Skillet
Comatose


3.5
great

Review

by Steven McMahan USER (49 Reviews)
October 9th, 2006 | 58 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The always evolving Skillet have left behind the generic hard rock of Collide. The strings and piano that made short appearances before are included to their full potential, making for a good, diverse rock album

Skillet is:
John L. Cooper - Vocals, bass, piano
Korey Cooper - Keyboards, vocals, piano, programming
Ben Kasica - Electric and acoustic guitars
Lori Peters - Drums

Skillet has seen and done lots of things in their 10 year career, putting out 6 albums that change their sound slightly with each new release. They’ve gone from grunge, to electronica and industrial, before the hard rock/alternative metal dominated sound of their last release, Collide. They succeed at almost everything, and that is definitely true of the newest album, Comatose. Here we see them move away from the generic and formulaic sound of Collide, adding strings and piano, while also putting more ballads into the mix.

In the first few seconds of opener Rebirthing, the band showcases an almost epic sounding string arrangement, and makes it clear: the music has changed again, this time for the best. But just as quickly Lori hits the drums a couple times, setting off the rest of the band to come in rocking full force. There is yet another string sample, but it acts as more of a lead guitar lick than something separate. For the usual soft verse, the intro string “riff” is played on guitar. As with each first track, we have a very energetic and catchy chorus, with another surprise: John’s wife Korey is back on vocals. After singing her heart out on the softer parts of Alien Youth, someone decided to shut her up for all of Collide. The mix of her beautiful female voice effectively creates balance with John’s throaty, raw shouts. Following the second verse and chorus is a well-executed bridge, and yet another surprise: a guitar solo. (Which I believe the band hasn’t done before, now they appear on 3 tracks) All in all the song is an excellent representation of the things you can expect on the album, and the obvious choice for main single.

As for the rest of the album, it’s sounding much better than Collide. While the electronic and “classical” elements were present there, Skillet put them on the back burner while focusing on rock. There is piano and strings throughout the album, but like Collide they are usually in the background, adding to the music. When they are in the foreground it tops off a great song instead of dominating the music (like the sometimes annoying synthesizers in Alien Youth). Along with heavy, energetic songs there are also about 4 slow songs that work very well and have variety amongst themselves. Skillet also tries some new things, such as Those Nights. I was reminded of modern Relient K when I first heard the song, with its pop-punk sounding guitars, piano-driven verse and shouts of “Oh oh! Oh oh!” But unlike the majority of Collide, there are no shouts of “ohhhhhh!!”, “yeah!!!!”, etc; that act as filler. Instead of 10 songs averaging 4 mins, there are 11 songs averaging about 3 1/2 minutes.

Now to the bad parts: they are few but still there. My main problem with this CD is that they did not use Korey’s voice to its full potential. She sounds great on the songs where she is present, but why not use it on at least one of the ballads? (Especially since there are several) John has a good voice, but it’s definitely not what one would call “beautiful”. Letting Korey belt it out on a ballad would probably improve them greatly.

Another small but noticeable problem: the track order. After only two solid energetic songs, in comes Yours to Hold to break that energy. While I do love the song, I am accustomed to having at least 3 heavy songs before a slow one. Falling Inside the Black and Whispers in the Dark are two of the best songs, yet they are placed near the tail end of the tracklist. Why not put them closer to the front?

In conclusion, this is great music from a great band. Less filler and generic sounds as well as new influences that work well with the music. If you haven’t tried anything Skillet has cooked up yet, this is the time to try a taste.

Recommended tracks:
Rebirthing
Yours to Hold
Comatose
Whispers in the Dark




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Comments:Add a Comment 
Zmev
October 9th 2006


983 Comments


Hahaha Skillet

Christian metal /m/ 0 :-) /m/This Message Edited On 10.09.06

ninjuice
October 9th 2006


6760 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

um no. alternative metal at the most. they're compared to Nine Inch Nails a lot more

Intransit
October 9th 2006


2797 Comments


Christian band playing metal with Christian themed lyrics=Christian metal

Hatshepsut
October 9th 2006


1997 Comments


Makes sense to me.

CanonInD
October 9th 2006


359 Comments


haha skillet is so terrible

ninjuice
October 10th 2006


6760 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Obviously none of you geniuses have listened to any Skillet. Like I said, they might have played metal on the last album but definitely not anymore.
If you want Christian metal see Tourniquet, Norma Jean, Demon Hunter, As I Lay Dying, or Disciple. NOT SKILLET

whatsgrimace
October 12th 2006


47 Comments


I saw this at a used cd store for 3.99.

I didn't get it lolol

Psyclone
October 14th 2006


432 Comments


[quote=ninjuice]If you want Christian metal see Tourniquet, Norma Jean, Demon Hunter, As I Lay Dying, or Disciple[/quote]
Thank you for mentioning them. Amazing band.

Have all of your reviews been of Christian metal?

Abaddon2005
October 14th 2006


684 Comments


Excellent review, makes me want to check this out.

CanonInD
October 14th 2006


359 Comments


Obviously none of you geniuses have listened to any Skillet. Like I said, they might have played metal on the last album but definitely not anymore.

I'm quite aware that they don't play metal. They play Christian rock.

ninjuice
October 15th 2006


6760 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

[quote=Psyclone]Thank you for mentioning them. Amazing band.



Have all of your reviews been of Christian metal?[/quote]
No, Red and Project 86 don't fall into metal. And I've only done 7 so far.
[quote=Abaddon2005]Excellent review, makes me want to check this out.[/quote]
Thanks


Calypsan
November 19th 2006


14 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good review. I agree that Korey's voice should have been utilized for the ballads, but her vocals seem very out of place on "Rebirthing" at least in my opinion. That one should have been left to John. Like I said, good one, ninjuice!

Acey
February 1st 2007


2578 Comments


i have heard tracks 5 and 10 and love both, so i might check this out.

NeverFading14
February 16th 2007


380 Comments


Quite possibly the worst band that ever lived.

Cesar
March 6th 2007


2732 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is a good album. The tracks 1,5,10 are exellent, the rest is between average and good.

MrLau
May 27th 2007


1 Comments


Skillet. Wow. I went to YC KING and Skillet played. I have never been so disgusted in my entire life. They don't seem chrisitan at all. I mean, seriously, the music was so terrible, all I could hear was screaming. Hundreds of people even went as far to say "Holy crap, that was so Satanic!" and I would have to agree. As soon as they started playing their songs, I left. I bolted out of there. Like a fox. My ears never hurt so much. The way they play is so deveicing and horrible, I'd say if they go to YC again, i'll leave before they get on the stage thats'f for sure. Worst. Christian. Band. Ever. If you think they are a good band, give me some good reasons, otherwise, they are just another crazy metal playing peice of crap album that if you buy, should be cursed for eternity. Go listen to Hillsong United. Way better.

Cesar
July 16th 2007


2732 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I've been digging this lately. After a couple of listens I noticed that it is better than I originally though.

ninjuice
September 7th 2007


6760 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I'm willing to bet Mr. Lau is much over 40 years old. That comment should make any person who's actually heard this band laughThis Message Edited On 09.23.07

roofi
September 7th 2007


959 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Have you seen Mr. Lau's album ratings? He's only got seven of them, but he's rated every Skillet album a 1. That's pure hatred right there -- signing into a website just to say "Skillet SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" He's probably sticking some pins in a John Cooper voodoo doll as we speak.



Yyy
October 5th 2007


289 Comments


skilletfanz unite!



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