Current lineup (left to right): Seth, Korey, Jen and John.
Skillet is an American Christian Rock
band founded in Memphis, Tennessee.
The band currently consists of:
- Vocalist/Bassist John Cooper
- Guitarist/Keyboardist/Vocalist Korey Cooper
- Lead Guitarist Seth Morrison
- Drummer/Vocalist Jen Ledger
- Drummer Trey McClurkin
- Guitarist Ken Steorts
- Guitarist Kevin Haaland
- Drummer Lori Peters
- Guitarist Ben Kasica
- Skillet (1996)
- Hey You, I Love Your Soul (1998)
- Invincible (2000)
- Ardent Worship (2000)
- Alien Youth (2001)
- Collide (2003)
- Comatose (2006)
- Comatose Comes Alive (2008)
- Awake (2009)
- Rise (2013)
Not to be confused with Skrillex
Skillet provide examples of the following tropes:
- Abusive Parent: "Open Wounds" and "It's Not Me, It's You" reflect John Cooper's father's behavior when he was younger, focusing more on emotional abuse less than physical like "Open Wounds" suggests. Subverted in "The Older I Get", which has John Cooper forgiving his father.
- Ac CENT Upon The Wrong Syl LA Ble: I-I feel like a monSTER.
- Action Girl: The little girl in the PV for "Not Gonna Die".
- Affirmative Action Girl: Originally Lori, but her replacement Jen kept the trope alive.
- Alternative Metal: Their later material starting with Collide. Before that, they ventured in grunge, and then industrial rock.
- Badass Adorable: Jen Ledger. Just look at that face.◊ It's almost hard to believe that she's a drummer for a hard rock band - and pretty competent, too.
- Bandaged Face: John on the Awake album cover, and in the Monster music video.
- Big Damn Heroes: "Hero".
"A hero will save me... just in time!"
- Call Forward: "I Can", the first song on their very first album, has lyrics that appear to reference the title track from Hey You, I Love Your Soul, as well as "More Faithful" from that same album. Those songs wouldn't be released for another two years.
And do You really love my soul even after I hated You?
And do You really know my name, can I really come to You?
And are You really more faithful than the changing of the seasons and the morning sun?
- Calling the Old Man Out: The song "Open Wounds" from their Collide album is said to be about the bad relationship John had with his father.
- Child Prodigy: Ben Kasica could be argued to have been this, as he joined the band prior to the release of Collide - at the age of 16.
- Christian Rock
- Circus of Fear: "Circus For a Psycho".
- Concept Album: Rise is a Coming of Age story.
- Driven to Suicide: The girl in "The Last Night." The song tries to convince her not to go through with it. This was a real life situation when a girl told Cooper she was going to kill herself and he encouraged her not to.
- Epic Instrumental Opener: The title track to Collide. Also notable is the opener Skillet's used for live concerts since their Comatose days.
- Enemy Within: One possible interpretation of Monster.
- Fading into the Next Song: "Eating Me Away" segues into "Kill Me, Heal Me" without missing a beat.
- The first seven tracks of "Rise" do this seamlessly, and when you listen to the tracks you feel like something's missing when the interludes aren't there.
- Final Love Duet: "Will You Be There (Falling Down)" is a duet between John and Korey.
- Greatest Hits Album: The digitally exclusive, The Early Years.
- Guttural Growler: John Cooper is well known for this. He's even lampshaded it during concerts: "I have two types of voices: raspy and raspier."
- Heroic Sacrifice : "Hero"
"A hero's not afraid to give his life..."
- Industrial Metal: A prominent influence in their sound.
- Kaleidoscope Eyes: John's eye was colored blue for the Awake album cover.
- Kill It with Fire: Used as a rather violent metaphor in "Gasoline".
- Lead Bassist: John.
- Mad Doctor: Ben and Jen in the "Monster" music video.
- Martyr Without a Cause: "My Beautiful Robe" is about a man who seems to have a bit of a Messiah complex.
- Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: Anywhere between 2 and 8 depending on the song.
- Mood Whiplash: "Rippin' Me Off", one of the band's heaviest and angriest songs, comes right before the romantic duet "Will You Be There (Falling Down)" on Alien Youth.
- The end of "Rise", where, out of nowhere, a telephone rings. It all goes downhill from there.
- Another sudden heavy-to-light transition happens on "Alien Youth", when "Take" suddenly segues into the piano intro for "Coming Down".
- Power Ballad: At least one on every album.
- "Saturn" on the self-titled.
- "More Faithful" on Hey You, I Love Your Soul.
- "Rest" on Invincible.
- "You Are My Hope" and "Will You Be There (Falling Down)" on Alien Youth.
- "A Little More" on Collide.
- "Yours to Hold" and "Say Goodbye" on Comatose.
- "Believe" and "Never Surrender" on Awake.
- New Sound Album: Hey You, I Love Your Soul and Collide both qualify.
- If nitpicky enough, one could label every album from Hey You up to and including Collide as this.
- Rage Breaking Point: "Circus for a Psycho".
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: "Circus for a Psycho".
Tonight, get ready for a fight / 'Cause now you know it's time to ride my circus for a psycho
- Rock Trio: The original line-up.
- Self-Titled Album: Their debut.
- Soprano and Gravel: "Awake and Alive", "Hero", "Rebirthing", "The Last Night", and "Will You Be There (Falling Down)".
- Take That: "Rippin' Me Off" is a rather strongly-worded response that John wrote after attending a Marilyn Manson concert.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Dr. Pepper. For John at least.
- Truck Driver's Gear Change: A rare key change down in "The Fire Breathes".
- Two Girls to a Team: A rare four member example.
- X Meets Y: Petra meets Ministry and Disturbed.