In This Moment, Shinedown, & Skillet Earn New Gold/Platinum Certifications In The U.S.

Various singles from In This Moment, Shinedown, and Skillet have scored new certifications from the RIAA. Among them are In This Moment’s “Sick Like Me” and “Big Bad Wolf,” which have both gone gold, Shinedown’s “Monsters,“ which has gone platinum, and Skillet‘s “Feel Invincible,” which has gone 2x platinum.

Skillet Awarded New Platinum And Gold Certifications In The U.S.

Skillet have scored some new certifications from the RIAA. Among them are the title track of band’s album “Comatose,” which has gone platinum, the “Comatose” single “The Last Night,” which has gone gold, and the “Awake” single “Awake And Alive,” which has gone double platinum.

Skillet Frontman John Cooper Thinks Rage Against The Machine Are Now “Government Rock”

Skllet’s John Cooper, who is unvaccinated, recently went on another rant about COVID-19 vaccine mandates. The frontman even took a shot at Rage Against The Machine due to the COVID-19 safety protocols that will be implemented during their reunion tour.

Cooper said the following during an interview with Apologia Radio host Luke Pierson:

“In general, I think, I’m a fairly gracious person, or I try to be, where it’s, like, I really don’t care, Luke, if you get the vaccine or not. And I don’t know if you care if I get it. It doesn’t matter to me. There’s certain things that you can make a choice. But there’s been this collective mind… I mean, people going crazy. I fully expect half the country to be eating grass.

What’s really weird to me is that I’ve been speaking out about my faith in Christ for a long, long time in the mainstream world. Now, let’s be honest — not everybody in the mainstream world is nuts about that. They don’t necessarily love hearing about Jesus, but they have always put up with me — some have supported me even. But I’ll tell you what: the most kickback I have ever received — ever — for my faith has been on my stance on vaccine mandates and mask mandates. It is as if I just — like the unforgivable sin.

I said to my wife, I said the amazing thing that it shows me is that it wasn’t the gospel quote, it wasn’t the gospel of Christ that made them really, really angry — meaning, ‘Jesus is the way, the truth, the life. No one comes to the father unless they come through him.’ A lot of people didn’t love that message, but they can deal with it. But they will not deal with you speaking out against the state. They will not deal with it. And what you’re really witnessing is an actual you’ve spoken against their God. You did not bow down to Nebuchadnezzar’s idol of gold. And it is the one thing you’re not allowed to do. It’s just been really amazing to me.

So a lot the bands, they just don’t know what to do. And when I say ‘they,’ I mean we’re in there too. We just don’t know what to do, because you’re in an entertainment industry that’s largely driven by social media and media at large. And you’re not allowed to speak anything against… I mean, you’ve got Rage Against The Machine telling people that if they don’t get a vaccine… Rage Against The Machine has become the machine. It’s crazy. I’m, like, wait a minute — I’m the revolutionary here? I’m the revolutionary and Rage Against The Machine is just ‘government rock’ now. My older brother made up the term ‘government rock,’ which I find pretty awesome. I think it’s pretty great — it’s a great way to scoff at someone.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Skillet Premiere New Song “Standing In The Storm”

Skillet have premiered a new song titled “Standing In The Storm.” This track is from the band’s new album “Dominion,” which will be released on January 14. John Cooper commented:

“We’re getting older, our kids are getting older, and the world is falling apart, so there’s a part of me that’s like, ‘Do you really want to go back on the road in the midst of a pandemic?’ Do we want to keep this business going? Then, [Korey Cooper] showed me this passage in her journal. I was really impacted. I started to think, ‘Yes, there’s a lot of crazy things going on, but I’m not done.'”

Skillet Frontman John Cooper Thinks COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates Are “Tyrannical”

Skllet’s John Cooper, who is unvaccinated, recently went on a nonsensical rant about COVID-19 vaccine mandates on his “Cooper Stuff” podcast. Unsurprisingly, the frontman believes that the common sense mandates are “tyrannical.”

Cooper said the following while discussing President Joe Biden’s decision to mandate vaccines or negative tests for businesses with more than 100 employees:

“All that’s going on here is an insane power grab. This is just an attack on Western values, on freedom, on the things that built the West — that’s all that’s going on about this because when you look at the data, when you look at the stuff being said, it is such absolute nonsense, it is such absolute lies, it is such bullying tactics and tyranny and totalitarianism that you can’t help but to ask questions. Even if you believe that vaccines are good, you have to look at what’s going on and say, ‘Okay, there’s something really nefarious going on.’ That’s all that this is.”

“Your president is losing his patience with you. You’re the problem. You’re probably a bigot and you’re probably a phobe of some sort and you’re the problem and you hate people. Just ask the woke Christians. You won’t be able to tell what they say because their mouths are full of woke cookies.

What is happening is a revolution against the West, against American values. But, really, what is at the bottom of that is Christianity. That’s why we are on the chopping block. I want to encourage you in your faith so that your eyes are open that you see what is actually going on.

You don’t have to agree with me about everything. Absolutely fine. I’ve never taken some harsh stance on vaccines. And even when I talk about masks, I’ve said what I think about masks and things like that. I have grace for you to do what you think is right. That is absolutely fine. What I am against is this absolute tyranny that is happening, this totalitarianism that is absolutely happening, and now we see it with these vaccine mandates.”

“I do believe these mandates are absolutely tyrannical and they’re totalitarian — there’s no question about that. The move for leftist authoritarianism right now is absolutely insane. What’s happening is that the leftist authoritarian power, that’s where the power is in the Democratic party that has hijacked the liberal movement… Old-school liberals are not into the leftist authoritarian stuff, but the leftists have hijacked that party.”

He went on to discuss recent studies that demonstrate the efficiency of natural immunity, while adding:

“They’re lying to us. That’s the end of the conversation to me. Why are you lying to us? We also know this — that there are a lot of complications, a lot of people that have had adverse reactions to these vaccines. You’re not allowed to say [that]; it gets you kicked off social media. And it also looks like that many of the people having these adverse reactions, it seems that if you had COVID and then got the vaccine that you might actually be more likely to have an adverse reaction. So, in other words, you might actually be putting yourself at more risk by getting the vaccine if you already had COVID, according to the data we have now. Why aren’t they saying that? Why is Doctor Fauci not saying [it]? He’s the lead guy. ‘The science.’

‘The science’ means nothing to me. I got zero poops for ‘the science,’ ’cause they don’t even believe what they’re saying. It’s not about data for these people; it’s about religious dogma. They are lying to you… Why are they lying to us? There’s something going on.”

“We’re watching this speech. Within 60 seconds, 75 seconds, the president is saying two different things. He’s saying, number one, ‘The vaccine’s amazing. It’s a miracle cure. This is the way we get out of this. It’s gonna heal the land. It’s gonna help everything. It’s absolutely awesome.’ 90 seconds later, he’s saying that if you’re unvaccinated, you’re putting everybody at risk.’ … Both of those things cannot be true. I’m not even saying whether I think the vaccines are awesome — I’m not saying that; you do whatever you wanna do; that’s above me — but you can’t say both of those things. You can’t say they’re absolutely awesome and they really work, but the unvaccinated are putting everybody at risk.

If you’re vaccinated, double-vaxxed, you still can get COVID, you still spread COVID. There’s even some data out of the U.K. that is suggesting that if you never had COVID but you got vaccinated, you are actually more likely — by far more likely — to contract COVID-19 than someone who actually had it once. By far.”

Cooper then floated a conspiracy theory about vaccines being used to control people:

“When you look out at what’s going on right now with my spiritual eyes on, as we all should have as Christians, what I really see going on is a campaign of propaganda and lies and fear. To me, this is a spiritual issue. Yes, it’s a physical issue — people are actually dying from COVID-19; that’s a real disease; I’m not saying it’s not; that’s obviously real — but, to me, it’s not really a pandemic of COVID, it’s a pandemic of fear, which is a spiritual matter. It is a thing that locks you up into fear, that makes you so crazy… It is a pandemic of fear to keep you locked up, to keep you absolutely locked up that ‘I am so afraid that I will give up anything to keep me safe. Government, keep me locked up, keep me isolated.’ Start pointing fingers at people that don’t mask, start pointing fingers at people that [don’t get vaccinated], pointing fingers [at people who] wanna go back to work, pointing fingers at people that — fill in the blank. Keep me absolutely locked up in fear. A lot of Christians have fallen into this too, because we have forgotten that we don’t have a spirit of fear. That’s what the Bible says: ‘Christ did not give you a spirit of fear but a power, love and a sound mind.’

When I look at all this stuff with the crazy mandates, the crazy stuff they’re trying to do, to not [give people the opportunity] to have a job anymore, I just look at this and I just think, shame on the government, shame on big media, shame on Big Tech. Can you not see at this point that all of these people are joined together in leftist authoritarianism to try to grab more power over your life?”

[via Blabbermouth]

Skillet Premiere “Surviving The Game” Music Video

Skillet have premiered a new video for their new song “Surviving The Game.” This track is from the band’s new album “Dominion,” which will be released on January 14.

John Cooper said the following about the new song:

“[It’s] 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, lonelieness, 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.”

He also added the following about the new album:

“‘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” Track Listing:

01. “Surviving The Game”
02. “Standing In The Storm”
03. “Dominion”
04. “Valley Of Death”
05. “Beyond Incredible”
06. “Destiny”
07. “Refuge”
08. “Shout Your Freedom”
09. “Destroyer”
10. “Forever Or The End”
11. “Ignite”
12. “White Horse”

Skillet To Release New Single “Surviving The Game” In September

Skillet will be releasing a new song, titled “Surviving The Game,” on September 15. The track will serve as the first single from the band’s upcoming album. Frontman John Cooper commented:

“Our new song, ‘Surviving The Game’, makes me feel like a bull about to come out of the gate. Within the first 30 seconds of the song, you’re taken on a journey that begins with uncertainty and trepidation and leads to an explosion of energy and life. That sums up how I see the future. This has been a tough season, and we are not yet through the storm. We need hope, we need grit, and we will survive. I hope that when people hear ‘Surviving The Game’, it will be the song they’ve been waiting for.”

Queensrÿche’s Todd La Torre Blasts Skillet’s John Cooper Over Anti-Mask Comments

During an episode of his “Cooper Stuff” podcast, Skillet’s John Cooper made some controversial claims regarding the coronavirus pandemic, including his belief that masks are “nothing more than theater.” The comments obviously didn’t sit well with a number of people, including Queensrÿche’s Todd La Torre, who blasted Cooper and challenged him to “volunteer on the Covid floor of a hospital maskless.”

Cooper said the following [via Blabbermouth]

“I think that your conscience — your personal conscience before the Lord — has to come into play in a really big way in these issues. If you feel like that the best thing that you can do unto the Lord is to get a vaccine, I would say go for it. That’s between you and the Lord. That’s up to you. Go for it. Absolutely no judgment from me. If you want to get a vaccine and wear a mask, if that’s what you feel like you need to do, that’s up to you. If you wanna wear a mask, up to you. I feel this is an issue of, like, hey, everybody can make kind of their own decisions here, because it’s kind of a weird time we live in. What I don’t like is on these very complicated issues when the dogmatism comes in of, ‘If you are a believer, you will do this,’ when there’s so much to talk about.”

“The issue of the mask wearing, to me, is nothing more than theater. It is making me jump into an unreality, something that I do not believe, just to acquiesce to either the overlords — overlords meaning government, Big Tech, big business, big media, whatever — to acquiesce to what they want me to do. Even though I know that it’s not true, but I’m gonna play the game. And every time I put my mask on, I know that I’m doing something that I do not believe in. In other words, I’m being forced to lie… I’m being forced to jump into something I don’t believe, and I’m living by a lie — I’m living by a lie that this mask is actually gonna keep me safe from all harm. To acquiesce to the government, which says that I’m believing something that I know that I don’t believe. So now I’m basically living in a fantasy world. That frightens me. And every time I put that mask on, that’s basically what I think. I know I’m doing this, I know it’s show, I know it’s theater, I know my overlords don’t even believe in it, because if they did, they wouldn’t be breaking all of their own rules.”

La Torre then responded with the following:

“Cool, then go volunteer on the Covid floor of a hospital maskless and let us know how that works out. He believes in a mythical celestial dictator but doesn’t believe in science. Got it.”

[via Blabbermouth]