The might of Christian rock band Skillet’s colossal hit “Monster” was once again vindicated in December 2015, when the RIAA certified it for sales of 2 million copies. It also had a great run on Billboard’s rock and Christian charts, topping out at No. 20 on Rock Airplay, No. 4 on Mainstream Rock Songs, No. 8 on Rock Streaming Songs and No. 1 on Christian/Gospel Digital Songs.
In the face of such an accomplishment, you’d think vocalist/bassist John Cooper would be brimming with confidence when it came to writing the band’s next album, Unleashed. But not quite.
“Quite honestly, after doing music for 20 years, it's easy to feel like you are outdated, too old or irrelevant to culture to keep writing ‘on-point’ songs,” he admits. “I love touring and playing music. But sometimes the ebb and flow of this business can make you want to give up before you even try. Specifically, when I was writing this record, there were times when I wondered if I should even try.”