8.5
Our overall verdict "Excellent"

With their August 5th release of their new album Unleashed looming, one of Christian rock’s top bands, Skillet, is teasing fans with yet another single. The newly released track entitled “I Want To Live” will remind listeners of Skillet’s earlier days of recording. The track itself is ruled by a classic rock driven sound and guitar melody. It is backed up and supported by Skillet’s signature integration of the use of string instruments. Unlike Skillet’s older releases though, this track does an incredible job of highlighting their drummer and back up vocalist, Jen Ledger’s, voice.

Lyrically, the song is an anthem, almost a pep talk to the listener. It is encouraging them to seek another tomorrow past the hardships of today by seeking hope in a higher power. The song’s title is repeated throughout the song as its chorus. This declaration is accompanied by lead guitarist Seth Morrison’s solo skills that are shown off after the second verse and before the bridge and flows well with the over all theme and compilation of this edgier tune.



This release will make 4 singles released publically to mixed reviews. What can be noted is that the first 3 releases were a bit different from Skillet’s usual rock driven sound. In many cases, fans found the tracks to be slightly over produced and pop sounding. However tracks like Back from the Dead, Feel It, and the newest addition of I Want To Live are challenging that sentiment. While slightly poppy in sound, the original Skillet sound and what fans are craving is still evident in each track, though not nearly as blatantly. Whether this is just the band’s new direction, a side effect of new production software, or just a part of only having heard 4 songs off of the entire album Skillet fans will be sure to keep their eyes peeled for the official release of Unleashed on August 5th.