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on 28 June 2006
I like this album. It is famous in its own right as the album where the band ditched its face paint and started to look just like everyone else. As an record, it's a more than respectable effort.

With the same producer as the previous record (Creatures of the Night) it is suitably heavy. The standouts are the title track, All Hell's Breakin' Loose and A Million to One (ignored by the band but a cracking song). Others are equally fine like Young and Wasted, On the 8th Day and Exciter. There are no really weak songs but unfortunately no absolute barnstorming classics. While the song Lick It Up became a mainstay in the live set it could never quite match up to the classics before and since. Although the rest of the album is strong enough to make this worth buying.

KISS would change after this, their music dropped in quality and they went it without make-up for 13 years and got through numerous personel changes, but they started with a good record, if not trully great.
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on 13 October 2009
Lick It Up....KISS ditch their trademark face paint and Vinnie Vincent comes to the fore...The world waits & the fans get restless....

The result is an incredible piece of sharp metal that pierces your brain from every angle....The title track is an instant classic, an anthem for every bedroom & stadium. " Not For The Innocent" is pure KISS, " Exciter" Is excellence of execution personified, " Young & Wasted" is a new ballad of 80's youth, " Fits Like A Glove" is classic Gene, " On The 8th Day" is an incredible piece of heavy metal and it's one hell of a statement for Vinnie Vincent's last recording under the KISS name. It is always the way: When tensions are at breaking point in a band, some of the finest, most powerful work appears. This is testament to it.

It's a crying shame that great Vinnie Vincent's ego got the better of him and led to his sacking in 1984, because i believe that if he stayed, then KISS would of scaled even greater heights.

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on 20 October 2013
New image and a new co-writer. I believe this is the ONLY KISS album that featured JUST themselves as writers of the songs, NO outside contributions at all......and who needs them when you have Vinnie Vincent firing on all cylinders?
Brilliant from a new-look KISS, and something they can look back on with pride......and regrets of having let Vinnie leave. Just imagine what the next album would have been like if Vinnies' solo album was anything to go by!
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 27 December 2008
Following on from the Creatures album,many view this as a companion piece,i couldnt dis-agree more,this album was doomed to fail from the moment lead track Exciter finished,nothing on this disc comes close to it,god i wish it had featured on the creatures album and it certainly should have featured more, live,(yet another for the fantasy set list im afraid),the title track and all hells breakin loose are passable ,fits like a glove is adequate,certainly the only other genuine class on the album is a million to one,everything else is just dross - young n wasted,gimme more cmon gimme a break,vinnie vincents style was so one dimensional so of the 80's,saw the band at the glasgow apollo in '83 and it was apparent even then that he couldnt play ace's solos nor reproduce his own solo's live,but it was just great to see kiss in scotland for the first time
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on 11 March 2015
The 2nd vinnie Vincent album and the best kiss line up ever & best kiss album equal to creatures of the night . There's been a lot of bull*** about why kiss took the make up off ?
Aledgedly after the creatures of the night tour in 1982 where vinnie replaced ace as he did on the creatures album . He quit over a wages dispute . Kiss were very unpopular at that time because of the flopping sales of the elder . Aledgedly kiss were under contract to do the next album but could not get a replacement guitar player & had no choice but to rehire vinnie or miss the deadline for the next album & get dropped by the record company & never work again . Vinnie would only return if the make up was removed ? So it was a case of make up or break up ? Remember Paul Stanley's words " we'll never take the make up off / we'll never put the make up back on . Yes 80% of these songs on lick it up are vinnie Vincent songs he became bigger than kiss so had to go . Then came animalize mark st john became bigger than kiss so he had to go . Since then they are total sh** and haven't made anything good for 30 years ~ more a joke than a rock band . Kiss fans should remember how vinnie Vincent & the l8 gr8 Eric Carr pulled this joke of a band out of the gutter
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on 1 March 2002
1983 saw Kiss remove thier make up in a move that shocked thier fans . Thier new album confounded them and the critics alike . A fresh direction of modern heavy metal was ideal at the time . New guitarist Vinnie Vincent came in with new songwriting ideas and numbers like `Lick it up` , `Fits like a glove` and the aptly named `Exciter` had us all in a headbanging frenzy . The sound is maybe a bit light on the drums but that is nit picking . Anthemic tracks abound in this excellent hard rock opus . I say `Lick it up` with gusto !
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on 2 August 2012
This one was a monster hit and every release from this point on would go top ten too. The title song was a hit and this even has the first rap rock song. which is strange but interesting. There isn't a weak song on this one and vinnie vincent was a awesome talent that wouldn't last due to substance problems. It's a top grab for fans of 1980's metal.
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on 12 April 2015
Many die hard Kiss fans would argue that this is not a proper Kiss album but it's a decent 80s rock album with a few good songs, plenty of smut and a couple of catchy hits. It's not one of the best but it's worth buying if you're a fan of Kiss or the 80s hair band era.
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on 4 August 2015
Lick it up is one of my favourite Kiss songs ever so the album is special to me,its more rockier than some Kiss albums and all the better for it,the make up has gone for this one but its classic Kiss,and all this from a Iron Maiden and Judas Priest fan.
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on 21 June 2014
They departed the disco albums and took on the 80's in style! This kept the momentum after Creatures Of The Night left off. It set the stage for a brand new band, and they pulled it off in true Kiss style.
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