Kiss Writing 'Serious' Lyrics On New Album?

Gene Simmons has stated that the song writing on new album "Monster" will see them take a more confessional direction.

Kiss Writing 'Serious' Lyrics On New Album?
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In the past 40 years of writing and recording, KISS's lyrical content has seldom strayed far from the territory of girls, partying and rocking. Yet, in an interview with Billboard, the band's bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons has stated that the song writing on new album "Monster" will see them take a more confessional direction: "A lot of the lyrics and points of view have less to do with sort of the cocksmanship, craftsmanship - 'Hey babe, I'm gonna rock you all night long,' and are more about sort of primal notions about who we are and how we feel. So something like 'The Devil is Me', for instance, is more confessional; you can keep pointing your fingers at all the evil in the world, but you've got some of it and here's the Lord's decree - the devil is me. Maybe there's a little devil in all of us." "Monster" is being produced by KISS front man Paul Stanley, who also produced the band's last album, "Sonic Boom". It is an arrangement that Simmons is very happy with: "I no longer have that patience or the temperament to be strapped in the studio for three months. There's too much going on outside, and who better to trust than (Stanley)? He's a very good team player and isn't afraid to say, 'Yeah, maybe I'm not right? Let's try this' or 'Let's try that.' We'd go in and just try anything. It's really a band effort, like four guys in a car but somebody's got to be driving and everybody else is going, 'No, turn right here, turn right there!' Ultimately we're all going to the same place, and Paul got us there." "Monster" is set to be released on October 15th. The full tracklisting is as follows: 01. Hell Or Hallelujah 02. Wall Of Sound 03. Freak 04. Back To The Stone Age 05. Shout Mercy 06. Long Way Down 07. Eat Your Heart Out 08. The Devil Is Me 09. Outta This World 10. All For The Love Of Rock & Roll 11. Take Me Down Below 12. Last Chance 13. Right Here Right Now

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    Z0S07657
    I can see this being a concept album 01. Hell Or Hallelujah (Find a girl) 02. Wall Of Sound (She sees KISS live) 03. Freak (KISS have really kinky sex with her) 04. Back To The Stone Age (Good ol' rough sex) 05. Shout Mercy (Self explanatory) 06. Long Way Down (She begins to realize it might be a mistake) 07. Eat Your Heart Out (She indulges once again) 08. The Devil Is Me (Finds out KISS are a bunch of heartless *****s) 09. Outta This World (She leaves) 10. All For The Love Of Rock & Roll (KISS stay with their true love, Rock & Roll) 11. Take Me Down Below (She's asking to come back) 12. Last Chance (They contemplate it) 13. Right Here Right Now (They go for it)
    iommi600
    04. Back To The Stone Age
    You mean, the time you guys used to be a band, not a souvenir shop?
    JimDawson
    Z0S07657 wrote: I can see this being a concept album 01. Hell Or Hallelujah (Find a girl) 02. Wall Of Sound (She sees KISS live) 03. Freak (KISS have really kinky sex with her) 04. Back To The Stone Age (Good ol' rough sex) 05. Shout Mercy (Self explanatory) 06. Long Way Down (She begins to realize it might be a mistake) 07. Eat Your Heart Out (She indulges once again) 08. The Devil Is Me (Finds out KISS are a bunch of heartless *****s) 09. Outta This World (She leaves) 10. All For The Love Of Rock & Roll (KISS stay with their true love, Rock & Roll) 11. Take Me Down Below (She's asking to come back) 12. Last Chance (They contemplate it) 13. Right Here Right Now (They go for it)
    Brilliant.
    KingNothing666
    Old Gene lyrics: I'm awsome, you want sex with me... New serious Gene lyrics: I'm awsome, you want sex with me and I'll wear protection to avoid pregnancy and spread of STD's...
    swave75
    For those of you 8 year olds that don't know this, Creatures of the Night was a very serious album. Just put down your Pokemon cards for a couple minutes and listen to "Saint and Sinner" or "I Still Love You". Great album and my personal favorite. Axl Rose will always be the #1 screeching douche.
    flaphead325
    Yeah.. The first single was about wealth and money... It's too bad, Kiss usually have funny double entendre lyrics. Gene Simmons is about money, but if Paul Stanley sings that it's definatly weird.
    theblazinasian
    swave75 wrote: For those of you 8 year olds that don't know this, Creatures of the Night was a very serious album. Just put down your Pokemon cards for a couple minutes and listen to "Saint and Sinner" or "I Still Love You". Great album and my personal favorite. Axl Rose will always be the #1 screeching douche.
    Hey man. Pokemon cards are very serious business.
    swave75
    dewitt wrote: swave75 wrote: For those of you 8 year olds that don't know this, Creatures of the Night was a very serious album. Just put down your Pokemon cards for a couple minutes and listen to "Saint and Sinner" or "I Still Love You". Great album and my personal favorite. Axl Rose will always be the #1 screeching douche. Fuck, I clicked upvote before I got to the last sentence, and now I can't take it back. Besides media bullshit and rumors, a predetermined internet bias toward him, and without resorting to baseless name-calling, what fact based information makes Axl such a douche to you? He's an incredible singer and lyricist. He puts everything he has into every show, as long as the crowd is welcoming. He's extremely humble. He's well-spoken. And best of all, he doesn't really take bullshit from anyone, and he doesn't care what you think. In this day of instant gratification and constant updates, the only reason I can think of why people don't like him is because he doesn't do many interviews and he doesn't give you bathroom updates. That and he doesn't take people's shit, and he doesn't care what you think. I remember when rock used to be about doing what you want and **** anyone who doesn't like it. Now, people expect you to be soft-spoken and eager to please everyone. Fuck that. The only bad thing I could ever really honestly say about him is that I wish he would release music more often.
    Because I live in the St.Louis area. That is why. He cause a major riot just because he got upset someone in the crowd had a camera. He shows up when he wants and if he feels like it. He doesn't care about his band or the fans. Once upon a time I thought he was cool. But it changed after that. By the way, he doesn't care if you defend him either.
    Scutchington
    swave75 wrote: For those of you 8 year olds that don't know this, Creatures of the Night was a very serious album. Just put down your Pokemon cards for a couple minutes and listen to "Saint and Sinner" or "I Still Love You". Great album and my personal favorite. Axl Rose will always be the #1 screeching douche.
    Not only Creatures was a serious album, throughout the 80s they had a few serious songs (look up Who Wants to Be Lonely), but the real serious stuff came with the Carnival of Souls album.
    Phiddler
    I find it hard to sh*t on them cuz they've always been very transparent about their intentions.
    nnb
    iommi600 wrote: 04. Back To The Stone Age You mean, the time you guys used to be a band, not a souvenir shop?
    I liked this one! On topic, KISS have their style of music and lyrics let them be lol
    intheshadowplay wrote: KISS, we've been over this. Nobody cares about anything you dinosaurs have to say or about anything you put out. Just take your money, OD on meds, and **** off.
    Now you, you are an idiot. Gene is probably one of the smartest self promoters around and a damn good business man, while Paul seems to be one of the most intelligent people in rock just read some of his interviews or listen to him speak, You on the other hand are neither. I bet you came here didn't read the article, or any comments and just posted your stupid little line which I'm sure most of sounded witty in your little head. Intheshadowplay, lets go over this. No one cares what you have to say, now move along to your insignificant life, dishing out hate and doing nothing productive.
    satansnachos
    slipknot836 wrote: So basically they're saying they've ran out of ideas for songs about women?
    no, its not that, its they just can't get it up any more
    Braykah
    Z0S07657 wrote: I can see this being a concept album 01. Hell Or Hallelujah (Find a girl) 02. Wall Of Sound (She sees KISS live) 03. Freak (KISS have really kinky sex with her) 04. Back To The Stone Age (Good ol' rough sex) 05. Shout Mercy (Self explanatory) 06. Long Way Down (She begins to realize it might be a mistake) 07. Eat Your Heart Out (She indulges once again) 08. The Devil Is Me (Finds out KISS are a bunch of heartless *****s) 09. Outta This World (She leaves) 10. All For The Love Of Rock & Roll (KISS stay with their true love, Rock & Roll) 11. Take Me Down Below (She's asking to come back) 12. Last Chance (They contemplate it) 13. Right Here Right Now (They go for it)
    Aaaand we have a winner of this comment page.
    C0FF1NCAS3
    Maybe Kiss should try and be serious about writing some actual music for once instead.
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    skidlz wrote: Serious or not, they're still irrelevant. Gene is such a douche, slamming musicians today, pointing out KISS brings in more money than some countries, etc...but what have they ever done that's so badass?
    exactly this. Gene is probably one of the biggest ****ing ****s out there in music today.
    sn00ze
    bandnamehere wrote: i sure hope ace docent screw this one up as bad as that horrid work of crap- sonic boom. Frehley has single handed destroyed the entire kiss franchise
    Ace? Are you sure?
    FiddleJohnny
    swave75 wrote: For those of you 8 year olds that don't know this, Creatures of the Night was a very serious album. Just put down your Pokemon cards for a couple minutes and listen to "Saint and Sinner" or "I Still Love You". Great album and my personal favorite. Axl Rose will always be the #1 screeching douche.
    It's a very close race really.
    intheshadowplay
    KISS, we've been over this. Nobody cares about anything you dinosaurs have to say or about anything you put out. Just take your money, OD on meds, and **** off.
    dewitt
    swave75 wrote: For those of you 8 year olds that don't know this, Creatures of the Night was a very serious album. Just put down your Pokemon cards for a couple minutes and listen to "Saint and Sinner" or "I Still Love You". Great album and my personal favorite. Axl Rose will always be the #1 screeching douche.
    Fuck, I clicked upvote before I got to the last sentence, and now I can't take it back. Besides media bullshit and rumors, a predetermined internet bias toward him, and without resorting to baseless name-calling, what fact based information makes Axl such a douche to you? He's an incredible singer and lyricist. He puts everything he has into every show, as long as the crowd is welcoming. He's extremely humble. He's well-spoken. And best of all, he doesn't really take bullshit from anyone, and he doesn't care what you think. In this day of instant gratification and constant updates, the only reason I can think of why people don't like him is because he doesn't do many interviews and he doesn't give you bathroom updates. That and he doesn't take people's shit, and he doesn't care what you think. I remember when rock used to be about doing what you want and **** anyone who doesn't like it. Now, people expect you to be soft-spoken and eager to please everyone. Fuck that. The only bad thing I could ever really honestly say about him is that I wish he would release music more often.
    NemX162
    skidlz wrote: Serious or not, they're still irrelevant. Gene is such a douche, slamming musicians today, pointing out KISS brings in more money than some countries, etc...but what have they ever done that's so badass?
    They wore stupid face-paint. TOTAL BADASSES.
    sn00ze
    I bet all those haters wouldn't recognize 3/4 of their songs. Yes, Kiss were always about making money, they never hide that, since the early interviews Gene said that. Yes, they wrote a lot of shitty songs in their career, so does every other band with 30+ albums. For all those haters, go and listen to Creatures of the Night, Revenge, Carnival of Souls then come back and talk.
    rickyvanh
    kennedys1 wrote: Nobody wants to be Peter Criss. Not even Peter Criss.
    That weirdo in Venice Beach wanted to be him,he also wanted a dollar all night and part of everyday.
    jgoodhart
    Good, I always thought it was ironic for men with black and white devil makeup to sing, I'll always love you, yeah, yeah, yeah.
    VanTheKraut
    "KISS Writing 'boring' Music On New Album?" Why UG, what an accurate headline you got there.
    Saky077
    Alright, we all know that KISS is more about the image and less about the music, Gene's a douche and that they're pretty much "Party Rock", but come on, cut the guys some slack. Kiss is fully capable of writing great, serious, thoughtful music. Or have we all forgotten about "Beth" "Black Diamond" and the tear-fest that is "God Gave Rock n' Roll To You"?
    bandnamehere
    i sure hope ace docent screw this one up as bad as that horrid work of crap- sonic boom. Frehley has single handed destroyed the entire kiss franchise
    DaniArrow
    can't wait for that album though. didn't like "hell or halleluja" that much, but some of teh titles sound really cool. anyway, there's always a couple really good tracks on a KISS album.
    Chronologo
    "So something like 'The Devil is Me', for instance, is more confessional; you can keep pointing your fingers at all the evil in the world, but you've got some of it and here's the Lord's decree - the devil is me. Maybe there's a little devil in all of us."
    There it is, Gene is justifying his greed. It's like "There are more ppl who are more greedy than me"
    von gelb
    bandnamehere wrote: i sure hope ace docent screw this one up as bad as that horrid work of crap- sonic boom. Frehley has single handed destroyed the entire kiss franchise
    steven seagull
    Sonic Boom? The al
    bandnamehere wrote: i sure hope ace docent screw this one up as bad as that horrid work of crap- sonic boom. Frehley has single handed destroyed the entire kiss franchise
    I can only assume you're a massive Ace fan, therefore you feel that by not playing on the album Ace did indeed "screw it up".
    Thurisaz
    The first single was absolute GARBAGE! And this is from a long time fan. Fuck, I even liked some of The Elder for God's sake! This is just... eww. I wish they'd, oh, I dunno, quit the cabaret act, boot Tommy and get Bruce back. At least Revenge is a great KISS CD.
    slipknot836
    satansnachos wrote: slipknot836 wrote: So basically they're saying they've ran out of ideas for songs about women? no, its not that, its they just can't get it up any more
    I was going to say that but then again ED is a bit harsh dude :')