Kiss: New Album Is 'One Of The Top Three Records We've Ever Done'

KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons spoke to Billboard.com about the band's recently completed 20th studio album, "Monster".

Kiss: New Album Is 'One Of The Top Three Records We've Ever Done'
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According to Blabbermouth.net, KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons spoke to Billboard.com about the band's recently completed 20th studio album, "Monster", which is scheduled for release in July. The follow-up to 2009's "Sonic Boom" was again produced by KISS fronman Paul Stanley and was described by Simmons as "either the best or one of the top three records we've ever done. It's like 'Revenge' meets 'Destroyer' - just guitar and drums, nothing else. No keyboards, no little boys' choir, no strings, no nothing. Band-written; literally we'd get in and strum guitars like the old days." "Monster" will be accompanied by an over-sized art book containing paintings, drawings, photos and other impressions by various artists, inspired by KISS. According to Simmons, the book "should weigh 100 pounds or more" and come with its own stand. "It's something you can't put on your coffee table, 'cause it'll crush it. It IS the coffee table," he said. Songtitles set to appear on "Monster" include "It's A Long Way Down", "Back To The Stone Age", "Shout Mercy", "Out Of This World", "Wall Of Sound" and "Hell Or Hallelujah". Speaking to VH1 Radio Network's Dave Basner following the March 20 press conference at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood, California to officially announce details of KISS' summer co-headlining tour with Mötley Crüe, KISS vocalist/guitarist Paul Stanley stated about the band's new CD, "'Monster' is really the culmination of everything this band has been in the past and where we're going. When we did [2009's] 'Sonic Boom', it was a big task for us because we were saying, 'How do we define who we are today without losing who we've been?' So, that was a tall order for us, but once we got that under our belts, we wanted to go back in and 'Monster' is far, far beyond anything we've done in terms of 'Sonic Boom' and yet it's right up there with some of the best stuff we've done. It's KISS." In a 2011 interview with Classic Rock magazine, Stanley stated about the band's decision to return to the studio so soon after releasing "Sonic Boom", "I wasn't interested in making an album unless I was in charge and no one agreed to it half-heartedly. The band's all there, all the time, and we cut the tracks all facing each other in the same room. Chemistry and camaraderie, that's essential. That's what made 'Sonic Boom' so great, and this album is thunderously better."

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    rip3149
    jordo246 wrote: Why does he keep duck facing _
    I think Gene's face has been stuck like that since 1987.
    AcdcTXfan
    What the f--- is taking so long for it to come out? It's been almost a year now since they introduced those songs titles and the album name.
    CommanderMeaty
    I like the way he think, rock band lately are trying too hard to bring electronic elements like it's an obligation, they can at least know when to do it. KISS MY ALBUM
    rockstarbear
    Time to call bullshit, KISS. You can't keep calling EVERY album the best since Destroyer or Revenge and then proceed to play only one or two of these new songs for the tour supporting the album. As Paul Stanley explained, "We can't take out hits because people want to come hear hits, and they're hits for a reason". So why should people get excited to pay for new music if the artist doesn't even have sincere confidence in it? KISS, Weezer, Motley Crue, Devo, Van Halen, The Time, Cheap Trick all made GREAT recent albums and play the same old shit live.
    KISS,MYASS
    Why I am even reading this? I was at Dodger Stadium back on Halloween in 1999 or thereabouts, and KISS was on their 2nd or 3rd farewell tour. I was watching the dude in front of me get baked, then looked to the father and son sitting next to him...great first concert experience dad! KISS has cornered the market on bubble gum, popcorn rock. Have some of their songs stood the test of time? Yes...but they're over. Gimmick rock at it's finest.
    sn00ze
    jhart08 wrote: If it doesn't have Ace on it, it isn't a top three.
    Ace is ma favorite member in the history of Kiss, yet he didn't play on my top albums. Can't wait for this.
    hihi7
    rockstarbear wrote: Time to call bullshit, KISS. You can't keep calling EVERY album the best since Destroyer or Revenge and then proceed to play only one or two of these new songs for the tour supporting the album. As Paul Stanley explained, "We can't take out hits because people want to come hear hits, and they're hits for a reason". So why should people get excited to pay for new music if the artist doesn't even have sincere confidence in it? KISS, Weezer, Motley Crue, Devo, Van Halen, The Time, Cheap Trick all made GREAT recent albums and play the same old shit live.
    This is very true.
    flaphead325
    IcanHasBass wrote: Not better than that disco album.
    Actually, Dynasty was a really great album with the omission of I was made for loving you: good production (the sound is good from begin to end), songs are a bit experimental, and Ace Frehley worked a lot on this album.
    ImpStarJay
    "It's something you can't put on your coffee table, 'cause it'll crush it. It IS the coffee table," How does James Hetfield feel about this?
    Sheep Shagger
    I wish he would stop comparing new albums to Destroyer I can understand the Revenge comparisons, as they've been saying this album is heavier than Sonic Boom, and Revenge is a good example of a heavy KISS album, but what does it have in common with Destroyer? That album was very experimental for KISS and contained orchestrated music, ballads, acoustic guitars, a choir, etc... I'm not saying that Monster isn't going to be as good as Destroyer, but it sure won't sound anything like it. I'm looking forward to the album, but they need to release it soon!
    JFRules
    rockstarbear wrote: Time to call bullshit, KISS. You can't keep calling EVERY album the best since Destroyer or Revenge and then proceed to play only one or two of these new songs for the tour supporting the album. As Paul Stanley explained, "We can't take out hits because people want to come hear hits, and they're hits for a reason". So why should people get excited to pay for new music if the artist doesn't even have sincere confidence in it? KISS, Weezer, Motley Crue, Devo, Van Halen, The Time, Cheap Trick all made GREAT recent albums and play the same old shit live.
    I just saw Van Halen live and they played a least 4-5 songs from the new album
    Spineburger
    Sheep Shagger wrote: Spineburger wrote: Yeah, I'm totally not going to buy this. Sonic Boom was such a crap album. They claimed it was "Back to their 70s roots" but every single song sounded like it was off of Asylum or Crazy, Crazy Nights. And after seeing Monsters song titles, It's going to be the same bullsh1t all over again. Hell or Hallelujah? Seriously?? I guess you listened to a different album than I did.
    Yep. I listened to the first disc of new studio material. You listened to the re recordings of the classics on the 2nd disc. Sorry for the confusion.
    Spineburger
    Yeah, I'm totally not going to buy this. Sonic Boom was such a crap album. They claimed it was "Back to their 70s roots" but every single song sounded like it was off of Asylum or Crazy, Crazy Nights. And after seeing Monsters song titles, It's going to be the same bullsh1t all over again. Hell or Hallelujah? Seriously??
    Spineburger
    I guess you listened to a different album than I did.
    Yep. I listened to the first disc of new studio material. You listened to the re recordings of the classics on the 2nd disc. Sorry for the confusion.
    Sheep Shagger
    Spineburger wrote: Yeah, I'm totally not going to buy this. Sonic Boom was such a crap album. They claimed it was "Back to their 70s roots" but every single song sounded like it was off of Asylum or Crazy, Crazy Nights. And after seeing Monsters song titles, It's going to be the same bullsh1t all over again. Hell or Hallelujah? Seriously??
    I guess you listened to a different album than I did.
    ace man
    rip3149 wrote: jordo246 wrote: Why does he keep duck facing _ I think Gene's face has been stuck like that since 1987.
    The botox
    Spineburger
    ImpStarJay wrote: "It's something you can't put on your coffee table, 'cause it'll crush it. It IS the coffee table," How does James Hetfield feel about this?
    How's that? I'm just not getting the James Hetfield reference..