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CARNIVAL OF SOULS Finally on vinyl...the Real good...and a bit of bad.
on February 18, 2016
This is a review for the 2014 vinyl release of "Carnival Of Souls". This needed to be pressed on 2 LP's! There is way too much music to squeeze onto one slab! It becomes more apparent on Side 2 when the last 3 songs, In The Mirror", "I Confess" and Kulick's "I Walk Alone....all long songs are squeezed into LP bands about 1/8 of an inch a piece. If you have a non-audiophile turntable, these tracks will sound distorted. Such a shame because of all the Non Make-up years, this is the darkest and most interesting! "There's no, "Tears Are Falling, "Lick It Up" or "Heaven's On Fire"
on this collection! Every song sounds like they were written in the bowels of hell! People downgrade this album saying KISS was trying to be grunge...or it sounds like they fell asleep listening to "Nine Inch Nail's"! I disagree! Don't get me wrong, I love grunge and NIN, but this is pure KISS at it's darkest. I feel Paul & Gene finally let the "governor" control off Bruce's playing and it's STELLAR! Eric carr sounds like he belongs in this band. What he is doing now is a waste of talent! Favorite tracks, "Hate"(Simmons), "Rain" (Stanley), "Jungle" (Stanley), "I Confess" (Simmons) ...and my favorite is Simmons' "Childhood's End". The lyrics alone gave me goosebumps! The music is just as good...It is a story (real or not) about a friend of Gene's he reads in the New York Times, "Blew His Brains Out" with a smile! It has Kurdt Cobain overtones of the story fed to the public (My views remain my own). There was enough material recorded for this album to make it a 3 record set! It's a shame, it almost never got released, the entire album won't see the light of day and that it was just released without The KISS marketing machine! Almost as if KISS released it, with the subtitle "The Final Sessions", as a way to beat the massive amount of bootlegs floating around! "Revenge" KISS' previous non-make up album was a good starter for this one! Again,I am an original fan. The first KISS record I bout was a 45 of "Rock & Roll All Nite". Then, the massive "ALIVE" LP! I have enjoyed my journey with KISS! There is no "Perfect band"! There have been massive pot holes with names like "Burn, Bitch Burn", The "Crazy Night's album minus maybe 2 songs and all but 4 songs off "Hot In The Shade" But "Carnival Of Souls" or (COS) for me was a real great attack at Rock and the final released album, I love! The vinyl LP maay be for the collector only due to it's restrictions, but by all means, get the CD!