On June 25, 2013, The band Skillet released their new album entitled, “Rise” the album is a follow-up to their platinum-selling album, “Awake” released in 2009, featuring hits such as “Hero,” “Monster,” and “Awake and Alive.”
“Rise” is Skillet’s newest album, the first album with the new guitarist, Seth Morrison, and the second album with drummer, Jen Ledger. It won over many fans, even mainstream fans.
“Rise” is a concept album, or a rock-opera as some may call it. What this is is it’s an album that pretty much tells a story. This album’s story has deep meaning behind it. It is about the American teenager, growing up in a world that tries to push him or her around, facing all of the difficulties of growing up. The story is pretty obvious if you pay attention to the lyrics throughout the songs.
The album starts out with the title track, “Rise” which has a heavy sound to it, with lots of percussion and strings. Listen to it here. The song has a tragic ending, with a mother calling 9-1-1 because there was a guy in their house with a gun, a news report talking about the high unemployment rate, a dispatch call about a domestic disturbance, and an angry dad telling his son he wished he had never been born.
The second track of the album, “Sick of It” is a song with a strong message behind it telling you to get rid of all of your problems while you have the chance to do so. It is the heaviest song on the album, with a lot of loud guitar strums, and a lot of percussion, it’s uplifting and aggressive, what more could you want? Listen to it here.
The third track of the album,“Good to be Alive” is a happy feeling song, it’s the kind of song you just get stuck to, the kind you listen to on the open road, when on vacation. It’s talking about exactly what the title says it’s talking about, how good it feels to be alive. You can listen to it here. It ends with the introduction to the fourth song on the album, “Not Gonna Die”
“Not Gonna Die” in my opinion, is an epic song. It’s a song telling you to never give up, stand up and fight forever if that’s what it takes, don’t let the world discourage you and drag you down, just keep fighting for what you believe in. It is also heavy in percussion and strings. The song is awesome from start to finish. You can listen to it here.
“Circus For a Psycho” is the fifth song on the album, it shows off just how well Seth Morrison can shred on the guitar, because it has the most shredding out of all the songs on the record. This song clearly had some work put into it. You can listen to it here It ends with the introduction to the next song, “American Noise”
“American Noise” is the sixth song on the album, with one of the strongest messages in the album. The meaning behind it has the same concept as the old saying, “Things always get darkest before dawn,” meaning, no matter how bad something gets, it’s always destined to get better. You can’t let the world’s problems, no matter how bad, get in the way of how you feel about something, or someone. It is one of my personal favorites on the entire album, you can listen to it here.
“Madness in Me” is the seventh song on the album, it brings out the harder side of the album once again, with loud shredding, an aggressive voice, and again, a lot of percussion. Listen to it here. It ends with the intro to the next song, “Salvation.”
“Salvation” is the eighth song on “Rise.” The introduction starts the song out with a little girl citing a Bible verse. Then the song begins, and unlike usual, Jen Ledger gets to really show off her voice. (I know, she gets to sing in other songs, but she’s the lead in this song, for the first time ever.) John Cooper steps down to secondary vocals on this song, and Jen takes over lead for once. The song can be interpreted in many ways. It has a religious message behind it, but it can be interpreted as a love song. This song is one of the slowest on the album. It has a softer sound to it, you could probably even go to sleep to it. You can listen to it here.
The ninth song on the album, “Fire and Fury” is another soft song, it can also be interpreted in many ways. Jen’s voice is back in this song, however, it is no longer lead, it almost is though, it has a huge part in the song, definitely. You can listen to “Fire and Fury”here.
“My Religion” is the tenth song, it has a solid sound to it, it’s not that hard, but it’s not soft either. “Amazing Grace” plays in the background in this song at some parts, making it unique to the other ones. You can listen to this song here.
The eleventh song, “Hard to Find” is one of the most spiritual songs on the album. It’s softer than most of the others, but yet, not the softest one. It sounds peaceful and you could easily sleep to it playing, it is a great song. Listen to it here.
The twelfth song,“What I Believe,” Has an inspirational sound to it. It has a violin and cello in it, as does many of their other songs. It is the final song if you buy the standard edition of the album. Listen to it here.
“Battle Cry” is the thirteenth song on “Rise,” but is only available on the deluxe version, which costs a couple dollars more than standard. It is one of the softer songs too, it is peaceful sounding. Listen to it here.
“Everything Goes Black” is the fourteenth song, again, only available on the extended version of the album, it is also soft, I know what you’re thinking, “There’s too many soft songs,” well take it under your consideration they are a christian band after all. This is the softest, slowest song on the entire album. You can listen to “Everything Goes Black”here.
Finally, the fifteenth and last song, “Freakshow” is a solid rock song. It is hard to put in words, you’ll just have to listen to it here. It has an awesome closer to the album.
I love this album, in fact, it just might be my favorite Skillet album ever! I give it a 10/10. If you don’t have it yet, go out and buy it! Skillet is my favorite band, and that being said, that should convince you that I really do like this album. If you don’t wanna take my word for it though, this album did just win the Loudwire Rock Music Award for best rock album of 2013. It has also received several other great reviews. Skillet has taken the awesome sound they have always had, and improved upon it.