Skillet have dropped the defiant anthem Surviving The Game and announced that a much-anticipated new Skillet album Dominion will be out on January 14th.
Surviving The Game is the multi-platinum selling Memphis hard rockers firing on all cylinders, with frontperson John Cooper explaining that it intended to be a celebration of being finally free of what you fear.
"Surviving The Game is a defiant song about not giving in to the fear that the world is and has been experiencing. This song brings a feeling of survival; you have to do what you need to do in order to get your life back; a defiance against fear and the things that want to hold you down - for so many that's depression, isolation, loneliness, suicidal thoughts, etc. This song is about becoming the person you are meant be and coming out on the other side of all the madness."
Surviving The Game arrives with a video shot in the expansive desert outside Los Angeles last month. Made up of a mixture of high energy band performances alongside a storyline where a young kid rules the land, entraps the band and they have to fight through pain and fear to make it out alive.
Watch the video for Surviving The Game below.
The song and video do a good job of conveying the broader inspiration for the band's 11th studio album, Dominion which Cooper outlines with a little more depth below.
"Dominion is about the celebration of freedom, a liberation from fear - to be who we want to be, say what we want to say, believe what we want to believe. "In some ways it’s a reminder of the God-given rights that we were born with. It’s time to regain some sort of control over our lives and not be a slave to fear. I hope this record is going to make people feel empowered, inspired, uplifted and want to rock their faces off!"
Dominion was produced by Kevin Churko (Ozzy Osbourne, Papa Roach, Disturbed) with songs written by John Cooper, Korey Cooper, Kevin Churko and Kane Churko, was created 100% remotely between the band's home studio in Wisconsin, and the Churko's studio in Las Vegas.
The album artwork and tracklisting for the album which is available for digital pre-order now can be found below.
1. Surviving the Game
2. Standing in the Storm
4. Valley of Death
5. Beyond Incredible
8. Shout Your Freedom
10. Forever or the End
12. White Horse