Multi-platinum rock veterans Skillet has been making music for almost 24 years. The diverse quartet is made up of John Cooper on lead vocals and bass, Korey Cooper on guitar and keys, Jen Ledger on drums and vocals, and Seth Morrison on lead guitar. The band has garnered a number of accolades, which includes two Grammy Award and Billboard Music Award nominations, multiple GMA Dove Awards and many We Love Christian Music Awards over the years.
Skillet is known for their heavy rock music. But, if you listen closely, you'll notice that the band has a softer side: heartfelt and haunting ballads. You'll also notice some of Skillet's songs lean more toward the pop side of Christian music. This pop sound usually makes an appearance on several songs on each album.
And, if you've ever been to one of Skillet's concerts, you know they bring the energy. They can connect with their audience on so many levels. At each show, John preaches the Good News of the Lord. Not to mention the band's strong faith shows in every one of their songs.
Since they have been around for more than two decades, their discography is quite long. To shorten it a little, the most popular albums are Comatose, Awake, Rise, and Unleashed. Skillet has released a deluxe edition for each aforementioned album. And, they didn't break tradition on their most recent very successful album, Victorious. The deluxe edition for this and their most recent project is labeled Victorious: The Aftermath. Read our album review for more information. To commemorate this new Deluxe release, we take a look at some of their latest videos from the project.
This video takes Skillet's energy to a whole new level. The lights are definitely the main attraction; It's the first thing that will catch your eye. From blue to red, flashing to tunnels, they have it all. I liked the beginning of the video where each member has their own individual video game-like introduction. They went all out on this video and brought the passion with them. Side note: this is a great song for working out.
"Save Me" (Official Music Video)
"Save Me" is their most "artistic video," as Korey described it. The video has a creative foundation behind it that has been interpreted by many fans in many different ways. The song itself is a bold statement of fear and hope for a savior. "Won't you reach out your hand/To save, to save me?" "Terrify The Dark (Reimagined)"
This song is truly moving. I love how the power of God fully shines through it. Jen's and John's vocals blend together beautifully and create a melodious song with a message of praise and submission. 1 John 1:5: "This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all."
"Save Me" (Live From London)
Live videos are always special because they capture the energy of a concert in a way no music video ever can. This one is no different. The fire and enthusiasm of their performance are overwhelming in the best way possible. Fun fact: Jen's brother filmed and edited this video.
"Save Me" (Lyric Video)
Yes, they made three videos for the same song. However, they're all very different (this one is my personal favorite). It takes the lyrics to heart by showing John chained in a cell, embodying the cry of being trapped. Although it only features shadow-based images, I could feel the emotion on their faces as they scream out a cry for help.
"Dead Man Walking"
This is Skillet's most recent video—and it was well worth the wait. The song was featured for the first time on Victorious: The Aftermath. It has some older Skillet vibes to it. But, the incorporation of Jen's vocals gives the song a small modern pop feel. Overall, "Dead Man Walking" is a great song to rock out to. It also has a catchy chorus that's really fun to sing. "I'm just a dead man walkin'"
Victorious Tour Vlogs
Skillet has finally begun calling their podcasts what they actually are—vlogs. These vlogs are full of hilarious behind-the-scenes clips, mostly starring John, as well as snippets of live performances. This particular video covered their Victorious Tour from early February 2020 to mid-March 2020. Watch the vlogs and see the true personality of each band member.
Hello From Skillet In Quarantine
This is a Cooper Stuff Podcast, John Cooper's podcast about his worldview from a Christian perspective. It takes you inside the homes of the band members as they each give a description of what they have been up to in quarantine. (Keep an eye out for Seth's crazy movie room and memorabilia collection. Not to mention Jen's silly TikTok!.
Selena Schulz is NRT’s youngest staff contributor. She loves God, music, reading, and writing.
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