By the end of July, The Avengers, Spider-Man, and Batman will dominate the box office fighting various monsters that threaten our safety. The legendary rock group KISS on the other hand will have released a monster.
That’s right! The hottest band in the world – KISS is slated to drop their 20th studio album in July called “Monster”. From what I have read on various sites, all the material was written by each of the four current band members: Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Tommy Thayer, and Eric Singer, like KISS’ 2009 release “Sonic Boom”.
I have a ton of KISS’ material, and I used to have a ton of KISS t-shirts… which I was unfortunately forced to part with for unknown reasons (aka fiancée). Anyway, I must say, I’m really excited for this album to drop.
Despite not latching on to Sonic Boom immediately, the album is a really good collection of rock songs. After I got passed the feeling that the songs were literally to clean sounding (damn technology.. haha not really), all the songs hit a nerve that very much reminded me of KISS’ 5th studio album “Rock and Roll Over”. It didn’t feel like any of the tracks were manufactured to try to be bigger or better than they were, which has happened before with songs like “Crazy, Crazy Nights”, Sonic Boom was just filled with solid rock tracks. If KISS attacked Monster with the same mindset as Sonic Boom, but took it to another level, it should be an awesome album!
Apparently the band had 20 to 25 songs ready when they had to face the music and cut the track list down to 12 songs. Then watching this video with Paul chatting about the album, like any true fan, I couldn’t help but get an adrenaline rush. If bands like Aerosmith can have new hits and fanfare this late in the game, why can’t KISS?
KISS is touring with Motley Crue this summer and if I had the money to drop on tickets, I would have already. They will surely be playing all the classic songs like “Deuce”, “Love Gun” and “Detroit Rock City”, but I wouldn’t mind getting a peak at the new material. I’ve seen KISS 5 times and have yet to see the Crue. It seems like a definite win-win.