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Rise is Skillet's eighth studio record. It was released on 25 June, 2013. The deluxe edition included three bonus tracks and a live DVD called AWAKE AND LIVE DVD. It is also the first album to feature guitarist Seth Morrison.

The first single off the album, "Sick of It", was released on SoundCloud on April 8, 2013 and was released on iTunes on April 9, and was released to US rock radio on April 23."American Noise" was released to iTunes on April 16 as the first promotional single.  "Rise" was released as the second promotional single on May 14, 2013. Skillet's fourth single, "Not Gonna Die", was released on USA Today on June 10. It was released on iTunes the following day.

Reception[]

The album has received generally positive reviews with a smattering of mixed reviews, and the general consensus being that it is an improvement over the group's previous album, Awake. At CCM Magazine, Matt Conner told that "fans might not appreciate some of the newer flavors", however he evoked that "Skillet refuses to rest on their laurels." Mary Nikkel of New Release Tuesday called this "an achievement well worth the wait, and it promises to set the bar high in the rock and roll genre for years to come." In addition, Jonathan Francesco of New Release Tuesday wrote that "Rise is the quintessential album of the year and one destined to go down in the history books", which he called "the music is epic and memorable, with every song a classic in the making." At Jesus Freak Hideout, Roger Gelwics wrote that the album is a "set to frustrate, enthrall, and polarize". Lee Brown of Indie Vision Music said that the release is "boldly devoted from start to finish." Mike Rimmer at Cross Rhythms felt that "For those who have ears to hear, there's enough here to radically change lives." At HM, Sarah Brehm stated that "as a whole, Rise is a decent rock album that helps revive the band after the mediocre Awake, yet it's still unable to rise above the impressively unique sound Skillet perfected during their classic years." Chad Bowar of Loudwire wrote that this album is "a better album" than their previous offering Awake, when he said that the album "songwriting has more depth, there's added diversity, the concept and lyrics are interesting and uplifting without being preachy", and that "current Skillet fans will find plenty to like, and new fans will be attracted to the album as well." At USA TodayBrian Mansfield highlighted that "the band pushes its musical limits with a coming-of-age tale that begins in a world that appears irreparably broken." Tim Ferrar of Music Is My Oxygen rated the album four-and-a-half-out-of-five-stars, and told that this is "incredible music", yet "as a band, Skillet have floundered a bit in recent years, but with Rise, they have found fresh footing, producing an album that is likely to stand as a hallmark for their career." At About.com, Kim Jones rated the album a perfect five stars, and wrote that "Skillet really did rise above the norm and their previous projects with Rise", and that "each and every song is a masterpiece in its own right." Johan Wippsson of Melodic.net felt this was a "very stable release that [he's] pretty sure that most fans will receive in a positive way!" At Louder Than the Music, Jono Davies affirmed that their "momentum is set to continue."

However, Allmusic's James Christopher Monger wrote that the album has "such a vague story, despite numerous evocative, yet largely unnecessary between-song interludes, yields little in the way of any kind of investable, individual emotional arc, but the more general themes of self-discovery, faith, love, and loss resonate enough to pull at least one of the listeners feet into the story." At Daily News, Jim Farber told that the album is "pure exploitation, milking today’s headlines as crassly as their sound does radio’s most cynical demands." Ryan Barbee of Jesus Freak Hideout said that "Skillet can do better" because "lyrically, the album feels lacking and musically redundant", yet "the truth is, there are some listeners who will absolutely love this album: they'll relate to the lyrical content and they'll feel the music", however "unfortunately, for many others, they will be left wanting; and honestly they will be vindicated in their thought."

 Track List[]

  1. Rise
  2. Sick of It
  3. Good to be Alive
  4. Not Gonna Die
  5. Circus for a Psycho
  6. American Noise
  7. Madness in Me
  8. Salvation
  9. Fire and Fury
  10. My Religion
  11. Hard to Find
  12. What I Believe

Bonus Tracks[]

  1. Battle Cry
  2. Everything Goes Black
  3. Freakshow

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