If I say this is the best Kiss album in decades, nobody will believe me, but folks, this is the naked, monstrous, true. And what it’s even more monstrous it’s the fact that Kiss are still more ferocious then 99.9% of the self proclaimed Metal-whatever, mainly “core”, bands nowadays. And dudes, we’re talking about a band active since 1973 and this is their 20th studio album so far. And honestly, their previous “Sonic Boom”, released 3 years ago, was also an absolutely fair and classy Kiss material, an ass-kicker mixture of Hard Rock and Heavy Metal. “Monster” sounds even better, sounds as a perfect mix between two of their classic albums, the 1976’s “Destroyer”, respectively the 1992’s “Revenge”.
Sebastian Bach’s – former Skid Row vocalist – reaction regarding one of the new Kiss songs, “The Devil Is Me”, saying “it kicks TOTAL ASS!!” it’s not surprising and not exaggerated. Kiss gonna kick your ass off, or eat your heart out if you’re a girl. 😀
So, if you’re ready to rock, they are ready to roll, and Kiss, seems to be same fresh and unstoppable just like four decades ago.
“Monster” was recorded at Conway Recording Studios in Hollywood, CA and The Nook in Studio City, Los Angeles. Gene Simmons said: “Technology is a seductive bitch, she will seduce you. You press this button, you don’t have to do anything. But analog is the love of your life. You can push real hard and it always gives back. For the new album, the actual recording process was 24-track tape and an old Trident board. And as many tubes as possible. You need tubes, electricity and thick wood to make that thick sound.” And this might be – among the simple, but great songs – the biggest secret of the driven strength of “Monster”.
Paul Stanley regarding the songs said: “Listening to the tracks back to back is like sensory overload. Everyone who has heard any of it is completely blown away. Powerful, heavy, melodic and epic. It makes us very proud. You all will be too.”
Nothing left to say actually, this is big as a wall of amplifiers!
01 – Hell or Hallelujah
02 – Wall of Sound
03 – Freak
04 – Back To The Stone Age
05 – Shout Mercy
06 – Long Way Down
07 – Eat Your Heart Out
08 – The Devil Is Me
09 – Outta This World
10 – All For The Love Of Rock & Roll
11 – Take Me Down Below
12 – Last Chance
13 – Right Here Right Now