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This year marks the 40th Anniversary of rock and roll giants KISS and in true KISS fashion, the band plan to make 2014 the biggest and loudest, non-stop rock and roll party of the century.

To celebrate their incredible 40-year recording career and their upcoming, long-overdue induction to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, the celebration will kick off on March 31, 2014 with the first batch ... Read more in Amazon's Kiss Store

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  • Audio CD (8 Oct 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: UMC
  • ASIN: B008G8SFGO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,464 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Rock legends KISS return with Monster, the 20th studio album in their historic career. The 12-track rock ‘n’ roll album features contributions  from all four members, including co-founders Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons and longtime members guitarist Tommy Thayer and drummer Eric Singer.

Monster represents KISS’s nod to the music that first inspired the band to pick up their guitars and flame-throwers, and don makeup to entertain millions. The group goes back to its own beginnings with the Who-like “Freak,” while Gene lives up to the title track’s declaration on the raucous rock of “Back to the Stone Age” and the bludgeoning “The Devil is Me.” Even guitarist Thayer takes a turn on his own with “Outta This World,” a tribute to his KISS “spaceman” character, while drummer Singer provides the vocals (and the back story) for the arena anthem “All for the Love of Rock & Roll.”

“There are no symphony orchestras, boy choirs, keyboards, outside producers or songwriters on this album,” promises Gene Simmons. “The best thing we did was to turn inwards to ourselves. Tommy and Eric have revitalized this band, with a work ethic and the talent to back it up. This is a real band effort. KISS has become a behemoth. We’re going where no bands have gone before.”

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Mr Blackwell TOP 500 REVIEWER on 11 Oct 2012
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...but is it a monster success or a frankenstein failure?,thankfully its not the latter but it may not be the former either,having had this for a few days and after several listens,i'm not convinced it will be(ultimately) regarded as better than SONIC BOOM.As usual with Kiss its a pot pourri of re hashed riffs and licks paying homage to the likes of Humble Pie/Zeppelin/Stones etc and on occassion themselves.

Where Sonic Boom ,(for me), scores higher,it was much more cohesive and yes commercial,the tracks were mostly instant hits and stuck with you.This disc on the other hand has a more constricted soundscape,most tracks less instant,not as immediate in the sing along, stick in your head ethos,which may pay dividends eventually,right now i'm not quite sure.

As with the previous disc,this has a great opening one,two, with lead off single 'Hell Or Hallelujah' storming out the speakers with its riff reminiscent of 'I Stole Your Love' which they based on Purple's 'Burn', Gene's short but sweet 'Wall of Sound' follows along perfectly.

There are a couple of standouts namely Tommy Thayer's 'Out Of This World' which is arguably the best track on the album(although why he had to sing about that 'theme',the haters will have a field day,talk about setting yourself up),maybe he should be allowed more tracks in future,'Stanley's 'Long Way Down' with its 'Yardbirds influenced guitar? is another high point,while Eric's moment 'All For The Love...' has a great groove and could have been written for the original Catman circa 75/76, although its disapointing to note that it appears to be similar to a track with the same title from little known band the Tuff Darts,check it out on you tube,see what you think.
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With ‘Monster’, Paul Stanley – in the producer’s chair for the second time in a row -continues to draw Kiss back to their essence and even manages to improve on 2009’s long-overdue return to form, ‘Sonic Boom’, with an exciting, high energy set of heart-pumping rock and roll.

‘Monster’ ends up sounding even more like a 1970s Kiss record than its predecessor, but with just enough subtle 21st century flourishes to prevent it from sounding like a museum piece. Writing credits stay within the band with lots of co-writing between members stopping it from falling into the Stanley vs Simmons trap that made their 80s releases both schizophrenic and disappointing. All the band members sing and back one another once again, as they did on ‘Sonic Boom’ an in their heyday.

The pace is relentless with no interruptions from ballads or arty indulgences. It has the onslaught of ‘Destroyer’ combined with the simple rock and roll drive of ‘Dressed to Kill’. And – finally – Kiss find the courage to put out an album without an obligatory third rate attempt to rewrite ‘Rock and Roll All Nite’!

The best moments are, as is often the case, provided by Stanley’s writing and vocals (even if he sounds older and croakier). But Simmons is not far behind and the other two convincingly capture the spirit of the long departed original members with some bravura singing. Tommy Thayer is even a co-writer on three quarters of the album.

‘Hell or Hallelujah’ serves as a great ‘modern’ Kiss 4x4 opener, smashing into ‘Wall of Sound’ followed by another Stanley highlight and slight style update in ‘Freak’. An affirmation for the outsider, it could easily have imploded into naffness, but manages to become one of the most infectious tracks on the album.
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You're sat there yeah, about 35 minutes into 'Fear of a Blank Planet',waiting for your macrobiotic solid food replacement soilent drink,when she calls in from the kitchen/dinette..'darling..put Kid A on' ..you think,'you know, none of this ain't gettin the job done'..that's when you sling on your old leather, sneak outta the front door..grab yourself a bucket of fried chicken,a six pack of High Life,20 Marlboro, a quart of Jack and the latest Kiss cd... because..sometimes...sometimes...only the best will do..right?..daaamn straight!!
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By Albert on 12 May 2014
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good music from kiss like it must get.
the songs are very good to lessen and go with it .
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Nothing different, nothing particularly original and groundbreaking, just a good old Kiss album, packed with great riffs and catchy hooks. If they'd released this thirty years ago after Unmasked instead of the dirge that still is Creatures of the Night, no one would have been the least bit surprised, nor would it sound out of place.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By PJ Le Magnifique on 13 Oct 2012
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Let's admit it: I was a bit sceptic and anxious (as another reviewer was) after hearing the samples on Amazon. Having been a Kiss fan for 34 years now, I am glad that my first impression did not stand the test. This album is just awesome!! From the very first listen, "Monster" offered me about the same shock as the latest studio effort by Motörhead ("The World is Yours"). And the new Kiss release continues to grow on me with time. Pure music, raw sound, just heavy rock' n' roll.

Is "Monster" a mix of "Destroyer" and "Revenge"?

I don't bother anyway. But OK. Let's play the game... even if it's always difficult to compare Kiss with other Kiss material, given the changes in musicians, producers and fashions over the years. This is no "Creatures" (my all times' favorite), no "Lick It Up", no "Destroyer" (except perhaps for the catchy choruses here and there). This new album is very close in sound and design to "Revenge" certainly... On the other hand, "Monster" is no "Sonic Boom" and this IS good news: although "Sonic Boom" was -say- a fair album, it never managed to move or thrill me. I think I hardly listened to it more than four or five times (still tried once recently and was not impressed yet). Don't know why... Probably too much of a pre-conceived (would I dare to say: "concept"?) album ("Let's do 'Rock' n' Roll Over' again!" - What for? I own the original and it's not the best piece in my Kiss collection). Too polished, too tame. Not as spontaneous and fresh as this one... Yes, "Monster" is way better: it's an energizer. This album is probably what "Animalize" or "Asylum" would have been like, had they fully succeeded. What's this then? Well it could be that "Monster" is finally ... just "Monster"! A new and fresh approach to (very) good music.
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