Skillet is back, plain and simple but to be honest they never left they just needed some time to find themselves. Their recent release ‘Unleashed’ was a labor of love for the band and also a critical success as it skyrocketed to the top of almost every rock chart in the country following it’s release. The next step would be an arena tour in support right? WRONG, for the band’s first true headline tour in a few years Skillet would take their show into clubs for a true rock performance for their fans. A bold and confident move that paid off for the band as they all but sold out the Sherman Theater last Friday evening.
Their set that evening was loaded with songs of their recent album ‘Unleashed’ including the singles “Feel Invincible” and “Stars.” In fact, I was really pleasantly surprised at just how heavy their set was that evening despite that fact that a few older fans left early in the set for some reason and I heard them muttering about it being to loud/heavy but they missed out because Skillet slowed it down a bit later in the set with “The Last Night” and even “Comatose.” Honestly though I enjoyed that they played a heavier set, I think their sound shines through better when they play these songs, don’t get me wrong I love “Stars” and some of the other slower tracks but I think they wanted to give their fans a high energy set that they could rock out to from start to finish.
From a purely technical standpoint Skillet managed to deliver a flawless performance. Their behind the scenes staff and crew truly have their act together when it comes to the lighting/effects as I mentioned earlier but it is important to note that the audio mix was crisply balanced to which allowed each member to shine during the night. Musically the band delivered for the packed house and the crowd fed off their interactivity with them as well as Skillet’s lively on stage personalities.
If history proves correctly I wouldn’t be surprise to see Skillet back on the road by the end of 2017 either supporting ‘Unleashed’ or a new release in even bigger venues than the ones they are filling now. Only time will tell but one thing is for certain, Skillet is always one step ahead of every other band in their field and I have a feeling this is only the beginning of their reign back at the top.