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Rock legends KISS return with Monster, the 20th studio album in their historic career. The 12-track, straight-ahead rock n roll album features collaborations among all four members including co-founders Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons and longtime members guitarist Tommy Thayer and drummer Eric Singer in an album that shows the band at the top of its game. And that s saying something, considering their illustrious, 40-plus year history 28 U.S. gold albums, the most gold records for any American rock band, 40 million sales in the U.S., and a total exceeding 100 million worldwide.

Monster is the group s first studio album since the band s 2009 smash success, Sonic Boom, and was also produced by Paul Stanley with Greg Collins at Conway Studios in Hollywood, CA, and The Nook in Studio City, CA.

Monster represents KISS nod to the music that first inspired them to pick up their guitars and flame-throwers and don makeup to entertain millions. There are no symphony orchestras, boy choirs, keyboards, outside producers or songwriters on this album, promises Gene Simmons. The best thing we did was to turn inwards to ourselves. Tommy and Eric have revitalized this band, with a work ethic and the talent to back it up. This is a real band effort. KISS has become a behemoth. We re going where no bands have gone before.
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  • Audio CD (October 9, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: October 16, 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: UMe
  • ASIN: B008G8SFGO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (414 customer reviews)
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79 of 89 people found the following review helpful By Scott R. Harding on October 9, 2012
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I wasn't blown away by the summer single "Hell or Hallelujah," but as a long-term member in good standing in the Kiss Army, I was still understandably excited about this 20th studio album. After two thorough listens, I *still* come up short on how to describe it! I definitely think it's the logical successor to "Sonic Boom," while at the same time I'm unable to compare it to ANY of their previous releases. When "SB" came out, it very clearly sounded like an attempt to recapture the glorious riffs of "Rock and Roll Over." With "Monster," I feel almost like I did when "Revenge" came out 20 years ago: it both sounded exactly like what ought to have followed "Hot in the Shade," and yet sounded *nothing* like its predecessor.

Paul Stanley has often said (although not in so few words) that he despises comparisons between albums: "Oh, that sounds like "Creatures" mixed with "Love Gun," or whatever. In the case of "Monster," I can see why. I could go out on a limb and say that "Monster" is what you'd get if you threw "Animalize" in a blender with "Carnival of Souls," then whipped in liberal amounts of Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones, and other blues-based early '70s rock. But even that kind of comparison falls weakly on my ears. I just...don't hear anything like this in the Kiss canon.

I DO think the songwriting took a big leap over "SB," and the intricate guitar work is thunderous. This is *definitely* a guitar-driven album! The singing is good, and although Paul sounds a little raspier in 2012, there's none of the hoarseness and vocal pops that have so dominated the Kiss live show over the last two tours. Tommy's guitar playing, while definitely out of the Blue Cheer/Ace Frehley school of melodic lead, sounds WAY less Ace-ish than it did on "SB.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Ken Fontenot VINE VOICE on October 19, 2012
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I've been a huge KISS fan for quite a few years now, so it should come as no surprise to anyone that I've been eagerly waiting for the release of Monster. After the release of "Sonic Boom" (which I waited over a decade for) and the highly successful world tour in support of it, KISS announced that they would be releasing their next album some time in late 2011 (November if memory serves me correctly). When I heard this news, I became ecstatic.

KISS would leak tidbits of information about the writing and recording process (which baited fans even more) but as November drew near, the band became somewhat quiet. Soon enough, they announced that there new album wouldn't hit shelves until February of 2012. "Okay," I thought, "it's just a few more months." As February drew closer, however, KISS announced the date would be "sometime in the spring." I became discouraged and even a tad angry. I wanted something new from the band.

Finally, KISS announced the release date of October 9 here in the good ol' U.S. of A. They released the first single, "Hell Or Hallelujah" in July and the media onslaught began. Just a few months before the release of the single, KISS released info on their Monster book and also leaked out pictures for what would eventually be known as the album's photoshoot. They also toured with Motley Crue (which I took in at The Woodlands, TX).

Finally, October 9 arrived and I picked up my copy of the album. I can honestly say that it is the first album from KISS that immediately grabbed me. Despite being a loyal soldier in the KISS Army, it has always taken me at least a few months (or in the case of "Music From The Elder," years) to warm up to each KISS album.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Filger on October 13, 2012
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First of all this cd need at leat 4 listens before it grows on you. I was i little disappointed with Sonic Boom but this cd is definetely much better. Songs like first single Hell Or Hallelujah, Wall of Sound, Back to the Stone Age, Shout Mercy are fists in you face, heavy rock with thunderous drumming and ferocious guitars. Awesome performance by Tommy Thayer as lead guitarist and i have to say Gene Simmons really deliver 4 classic tracks. This is the best Kiss album since Revenge.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 14, 2012
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Can't stand the comparisons to the old days. It's not any of the other era's, it' something fresh and new, but it's definitely KISS. I think it's a stronger release than Sonic Boom overall with greater variety lyrically, in particular for Stanley. Upon multiple listens there are some fantastic tunes.

Shout Mercy, Long Way Down and Freak are outstanding Paul tunes, with greater variety in his writing than we've seen in some time.

This disc will get multiple spins.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Gary A. Brigham on October 22, 2012
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Okay, I decided to get to know the album before posting. The first time I heard it I was a little disappointed. The music was there, but I was expecting better vocals from Paul & Gene. But I have to say, the more I listen to this album the more I love it! All of the songs rock, and the singing is better than I originally gave it credit for. I also have to say that I believe a lot of the negative reviews are by people who dislike the band now since Ace & Peter are out. I love those two as much as the next guy, but they had their chances and blew it. Twice. I think Paul's songs are much stronger than his songs on SONIC BOOM, which sounded too much like 80's KISS to me. Besides HOH, I think "Freak" is his best, and "Eat your heart out" is Gene's best. I love Tommy's "Out of this world" (and I loved his song on SB also). Sure it's an Ace knock off. He's the Spaceman of the band now. I've been a fan of Tommy since 1984. I wish Ace was still in the band, but he's not so take it or leave it! I also love Gene's bass playing on this album- he has some cool licks! All I can say is- if you're a fan, don't judge it on one listen.I think it will grow on you VERY fast! These guys have been rocking us since 1974 and are still giving the fans what they want- New music that STILL rocks!
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Looking Forward to the album, BUT -- Could this be the lamest album...
I'm in the middle on the Gene & Paul/Ace & Peter argument. I think they should let Eric and Tommy create new characters/makeup, but then again, Ace and Peter sold their rights to their Catman and Spaceman makeup/personas back to Gene and Paul, sometime in the pre-reunion tour days. Ace and Peter,... Read More
Aug 14, 2012 by bass boy |  See all 44 posts
it's a monster... bah boom !
Listening to samples on I Tunes, it's better than SB............and I liked SB. As to those complaining about it's not KISS, KISS has been Gene,Paul and 2 other guys since they bought the other 2 members out in 82(30 years ago), so I guess those 2 were all about the money way before G&P.After all... Read More
Sep 14, 2012 by MRT |  See all 11 posts
Sonic Boom better
No filler on SB? All of Paul's songs except for MDD sound like Bon Jovi B-sides from 1987. MONSTER slaps SB around.

Are you sure you guys aren't still playing RATT albums as if they're current?
Oct 6, 2012 by JMarino |  See all 17 posts
Best Buy Exclusive/ Itunes Extra Song
I'm hopeful that the BB exclusive "Monster" edition will come with a corrected/fixed CD copy of "Destroyer Resurrected." Lol! :) It'll be interesting to see if "Monster" comes with a short live DVD (like "Sonic Boom"'s bonus DVD disc) or a second disc of...
Sep 19, 2012 by bass boy |  See all 51 posts
KISS Monster has been released -
This album is.... AMAZING!!!
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