Skillet just announced an official release date for their new album "Rise". The album is set to release June 25th. According to the bands press release "Rise" will be Skillet's first ever concept album. Also the albums lead singles "Sick Of It" and "American Noise" will be going to radio April 8th and 9th. For even more info you can check out the official press release below.
RISE follows the band's 2009 blockbuster, Awake, which was recently certified platinum for sales in excess of one million copies in the U.S. It’s worth noting that Skillet was the only active rock band to achieve platinum
The band maintains momentum with RISE, a gripping coming-of-age narrative that stands as their first concept album—though lead singer/bassist John Cooper says it wasn’t premeditated. The album tells the story of a typical American teen coming into adulthood and trying to figure out who he is in a world riddled with problems both within and outside his control.
“The narrative idea happened after we had 10 or 11 of the songs chosen,” he says. “As we recorded them, we started to realize that there was something going on—that the album was really telling a story. Realizing that, I knew we needed to make it as powerful as we could, and say that even though all of those things are happening, there is hope and there is love and there is a God that will be there for you; if you reach out to Him, He will reach back out to you. That message is in all of our records and most of our songs. It certainly is the message of this record."
The result is a wildly ambitious work as heady as it is visceral. Sonically, the disc sees the band expanding their musical palette, integrating natural, acoustic instruments like accordion, mandolin, dulcimer, harp, tympani and bells to their trademark slashing electric guitars, strings, churning synths and pummeling drums.
Skillet (Cooper, guitarist/keyboardist Korey Cooper, drummer/vocalist Jen Ledger and guitarist Seth Morrison) recorded the album in Los Angeles, where they re-teamed with producer Howard Benson (Three Days Grace, All American Rejects, My Chemical Romance), who helmed Awake.
Awake debuted at No. 2 on Billboard's Top 200 Album Chart and No. 1 on the magazine's Top Modern Rock/Alternative Albums Chart. In addition, the record hit No. 1 on the iTunes® Top Album Chart, garnered 3
Over the course of the past few years, Skillet has sold more than two million units in the U.S. alone, racked up more than 150 million YouTube views and amassed a diehard following (dubbed Panheads) whose members number in the millions, including over 3.8 million on Facebook alone.
In related news, John Cooper has partnered with Zachary Kelm’s Q Management Group and music business attorney Todd Rubenstein to form Hear It Loud, an imprint the three began to develop and recruit new talent. The imprint's first signing, WE AS HUMAN, is the first band on the roster and will release their debut album this summer via Hear It Loud / Atlantic / Word.
Press release courtesy of www.themcollective.com.