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  • "Alien Youth" from Alien Youth
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  • "American Noise" from Rise
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  • "Angels Fall Down" from Invincible
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  • "Awake and Alive" from Awake
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  • "Back From the Dead" from Unleashed
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  • "Best Kept Secret" from Comatose Comes Alive: Disc 1
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  • "Better Than Drugs" from Comatose
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  • "Collide" from Comatose Comes Alive: Disc 1
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  • "Feel Invincible" from Unleashed
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  • "Forsaken" from Comatose Comes Alive: Disc 1
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  • "Gasoline" from Skillet
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  • "Hero" from Awake
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  • "I Can" from Skillet
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  • "Looking For Angels" from Comatose
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  • "Monster" from Awake
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  • "Monster" from Live At Air 1 Studio
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  • "More Faithful" from Hey You, I Love Your Soul
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  • "Not Gonna Die" from Rise
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  • "Rebirthing" from Comatose Comes Alive: Disc 1
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  • "Rise" from Rise
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  • "Saturn" from Skillet
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  • "Savior" from Collide
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  • "Sick of It" from Rise
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  • "Sick Of It" from Live At Air 1 Studio
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  • "Stars" from Unleashed
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  • "The Last Night" from Comatose
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  • "The Older I Get" from Comatose
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  • "Those Nights" from Comatose Comes Alive: Disc 1
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  • "Whispers In The Dark" from Comatose
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  • "Yours To Hold" from Comatose
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    Full Circle Music Wraps Inaugural Music-Makers Bootcamp And Celebrates Multiple No. 1 Hits
    (Wednesday, September 21, 2016)
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    (Thursday, September 08, 2016)
    ​Skillet Perform on FOX & Friends All-American Summer Concert Series
    (Friday, August 19, 2016)
    Skillet's 'Unleashed' Bows At #3 On Billboard's Top 200 Album Chart
    (Monday, August 15, 2016)
    Skillet 'Unleashed' Tops iTunes Rock Chart
    (Monday, August 08, 2016)
    Skillet Expands 'The Unleashed Tour' To Europe And Russia
    (Friday, July 29, 2016)
    ​Skillet Releases "I Want To Live" Ahead of Album Release
    (Thursday, July 28, 2016)
    Skillet's 'Rise' RIAA Certified Gold
    (Tuesday, July 19, 2016)
    Skillet Releases Music Video For 'Feel Invincible'
    (Wednesday, June 29, 2016)
    ​Skillet Announces Unleashed Headlining Tour
    (Tuesday, June 21, 2016)
    Skillet's "Feel Invincible" Named Theme Song for TBS' E-League
    (Friday, June 10, 2016)
    Skillet Premieres New Single "Stars"
    (Thursday, May 26, 2016)
    Skillet Releases New Single, New Album Available For Pre-Order
    (Friday, May 20, 2016)
    Skillet Embarks On International Summer Festival Tour
    (Tuesday, May 10, 2016)
    Make-A-Wish Rocks With Skillet
    (Friday, April 29, 2016)
    ​Skillet Teases First Clip from Upcoming Album
    (Friday, April 08, 2016)
    ​3 Doors Down Gives Skillet a Shoutout in USA TODAY
    (Friday, March 11, 2016)
    Skillet's "Monster" Recognized As Biggest Digital Single In Christian Music History
    (Monday, February 01, 2016)
    Jonathan Chu Steps Down from Skillet
    (Monday, November 16, 2015)
    Jesus Culture's Chris Quilala And Wife Welcome New Baby
    (Saturday, September 19, 2015)
    Everfound Song Featured In New Pureflix Movie Trailer
    (Saturday, September 05, 2015)
    Skillet Garners Third RIAA Certified Platinum Single With "Awake & Alive"
    (Wednesday, September 02, 2015)
    Skillet Helms Star-studded WinterJam West
    (Tuesday, August 25, 2015)
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    (Saturday, August 22, 2015)
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    (Tuesday, August 11, 2015)
    U2's Bono Attends For King & Country Show
    (Saturday, August 08, 2015)
    TobyMac Shoots Music Video For New Song
    (Tuesday, August 04, 2015)
    Kari Jobe To Release New Album
    (Wednesday, July 29, 2015)
    Ryan Stevenson's Niece and Nephew Name New Puppy TobyMac
    (Thursday, July 23, 2015)
    dcTalk Albums To Be Released On Vinyl
    (Friday, July 17, 2015)
    Colton Dixon Meets Tim Tebow
    (Wednesday, July 15, 2015)
    Finding Favour Included In Apple's A-List Playlist
    (Friday, July 03, 2015)
    Jamie Grace Celebrates Two No. 1 Radio Hits
    (Tuesday, June 30, 2015)
    Francesca Battistelli's Holy Spirit Goes #1
    (Thursday, June 25, 2015)
    Skillet Makes New Additions To Their Live Show
    (Saturday, June 20, 2015)
    Skillet Covers Avicii
    (Monday, June 15, 2015)
    Winter Jam 2015 Shatters Attendance Records
    (Thursday, April 30, 2015)
    Skillet Hints at Major Stylistic Change with New Record (April Fools 2015)
    (Wednesday, April 01, 2015)
    Fans Give Remedy Drive Frontman New Guitar
    (Friday, March 20, 2015)
    Finding Favour Wraps Recording New Album
    (Thursday, March 05, 2015)
    Skillet's John Cooper Puts About A Mile's Adam Klute Through Rockstar Training
    (Tuesday, March 03, 2015)
    Ellie Holcomb Expecting Second Child
    (Friday, February 27, 2015)
    WinterJam to Broadcast Live February 28
    (Thursday, February 19, 2015)
    Natalie Grant Re-purposes a Kiddie Pool in Snowed In Nashville
    (Wednesday, February 18, 2015)
    Plumb Wraps Recording on Exhale, Set to Release May 5
    (Tuesday, February 17, 2015)
    Hawk Nelson Shoots Music Video With Fan Submitted Pictures
    (Friday, February 06, 2015)
    NEEDTOBREATHE Releases Single Featuring Gavin DeGraw
    (Wednesday, January 28, 2015)
    Tooth & Nail Signs New Artist We Are The City
    (Tuesday, January 27, 2015)
    Kirk Franklin Celebrates 45th Birthday and 19th Wedding Anniversary
    (Monday, January 26, 2015)
    Matt Maher Schedules Album Release For St. Patrick's Day
    (Friday, January 23, 2015)
    The Song To Release on DVD Just in Time for Valentine's Day
    (Wednesday, January 21, 2015)
    Creation Festivals Announce Lineup
    (Tuesday, January 20, 2015)
    Tedashii Plans Tour With Moriah Peters, V. Rose, Spec and Speaker Jefferson Bethke
    (Wednesday, January 14, 2015)
    Tenth Avenue North and Remedy Drive Lend Their Voices to Human Trafficking Awareness Month
    (Thursday, January 08, 2015)
    Skillet and for KING & COUNTRY Share the Stage to Melt Faces as WinterJam Launches
    (Wednesday, January 07, 2015)
    Royal Tailor Announces Launch of Music School
    (Friday, December 19, 2014)
    Chris Tomlin Covers John Denver's "Country Roads"
    (Thursday, December 11, 2014)
    for KING & COUNTRY Brothers are the Tennessean's Thanksgiving Cover Story
    (Monday, December 08, 2014)
    Newsboys and Moriah Peters Hit the Road with Evangelist Nick Hall
    (Thursday, December 04, 2014)
    Skillet Slam Dunks First Headline European Tour
    (Wednesday, December 03, 2014)
    Skillet Heads Up WinterJam 2015's All-Star Lineup
    (Monday, October 27, 2014)
    Hillsong, Switchfoot and Skillet Major Winners at the Doves
    (Wednesday, October 08, 2014)
    Artists Including Trevor McNevan, Jon Foreman and Jen Ledger Join Ice Bucket Challenge
    (Monday, August 18, 2014)
    Skillet Calls on Panheads to Tackle Billboard's Fan Face-Off
    (Saturday, July 26, 2014)
    Skillet to Join 2014 Rockstar Energy Uproar Festival
    (Monday, June 23, 2014)
    ​Watch Out, Newsboys; the Newsgirls are Here! (April Fools 2014)
    (Tuesday, April 01, 2014)
    Skillet Emerges The Big Winner In The Second-Annual We Love Christian Music Awards
    (Friday, February 21, 2014)
    TobyMac, Skillet And Lecrae Join Forces To Thrill Crowds On Summer Shed Tour
    (Wednesday, February 19, 2014)
    First Four Awards Announced in WE LOVE CHRISTIAN MUSIC AWARDS
    (Monday, January 13, 2014)
    Skillet, Third Day to Headline Roadshow 2014
    (Wednesday, October 16, 2013)
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    Skillet made headlines when their last album, Awake, became one of just three rock albums to be certified platinum in 2012, forming an improbable triumvirate with the Black Keys' El Camino and Mumford & Sons' Babel.

    The news that Skillet had sold more than a million albums in the U.S. came as a shock to all but the band's wildly diverse horde of fans, male and female, young and old—known as Panheads—whose still-swelling ranks now officially number in the seven-digit range. This remarkable achievement was announced just as Skillet was putting the finishing touches on their eagerly awaited follow-up album, Rise (Atlantic/Word). 

    Unwilling to stand pat or rest on their laurels, the band—lead vocalist/bassist John Cooper, guitarist/keyboardist Korey Cooper (John's wife), drummer/duet partner Jen Ledger and lead guitarist Seth Morrison, making his first appearance on record with Skillet—continue to explore new terrain on Rise, expertly produced by Howard Benson, who previously helmed the mega-successful Awake.

    Eager for new challenges, Cooper threw himself into collaborative songwriting to a far greater degree than ever before, co-writing the uplifting title song and the lacerating first single "Sick of it" with Scott Stevens, founder/leader of the L.A.-based Exies, while teaming with Nashville songsmiths Tom Douglas and Zac Maloy on the timely and anthemic "American Noise," which Cooper considers to be the strongest song Skillet has yet recorded.

    On "American Noise" and the joyous "Good to Be Alive," the band explores new stylistic territory, bringing an element of heartland rock into their aggressive, theatrical approach. The band expanded their musical palette, integrating natural, acoustic instruments like accordion, mandolin, dulcimer, harp, tympani and bells to their trademark slashing electric guitars, strings, churning synths and pummeling drums. 
    It isn't just the songs themselves that make Rise so gripping, it's also the song sequences—like the radical contrast between the almost unbearable tension of "Sick of It" suddenly giving way to the ecstatic release of "Good to Be Alive," or the way the closing three-song progression of "My Religion," "Hard to Find" and "What I Believe" builds to a thrilling musical, thematic and emotional crescendo. Clearly, these songs and the album as a whole are embedded with an impassioned overarching message. This message courses with a tidal pull through Skillet's entire body of work, but on Rise, it's artfully woven into a gripping coming-of-age narrative. This sprawling work stands as the band's first concept album—though it wasn't premeditated. 
    "The narrative idea happened after we had 10 or 11 of the songs chosen," Cooper reveals. "As we were recording them, we started to realize that there's something going on here—this album is really telling a story. Realizing that, I knew we needed to make it as powerful as we could." The result is a wildly ambitious work as heady as it is visceral.
    "Rise is the story of a typical American teen coming into adulthood and facing the massive world problems," says Cooper, who is deeply concerned about the erosion of belief in young people today, as well as their deeply felt desire to belong. "Facing world problems as an adult is different from when you're growing up and under someone else's care. All of a sudden, you realize that the world is a dangerous place. It's dark and scary, there's acts of God happening, there's war, there are all these terrible things, and you thinking, ‘How can I have hope in this place?' But at the same time, you also think, ‘Even moving all those huge problems aside, I look at my own life and I'm not even comfortable with the things I can change. I'm fighting with my parents, my parents have split up, I'm here in this home getting yelled at all the time that I'm never gonna be good enough, and I'm starting to believe that I'm never gonna be good enough. I constantly fail myself, and I just want to have a reason to live. I want to matter, and I want to know that my life counts for something.' "
    "So the story is basically about rising up out of your downtrodden life, rising up from that place where you feel like a failure, rising up to be comfortable being yourself, to stand up for what you believe in," Cooper continues. "It's not about pleasing your friends, it's not about doing what's cool; it's about being who you are and being comfortable with that. And lastly, in the grand scheme of it all is, if I can be somebody I am comfortable being, maybe I can even rise up and help change the world. Can one person make a difference? Can one person actually matter?" 
    But there's another key distinction between Rise and the band's previous albums. "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,'" Cooper points out. "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. It's a rallying cry."
    On Rise, then, the message is both spiritual and social, as Skillet reaches out anew to its ever-growing, ever-changing following. "I think music should be bringing people together and bringing them hope," says Cooper. "That's what music does for me."


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