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Skillet – ‘Unleashed’ album review
4 Overall Score

Label:

Atlantic Records

For Fans Of:

Thousand Foot Krutch, Red, Three Days Grace

We Like:

“Lions”

Skillet – ‘Unleashed’ album review

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Hands down the most influential faith-centered band thus far this century and one of the entire modern rock scene’s most popular puts expectations for Skillet’s Unleashed (buy) at an all time high. In keeping with the tradition of the group’s platinum-plus past (particularly Comatose and Awake with dashes of its industrialized infancy), the group’s first project in three years is overflowing with towering rockers, symphonic grandeur, pulsating electronics and monster ballads. As has always been their tradition, John Cooper and company stay committed to writing about various facets of spirituality and the human condition, taking a straight-forward and entirely relatable approach just as palatable to longtime Panheads as first timers. In fact, it’s impossible for anyone not to throw a fist in the air for the full-throttled anthems “Back From The Dead,” “Undefeated” and “The Resistance” or flick on a cell phone light for the glistening “Stars” and the roaring “Lions,” all of which find Skillet staying right in the pocket of its consistent track record.

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About The Author

Andy Argyrakis
Contributing Editor

Andy Argyrakis is a Chicago-based entertainment writer/photographer who appears in the Chicago Tribune, Illinois Entertainer, Daily Journal, Concert Livewire, Hear/Say Magazine and Image Chicago (to name a few). Additional photo credits include Fuse TV, Live Nation, Nikon, Pollstar, Celebrity Access, Paste Magazine, MTV.com and Vibe.com. He’s also the author/narrator of "Access Matthews" (an audio CD tracing the career of Dave Matthews Band) and spends considerable time on tour, including outings with Arlo Guthrie, The Guess Who, Madina Lake (on Linkin Park’s Projekt Revolution) and Gospel Music Channel’s "Gospel Dream" (where he served as season one judge).

  • Braheem Hazeem III

    Are you kidding? This album is pretty much their worst in 15 years. You also fail to mention clearly the best track on the album, I want to live, resistance is ok, everything else is electric rock/pop garbage. They took away the symphonics, the thing that made skillet unique.

    • Marouane87

      I agree, I don´t know why the changed their style with this new release :/

    • Sean Rhoomes

      To b honest, it isn’t really their fault. Their violinist left the band last winter, which is probably why the strings are lacking. If he comes back that would be great, but if he doesn’t then they should get a replacement violinist and return to their trademark sound. But overall I like this album. It isn’t their best and is in no way masterpiece but it is fun to jam out to

    • Schroeder

      Disagreed 100%

  • Aimee Irvin

    It took some time but the album is starting to grow on me. It took a bit to adjust too after listening to Rise for the last 3 years. Starting to love this album too. Maybe someday we will actually get a Skillet rock Christmas record. I know wishful thinking.

  • Sean Rhoomes

    To b honest, it isn’t really their fault. Their violinist left the band last winter, which is probably why the strings are lacking. If he comes back that would be great, but if he doesn’t then they should get a replacement violinist and return to their trademark sound. But overall I like this album. It isn’t their best and is in no way masterpiece but it is fun to jam out to.

  • Schroeder

    Best album since Comatose, except I LOVE the production and execution of this album far more. It’s Skillet 2.0, brought forth by enlisting help from producers that are working with some of the best of the best in the music industry (producers that worked with Fall Out Boy, Linkin Park, Five Finger Death Punch, Breaking Benjamin, Halestorm and more). The band seems to really want to cut some of the old, overused tricks out and refresh itself for the mainstream spotlight. They’ve been touring with several of those bands and have been picking up hype so why not get some of the people instrumental in making those bands sound good on records help Skillet take a big step forward.

    If you don’t like it, I don’t get why. There are a couple weak tracks but the album is almost entirely great.

  • Eighter

    Old school skillet fan. Solid album, those synth/hard rock haters should listen to Alien youth… and Collide which is still their best hard rock album- still waiting to hear more songs like cycle down, forsaken, savior, my obsession and fingernails, if you youngins have never heard those, try em’ they’ll tear your face off and have you digging deep.

    It’s good to see they have left a lot of the cheese from the last two albums off and put a ‘whole album’ together. Again if you’ve only listened to skillets last two albums you wouldn’t know any different. Pretty obvious they’d been putting a lot of effort into a few solid singles for marketing purposes while the album suffers.

    This album has some of those songs too but it’s obvious they put a lot more effort (effort in the sense that they didn’t over try, even Cooper said this album came more easily than the last few) into making a solid album this time not just a catchy riff here and there…

    Much improved!