It was the “Comatose” album released in 2006 that made me a fan of Skillet and I followed em up to to “Rise” album released in 2013.
And although I listened to “Unleashed” released in 2017 and “Victorious” from 2019, I didn’t really feel the need to relisten to em.
And when I went looking at their back catalogue I was surprised how much their sound had evolved.
“Alien Youth” is their fourth album released in 2001. Their sound on this is like industrial rock.
The band for this album is John Cooper on vocals, bass, sampling and programming, Korey Cooper on keyboards, sampling and programming, Lori Peters on drums, Kevin Haaland on guitars (except “Earth Invasion”) and Ben Kasica on guitars (“Earth Invasion”).
It reminded me of Motley Crue’s “Generation Swine” album. And I like that connection.
It reminds me of the whole “industrial rock” movement.
The best song on the album.
Very “Smells Like Teen Spirit” like.
You Are My Hope
The usual ballad.
It’s catchy and derivative.
Eating Me Away
A fuzzed out bass riff dominates the verses and once the Chorus kicks in, it’s Stabbing Westward and Korn like.
Kill Me, Heal Me
I like it’s swinging drum groove in the verses. I’ve heard Good Charlotte songs with these kind of beats and melodies, but they came after this.
Otherwise it’s all grunge rock.
The Thirst Is Taking Over
My favorite song on the album.
The verses have a programmed drum beat with clean tone and lightly delayed guitars.
And in the Chorus, there’s a distorted and fuzzed out guitar.
One Real Thing
The Chorus is hard rock and it has this “Teenage Dirtbag” vibe.
Nirvana meets Ministry.
It has some cool riffs to jam on but lyrically it’s a bit cliched with the repeating “my god is strong” melody.
Rippin’ Me Off
It starts off terribly, with programming and sampling. Then a Nirvana like riff kicks in.
It’s a response to Marilyn Manson and his views on God being dead.
Check out the chorus. It’s heavy and angry.
You say that God is dead but you’re rippin’ me off/ You can’t infect my mind with your vanity/ You’re rippin’ me off!
Will You Be There (Falling Down)
This is a great ballad.
It feels like Bryan Adams and Celine Dion are singing it.
Come My Way
The closer. it starts off with a piano riff that sounds like it came from a soundtrack.
And it’s more hymn “Hallelujah” like.
They are labeled as a Christian Rock act, but they delivered an album that people from all walks of life would like.