roCk releases 06.11.2013 COLOSSuS TiME & ETErNAL FACEDOWN RECORDS/ pROvIDENT SKILLET risE ATLANTIC/WORD WE AS HuMAN WE As hUMAN ATLANTIC/WORD ExTOL ExToL FACEDOWN RECORDS/ pROvIDENT All release dates and album titles are subject to change. For the most up-to-date release schedule click here. 06.25.2013 roCk skillet rise (Atlantic/Word) FOR FANS OF: Pillar, Red Skillet hopes to strike gold, well, platinum once again after 2009’s Awake blew audiences away with rock mega-hits like “Monster.” Jon Cooper is still the band’s principal songwriter, but outside influences help bring a varied sound to Skillet’s latest. “Good To Be Alive” rides a mid-tempo pop vibe while lead single “Rise” blisters with greater intensity than most Skillet tunes. Fans might not appreciate some of the newer flavors, but Skillet clearly refuses to rest on their laurels. –Matt Conner WE LIKE: “Good To Be Alive” John elefante on My Way To The sun (Syntax Records) FOR FANS OF: Kansas, Petra, Mastedon QQQQ The former Kansas front man turned Mastedon singer and beloved solo star maintains his pristine melodic/ progressive rock tradition throughout this first individual offering since 1999. Not only do his sky-high vocals sound absolutely extraordinary (even at 55), but he has no trouble tackling a wide range of issues (a changing society, aging, pro-life) with the utmost of articulacy. –Andy Argyrakis WE LIKE: “This Is How The Story Goes” all things new All Things New (BEC) FOR FANS OF: Tenth Avenue North, Sanctus Real QQQQ It’s not a surprise that All Things New, the newest addition to the BEC family, earned an opening slot on the Newsboys current tour. While they’re green at this point, the Florida act is a safe bet for breakout status. From lead single “All Things New” to “Borderline” or “Holding On,” this is a band destined for long-term success and broad spiritual impact. –Matt Conner WE LIKE: “Holding On” QQQQ CCMMagazine.coM