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Album Review: The New 2012 Kiss Album Called Monster

Updated on October 13, 2012

The new 2012 Kiss album, Monster


I have been a long time fan of the band, Kiss. Not for the makeup which they are famous for, but for their excellent songwriting skills, persona, and musicianship. Kiss has always been a talented band and they never needed makeup to show that to their fans.

Kiss has been around since 1973 and is still putting out new albums after solo careers, lineup changes, reunion tours and farewell tours.

When Kiss comes out with a farewell tour, you think "Hey, these guys are almost 60 years old. That's it, this farewell tour is it and final. I better go see them!"

Now, they are on tour with Motley Crue and I still have no idea when their real farewell tour will be, but I don't care. They are by far my favorite rock band and I am always glad to see them live and buy their albums.

Now, they have released this month, their 20th studio album Monster. The interesting thing about this album is that Kiss has always attempted to go back to their roots starting with their album "Revenge" and it just never seemed to happen. Monster sounds to me like they finally went back to their roots, so congratulations to band for that.

Paul Stanley's latest tracks seem like his songwriting skills are more pristine, which is what all classic Kiss fans are hoping for with every album and Gene Simmon's songwriting has always varied from album to album.

While Paul Stanley has had written more of Kiss' hits, Gene Simmon's hits have stood the test of time longer, but both members of the band are excellent songwriters. Monster just seems like it is full of hits, unlike their last release Sonic Boom that had one big hit called Modern Day Delilah, an excellent song none the less.

The first single from Monster is called Hell or Hallelujah and it defintiely has the signature Paul Stanley guitar sound to it, but some of the other songs that can be singles from Monster are Freak (Paul Stanley) and Back To The Stone Age (Gene Simmons). I would love to see videos for these songs. You can tell that Kiss had more fun with recording this album than the previous albums. Monster has much more energy and I think Kiss fans that have been around since Destroyer, Rock and Roll Over, and Dynasty will enjoy this release.

Buy the new 2012 Kiss album, Monster as well as some individual songs

Some Songs You Need To Listen To Off Of This Album

The song Eat Your Heart Out, written and sung by Gene Simmons has an a capella intro not typical of Kiss and also has the 1975 Kiss sound more than it ever had the Kiss sound of new millennium.

Freak is a great song that I feel has Paul Stanley's best songwriting on and Freak is an absolutely catchy song that makes fans sing along with.

The Devil Is Me - A Gene Simmons song that sounds like something off from Creatures Of The Night.

Check out all of these songs from the new Kiss release, Monster.


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      Bruce Chamoff 5 years ago from New York

      Yes, they do still rock and they are well into their 60's like the Rolling Stones and Aerosmith. I don't care for Gene Simmon's TV show. I find it boring, but I love this music!

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      Nancy Yager 5 years ago from Hamburg, New York

      They did a song on Good Morning America from the new album. They still rock.