John L. Cooper has finally hit his stride with Skillet. Collide is a disc that chugs along with guitars out front, screaming vocals, and a raw intensity that strips the band of its electronic nuances. Opting for a much more aggressive sound, the band leans on guitar riffs while synths are more tastefully added. Songs like "Forsaken" and "Savior" are perfect examples of unadulterated rock bliss. Even when the band veers away from the heaviness à la the well-placed orchestration on "Collide," the meat of the tune still ends up rocking out. With this disc, Skillet takes a firm stance toward honing a sound that is marketed to Generation X. With cuts to back it, they may have found the right vehicle to reach those ears.
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Performance CreditsSkillet Primary Artist
Korey Cooper Piano,Keyboards,Background Vocals,Sampling,Group Member
John L. Cooper Bass,Vocals,Group Member
John Cooper Bass,Vocals
Larisa Peters Drums,Background Vocals
Ben Kasica Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Lori Peters Drums,Background Vocals
Technical CreditsPaul Ebersold Composer,Producer,Engineer,String Arrangements
Matt Martone Engineer
Richard Bates Art Direction
Skidd Mills Engineer
Korey Cooper Composer,String Arrangements,drum programming
Christiév Carothers Imaging
John L. Cooper Producer
John Cooper Producer
Kevin Kadish Composer,Producer
Curry Weber Engineer
Liz Barrett Art Direction
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First off: no this not the Skillet of old. I've been listening to Skillet since Hey You; but you know what, I LOVE this album! I was lucky enough to go to one of the 4 CD release parties for this album and let me say I have never heard or seen Skillet rock so much! Their new sound is AWESOME! And if you don't like it you should be listening to Twila Paris or something.
Once again, Skillet evolves, leaving its keyboard, electronic, Manson-esque style (which I was absolutely in love with) far behind. The result is perhaps the band's heaviest album ever. Unfortunately for those of us fully enraptured by Skillet's previous offerings, this album misses the mark. That's not to say its not a very good one; its just dramatically different, sounding much more like Linkin Park or 3 Doors Down (and who really needs more of that?). I must say though the guitars on this one are absolutely killer! Major props to Korey! But in my opinion, Jon Cooper's vocals don't match the album's musical intensity. However, despite my criticisms, I am a diehard fan of Skillet and found this record to be a must-have, if only for the awesomely captivating hit-single "Savior." So I would encourage other loyal fans to continue to support this talented group, and basically judge it for yourself.
This CD is OK, but Skiller has such better stuff! If you've liked them before but wish they'd get harder, than you got your wish! It has some awesome songs, and probably worth buying, but...it's definetly harder. Sounds like Project 86 or early P.O.D. If you like them, then you'll like this CD. I liked "Alien Youth" better, but this still a good CD, good band : ).
whelp,i used to HATE,and i mean flames goin' and everything kinda HATE,Skillet...until i heard this album...my mom had it and gave it to me to listen to.i was prepared to pour out any kind of sarcastic comment i could muster until i realized... MY GOSH! I WAS HEADBANGING!!! ...and you know, i only do that to COOL stuff...hence, i realized i liked this album and it is pretty high up on my list...so yea, Skillet's not a piece of poo(since apparently i can't use the see are aye pee word...) after all... now THAT was inspirational... LOOK MA NO HANDS!!!!!.....
this is by far the best cd i own. i have a lot of cd's, but i listen to this one the most. i listen to it so much i wore it out and need a new one.