Unleashed (Skillet album)

Unleashed is the ninth studio album by American Christian rock band Skillet, released on August 5, 2016.[3] The album was announced on May 20, 2016, and a lyric video was released for the track "Feel Invincible" at the same time on the band's YouTube channel. Six days later, the band released a lyric video for the track "Stars" on their YouTube channel. The album was certified gold on December 4, 2018 selling 500,000 copies.[4]

Unleashed
SkilletUnleasedCover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 5, 2016
RecordedJune 2015 – January 2016
GenreChristian metal, hard rock
Length42:48
LabelAtlantic
Producer
Skillet chronology
Rise
(2013)
Unleashed
(2016)
Victorious
(2019)
Singles from Unleashed
  1. "Feel Invincible"
    Released: June 29, 2016
  2. "Stars"
    Released: September 9, 2016
  3. "Back from the Dead"
    Released: January 24, 2017[1]
  4. "The Resistance"
    Released: July 26, 2017[2]

RecordingEdit

On February 16, 2015, Skillet announced they were writing material for a new album with recording to begin in June with a potential release in the late half of 2015 or early 2016, however it got pushed back to a later-2016 release date on August 5, 2016. The band worked with Brian Howes, who previously produced their 2006 album, Comatose, along with producers Kevin Churko, Neal Avron and Seth Mosely. Cooper stated he felt "'really inspired'" before going into the studio to record the music.[5] Even though he said "'the songs are very aggressive, very in-your-face'", he said the new material is genuine to the Skillet sound they have crafted.[6][7]

On April 8, Skillet released a preview of a new song, later revealed to be called "Out of Hell", on their social media pages.[8] On May 20, 2016 the album's title, Unleashed, was announced and is to be released on August 5, 2016 on Atlantic Records.[9] A lyric video, "Feel Invincible", was also made available.[10] On May 26, the lyric video and digital single "Stars" was released, along with a preview for another song titled "Back from the Dead".[11] On July 8, the full version of "Back from the Dead" was made available for purchase online,[12] followed by "I Want to Live" on July 29.[13]

Music and lyricsEdit

John Cooper noted that Unleashed is made up of songs ranging from metal to pop.[14] Cooper also mentioned that he wanted the songs from Unleashed to be connected both in their lyrics and music.[3]

SinglesEdit

The music video for Skillet's first single, "Feel Invincible", was released on June 29, 2016.[14] The single charted at No. 3 on the US Christian Rock charts and No. 17 at the US Rock charts. WWE announced on July 7 that it had chosen "Feel Invincible" as an official theme for the 2016 Battleground pay-per-view event.[15] The song has also been chosen as the theme for TBS' ELeague, an eight-week live video-gaming competition that will be broadcast in more than 80 countries.[16]

John Cooper says the track "represents the album in one facet really well: [Unleashed] is full of crowd-chanting anthems. The album is very exciting to listen to. Driving beats and melodic choruses, whether it's hard rock or leaning toward pop." He also notes that Unleashed is "quite diverse—there are more extreme songs on both sides of the spectrum, meaning harder rock and even metal, but also pop and atmospheric tunes/sounds."[17]

Awards and accoladesEdit

On August 9, 2017, it was announced that Unleashed would be nominated for a GMA Dove Award in the Rock/Contemporary Album of the Year category at the 48th Annual GMA Dove Awards.[18] In 2018, the album was certified gold in the United States.[19]

Track listingEdit

The track listing for Unleashed was released along with the album announcement.[20]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Feel Invincible"John Cooper, Seth Mosley3:50
2."Back from the Dead"J. Cooper, Korey Cooper3:34
3."Stars"J. Cooper, K. Cooper, Jason Ingram, S. Mosley3:46
4."I Want to Live"J. Cooper, K. Cooper3:29
5."Undefeated"J. Cooper, Kane Churko, Kevin Churko3:36
6."Famous"J. Cooper, S. Mosley, Sam Tinnesz3:18
7."Lions"J. Cooper, K. Cooper, Mia Fieldes, S. Mosley3:25
8."Out of Hell"J. Cooper, Kane Churko, Kevin Churko3:34
9."Burn It Down"J. Cooper, K. Cooper, S. Mosley3:16
10."Watching for Comets"J. Cooper, K. Cooper3:29
11."Saviors of the World"J. Cooper, K. Cooper3:46
12."The Resistance"J. Cooper, K. Cooper, S. Mosley3:52
Total length:42:55
Unleashed Beyond
 
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 17, 2017
GenreChristian metal, hard rock
Length73:07
LabelAtlantic
Producer
Skillet chronology
Rise
(2013)
Unleashed Beyond
(2017)
Victorious
(2019)
Singles from Unleashed Beyond
  1. "Breaking Free"
    Released: 16 December, 2017
  2. "Brave"
    Released: April 8, 2018
Unleashed Beyond
No.TitleLength
13."Breaking Free" (featuring Lacey Sturm)3:53
14."Stay Til the Daylight"3:45
15."Brave"3:49
16."You Get Me High"3:17
17."Set It Off"3:49
18."Feel Invincible" (Y2K Remix)3:42
19."The Resistance" (SOLI Remix)3:52
20."Stars" (film version)4:06
Total length:73:07

PersonnelEdit

ChartsEdit

Chart (2016) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[21] 7
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[22] 14
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[23] 26
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[24] 48
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[25] 7
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[26] 47
French Albums (SNEP)[27] 152
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[28] 11
Hungarian Albums (MAHASZ)[29] 18
New Zealand Heatseeker Albums (RMNZ)[30] 1
Russian Albums (Russian Music Charts)[31] 2
Scottish Albums (OCC)[32] 25
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[33] 85
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[34] 55
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[35] 9
UK Albums (OCC)[36] 45
UK Christian & Gospel Albums Chart (OCC)[37] 1
US Billboard 200[38] 3
US Christian Albums (Billboard)[39] 1
US Top Alternative Albums (Billboard)[40] 2
US Top Hard Rock Albums (Billboard)[41] 1
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[42] 2


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