The official music video for SKILLET's new single, "Legendary", can be seen below. The song is taken from the two-time Grammy nominees' tenth full-length album, "Victorious", which will be released on August 2 via Atlantic.
SKILLET frontman John Cooper told Billboard about "Legendary": "'Legendary' is kind of fun because it sounds like SKILLET, but it's actually a little different for SKILLET as well. That opening guitar riff isn't like anything we've ever done on guitar. It's a little bit bluesy, a little bit rock. I thought it was cool."
Regarding the lyrical theme of "Legendary", John said: "The general message of 'Legendary' is to make your life count. You're going to have a lot of hard things in your life. Sometimes it will get you down, but you need to make your life count. You are only here for so long on earth, so every day fight to be legendary."
Cooper said the song also holds a special place in his heart for another more personal reason. "For me, what this song is about is it's to all the people who said that SKILLET would never make it," he said. "They said we were too Christian. We were too pretty. We had too many girls in the band, too many keyboards. It's too musical. It's too this or too that and 23 years later and 10 albums later, we're very unlikely people to still be doing music."
Coupled with the production strides made in the last full-length studio offering, 2016's "Unleashed", John and wife/guitarist/keyboardist Korey took the reins for the bulk of production on "Victorious" — a career first.
"'Unleashed' recharged us, and we returned to what we love about writing," continues John. "It was tight and electronic hard rock. We wanted to keep the sound modern and pull in influences from hip-hop drums and keyboards, while staying riffy. 'Victorious' started there. Our confidence was sparked by the last record and all of the other projects. We were feeling prolific. We thought, 'We can produce our own SKILLET album.' It lit a fire. Korey and I have produced in the past, but nothing quite like this. It's a brand new season."
In support of "Victorious", SKILLET will headline a tour this August joined by SEVENDUST with special guests POP EVIL and DEVOUR THE DAY.
The track listing for "Victorious" is as follows:
01. Legendary 02. You Ain't Ready 03. Victorious 04. This Is The Kingdom 05. Save Me 06. Rise Up 07. Terrify The Dark 08. Never Going Back 09. Reach 10. Anchor 11. Finish Line 12. Back To Life