Victorious (Skillet album)

Victorious
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Studio album by
Released August 2, 2019
Recorded December 2018 – April 2019[not verified in body]
Genre Christian rock,[1] hard rock[2]
Length 44:52
Label Atlantic
Producer John Cooper, Korey Cooper
Skillet chronology
Unleashed
(2016)
Victorious
(2019)
Singles from Victorious
  1. "Legendary"
    Released: May 7, 2019[3]
  2. "Save Me"
    Released: June 14, 2019[4]
  3. "Anchor"
    Released: June 14, 2019[5]
  4. "You Ain't Ready"
    Released: July 26, 2019
  5. "Dead Man Walking"
    Released: September 16, 2020[6]

Victorious is the tenth studio album by American Christian rock band Skillet, released on August 2, 2019.[7] The album was announced on May 7, 2019, and a lyric video was released for the track "Legendary" at the same time on the band's YouTube channel.[2] The band released the song "You Ain't Ready" on July 26, 2019, as a promotional single.[8] "Legendary" was later chosen to be the new theme song for a new look WWE Raw, which debuted in 2019.[9]

Background and recording

Skillet released their previous studio album, Unleashed, in 2016. During the production stage for Victorious, lead singer John Cooper and his wife, Korey, solely produced half of the album while joining Seth Mosley and Mike "X" O'Connor for two other songs.[2]

Composition

In an interview with Radio.com, lead singer John Cooper said the album was composed of fight songs and that he wanted to let others know that "you can be victorious through the trials of life, but life is going to suck sometimes".[10] In regards to specific tracks, Cooper told Billboard that "Legendary" was about making the most out of your life and referenced the past criticism the band received about their musical path.[2] Upon the launch of the music video for "Legendary", Cooper told People that the song's meaning was "to live your life the way you think you should". Cooper also added that "Legendary" was chosen as the first released single because of the pumped up energy levels.[11]

Promotion and release

On May 7, Billboard reported the release date for Victorious was August 2 and included the newly released lyric video for "Legendary".[3] The song became a single for rock radio stations on May 20 and had a later music video published in July 2019.[12][13] For their other songs released before the album's release, Skillet had "Anchor" and "Save Me" available to stream on June 14 while "Anchor" became a Christian radio single on July 19.[4] On July 26, "You Ain't Ready" was made available alongside an accompanying lyric video.[8]

Touring

In April 2019, Skillet revealed they would be embarking on a tour throughout the United States alongside Sevendust. The Victorious War started on August 11 in Memphis, Tennessee and ended on September 7 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.[14] After the tour with Sevendust, Skillet started a one-month North American tour with Alter Bridge called the Victorious Sky Tour, running from September 22 to October 25.[15]

Reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Jesus Freak Hideout 2.5/5 stars[16]

Neil Z. Yeung of AllMusic called the album a "satisfying, defiant, and rousing collection of spiritual hype music".[1] Alternatively, David Craft of Jesus Freak Hideout felt that the band was limiting themselves on the album and "seem to be stuck on recreating Comatose".[16]

Accolades

Year-end lists
Publication Accolade Rank Ref.
365 Days of Inspiring Media Top 50 Albums of 2019
5
Loudwire The 50 Best Rock Albums of 2019
Unranked

Track listing

The track listing was released along with the album announcement.[19]

Personnel

  • John Cooper – lead vocals, bass guitar, producer
  • Korey Cooper – rhythm guitar, keyboards, producer
  • Jen Ledger – drums, vocals
  • Seth Morrison – lead guitar
  • Ted Jensen – mastering at Sterling Sound, Nashville

Charts

References

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