Comatose (album)

A photo of a boy holding a plug in a tunnel with "Skillet - Comatose" above the boy.
Studio album by
Released October 3, 2006
Recorded February – April 2006
Studio Chicago Recording Company
Genre Christian metal, alternative metal
Length 41:33[1]
Label Lava, Ardent, Atlantic
Producer Brian Howes, John L. Cooper, Zachary Kelm (executive)
Skillet chronology
The Older I Get EP
Skillet studio albums chronology
Singles from Comatose
  1. "Rebirthing"
    Released: 2006
  2. "Whispers in the Dark"
    Released: September 19, 2006
  3. "The Last Night"
    Released: January 2007
  4. "The Older I Get"
    Released: February 27, 2007
  5. "Comatose"
    Released: 2007
  6. "Live Free or Let Me Die"
    Released: 2008
  7. "Those Nights"
    Released: 2008
  8. "Better Than Drugs"
    Released: 2009

Comatose is the sixth studio album by American Christian rock band Skillet. Released on October 3, 2006, by Lava Records, Ardent Records and Atlantic Records,[1] this album continues their previous album's trend of downplaying the keyboard elements that were prominent in previous releases in favor of more orchestral elements and distorted guitars. Comatose was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on November 3, 2009, their first record to do so,[2] and has since gone platinum, selling over 1,000,000 copies as of May 20, 2016.[3] On December 6, 2007, the album also received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Rock or Rap Gospel Album. A deluxe edition of Comatose was then released in stores on December 26, 2007, and a live DVD of their headlining tour in support of the record was released in the fall 2008.

This is the last album drummer Lori Peters recorded with the band.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[4]
Christianity Today 4/5 stars[5]
Jesus Freak Hideout 4.5/5 stars[1]
IGN (5.0/10)[6]

Comatose has mainly received positive reviews. AllMusic praised its unique mixture of instruments, saying, "When guitar progressions meet piano nuances, special things happen with this band."[4] also gave the album a high rating; "Filled with big songs from beginning to end, Comatose relies on more theatrics to build their sound while delivering substance at the same time."[1] Christianity Today, while mostly giving the album positive remarks, felt that the ballads were a bit too pop-oriented compared to the heavier songs. They also found some of the lyrics to be generic.[5] gave the album a mixed review, commenting, "This may play well within that niche market of Christian music, as many of the traditional listeners eschew 'secular' radio. But anyplace else, this album will be ignored by the masses, as it's all been done before in one way or the other."[6]

Track listing

All tracks are written by John L. Cooper.


  1. "Rebirthing"
  2. "Whispers in the Dark"
  3. "The Older I Get"
  4. "The Last Night"
  5. "Comatose"
  6. "Live Free or Let Me Die"
  7. "Those Nights"
  8. "Better than Drugs"



  • John L. Cooper – vocals, bass guitar, producer, music and lyrics, additional string arrangements
  • Korey Cooper – keyboard, guitar, vocals
  • Lori Peters – drums
  • Ben Kasica – guitar

Technical personnel

  • David Bottrill – mixing on "The Last Night", "Comatose", "Those Nights", "Falling Inside the Black", "Whispers in the Dark", and "Looking for Angels"
  • Paul Buckmaster – string arrangements, conduction on "Rebirthing" and "Yours to Hold"
  • Sean Geyer – 2nd assistant engineering
  • Jeff Gros – photography
  • Josh Horton – design
  • Brian Howes – producer, lyrics on "Rebirthing", "The Last Night", "Yours to Hold", "Better Than Drugs", "Comatose", and "The Older I Get", music and lyrics at "Whispers in the Dark", additional guitar, additional vocals
  • Andy Karp – A&R
  • Suzie Katayama – contractor
  • Zachary Kelm – executive producer, management
  • Chris Lord-Alge – mixing on "Rebirthing", "Yours to Hold", "The Older I Get", and "Say Goodbye"
  • Gregg Nadel – product management
  • Mark "Patch" Patchel – drum tech
  • David Rieley – assistant engineering
  • Kevin Tully – A&R coordination
  • Jay Van Poederooyen – Pro Tools editing
  • Andy VanDette – mastering at Masterdisk, New York, NY


Chart (2006–2008) Peak
US Billboard 200[7] 55
US Christian Albums (Billboard)[8] 4
US Top Hard Rock Albums (Billboard)[9] 24
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[10] 19


Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[11] Platinum 1,000,000double-dagger

double-dagger Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.


In 2007, the album was nominated for a Dove Award for Rock Album of the Year at the 38th GMA Dove Awards.[12]


  1. ^ a b c d DiBiase, John (September 25, 2006). "Skillet, "Comatose" Review". Jesus Freak Hideout. Retrieved July 10, 2011.
  2. ^ "Recording Industry Association of America". RIAA. Retrieved May 20, 2016.
  3. ^ "Recording Industry Association of America". RIAA. Retrieved May 20, 2016.
  4. ^ a b Losey, Stebe. Comatose at AllMusic. Retrieved July 10, 2011.
  5. ^ a b Breimeier, Russ. "Comatose, Music review". Christianity Today. Retrieved July 10, 2011.
  6. ^ a b Thompson, Ed (October 10, 2006). "Skillet - Comatose review". IGN. Archived from the original on May 27, 2011. Retrieved July 10, 2011.
  7. ^ "Skillet Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved August 7, 2018.
  8. ^ "Skillet Chart History (Christian Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved August 17, 2018.
  9. ^ "Skillet Chart History (Top Hard Rock Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved August 7, 2018.
  10. ^ "Skillet Chart History (Top Rock Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved August 17, 2018.
  11. ^ "American album certifications – Skillet – Comatose". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved May 20, 2016. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 
  12. ^ 38th Annual GMA Awards on

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