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Skillet's rock fizzles more than sizzles

Fans of Skillet have been waiting for its newest creation, "Awake."

On the same day the album was released last month, "Awake (Deluxe Version)" reached No. 1 on the iTunes "Top Albums" chart and on the iTunes "Top Rock Albums" chart.

The band has chosen to create sounds that are different and new. It has had eight albums, each with a unique sound ranging from techno to grunge, hard rock to industrial rock.

Skillet led listeners to believe this was supposed to be a really rocked-out album, but only "Hero," "Monster," "Forgiven" and "Sometimes" have the strong guitar riffs and heavy drum beats that a rock fan listens for. I plan on adding these songs to my rock play list. The rest of the songs sound more like music that should be played at a coffee shop.

Skillet has performed a couple of times during Kingdom Bound at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center. Skillet also has toured with many mainstream bands such as Breaking Benjamin, Three Days Grace and Seether.

The band starts its "Awake and Alive" Tour today, with Hawk Nelson, Decyfer Down and the Letter Black.

Even though hard rock fans wouldn't look for an album like "Awake," Skillet fans should still like this album because it sticks with the mood of the lyrics and the goal of the band.

Aaron Maser is a sophomore at Kenmore West High School.

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