Christian rockers Skillet return from a three-year hiatus between studio albums on August 5th with Unleashed, their ninth studio effort and first since 2013’s Rise. The first single from the 12-song set is “Feel Invincible,” for which a lyric video has been issued.

Skillet bassist and singer John Cooper said about the new disc, “I wanted to make an album that could make people feel the music. I always aim to write songs to which people can relate, but this time I wanted to see not only how the songs would connect lyrically, but also how they’d connect musically.”

  • Other tracks on the album include “Back From The Dead,” “Stars,” “Undefeated,” “Out Of Hell,” “Watching For Comets,” “Saviors Of The World” and five more.
  • Skillet has been recording and touring for 20 years now and Cooper told us that he enjoys seeing Skillet fans bringing their kids to the band’s shows: [“It’s very cool to go to a concert and just see a dad with his 12-year-old son, and they’re both rocking out to Skillet because their dad bought our first record when he was in high school or whatever. You go to a Bon Jovi show or a Nickelback show, Aerosmith, that’s what you see — you see generations of fans. And Skillet is still, you know, quite young, but we have those generations. I think that that’s really awesome.”] SOUNDCUE (:22 OC: . . . that’s really awesome.)
  • Skillet consists of Cooper, his wife Korey on keyboards, Seth Morrison on lead guitar and Jen Ledger on drums.
  • Skillet has been nominated for two Grammys and have one platinum and one gold record award to their credit. The band’s Top 10 rock hits include “Monster,” “Awake And Alive” and “Sick Of It.”

CHECK IT OUT: Here’s the new lyric video from Skillet:

INTERNET COMMENTS at Blabbermouth — agree or not?

Tim Williams wrote: “I will be buying this CD and I will be seeing the tour when the date are released.”

Bee Wilson wrote: “So excited! The three years I’ve waited for ‘Unleashed’ is well worth the wait. Skillet never disappoints!”

Richard Nogavich wrote: “Jesus Chrysler what a horrible mess.”

Marie Orage wrote: “Have you even listened to their music? Their music actually has a message, rock isn’t all about danger and yelling. This is a Christian band, they’re not going to dress up in something that a mainstream rock band would. Try listening to their music or going to a concert before you judge them please.”

Panagiotis Papas wrote: “Typical example of ‘modern mainstream rock,’ overproduced drums & guitars,with digital effects overstuffed vocals (seriously,they autotuned the living crap of the female vocals) and generic songwriting beyond recognition.”