Skillet Frontman John Cooper Starts ‘Super Heavy’ New Band, Fight the Fury

2018-09-28

Story and photo by Anne Erickson

Meet Fight the Fury, the new, heavy band featuring John Cooper and Seth Morrison of Skillet

Skillet frontman John Cooper usually stays busy with his main band, but now, Cooper has kicked off a new band called Fight the Fury. As Cooper explains in a statement, the group, which also includes Skillet guitarist Seth Morrison, will have him making heavier, louder and tougher music.

“This is a side of me and my music that I don’t get to show very often,” Cooper said in the statement. “It takes me back to when I first heard metal and the reason I fell in love with music. It’s raw and unfiltered and emotional. Fight the Fury is for all of the fans out there who like the heavy side of Skillet, but want a super heavy album. I hope they feel the emotion of the songs that we have put together because this project is for them.”

Today (Sept. 28), Fight the Fury has officially announced that their debut EP, “Still Breathing, will be released on Oct. 26 via Atlantic Records. The band also released a new song, “My Demons,” which can be streamed below.

“‘My Demons’ is the first song that I wrote for the project about five years ago when I first had the idea to start Fight the Fury,” Cooper said in a statement. “It’s a good first taste for fans because it’s got all of the ingredients of the band: aggression, melody, screaming, angst, a touch of progressive rock, and frenzied chaos. It touches on some dark themes that can be related in general to most people’s individual struggles in life.”

Fight the Fury will also tour throughout Russia in December and possibly do some North American dates down the road, too.

In other news, one of Cooper’s band mates in Skillet, drummer Jen Ledger, recently released her debut solo EP,  Ledger. Speaking with Audio Ink Radio in a recent interview, Ledger said that releasing her own EP feels powerful and magical.

“Seeing the power of music is really overwhelming,” Ledger said. “So the idea that I’d be able to write my own songs and they have messages in them that I hope can empower people to not give up, it feels surreal and a lot like a dream coming true.”

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