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on 22 June 2006
Of KISS' many studio records, their second release, Hotter than Hell is one of the worst selling. It is also among their best. It is grainy, early metal with a real harsh edge that would fit well with any rock collection.

Standout tracks include the mournful Goin' Blind, Coming Home (a gem, forgotten for a long time), Let Me Go Rock & Roll (a staple of the live show for years) and the heavy Watchin' You. The finest track though must be Parasite, written by lead guitarist Ace Frehley. The riff is a head-bangers, nightmare, fast and furious enough to cause wiplash and unrelenting, it sums up the album in one song: Heavy, dark, dripping with attitude, superb and unfortunately criminally overlooked.

Die hard KISS fans should already own it but for anyone looking to get into the band then Hotter than Hell is a good place to start.
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on 27 November 2011
This must be one of the most underrated albums in the History of Rock N' Roll. OK, its not jam packed with Klassics like thier first studio album, but none-the-less this collection is without a poor track and includes real gems: (Goin' Blind, Comin Home, Parasite) and includes the live staple: Let me go Rock and Roll. As a new Kiss fan looking to build a collection i could think of no better album to accompany my Greatest Hits album and Alive's (I and II). After listening to this album on several occasions i can categorically confirm the unadulterated pleasure that it gave me - Buy it if you, like me, want to expand your new Kiss Kollection step-by-step.
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on 26 June 2011
(4.5 stars) After Kiss started recording in 1973, they released their first two albums in one year - 1974. Amazingly they were both good, if very different to one another. Though they had the same production team on board, `Hotter Than Hell' has a much heavier and harder sound than their first album, `Kiss'. Sonically, it has a cave-like echoey feel and a curiously flat drum sound, which takes a little getting used to after the more immediate production of the first record.

Again, it features a number of tracks that the band have continued to perform live throughout their career. Again guitarist Paul Stanley proves himself both a superior singer and songwriter to fellow formation member and bassist, Gene Simmons. Curiously the album's standout track - and one of Kiss's very best and most beautiful - is a Gene Simmons composition, `Goin Blind', a left-over from his earlier band, Wicked Lester. Also uncharacteristically, some of the best songs here are written or co-written by guitarist Ace Frehley (though he was still forbidden to sing them!) - the awesome acid rock tinged `Parasite', album closer `Strange Ways' as well as `Comin Home', co-written with Stanley. The title track and `Got to Choose', both Stanley compositions, are also fine songs.

Given the under-written abject stupidity of the songs that would too-often characterize many later Kiss albums, `Hotter Than Hell' is a standout, not least because it stamped two strong debut releases in a row in one year. (4.5 stars)
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on 7 January 2004
For their second LP, our make up stack heel wearing, face painted heroes decided to dirty their polished sound to add an extra depth to the songs.
Opener "Got to Choose" starts the album well, with strong Paul Stanley vocals, and a fantastic solo by the Space ace, Ace Frehley. On songs like Gene Simmons "Watchin' You" and the Frehley composed "Parasite", the band reach a more guttural, dirty and almost grungey sound, and some of the songs here ("Watchin' You" and the slow burning "Goin' Blind") are some of the best that the fire breathing Simmons has ever written. However, on some songs - "Let me go Rock n' Roll" and "Hotter than Hell" - the original KISS blueprint of more polished rock is seen again, and the album finishes strongly with Stanleys classic "Comin' Home" and the grungey "Strangeways".
All in all, this album is a more than worthy successor to the first LP, and was only written and recorded half a year after it as well!
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on 18 March 2000
Got To Choose contains one of Ace Frehley's best solos, Parasite is the greatest riff ever, Goin' Blind is grinding, heavy, expertly sung with a gorgeous vocal delivery from Gene Simmons, Let Me Go Rock ANd Roll is second only to Rock And Roll All Nite when it comes to ending a show, Watchin' You has when of the best riffs ever recorded and as for the solo in Strange Ways, well, you feel like you're in another planet. Basically put, this albums kicks a**. It rules, it rocks, it's KISS.
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on 12 April 2015
A classic Kiss album with lots of the old favourites, it was a flop when it was released but has since earned respect among Kiss fans for good reason. If you know all the popular 80's Kiss hits and want to familiarise yourself with the classic albums then this is a must buy.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 10 December 2008
Hampered again by duff production this is a long lost classic,heavier than 'kiss' had this had a quality production it would be up there with 'Creatures' as their heaviest,personal faves 'Got to Chose' - love that solo,'Parasite', 'Watchin You','Strangeways', Ace rocks supreme on this album.
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on 3 November 2015
There's a lot wrong with the 2nd album from Kiss. The front cover is shocking. A shoddy black and white photo which looks superimposed onto a Japanese theme.The production is the worst of their career. Tinny, hollow with vocals pushed far too forward in the mix. All that being said though the songs are strong. Not quite as memorable as on their début album, but a fair scooping of classics. Got To Choose, Goin Blind, Parasite, Let Me Go Rock n Roll are all great, and were live staples through the 70's. There's some dark stuff on here too Simmon's Watchin You is an ode to stalking. Closer Strange Ways is often heralded by Kiss fans as a lost classic, probably because it was written by Frehley and sung by Criss. In truth it has a great verse, and brilliant solo but the chorus is pretty lame. A better production and this would be 4-5 stars.
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on 16 October 2009
Hotter Than Hell....The crassly underrated follow up to the debut album, bristling with attitude. Some of the bands finest ( And almost forgotten) works are loaded on this no-nonsense gem.

" Parasite" showcases Frehley's guitar genius, " Let Me Go Rock 'n' Roll" is one of the earliest KISS Anthems. " Goin' Blind" is a true story, given the tongue in cheek Simmons treatment and a lost early classic, " Got To Choose" is an excellent piece of rock 'n' roll, the title track wouldn't be out of place on any best of. A rare Stanley/ Frehley collaberation " Coming Home" is simple, pure & excellent.

As with the debut, there are one or two fillers, but why the killer tracks off this gem have been continually left off compilations and setlists is both annoying and totally unjust.

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VINE VOICEon 16 November 2005
KISS' second studio release, HOTTER THAN HELL, is a mixed bag of goodies. While it contains not a single bad track (quite an achievement for a second album by ANY band), there is a sense of haste about it. Many of the tracks were written by Simmons and Stanley before their days in KISS (from their rejected demos as WICKED LESTER) but for the most part they're solid rock and roll songs. Oddly, the first two tracks (GOT TO CHOOSE and PARASITE) are the most forgettable, but the remainder are terrific. GOIN' BLIND, LET ME GO ROCK AND ROLL, COMING HOME and MAINLINE are top notch. Vocal duties are shared by Simmons, Stanley and Peter Criss, and fourth hand Ace Frehley delivers some great guitar work. The sound is very raw and unpolished, intended to capture their live sound, and is more effective than some of their later, over-produced releases. Not their best, but definitely worth a look!
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