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Sunday, May 19, 2013

The 15 Greatest Christian Rock Bands: #13

13. Skillet


Thinking of Skillet based on the last seven years might make you question why I would place the band on this list. Today it seems they have more in common with bands like Nickleback and Puddle of Mudd; however, as with a lot of bands on this list, Skillet has a long history. Forming in 1996, the band has gone through many musical changes over the years. With their first album, Skillet, they debuted with an alternative rock sound and progressed into an electronic oriented sound culminating in full on industrial/shock rock on the album, Alien Youth. It is to this era I was brought in to the Skillet fold. After Alien Youth, the band honed themselves in to a modern rock sound in the vein of bands like Three Days Grace which has brought about their most popular and successful time to date.

Skillet has had enormous crossover success, touring with the biggest names in secular and Christian rock alike over the years. What I have always liked about Skillet is that they have always been different and not afraid to push the boundaries of what Christian rock can be. Today, in a genre where most bands exhibit power praise styling, Skillet still puts out straight hard rock. While I might not be on board with the current sound, I can certainly respect what Skillet continues to do to promote Christian rock in general.

Favorite song: Stronger