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5.0 out of 5 stars Is there anyone more nit-picky than a KISS fan?!?!, October 11, 2012
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I don't think so... People who are slamming this record are just negative people who obviously never understood what Rock and Roll is about... Do I watch Gene Simmons' TV show? Hell NO!! Do I think Paul Stanley is the original model for Dr. Rockso? Most definitely yes!!! But can these guys play and write good Rock and Roll songs? YOU BET YOUR A$$!!!

Being a KISS fan, not a DIEHARD fan, but a KISS fan nonetheless, I too LOVE the early albums... Creatures of the Night and Revenge were great too, albeit relevant to the era... But were any of them PERFECT albums? I don't think so, but what is a perfect album anyways, if not relative to the listener.

To tell you the truth, I wasn't planning on purchasing this, at least not immediately, but seeing as it was only $9.99, I thought, well why not?

Verdict, I'm glad I bought the new KISS album!! It Rocks!! These guys actually surprised me BIG TIME!!! They went in and cut a no gimmicks, no BS Old school Rock and Roll record, that sounds and FEELS like that good ol' Classic Rock and Roll that has been missing from the modern day musical diet for quite some time.

The songs are all solid, the lyrics are good, not deadly serious, but fun (it's Rock And Roll remember) and the music itself is rockin!!

First, the guitar tones on this album just hit the spot... Warm, Rich and cutting!!! No bland digital sounding generics here... The guitars are in your face and just feel good!! The solos are amazing as well, the world needs more guitar solos!!!

The drums are great and so is Genes bass!!

One of the first things I tend to notice is the sound and production, it's amazing!!! No high compression BS here!! Just warm, rich analog, so anyone knocking the "Sound" of this record maybe needs to get their hearing checked because this is how ALL Rock And Roll records need to be produced!!!

All in all, if your a KISS fan, and more importantly and fan of Rock And Roll, this is a must buy record!! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!! \m/
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Initial post: Oct 11, 2012 8:48:07 AM PDT
MRT says:
Is there anyone more nit-picky than a KISS fan?!?!

Ace and Peter loyalists have a problem enjoying anything without them.It's all about the make up to them. If that's the case , they should have a problem with those that sold it. They don't realize you can enjoy it all without the feeling of cheating. Every time A&P are not in the band , KISS soldiers on. It's only those 2(A&P) that have stopped themselves from releasing tons of good music in the last 30 years. Great review by the way.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 16, 2012 7:05:26 AM PDT
Rick Holly says:
I agree with both the review and the comment here by MRT. Ace and Peter both left KISS after the the Reunion and Farewell tours on their own. Ace played out his contract and decided to re-start his solo career after the tours he signed to do ended with no problems from Paul or Gene. His decision. Thanks for the memories, I'm moving on. Peter hung in for an extended time for the money alone. He left after he couldn't get Gene and Paul to agree to increasing his per show rate when the tour was extended (and extended, and extended....). His decision. (Apparently his only involvement with the "Psycho Circus' album was his picture on the cover (and he reportedly did play on one song).
When Peter left in 1980 KISS moved on, when Ace left in 1982, KISS moved on (and very successfully by any other bands standards). The Rolling Stones replaced Brian Jones (the bands founder), Pink Floyd replaced Syd Barret (the bands founder) and the list is long on other bands that have seen major changes in their line ups. Does it really matter who wears the make-up on stage Ace or Tommy? Peter or Eric? Not to me. I have seen them several times over the years from a small club in 1974 to two recent shows. The shows are as great as ever. The albums are still decent and sound and songs are definitely in the KISS tradition. That's all you can ask. Thanks to Gene and Paul for carrying the KISS flag.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 18, 2012 5:49:08 AM PDT
PressFocus says:
Thanks Rick. Like you, I'm a long-time fan (since 1975) and have seen every incarnation of KISS dozens of times over the years. With SONIC BOOM and now MONSTER, I finally got the album from KISS that, as a fan, I always wanted - a collaboration written and performed totally by the BAND. In my mind, there's no doubt that the current line-up is the strongest, most talented ever. I really liked SONIC BOOM, and recognized that it was, in a way, a tribute to KISS's history. But MONSTER takes the next leap forward. The sound is heavier, and while it's still firmly rooted in the band's influences and history, it really stands on its own as not just a great KISS album, but a great ROCK album. It's deeper, more varied, and so far, after over a week of listening, I haven't skipped over any of the tracks.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 18, 2012 7:19:49 AM PDT
Rick Holly says:
PressFocus, you are correct. I agree with everything you say. Monster is tighter, harder and more melodic than what we have from KISS in some time. Sonic Boom had some great moments but was not 100% for me. I think that the band is playing great on Monster and the songs are more developed and tighter. Tommy wrote or co-wrote almost every song and think it is Tommy may be taking them back to their roots a little with more riff based songs. So far I keep coming back to "Freak". Great riff, excellent words, and the last section could be a concert staple in years to come. Well done. I gave a copy to my 22 year old (who went to his first KISS concert two years ago). He loves the new album and this is a guy who is more into techno than metal (I'm converting him).

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 18, 2012 8:48:55 AM PDT
PressFocus says:
Thanks Rick. I still love SONIC BOOM, but MONSTER is more consistent for me. Tommy really stepped up on the album. His guitar work is excellent and "Outta This World" is one of the best songs on the album.

Posted on Oct 18, 2012 2:17:07 PM PDT
Ryan Milton says:
I really liiked Eric Carr in make-up also. R.I.P. Eric Carr.

Posted on Oct 21, 2012 10:14:49 AM PDT
Not overcompressed? LOL.. I'm hoping the LP will be better, but here's the scores on the CD (Hint: Any peak reading "over" is bad) :

Analyzed folder: Kiss - Monster
DR Peak RMS Filename

DR5 over -6.01 dB 01. Hell or Hallelujah
DR7 over -7.70 dB 02. Wall of Sound
DR5 -0.00 dB -6.56 dB 03. Freak
DR6 over -6.96 dB 04. Back To The Stone Age
DR5 -0.00 dB -6.15 dB 05. Shout Mercy
DR6 over -6.71 dB 06. Long Way Down
DR6 over -6.86 dB 07. Eat Your Heart Out
DR6 over -6.51 dB 08. The Devil Is Me
DR6 over -6.62 dB 09. Outta This World
DR6 over -7.31 dB 10. All For The Love Of Rock & Roll
DR6 over -6.80 dB 11. Take Me Down Below
DR5 -0.00 dB -5.93 dB 12. Last Chance

Number of files: 12
Official DR value: DR6


In reply to an earlier post on Oct 21, 2012 2:54:56 PM PDT
Rick Holly says:
You are correct about the "loudness" of not only this CD but most CD's on the market today. They are over compressed and limited. The dynamics of most music suffers greatly from this problem. The Monster Cd is no better or worse than most other metal albums. They are even killing most "reissued" and "remastered" albums. Still, loud and KISS kind of go together. Actually I have played this on in my home studio on both Hafler and Behringer studio monitors and it sounds OK. This is an aggressive and loud album with no ballads or soft music so it's not that noticeable.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 29, 2012 1:57:38 PM PDT
Dean says:
So if the CD's are overcompressed and this is a problem then how do you get the overcompression problem solved while you're recording the original stuff in the studio in order to make it sound louder or the way it's supposed to without having that farty sound coming out of your speakers from too much feedback from the instuments. If the band members themselves are doing the production of the music is that thier fault or the hired producers that the band members hired to do the production values for them because the members didn't want to do the production themselves or did not know how to accomplish the production values?

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 29, 2012 2:01:59 PM PDT
Dean says:
9 of the songs are over peak reading meaning that 90 to 95 percent of the readiing of recording while being recorded was over compressed and too loud for the format. In your opinion that would be bad as you stated. It sounds to me that the so called GAIN has to be turned down (but of course everyone's hearing is different so this would be a very hard thing to change?
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