The members of Skillet are in the constant pursuit of variety, as their name so appropriately implies: a sensory overloading hybrid of diverse tastes, scents, and styles. Since 1996, the John Cooper-led quartet has bounced between modern rock urgency on its self-titled debut, the electronic domination of Hey You I Love Your Soul, pulsating techno explosions throughout Invincible, prayerful reverence on Ardent Worship, and intense industrialization on Alien Youth, earning a vast army of “Panheads” and a respectable amount of industry acclaim in the process. With eight number one radio singles under its belt, eleven Dove nominations, and over 200 jam-packed concert dates a year, the group is amongst Christian music’s alternative elite with a solid commitment to artistic excellence and evangelistic relevance.
“ I’ve always made a conscious effort to write about what I felt God was telling me on every project, and since we’ve started, I think we’ve covered a lot of bases,” reflects Cooper. “We’ve encouraged those within the church and hopefully introduced people to Christ that hadn’t known him before. I think this current phase of Skillet will take us further down those roads even more effectively.”