will release their 20th studio album, "Monster
", in October. There are 12 tracks, all collaborations between co-founders Paul Stanley
and Gene Simmons
, with guitarist Tommy Thayer
and drummer Eric Singer
"Monster" is the group's first studio album since the band's 2009's "Sonic Boom
". "Monster" was produced by Paul Stanley with Greg Collins
at Conway Studios in Hollywood and The Nook in Studio City, California.
Since Monday (July 2), KISS's "Hell Or Hallelujah
" is available as a digital single. It gets a physical release today. Stanley says it is "a battle cry that encapsulates the entire record... one way or another, we're going to do it our way.
"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 [Thayer] and Eric [Singer] 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.
This being KISS, there is merchandise! Timed to coincide with the release of the "Monster" album is a deluxe coffee table, limited edition "KISS Monster
" book, a collection of artwork, 126 photos from the band's 40-year career, including rare images. It's three-feet high, two-and-a-half feet wide and two inches thick. And comes with 10 different covers for different nations. The "Monster" book will be available in copies signed by all four KISS members and limited to only 1,000 copies worldwide.
Thanks for the report to Michael Leonard