|1. Creatures Of The Night|
|2. Saint And Sinner|
|3. Keep Me Comin'|
|4. Rock And Roll Hell|
|6. I Love It Loud|
|7. I Still Love You|
|9. War Machine|
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. First up, those familiar anthemic drums, chants, and Gene's power vocals come into play on the heavy metal anthem "I Love It Loud." Given how acts like Judas Priest and Ozzy Osbourne were blazing the metal trail in the late 70's and to that point, the title mirrored the demands of KISS's fans who demanded something louder and heavier.
"I Still Love You" starts out in a quiet and tender way like "Beth", but the guitar rises to a heavy metal wave in the chorus. One of the few serious love songs KISS did since "Beth."
Quick Sabbath-like riffs figure in "Killer" of a woman who's got more than a sadistic edge, and who better than Gene to sing about her? "Watch out for your jugular/she's a killer/animal with a twisted brain/she's a killer!" Gulp, I think. This is a precursor to Gene singing about similar woman in Animalize ("Burn B-tch Burn") and Asylum ("Secretly Cruel")
Heavy Sabbath-like riffs that Danzig's guitarist might have appropriated in "Snakes of Christ" frame "War Machine", the second song co-written by Adams and Vallance. This is closest to an anti-war song as KISS got by singing from the POV of a totalitarian-minded warmonger: "Take the reins of power and seize them/draw the battle lines/Armageddon's just a matter of time/tear down the voice of reason/let the arrows fly/your freedom's just a state of mind, yeah." Hmm, was this song played by the people who wrote the Patriot Act?
The first step in revamping KISS into a heavy metal machine, a step that would reach its maximum in Animalize. Their next album though, should've been titled after their 1980 album, given what the album cover showed, but I already told that story.