Awesome Remix!!!| Posted March 22, 2011
Being a die hard Skillet fan, I could not wait to hear this exclusive 4 track EP called "Awake and Remixed -EP". So I pre-ordered and waited with baited breath for the hour it would show up in my iTunes. That day came last night and the songs could not load up fast enough for my excitement! 14 hours later, I have listened until I could practically sing the songs myself. "Awake and Remixed" is the perfect balance between techno and the Hard Rock Panheads dearly love. "Awake and Alive (The Quickening)", the first track of the EP has the ability to rebirth the song into something fresh and new. It also includes new vocals bits from Jen Ledger not heard on the original version of the song. "Hero (The Leigon of Doom Remix)", composed by John and Korey Cooper, raises the bar on this increasingly popular hit. "Don't Wake Me (Pull Remix)", throws a curve to the melody of the powerful song "don't Wake Me". With new guitar mixes incorperated into the melody, it changes the whole feel of the song into something panheads everywhere will love. Finally, "Monster (Unleash the Beast), sheds a new light on the Billboard topping favorite. Parts of the mix appeared at the beginning of recent Skillet podcasts, leaving panheads begging for a way to enjoy the ear candy of this remix. Composed by John Cooper and Gavin Brown, the remix includes new vocals bits from Jen Ledger and Korey Cooper. In summary of the album, my only regret is that it only includes 4 tracks. Nonetheless, I am a satified panhead and eagerly wait to see what is next to come from the band Skillet.
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Pretty Good| Posted November 02, 2012
This is a very interesting CD as the remixes sound very differnet from the original songs. I enjoy listening to them but I would not saythey are for the most part better or worst, only differnt. I do like this CD's version of "Don't Wake Me" much better than the original. This is a CD you should probably sample yourself before buying.
Awake and Remixed| Posted April 11, 2011
"Hard rock" and "remix" don't seem to go together. Yet here we are with Skillet's latest project: remixes by Skillet's own Korey Cooper and former guitarist Ben Kaisca. The four tracks come from Skillet's latest and most succesful album, Awake. Firstly, I should admit I stand with the minority in thinking that Awake was a step backwards for the band, so I had little to no expectations for this release. Plus, more often than not, remixes annoy me. They're usually just sped up and drawn out versions of a song that never make it to the level of the original. However, Skillet do step out of that norm, for better or worse.
This point is proven with the first track. Awake and Alive was given a very poor remix title. The Quickening? I guess it sounds better than The Slowing. The whole song is much slower than the original which you won't find in most remixes.The next track, Hero (Legion of Doom remix), isn't a very surprising or memorable rearrangement of the song. Also, it's around this point I started noticing how the vocals don't go well with the music. John Cooper's fantastic made-for-rock voice pulled from the heavier original songs don't mesh well to me in 3 out of 4 of these lighter tracks. There is that one exception though. Don't Wake Me (Pull Remix) surprised me. I'm not a fan of the original and, thankfully, I find myself liking the remix moreThe last track I found myself enjoying a bit too. Monster (Unleash the Beast) starts off well
My low expectations were exceeded, I'll give them that. Still, it's a very mellow listen and I can't picture myself listening to it often. Besides the surprise of Don't Wake Me, the EP serves as another example of remixes that fall short of the originals. Hopefully Skillet will bounce back soon with new material.
A New Take| Posted March 23, 2011
Skillet has been my favorite band since i started listening to music four years ago. Their music is absolutely amazing. A while back they released an intro to their podcasts that featured a remix of monster. I thought it would be epic to actually have the full song like that. And after a while they announced a remix EP. I was pretty excited to hear it. It is is very good, depending on your style of music. Anyone who doesnt like a more techno and electronic sound will not like this. One thing i was disappointed about is that these songs are slower paced then the originals. Usually you would think a techno remix would bring up the pace, but Skillet took it in a new direction and made their songs slower. Overall i give this EP 4/5 for a good batch of new music to listen to but 1 star off because i think it could have been better.
Skillet Rocks! As Always!!!!! xD| Posted March 22, 2011
Skillet has done it again! From the first time I heard the short remix of Skillet's Monster, which opens their podcasts, I knew I was going to like Skillet remixed! And I do!!!!! Awake and Alive (The Quickening) is a song that balances perfectly the soft acoustic/piano sound and the rock that Skillet is known for! Don't Wake Me (Pull Remix) has an almost epic feel - fit for a movie! Hero (The Legion of Doom Remix) and Monster (Unleash the Beast) also both are AMAZING!!!!! I was pleased to find the remixed sound of the podcast's intro in the Monster (Unleash the Beast) song!!! Rock on Skillet!