Alien Youth

Alien Youth
Alien Youth.jpg
Studio album by
Released August 28, 2001
Recorded March – April 2001
Length 53:14
Label Ardent
Producer John L. Cooper
Skillet chronology
Ardent Worship
Alien Youth
Singles from Alien Youth
  1. "Alien Youth"
    Released: 2001[citation needed]
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [2]
Jesus Freak Hideout 4/5 stars[1]

Alien Youth is the fourth album released by the Christian rock band Skillet. Developing their sound into hard-hitting industrial rock, it was released August 28, 2001 through Ardent Records.[3] This was the first Skillet album to include guitarist Ben Kasica, replacing Kevin Haaland. Kasica joined Skillet late in the recording process for the album, only recording guitars on "Earth Invasion". It peaked at No. 141 on the Billboard 200 and No. 16 on The Australian Christian Albums Chart.[3][4]

Track listing

All songs written by John L. Cooper, except where noted.

Music video

The video for "Alien Youth" features the band in a futuristic city, wearing futuristic clothes much like those seen in the "Best Kept Secret" video. The opening shot is something coming down to earth. It then cuts to the futuristic city, circling around a tower with large screens at the top that display the album cover. The band is mostly shown playing in the middle of the city, with various shots of the individual band members being shown on large television screens. The video was shot on a green screen.


Credits taken from the CD liner notes.



  • John L. Cooper - producer
  • Skidd Mills - co-producer ("Earth Invasion"), engineer ("Earth Invasion"), mixing ("Earth Invasion", "Vapor", "Eating Me Away", "Kill Me, Heal Me")
  • Pete Matthews - engineer (all songs except "Earth invasion"), mixing (all songs except "Earth Invasion", "Vapor", "Eating Me Away", "Kill Me, Heal Me")
  • Josh Horton - assistant engineer
  • Jonathan Steitz - additional engineering, Pro Tools operator
  • Scott Hull - mastering


Chart (2001) Peak
US Billboard 200[5] 141
US Christian Albums (Billboard)[6] 4


Alien Youth: The Unplugged Invasion (DVD cover)

Alien Youth: The Unplugged Invasion was Skillet's first DVD, released in 2002 by Ardent Records. They perform four songs from Alien Youth and one from Invincible as a mini acoustic concert. All of the instruments are unplugged (besides the keyboards) in place of acoustic guitar and softer drums.[7] In addition, it includes the "Best Kept Secret" music video, a Bible Study from John Cooper, and a photo gallery of the unplugged performance.[8]

Track listing

  1. "Alien Youth"
  2. "One Real Thing"
  3. "Kill Me, Heal Me"
  4. "You Are My Hope"
  5. "Best Kept Secret" (from Invincible)


  1. ^ a b DiBiase, John (August 1, 2001). "Skillet, "Alien Youth" review". Jesus Freak Hideout. Archived from the original on 13 July 2011. Retrieved July 10, 2011.
  2. ^ Losey, Steve. Alien Youth at AllMusic. Retrieved July 10, 2011.
  3. ^ a b "Skillet – Alien Youth". Billboard. Retrieved 2009-01-11.[dead link]
  4. ^ "Skillet's Australian Tour Propels Band To No. 16 On Christian Retail Chart - Christian Guitar Forum". Retrieved 2011-11-02.
  5. ^ "Skillet Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved August 7, 2018.
  6. ^ "Skillet Chart History (Christian Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved August 7, 2018.
  7. ^ DiBiase, John (December 8, 2002), Alien Youth: The Unplugged Invasion DVD,
  8. ^ Breimeier, Russ, Alien Youth: The Unplugged Invasion, The Fish