Sonic Boom was much much better. You here once a while some cracking with the guitars. The bass is sounding very bad. It looks like a distortion is on the bass. For great melody rock song you must get Sonic Boom. I think the production is very bad. Best songs are from Eric and Tommy.
Hell Or Hallelujah - 10/10 Wall Of Sound - 8/10 Freak - 9/10 Back To The Stone Age - 9/10 Shout Mercy - 9/10 Long Way Down - 8/10 Eat Your Heart Out - 8/10 The Devil Is Me - 8/10 Outta This World - 7/10 All For The Love Of R&R - 8/10 Take Me Down Below - 8/10 Last Chance - 8/10\ ITunes bonus Right Here Right Now - 8/10
I agree that SB is a better album than Monster. There is no filler on SB, while Monster is not nearly consistent. Despite its great intro, "Back To The Stone Age" may be the dumbest track Gene has recorded since the crap on HITS.
The songs don't stay in your head. All songs from SB are great melody rock songs. That is what KISS is all about. Great Rock songs that you can sing. On Monster it much harder to sing with these songs.
RVDB, I feel that MONSTER is more consistent than SB. I like the heavier sound overall. To me, it's like a heavier, modern update of what KISS did on ROCK & ROLL OVER. Here's my song-by-song comparison:
MDD > HOH Russian Roulette = Wall of Sound Never Enough < Freak Yes I Know (Nobody's Perfect) > Back to the Stone Age Stand = Shout Mercy Hot & Cold <<< Long Way Down AFTG << AFTLORAR Danger US << Eat Your Heart Out I'm An Animal < The Devil is Me When Lightning Strikes << Outta This World Say Yeah > Last Chance Since there's nothing on SB to compare it to, I'll say that Take Me Down Below is a "B" song for me.
No skips on MONSTER for me. After a while, only five track on Sonic Boom were keepers.
Sonic Boom was a bit better than this. Monster is boring background music, it only sounds like Kiss because Paul Stanley is singing the songs. i'd dump it, but i have everything else already. I think Asylum and Hot in the Shade are better than this pos. ha !
Agree. "Back To The Stone Age" has a great beginning and then it veers into lazy dumb ass lyric writing. As for "Monster" being better than SB,i think so but not by much. SB had it's moments. An enjoyable listen.
I don't think it's the dumbest, but the track is probably the weakest of the 12 off "Monster" ! I like the album alot! For me, Back To The Stone Age pokes some fun at where aging rockers come from compared to today. I think it's always been thought of like this throughout rock & roll history/etc..! It's like someone from today going "Hey! Where did this music come from/oh' yeah dinosaur classic rock"! Not phased by this because I grew up with the classic groundbreakers of hard & heavy rock & roll! Again BTTSA./songs like these are those that either grow on ya after a few listens or just don't have that groove you can really get into! I've been a huge KISS fan since 1977 and for me their weakest material as what defines real KISS music was "Hot in The Shade" minus Hide Your Hear & Forever which were excellent tracks inmop! Overall, "Monster" is definitely a more raw/agressive/harder-edge version of Sonic Boom! Both great listens worth getting!
I have been a fan since day one. I was teased and laughed at and years later everybody listened to KISS. but then Sonic Boom and again I was laughed at how bad it was but I really liked it and defended them. I can't defend Monster. I can say for the first time I am shocked it's not very good. The songwriter is ????? it's not KISS, classic rock, metal 80's I don't what it is...even Carnival of Souls I thought was damn good but other than Wall of Sound which is one of the best KISS anthems ever I don't hear nothing else. Hell or ....is just 80's rehash sounding but it's not as bad as the other songs and love of rock n roll is embarrassing to even listen too! mr. speed riff sounding like The Boss! wow bad....this is the kind of song Peter would've brought in and Paul would've laughed at! where is makin' love? love gun? strutter? psycho circus? DRC? I think Paul pushed the producer thing too far this time...the band plays great Tommy's guitar playing is more original this time and he smokes! but I've tried to listen to this over and over and I can't get into most of this album. I like Gene's songs more but I don't think they are nothing great. It's hard for me to admit but I actually don't like a KISS album and probably won't listen to it much except for Wall of Sound. Sorry guys!
hot in the shade rocks compared to this! what are you hearing? there's nothing that compares to Rise To It on monster! Wall of Sound is the only KISS anthem on the entire album and Paul's songs are really not good. Sonic Boom was a masterpiece compared to this!