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Monster

8 Oct. 2012 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan. 2012
  • Release Date: 1 Jan. 2012
  • Label: UMC (Universal Music Catalogue)
  • Copyright: (C) 2012 Simstan Music Ltd., under exclusive license in the United States to Universal Music Enterprises, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.
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  • Total Length: 43:38
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  • ASIN: B009HS4LK6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,426 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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4.1 out of 5 stars

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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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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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