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  • Audio CD (Oct. 21 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000001ELR
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 80 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #587 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Creatures Of The Night
2. Saint And Sinner
3. Keep Me Comin'
4. Rock And Roll Hell
5. Danger
6. I Love It Loud
7. I Still Love You
8. Killer
9. War Machine

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Depuis quelque temps déjà, Kiss avait entrepris de se diversifier, poussant l'expérience jusque dans ses derniers retranchements sur Music From The Elder, concept-album aux arrangements sophistiqués qui rebutèrent ses fans. Creatures Of The Night remit donc les pendules à l'heure, permettant à Kiss de réaffirmer qu'il était bel et bien l'un des plus grands groupes de hard - et accessoirement le plus spectaculaire. Pourtant, derrière les morceaux d'anthologie, une révolution se préparait : le guitariste Ace Frehley, en proie à de sérieux problèmes d'alcool, céderait bientôt officiellement la place à Vinnie Vincent et, plus grave encore, Kiss laisserait tomber sur Lick It Up les maquillages qui avaient tant contribué à son succès. Dès lors, Kiss ne serait jamais plus comme avant (du moins jusqu'en 1999, avec le retour d'Ace Frehley, du batteur Peter Criss... et des maquillages !). Creatures Of The Night marque incontestablement la fin d'une époque. Considérant le niveau de ses morceaux, il en est donc doublement éclatant. --Hervé SK Guégano

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By T. Skylar TOP 100 REVIEWER on Oct. 3 2006
Format: Audio CD
SITUATION;The band are having a tough time as their last albums were comercial flop.`dynasty`(platinum even if disco),`unmasked`(wich was receved gracefully in australia),the mystical `the elder`(who severly damaged their reputation) being the band `s last 3 album ,had almost killed the band. their last attemp was the`killers`compilation they included 4 new songs to get the album more interresting.

kiss knew they had to come with a special record that would save the band.meanwhile during the `kiss 10th aniversairy tour`the attendence were so low that they cancelled many concerts of that tour.they decided their next album was going to be their heaviset in order to regain their lost army.

when they were going to produce the album ace frehley decided to leave.in hopes that frehley wouldnt quit they hired 3 guitarists steve farris,vinnie vincent(who would become their guitarist until`84),and bob kulick.the day after the video for `i love it loud`was aired ace annonce he quitted.it was a sad moment, ace was there from the debut and now he left,he was probly the best guitarist they had.

Even if creatures of the night was their heaviest and was one of their best it took a certain time until it reached gold status.what makes the album so good is eric carr`s intense drumming he plays particulary loud on this one,as it sounds like canons!the cover still has frehley on the cover because 1;he was at the edge of leaving (he didnt annouced it)and 2;they didnt want the world to know they had problems with a member again ,they wanted to keep it secret.

After a couple of experimenting album such as `unmasked`the elder` they were focused again and an awesome album was made.Eric Carr`s drumming pushed the band to be heavier and it did.
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In 1982,the year KISS released"Creatures Of The Night"they were going through a career slump.There music had not had the heavy metal edge it had always had.Then,they released "Creatures Of The Night"which was heavy metal-but it sold poorly and proved to be one of the most underated KISS albums.This album contains nine tracks,and the best tracks are"Creatures Of The Night","I Love It Loud","I Still Love You",and "War Machine" for these reasons:
"Creatures Of The Night"-An excellent way to open an album.The lyrics,singing,and guitar work are crunchy,and it is ten times heavier then Black Sabbath's"Iron Man".
"I Love It Loud"-A party song that drives you wild.The best things about this track are Vinnie Vincent's guitar work and Eric Carr's drumming.
"I Still Love You"-One of those cathy heavy metal love songs you love.This track has love and heavy metal written all over it.
"War Machine"-One of the best songs an album has ever ended with.Not only are the lyrics and the guitar work richly executed,it showed the heavy metal side in Bryan Adams(He co-wrote this track.)
"Creatures Of The Night"is a fine KISS album.
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In retrospect, Creatures Of The Night is a preview of what I call the heavy metal tryptych consisting of Lick It Up, Animalize, and Asylum. One thing's for sure, KISS finally decided to listen to its fans and make the album they had promised, the heaviest KISS album ever. Well, that wouldn't be until 1984's Animalize, but Creatures was a start in that direction, thanks to some thunderous drums from the Fox and a new fiery guitar from the Pharaoh, Vinnie Vincent, who has co-writing credits on three songs.
The title track is a definite sign that a heavier sound is in the making, with the song having a theme of underdogs by day being winners at night.
"Saints And Sinners" has Gene's demonic voice there, and evidence of Vinnie Vincent's guitar, a different but still great contrast from Ace's trademark licks, and one that would really come into fruition on Lick It Up. Telling off a goody-two shoes woman has never been so great"Kiss my heart bye-bye/and I don't need no one at all."
The loud anthemic braggadocio of a female conquest in "Keep Me Comin'" shows KISS having lost none of its another-notch-on-the-belt 'tude.
Then comes one of two songs written by Gene Simmons, with assistance from Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance(!!) "Rock And Roll Hell" describes the plight of a rocker burned out, trapped by the music game, wanting to scrabble up to #1.
The protagonist in "Danger" seems to be one burning the candle at both ends, grabbing life by the throat, and thundering drums and Vincent's guitarwork mirrors the frantic life: "Oh I wanna know/how far to go/takin' my life in my hands/out on my own/fighting alone/call me the desperate man."
The next three songs were co-written by Vinnie Vincent.
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By LeBrain HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on Aug. 21 2009
Format: Audio CD
Creatures Of The Night is heavy, over the top and loud. Very very loud. Hot on the heels of The Elder and Killers, Creatures was a defiant "we're back!" from a band who was written off by 1980.

It is important to note that there are two versions of Creatures floating around. At one point in 1985, shortly after Asylum, it was reissued with new (non-makeup) cover art with Bruce Kulick on the cover instead of Ace Frehley. Interestingly, neither played on Creatures. The reissue with the non-makeup cover has the songs in a different order and they were remixed to bring down the loudness of the drums. I guess someone decided the album was just too loud and the remix was done. Thankfully, this version is the original mix, finally available again on CD.

And yeah, the drums are loud! They sound fantastic too. They are the cleanest, most powerful, natural and clear drum sounds this side of Led Zeppelin, and Kiss had a lot to be proud of. Just listen to "I Love It Loud". Wow.

Creatures is a stellar album featuring songwriting by Bryan Adams, Mikal Japp and a guy named Vincent Cusano, better known by his stage name Vinnie Vincent. Guitars were by Paul Stanley, Bob Kulick, Vinnie Vincent, Rick Derringer, Steve Ferris, and who-knows-how-many-others. Kiss claim to have lost track due to the process of auditioning and recording at the same time. Eric Carr, who has no songwriting credits this time, played bass on Paul's "I Still Love You".

"Creatures Of The Night" is an amazing fast paced opening, starting off with a barrage of Carr's toms. I think The Elder was a dissapointing way to introduce the new drummer. Creatures overcompensates, and I am sure Carr was very happy.
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