Friday, October 26, 2012

Review: KISS - "Monster"

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As ghosts, ghouls and goblins prepare to roam the grounds for Halloween, it seems only fitting that an album called “Monster” is on my mind.

My favorite costumed rock legends return with their 20th album and the follow-up to 2009’s comeback release “Sonic Boom.” “Monster” possesses the quintessential Kiss sound and is perhaps the band’s best release since 1977’s “Love Gun.”

While the core of Kiss has changed, the seasoned rockers offer an explosive collection of anthems filled with fist-pumping choruses, fiery guitar riffs and thunderous bass lines that are delivered with swagger and attitude.

Gone are original drummer Peter Criss and lead guitarist Ace Frehley, replaced by Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer respectively.

Led by Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons, “Monster” is only the second release featuring the new lineup that has played together over the last eight years.

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