Review: Skillet – Awake & Remixed EP
March 22, 2011Posted by on
Released March 22 2011
Reviewed By Tyler Hess
As long as Skillet has been a band, I still feel like a neophyte fan, only listening to them since I saw them live just over seven years ago, not even half of their career. Despite that, I feel like I have a pretty good grasp on who the band has been and who they have become, seeing them raise their popularity a hundred fold over the past four or five of them. With that in mind, I can say with confidence that it is a little bit trippy seeing the band that I feel I have grown with be re-invented like this. Yes, they’ve had changes over the years, but this is a new animal.
The Awake & Remixed EP contains four popular songs off of their best selling release, 2009’s Awake. It starts off with “Awake And Alive (The Quickening)”, which quickly shows us that this is not one of those dance remix EP’s that are the general tendency, but rather a heavily synthesized version of Skillet, with this song using the keyboard as the focal point. Although the vocals haven’t really changed in the manner in which they are sung, they have used effects to create a more experimental atmosphere to them. “Hereo (The Legion of Doom Remix) is up next, and who knows where they get the remix titles or why remixes have to be sub-titled, but what you start to notice is that the center of attention on these songs is the synthesized instruments, rather than the vocals, which serve more as a background accompaniment at times. I guess they needed a ballad on here, so “Don’t Wake Me (Pull Remix)” is the one they chose, over “Lucy”, unfortunately. The short EP finishes up with the hit song, “Monster (Unleash The Beast)” remix, a fast paced track that has the least creative re-imagination among the group.
In the end, the Awake and Remixed EP is something made just for the Skillet superfan, as it is something interesting to listen to if you like their album “Awake”, but synthesized remixes don’t make for a must have or for a long shelf life of replayability.
- Awake And Alive (The Quickening)
- Hero (The Legion of Doom Remix)
- Don’t Wake Me (Pull Remix)
- Monster (Unleash The Beast)