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Animalize (Remastered)
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VINE VOICEon September 6, 2011
Two guitarists who will forever be a part of KISS' legacy and also considered by many to be key members of the group despite their brief runs with the band, are Vinnie Vincent and Mark St. John. Vincent's energetic style of guitar playing and knack for catchy lyrics and hooks helped put Lick It Up on the map and re-ignited interest in KISS. His ego and onstage antics, however, got him booted from the group after only recording one album.

In April of 1984, Mark St. John was handpicked to be Vincent's replacement and quickly established himself as a team player and an amazing guitarist. His active duty with the band would be even shorter than Vincent's, but his exit came due to chronic Reiter's Syndrome and not his ego.

With that said, St. John's only recorded contributions to KISS came in the form of September, 1984's Animalize. Fans would not be disappointed.

Animalize wakes up the listener right away with the very fast, heavily glammed I've Had Enough (Into The Fire). It is followed by the equally glammy Heaven's On Fire, the biggest single to be released from the album and one of just a select few 80's KISS tracks to make it into their concert rotation.

The next song doesn't slow down the high rate of speed set by the previous tracks. About the only thing it does differently is make the album dirtier....a lot dirtier. The track, entitled Burn Bitch Burn, has nothing to do with the Salem Witch Trials and everything to do with Gene Simmons' favorite pasttime. If I have to explain this track any more, your ears are much too tender for the rest of this album!

Get All You Can Take comes next, and serves up a little inspiration for those of us who are struggling to make something of ourselves. That's followed by the very slinky Lonely Is The Hunter, which is probably the slowest song on the entire album.

Next is the fast but forgettable Under The Gun. If anything plagued KISS' music during the 80's, it's that they often had a bit of filler on each album. This song, along with Simmons' Murder In High Heels play that role on this album.

Two other tracks that are very good are sandwiched between Under The Gun and Murder In High Heels. Those songs are the album's second single, the pop rocker Thrills In The Night and the very up tempo While The City Sleeps.

St. John, while more than capable of playing excellent glam guitar, did a brilliant job of holding back when necessary and unleashing his fury when called upon. His solos throughout the album gave listeners more than enough proof as to why KISS picked him to be Vinnie Vincent's replacement.

Paul Stanley, ever the professional, juked and danced his way through all of his tracks, all the while taking the controls as producer and co-writing five of the albums songs.

Gene Simmons, when available, sounded exceptionally good, but I felt as if his bass work was pushed to the background on this album more than any other album he performed on. Perhaps it was due to the fact that he was also hoping to break ground as an actor and not giving 100% to the band.

Eric Carr was flawless as usual. There's really not much more to say about the man other than he remains one of the best drummers in rock history despite having been deceased for twenty years.

It should be noted that Mark St. John played guitar on all but two tracks on this album. Those tracks, Lonely Is The Hunter and Murder In High Heels, featured St. John's eventual replacement, Bruce Kulick.

While Animalize might lack a lot of recognizable tunes to the casual KISS fan, hardcore KISS Army soldiers realize what a gem this album really is. Like all of the band's other 1980's offerings, it takes a few listens to truly appreciate how good this serving of KISS really is.

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on November 27, 2010
Animalize is the 12th studio album by the American band Kiss. In a continuation of the commercial resurgence begun with Lick It Up, Animalize was certified platinum by the RIAA on December 12, 1984. It was the highest-selling Kiss album since 1977's Alive II.
The album marked the only appearance by lead guitarist Mark St. John, who replaced Vinnie Vincent in April 1984. St. John would be forced to leave Kiss during the subsequent tour after being diagnosed with Reiter's Syndrome. By November 1984 he was out of the band; the third lead guitarist to exit the band in two years.
When asked what 'Animalize' meant, Stanley said that people were starting to become more like computers and that "making music by pressing buttons" was no fun.
Mark Norton (aka Mark St John) stated that when recording this record, he had utilized his Rockman gear, and that heavy equalization was used to take the "Boston" sound out of the recording.
Throughout the years, "Heaven's on Fire" has been the only song from the album played regularly on live performances. One of my fav's, my opinion this album should have come post Lick It Up.
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on June 2, 2017
Not their best, not there worst but has some great songs and some of the best lead guitar work. Production could have been better. First half of album still hold up.
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on July 29, 2012
A great album from a great band. Like most KISS fans at this point I had my doubts. Being a die hard fan from the beginning, I was very upset to find out that Peter Criss had left & was replaced by Eric Carr. When Creatures was released I went to that show expecting to see Ace & got Vinnie Vincent instead !!!!The follow up,"Lick It Up" was great tho, but in my opinion Mark St.John was a much better fit.Too bad It did not last. MY HEART GOES OUT TO MARK ST.JOHN! YOU'LL ALWAYS ROCK DUDE!!!!
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on October 1, 2017
Underrated album.....skip Burn bitch burn....but don't miss While the city sleeps
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on February 14, 2017
Heaven's on Fire is one of Kiss' best songs. Great album.
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on November 8, 2016
Great album. have not heard it for years took me back.
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on June 20, 2017
Kiss Rules!!
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on October 29, 2015
Great album from the era, kiss always come with best sound and present sound each time they put a record, great guitar riff, cheap and fast delivery.
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on April 29, 2017
One of their best 80's music. Kiss rules and still does with all various changes in band line up. The spirit of Kiss lives on.
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