Following the commercial disaster of the bands last LP, "(Music from)The Elder", KISS decided to go back to basics, in thunderous style. "Creature of the Night" is the album that fans had been waiting for since "Love Gun", and re-established the bands heavy metal credentials.
From the pummeling drum intro to the strafing, lightning fast guitars and passionate Paul Stanley vocals, the title track rockets past like a runaway train, hell bent on destruction. Both Stanley and Gene Simmons' songwriting really shine on this album, both producing strong, rock-steady songs full of vitriolic fury and passion. "Saint and Sinner" is a groovy, looser Simmons number, with some impressive yodelling from the God of Thunder, and spacey lead-guitar work from Ace Frehleys replacement, Vinnie Vincent (whose lead work in the album is more daring and precise than Ace Frehleys looser style.). Eric Carrs drumming is also thunderous, proving himself to be a more than competent successor to Peter Criss. The Starchild, Stanley, also writes some great fast metal songs - "Danger" and "Keep me Comin'" - which are contrasted with Simmons' slower, more menacing and downbeat tunes, like "Rock n' Roll Hell" and "Killer". "I Love it Loud" was the albums sing-along anthem, with speaker shattering drums and an irresistible vocal chant.
The albums centre piece is the epic "I Still Love you", being the albums only ballad-esque song, and featuring Paul Stanley on top form, reprising his role as the romantic, impassioned Starchild. Album closer "War Machine" is a grinding, bottom-heavy metal number, and firmly reinstates Gene as the blood spitting, fire breathing God of Thunder. By recording this album, KISS restored their fans confidence in their traditional style, though relocated to the 80's. All in all, the best KISS album since "Love Gun" at least, and in fact of all their career - a great purchase, showing KISS at their brain shattering, ear pounding early 80's best!