even recognize at first. I do however recognize the instrumentation that is actually better than most mainstream productions that I have witnessed.

Awake wasn't exactly what I intended to be the high-point of my musical take-on for the holidays, and I was a little broken at first when all I had to do was get through the first few tracks so that I could at least get rid of the guilt of not even trying them. Well, after getting past those few first tracks, I found it pretty difficult to stop. Plus, after a while, I did start listening to and relating to the lyrics, and with the substantial instruments and various distortions in said instruments started to combine, I found myself on a pretty fun ride through this obscure genre in my tastes. More often than not, the instruments were what really got me considering just how much better they really are. Songs like "Monster" and "Awake and Alive" really caught me off guard in the musical composure, but ultimately, it was the first track that really swept me off my feet. The way that "Hero" sets the tone for the rest of this album is amazing, and is a huge factor in why I enjoyed this album so much.

But it was not all to be angels and bright lights. After expanding on this discography, I have found more records to be better, and only recently discovered "Awake's" production issues. Of course the number one problem being that this is basically the exact same thing from Skillet the second time in a row. Although, I must say, this album has enough unique qualities that remove it from the humdrums of other mainstream rock bands even though it’s trapped in this repetitive realm of its own discography.

By no means has anything quite like this ever found its way into my ears for an extended period time, and by no means has anything like this ever avoided my "stay away" list. But I can easily say that this a revolutionary edition to my collection. Its unique qualities differing itself from other failed mainstream bands (*cough-Nickelback) or my preferable alternative Evanescence, this album has definitely managed to do justice. And the lyrics that I can actually relate to only make this album more preferable to me. This is without a doubt one of the strangest great things that I can say I enjoy.



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Horsehammer
January 23rd 2012


550 Comments


Decided to throw this together just to get it out of my system, whether or not its good. Didn't realize how many reviews this already had until after i submitted. Criticism is appreciated, trolling is allowed, etc etc etc etc

Restrikted
January 23rd 2012


1889 Comments


The entire first paragraph is completely unnecessary and you use "I" a little too much.

Also, it's fine that you relate this album to religious beliefs and christianity, but what about the music? You didn't really talk about it too much.



Horsehammer
January 23rd 2012


550 Comments


GOD DAMN balls

Horsehammer
January 23rd 2012


550 Comments


oh well, i was afraid that might've presented a problem

scissorlocked
January 23rd 2012


3511 Comments


shitty album


Digging: Low Roar - Low Roar

Horsehammer
January 23rd 2012


550 Comments


lol

Killerhit
January 23rd 2012


5381 Comments


"oh well, i was afraid that might've presented a problem"

"For any of you that don't already know about my religious habits"
I'm done with this already

pizzamachine
January 23rd 2012


12572 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Review is well written, but it seems you forgot to describe the music.

- Although, I must say, this album has enough unique qualities that remove it from the humdrums of other mainstream rock bands

What unique qualities? The only one mentioned is:

the instrumentation that is actually better than most mainstream productions that I have witnessed.

- Of course the number one problem being that this is basically the exact same thing from Skillet the second time in a row

What exact same thing?

Horsehammer
January 23rd 2012


550 Comments


ok, i see your point, thank u

ConsiderPhlebas
January 23rd 2012


6157 Comments


You talk about yourself more than the record, vastly more

TheVoiceAndTheSnake
January 23rd 2012


3663 Comments


neg

Eko
January 23rd 2012


2119 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

why would we already know about your religious beliefs

why can you just assume that there isn't someone more convoluted when the things that make you "unique" in your faith are true of most people

tarkus
January 23rd 2012


5560 Comments


band sucks hard

i will prob neg u too while im here


DinoX
January 23rd 2012


3582 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Collide is the only good thing they ever did



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