Skillet - Not Gonna Die (Atlantic) 
Skillet - Not Gonna Die

Release Date: 30th June 2014

Skillet have completely passed me by and that is fairly annoying because not only are they really good they're also seemingly huge. Who knew? I mean, they sold as many albums as the Black Keys and Mumford & Sons in the US last year and that puts them in the top three! How have I never heard of them. I blame the management. Anyway, they're debuting at Download this year and playing a shit load of gigs around Europe so they're doing OK for themselves. Oh, the single? Yeah, 'Not Gonna Die' is a huge rock tune that would have been called nu-metal back in the day but is actually just really slick stuff full of power chords, big beats and the glorious twin vocal attack of bassist John Cooper and drummer Jen Ledger. This is big budget Hollywood music but with passion and bleeding fingers on the fret-board, style and substance if you will. If you like your rock big and powerful with its fist firmly in the air then this is for you.

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Live Dates:
6th June - Sweden Rock Festival, Solvesborg
8th June - Bila Hilna Fest, Slusovice
11th June - Impact Festival, Lodz
13th June - Novarock, Nickelsdorf
15th June - Donington Park, Leicestershire
17th June - Stadtpark, Hamburg w/Alter Bridge
22nd June - Arena Hall, Krasnodar
23rd June - KSK Express, Rostov Na Donu
24th June - Event Hall, Voronezh
27th June - Park Live, Moscow
28th June - Graspop Metal Festival, Dessel
29th June - Stereo Plaza, Kiev
2nd July - Volt Fest, Sopron
4th July - MOST Festival, Minsk
6th July - Akademik Stadium, Sofia
10th July - Sunny View Expo Center, Oshkosh
12th July - Pulse Fest - Compton Family Arena, South Bend
18th July - Moondace Jam, Walker
19th July - Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino, Mescalero
26th July - Timberwood Amphitheatre, Hot Springs
31st July - Wisconsin Valley Fair, Wausau
1st August - Easy Riders Saloon, Sturgis
4th August - Kingdom Bound, Barien Center
7th August - Rock The Desert, Midland
9th August - Wild Adventures Theme Park, Valdosta

30th August - Lifelight South Dakota, Worthing