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)
Skillet provide examples of the following tropes:
- Ac CENT Upon The Wrong Syl LA Ble: I-I feel like a monSTER.
- 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 Hero: "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.
- Creator Backlash: John isn't shy about the fact that he doesn't like the name of his own band. Usually, when he introduces them, he'll make some sort of snide remark about it.
- Driven to Suicide: The girl in "The Last Night." The song tries to convince her not to go through with it.
- 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 intrepretation 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..."
- 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".
- One of Us: Some examples: Jen Ledger loves Harry Potter and John Cooper love hero comics and Hunger Games.
- 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.