GRAMMY®-Nominated Rock Band Skillet’s “Rise” Gets Picked Up by CBS Sports
While GRAMMY®-nominated and platinum-selling rockers Skillet are winning over sold out crowds and receiving encore requests throughout Nickelback’s European tour, domestic audiences in the U.S. are enjoying the title track of their best-selling album Rise(Atlantic/Word) during CBS Sports’ College Hockey Promos. For the next six months “Rise” will be featured in regular custom spots for College Hockey Promos on CBS and the CBS Sports Network. Check it out here.
Additionally, their two new singles are storming up Mainstream and Christian radio charts. While “Not Gonna Die‘s” bullet status at Mainstream Active Rock radio has the track closing in on becoming a Top 20 hit, it’s also shot to No. 4 on Christian Rock Radio in just four weeks. Likewise, “Fire and Fury” was the most added song and highest debut on the Christian Hot AC chart at No. 24 this week.
Once Skillet wraps the Nickelback tour in late November, the band will head to Russia and the Ukraine once again before the holidays for several already nearly sold out headline shows. Early 2014, the band co-headlines The Roadshow 2014 tour with Third Day, kicking off January 9 in Sacramento, CA.
About Skillet: Over the course of the past few years, GRAMMY® nominated and platinum selling rock band 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 over four million on Facebook alone. Their 2013 release RISE debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 and No. 1 on the Billboard Rock and Christian charts, which led to a No. 1 radio hit for “American Noise” and “Sick Of It.” RISE also gave Skillet their late night television debut on CONAN.
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 and debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200. In addition, the record hit No. 1 on the iTunes® Top Albums Chart, garnered three Billboard Music Awards and spawned four hit singles including the No. 1 Active Rock smash and gold-certified “Awake & Alive,” the gold-certified “Hero,” “It’s Not Me It’s You” and the platinum-certified “Monster.” “Monster” lived up to its name, selling more than a million copies and hitting Top 5 at Active Rock radio (the first in a string of multiple Top 5 active rock hits), while its companion video has generated over 47 million YouTube views. Skillet was the only active rock band to achieve RIAA Platinum Certification in 2012, and was one of only three rock bands (the other two being Mumford & Sons and The Black Keys) to strike platinum in 2012. Skillet is made up of John Cooper, Korey Cooper, Jen Ledger and Seth Morrison.
For 15 years now Canadian based rock group Thousand Foot Krutch (TFK) has been making their name legend in the Christian rock scene. To commemorate their success both themselves with their fans Thousand Foot Krutch has released a “best of” album entitled Made in Canada: The 1998-2010 Collection. This album is jammed packed with hits spanning over ten years of the bands career, but they didn’t just stop at making it a “best of” but even added two brand new TFK songs to the end of the piece. What more could fans ask for?
TFK started in 1995 under the name Oddball. They released one album entitled Shutterbug under the name and changed it to Thousand Foot Krutch in 1996 prior to their release that’s What People Do. Both this release and their 2000 release Set It Off where very different than what we recognize TFK as today though, as it contained a lot more hip-hop sounds and much less of their familiar hard rock sound they have today. Their hard rock sound didn’t start until their 2003 album Phenomenon. It was the Phenomenon album and their signing to Tooth and Nail records that really helped the band achieve mainstream success releasing four more albums, not including the new best of album, and setting them up to tour with legends in the Christian music scene such as Jars of Clay, Casting Crowns, Lecrae, and Red just to name a few.
As for Made In Canada: The 1998-2010 Collection it brings both the power and emotion of the last 12 years. The album does a very effective job of covering the bands whole catalogue typically bringing two or three songs from each album. For power the band brought “Rawkfist”, “Welcome to the Masquerade”, and “Move’ to name a few. For emotion the band brought some interesting choices including “This is a Call”, “What Do We Know”, and “Breathe You In”. It’s the two new tracks though that are the most looked forward to.“Searchlight” is the first of the two, and it carries a softer side of the band with beautiful lyricism and instrumental harmonies. “Complicate You” is a familiar TFK fist pounder song that makes you bang your head and want to go crazy.
As a whole, this “Best of” album is exactly what it says and so much more. This album really is the best way to celebrate a fantastic bands career, and look forward to the future of what we can expect from the Canadian legends. TFK is for fans of Three Days Grace, Pillar, and This Beautiful Republic. Seeing as this is a “best of” album, it’s hard to rate, but including the two new tacks this album deserves a 8.5/10.