Skillet
Rise


4.0
excellent

Review

by ButtsweatAndTears USER (3 Reviews)
June 24th, 2013 | 19 replies


Release Date: 06/25/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Skillet make many statements on Rise. The loudest of which being that they're back.

After Awake it would have been easy to write Skillet off. After impressing with Comatose, Awake was a less exciting verge into the mainstream. The whispers of wasted potential and sellout started circulating among their less-than-diehard fans. After 11 years together the band finally made it big with Awake. Unfortunately this fame came at a cost. The cost was a massive decrease in quality. Awake was saturated with generic radio rock and poorly constructed ballads. When it was announced that this was a concept album following the typical American teenager going through the hardships of life, it gave the skeptics little confidence that the album was going to be any better than Awake. The same concept has been done a number of times in recent memory to varying degrees of success. It didn't work for Shinedown, why should it work for Skillet.

As mentioned previously Rise is a concept album that deals with the typical American teenager going through life and seeing all the wrong that's happening. To get the concept across the album is split into three acts. The opening act which runs from the opening track till "Not Gonna Die" The second act from “Circus for a Psycho” to “Madness in Me” sees the character come to grips with how shocking the world is and the tribulations within his own life. The final act runs from "Salvation" 'till the conclusion. We get the feel of the albums protagonist boldly proclaiming their love of Christ. Given it's no Operation: Mindcrime but is a well done concept album nonetheless.

This band is far more overt with their religion on this album. Reminiscent of the band's Alien Youth days. A simple glance at the track list will show you this,. At one point the Cooper's daughter ,Alex, gives a reading from Isiah 53 " He was pierced for a rebellion crushed for our sins. He was beaten till he could be whole. He was whipped till he could be healed. All of us like sheep have strayed away. We have left God's path to follow our own. Yet the Lord laid on him the sins of us all." The track which this verse acts as an interlude to "Salvation" sees drummer, Jen Ledger, taking over lead vocals. the lyrics of which continue with the religious theme. "Keeping me alive, you are my salvation." The track which follows "Fire & Fury " is based off a verse from the book of Jeremiah. Although Skillet are overt with their Christianity on Rise it shouldn't deter any atheist listeners.

Following the departure of guitarist Ben Kasica, Seth Morrison was brought in and does an ample job replacing him. He really makes tracks such as "Circus For A Psycho" his own and really saves tracks such as the title track. The album frequently uses synths reminiscent of the bands Alien Youth days. The band progresses on the use of strings that they introduced on Comatose to give an "epicness" to the album. Jen Ledger is far more prominent on this album, even taking over lead vocals on the song "Salvation." This feels refreshing as John Cooper voice continues to feel increasingly strained.

This album is essentially a culmination of the bands work throughout their career, and it's a fitting tribute. It takes influence from each Skillet album since Invincible. This is what fans were hoping for from Awake. Although it has its flaws, it is still a well made album which will leave fans excited for the next outing of the band.

Recommended Tracks :
Circus For A Psycho
Not Gonna Die (With the last minute of Good To Be Alive)
What I Believe
Salvation


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  • mcdaid (3.5)
    Don't expect this album to be as great as Comatose, but is a better overall album than Awa...

    hcwhite254 (3.5)
    If only other reviewers would "awaken" from the doldrums of "Awake", this album offers sig...

    DKaiser (1.5)
    A nostalgic goodbye to a band who traded their edgy image for a position in the mainstream...

    Drazor1 (4)
    Skillet has "Risen" back to their former glory!!!...

  • Will Robinson STAFF (1.5)
    Out of the frying pan, into the fire...


Comments:Add a Comment 
sonictheplumber
June 24th 2013


4621 Comments


one of the worst bands ever

CK
June 24th 2013


4928 Comments


Band name makes me want an omelette

Digging: Death - Human

ViperAces
June 24th 2013


12466 Comments


yea

MuhNamesTyler
June 24th 2013


4304 Comments


Wachya got

Digging: Revocation - Deathless

Gwyn.
June 24th 2013


15160 Comments


horrible review

DirEnRefused
June 24th 2013


2186 Comments


horrible review

it's his third review, i'm sure we can at least try and be critically accommodating to his experience
level. i'll critique later.

FearThyEvil
June 24th 2013


12618 Comments


one of the worst bands ever

yup

JokineAugustus
June 24th 2013


6203 Comments


Definitely nowhere near the worst band ever, but they have been gradually getting worse.

Digging: KEN mode - Reprisal

Brostep
Staff Reviewer
June 24th 2013


3469 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Looking at the review from a perspective of someone who disagrees with you but isn't willing to write off the review because of that: (aka very brief criticism)

The sentences you use are mad short. As a result, the review ends up just a little bit choppy.

A simple glance at the track list will show you this,. At one point the Cooper's daughter ,Alex, gives a reading from Isiah 53 "

mad punctuation errors

Although Skillet are overt with their Christianity on Rise it shouldn't deter any atheist listeners.

I don't want to be rude but this sentence is just not very good.

He really makes tracks such as "Circus For A Psycho" his own and really saves tracks such as the title track.

I really disagree. This is standard Skillet power chords, I would not have known they had a new guitarist if they didn't make a huge deal out of it

Jen Ledger is far more prominent on this album, even taking over lead vocals on the song "Salvation." This feels refreshing as John Cooper voice continues to feel increasingly strained.

How is her voice "refreshing?" She's really heavily edited and autotuned and it's really frustrating to listen to her. I think Cooper actually sounds better, and that's saying a lot

You basically don't say anything good about the album until the last two paragraphs, and give the thing a 4. Not gonna neg because it's not badly written, but you don't justify the rating in the slightest IMO.

Brostep
Staff Reviewer
June 24th 2013


3469 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Of course the mods would ban Casey so this post no longer makes sense

fallenbird
June 24th 2013


3943 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

this album reminds me of a mix of Collide and Awake. Take that as you will

Moonchipz
June 24th 2013


36 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Not too bad, considering how shitty Awake was

DegausserGuernica24
June 24th 2013


1134 Comments


Damn.

joshieboy12345
June 25th 2013


5371 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

The vocalist used to be good, his voice sounds horrid on this.

DreamAgain
June 25th 2013


267 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I didn't hate their last album. Solid 2.5 if you ask me. This album is worse. Songs like Comatose and Falling Inside the Black are so far beyond anything they've done since that album.

How do you go even more mainstream than Comatose? They tried.. and failed.

MegaJake1024
June 25th 2013


737 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Album kinda blows, and I like Skillet. Not Gonna Die is easily the best track. If anyone is hoping to fill the void of this disappointment (if you were expecting anything good from this), just listen to We As Human's debut that came out today. Much better.

Digging: Thera - For Someone, Somewhere

joshieboy12345
June 25th 2013


5371 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I'll stick with ABR.

AshArcher
July 14th 2013


25 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

finally a decent review that isn't elitist or personal

Brostep
Staff Reviewer
July 14th 2013


3469 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

What, now being personal is a bad thing? Or am I a good writer who wrote a personal review which isn't as good as this? Or am I an elitist snob now?



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