I have no problem with KISS in any of there forms,bad album wise I can't think of a truly terrible one just some that may have been a bit pedestrian,Natural bias out of the way then best discuss the product!!
This album was largely disowned when Simmons and Stanley decided the reunion route was likely to be more lucrative, It was therefore released without fanfare despite coming straight after the generally acclaimed 'Revenge.'
What we have here however is a KISS album that sounds unlike KISS,Grunge like in parts downright doomy in others there is still enough hooks to maintain an anthemic quality to songs like Childhoods end, I will be there and to be honest much else.
Had KISS not gone the retro route and instead decided to revisit past glories I have a feeling this album may have won them some acclaim if not actual decent sales, It's an album that is bound to divide KISS fans but where I struggle with 'the Elders' pomp I have little problem with this and as an experiment I think it was a worthwhile one.
Worth noting at this point too that much was being made of Nirvana's early cover of 'God of Thunder',Courtney Love purloining a KISS T-Shirt years back and Billy Corgan feting them so it's likely this was a calculated decision to create a alternate history of KISS as the godfathers of grunge.
Great album nevertheless and a worthy addition to the KISS canon.