Skillet has made great inroads into the secular mainstream, primarily because vocalist John Cooper has a distinctive singing voice and the songs on the new “Rise” album are melodically memorable and crunching hard rock. This makes it the perfect rocking album for going back to school.
The single “Sick of It” will ring true with anyone, Christian or not, that watches the news at all these days. With wars and rumors of wars hitting the presses every day, and bizarre crimes and school shootings constantly going on, you’d be crazy if you were not sick of it all by now. Desperate times cry out for a solution, and in Skillet’s case, that solution is Jesus.
This album is the first with new guitarist Seth Morrison, and his skilled string work can be particularly heard during “Circus for A Psycho.” “My Religion” finds Cooper singing with a touch of swagger as he explains his beliefs with a Black Keys-esque rocker that paraphrases the old hymns “Nothing but the Blood” and “Amazing Grace.”
Skillet may not be the artiest Christian band to come down the pike, but when it comes to putting the Christian faith in enjoyable and easy to understand terms, few are doing it better these days.