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KISS - Monster



October 8th is a date KISS fans will have had marked on their calendars for some time as the release of the 20th studio album from the rock legends that are KISS. The release comes just months before the band's 40th anniversary. In the time that the band have been going they've managed 28 U.S. gold albums along with 40 million U.S. and 100 million in world sales - pretty staggering sales figures, and that's just albums - if you were to look at all the merchandise they've sold the figures would be astronomical.

Monster is the first release since 2009's "Sonic Boom", and is only the second album from the current lineup of the band. The entire band have been involved in writing this album which was produced by Paul Stanley and Greg Collins.

While lead vocal duties are primarily shared by Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons, the other two members also take a turn - Tommy Thayer does the lead vocals on "Outta this world" while Eric Singer takes over lead vocals for "All for the love of rock and roll".

The band have been made several comments about the album...

“We weren’t interested in making just a great KISS album, but a great rock album that lived up to the bands we loved growing up,” explains Stanley, “the ones who got us to play music in the first place.”

“There are no symphony orchestras, boy choirs, keyboards, outside producers or guest songwriters,” boasts Simmons. “The best thing we did was turn inwards to ourselves. Tommy and Eric have revitalized the group with a work ethic and the talent to back it up. This is a real band effort. KISS has become a behemoth. We are going where no rock group has gone before.”

So, plenty of talk but will it live up to the hype? Sonic Boom was a good album, showing a return to form from the band, so is Monster up to that standard? Well, in my opinion, Monster is a far stronger album than Sonic Boom was.

Brief comments on a few of the songs...

The album kicks off with "Hell Or Hallelujah", the first single from the album, so it's a song the KISS Army will have been listening to for the past three months. It's a damn good track - a strong chorus, crystal clear sound and a classic KISS feel to it.

"Take me down below" is classic KISS - packed full of double entendres

"Outta this world" is probably the most commercial track on the album, and I have to be honest, Tommy Thayer's voice just doesn't feel quite right on a KISS album - we're so used to Paul Stanley or Gene Simmons doing the vocals that another voice is going to take some getting used to. I suspect this track will grow on me as I get more used to his voice.

"All for the love of rock and roll" is a track that I'm sure is going to sound great when it's played live - it's great on the album, but live I think it's going to quickly become a core aprt of their set.

As you listen to the album it's definitely got more of a 70's KISS feel to it than Sonic Boom did, and it's really prominent in "Eat your heart out" - that guitar riff really does sound familiar.

A fantastic album - KISS back to their best.

KISS are:

Paul Stanley – Vocals/guitar
Gene Simmons – Bass/vocals
Tommy Thayer – Guitar/vocals
Eric Singer – Drums/vocals

Track listing:

1. Hell Or Hallelujah
2. Wall Of Sound
3. Freak
4. Back To The Stone Age
5. Shout Mercy
6. Long Way Down
7. Eat Your Heart Out
8. The Devil Is Me
9. Outta This World
10. All For The Love Of Rock And Roll
11. Take Me Down Below
12. Last Chance
13. Right Here,Right Now (bonus track)

Skribent: Anthony May
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Matt Matt Skriven 2012-10-09 07:35:55
Finally I have been waiting for such a long time for this Kiss album. This is def a buyer!