Fireworks

CD Reviews

Skillet - 'Rise' http://www.rocktopia.co.uk/media/reviews/photos/thumbnail/200x200s/95/72/0f/RiseSkilletAlbumCover-90-1383247388.jpg Hot

Added by James Gaden     October 31, 2013    
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
3869   1   1   0   0   0

Artist

Artist

Title

Title

Label

With ‘Rise’ Skillet stick to the formula that works.

Such was the success of the band’s previous album ‘Awake’, Skillet’s eighth studio album comes four years after it. The album was one of only three albums in the States to go platinum during 2012 and relentless touring meant that the band had little time to write and record new music.

Despite ‘Comatose’ being the band’s breakthrough album and providing us with the band’s high point to date, it is the slightly more sanitized and homogenous ‘Awake’ that has really elevated the band in popularity. Now with ‘Rise’ the band have looked at progressing further, embracing the much maligned seventies rock concept album. The story is loosely based on a teenager in their formative years and the struggle to deal with the demands of the world. Lead singer John Cooper was persuaded by producer Howard Benson – after he’d read a Pete Townshend book explaining the stories behind ‘Quadrophenia’ and ‘Tommy’– that rather belatedly ‘Rise’ should be a concept album. 

Fireworks - The Ultimate Magazine For Melodic Rock Music

This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our Privacy Statement.

I accept cookies from this site


The album perhaps suffers from the fact that the concept aspect of the album was bolted on midway through the process and not conceived from day one when writing began. That said, this remains an album of some note despite the many forays into pompous orchestral and choral material that serve as intros or outros to many of the songs. Whilst there’s still a vapour trail of ‘Awake’, ‘Rise’ nevertheless has its own identity and offers far less filler than its predecessor. ‘Sick Of It’ strikes a crushing blow with its marching riff-courtesy of new guitarist Seth Morrison and Cooper’s full throttle vocals, whilst ‘Circus For A Psycho’ gallops along like a deranged maniac. Pop sensibilities are adequately represented by ‘Good To Be Alive’ where Skillet show a fond appreciation of Queen’s ‘Under Pressure’, the patriotic ‘American Noise’ and the slow burning ‘Fire and Fury’ where Jen Ledger suggests that she’s more than capable of performing the lead vocal role on any future material. Indeed the trade-off between Cooper’s rasping lead and Ledger’s youthful female touch is one of the reasons to listen to Skillet; ‘Salvation’, ‘What I Believe’– two Skillet staples – both benefit greatly from the synergy.

Filler material is more or less absent from ‘Rise’, save for the laborious ‘My Religion’ or perhaps the “one ballad too many” ‘Hard To Find’, yet ‘Rise’ has more than enough going for it to suggest that this is the band’s best album since the 2006 classic ‘Comatose’. Sure, there’ll be those who long for the early days of the band or those who’d like to turn up the aggression to the maximum, but Skillet has found a niche with their brand of mainstream rock, a niche that has resulted in the band’s success and increased popularity. With ‘Rise’ they stick to the formula, it works, so don’t expect it to change anytime soon.

Mike Newdeck

Share this on the web.

User reviews

There are no user reviews for this listing.

 


Comments (0)add comment

Write comment

security image
Write the displayed characters


busy

Member Login



Calendar

<<  May 2020  >>
 Mo  Tu  We  Th  Fr  Sa  Su 
      1  2  3
  4  5  6  7  8  910
11121314151617
18192021222324
25262728293031

Search Here

Shout Here

Latest Message: 1 month, 1 week ago
  • Berny : @SoCal Rocker: Welcome back! There are 50 free issues of Fireworks Magazine for you (and of course all other Rocktopians) to download. Check out the news on the frontpage. Stay happy, safe & healthy. Best wishes to California!
  • SoCal Rocker : Hello from Burbank CA, I had to change my name and PW. How's anyone doing?
  • Rocktopia Te : @davidputnam: Could you please check your email? Many thanks & best regards, RT
  • davidnputnam : I ordered 86 - 90 and received paypal receipt, but cant find in downloads. Please advise.
  • davidnputnam : I ordered 86 - 90, but cant find in Downloads. i have the paypal receipt.
  • Berny : @rarock: Glad we were able to sort this out. Thanks for your purchase!
  • rarock : Hi there. I have similar problem with Issue 90, payed by Paypal, but doesnt show in Orders or in Downloads. Thanks for help
  • KI2000 : Thanks Fireworks Magazine and Rocktopia!
  • Hysteria : WOW! Thanks to the Fireworks Team for this AMAZING offer. YOU GUYS ROCK!!!! \m/ \m/
  • Rocktopia Te : Check out the Fireworks Magazine Corona quarantine give - away!
  • Johns Band : Royal Hunt new concept album in the works to be released in 2020.
  • Berny : @WardyS1: I will contact you by e - mail.
  • WardyS1 : Hi. Also purchased 90 couple days back but not in my orders have receipt. Cannot find an email to contact instead link sorry
  • Rocktopia Te : @tomandpam: Hope this is now sorted and you were able to download the magazine
  • tomandpam : I ordered a download of #90 and it's not in my orders and I have the PayPal receipt. Can you help with this? Thanks
  • Berny : @zom414: Apologies for my late reply. Could you please contact me directly at «email» ? Many thanks in advance!
  • zom414 : Trying to change my password but the security question won't accept my answer, can you help?
  • SeaDog57 : just an observation. I just got Issue 89 at the Bookstore and when i looked at the spine of the magazine it says "Fireworks Issue 85 Winter Jan - Mar 2019" Was this a misprint? The rest of the Magazine is Issue 89. Was just wondering did anyone else notice this?
  • Berny : Apologies! Magazine can now be accessed from your download section. Best wishes, B.
  • Berny : @Martykelly: We're sorry
  • Martykelly : Just purchased issue 89 hoping its going to be in my download soon.
  • Johns Band : Will "Watch & Listen" music videos make a comeback. Just order H.E.A.T. "Live In London" CD.
  • Berny : @the trapps: Apologies for the delay in processing your order. The magazine is now available in your downloads section.
  • the trapps : waiting for the issue 89 which we purchased to be in our downloads section ???
  • Berny : @tomandpam: Many thanks for your purchase. The download instructions were sent yesterday, please contact me at «email» should you haven't received the email.
  • tomandpam : I paid for a download on issue 89 and didn't receive the download. Please let me know when I can get it. Thanks
  • Berny : @zom414: Fireworks Magazine #89 will be available at selected UK based newsagents on December 16th. The digital version can already be purchased in our Download Store.
  • zom414 : When's the next mag due for release?
  • Berny : @el nowy: Apologies for the delay in processing your order. Pls. check your mail!
  • el nowy : Hi, how long does it take for my download license to be available? I purchased it 3 days ago. Thanks!

Only registered users are allowed to post

Follow Us

FacebookTwitterYoutubeGoogle

This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our Privacy Statement.

I accept cookies from this site