KISS: 'Monster' Cracks U.S. Top 3

"Monster", the 20th studio album from legendary rockers KISS, sold 56,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 3 on The Billboard 200 chart.

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According to Blabbermouth, "Monster", the 20th studio album from legendary rockers KISS, sold 56,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 3 on The Billboard 200 chart.

KISS' previous CD, "Sonic Boom", opened with 108,000 units back in October 2009 to enter the chart at No. 2. This marked the band's highest-charting LP ever.

KISS has notched nine Top 10 albums so far, their previous highest-charting set was 1998's "Psycho Circus", which debuted and peaked at No. 3 with 110,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The group's other high-charting sets include 1975's "Alive!" (No. 9), 1977's "Love Gun" (No. 4) and 1992's "Revenge" (No. 6).

Described in a press release as a "12-track, straight-ahead rock 'n' roll album", "Monster" features collaborations among all four members - including co-founders Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons and longtime members guitarist Tommy Thayer and drummer Eric Singer - in an album that shows the band at the top of its game.

Stanley and Thayer were interviewed on this past Monday night's (October 15) edition of the nationally syndicated radio show "Rockline" with host Bob Coburn. You can now listen to the program at

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    Sheep Shagger
    Compared to Sonic Boom's 108,000 week 1 sales, Monster's 56,000 is disappointing. I don't think anyone was expecting it to sell nearly as well as Boom did - it was the first new KISS album in 11 years. This album doesn't have that same level of hype behind it and the band hasn't done a very good job marketing it, so the low sales aren't a shock, really. It's still a damn good album though.
    The value of Monster was far smaller than Sonic Boom. With Sonic Boom you got a bonus disc of (re-recorded) Greatest Hits and a short DVD of some live footage. And when you went to Walmart to get it, there was a whole KISS section to hype it up. I spent more on KISS M&M's that day than Sonic Boom!
    I was surprised at how pleased I was with most songs on Monster. There's nothing on the level of Love Gun or Detroit Rock City, but all in all... great solid album! I'm happy it's on the charts.
    I've actually been impressed with what I've heard so far. Notable songs to listen to: "Wall of Sound" "Outta This World" and "All For the Love of Rock n Roll"
    The album cover sucks. Pictures like that one are too common. It would have been nice to get a cover picture that looked a little more unique.
    ill admit the cover seems a bit self indulgent and lacking creativity, havwnt heard anything off the album yet, so my final judgement will come after i have listened to it.
    That cover is pretty tragic! The only thing missing is a space-themed background. Let's see if it's enough to give Aerosmith the metaphorical slam in this ring we've been hearing so much about.
    I quite like the cover, but it seems to only really come into it's own with the lenticular sleeve, the 3D effect is actually suprisingly good.
    J.R. Legrasse
    It's more like "Meh"ster. 12 filler tunes with no hits or potential concert evergreens. The last good recordings they released were "Revenge" and "Unplugged". "Carnival Of Souls", "Psycho Circus" and "Sonic Boom" were completely unremarkable additions to their catalog song-wise, and "Monster" is just another product they've put out this year.
    You just went full retard. Never go full retard.
    I think he's on the right track, Carnival of Souls was interesting, I mean grunge AND Kiss, but Simmons and Stanley don't have the vocals to pull off a heavy grungy song as well as they hoped and the album remains largely forgotten, because it (in a word) sucks. Psycho Circus had it's moments, but the You Wanted The Best track felt gimmicky and forced, Sonic Boom was... unremarkable. Revenge was a good album, Domino was a the killer track on that album, it just has an attitude about the song that Kiss hadn't done before. I don't like the recently released tracks that have been floating around the net for a few weeks, BUT, because this is the band that released Destroyer, Lick It Up, Creatures Of The Night, Love Gun, Dressed To Kill and the classic albums, I will give this and future Kiss albums a fair listen in the hopes that they have a spectacular return to form. I think this is unlikely and I'm expecting songs in the vein of Let's Put The 'X' In Sex. Which sucks. The fans deserve better. ANd Kiss are certainly able to deliver.
    Carnival of souls is their last good album. I think that may be in my top five favorite Kiss albums. It's different but really good.
    The music is decent sometimes, but the lyrics and vocals are garbage. True Kiss fans of their 70s music wouldn't like this. This sounds like 1980s Kiss with makeup on.
    Brilliant album I hope more ppl buy it it deserves more recognition