Monster (Zinepack Limited Edition) featuring CD with mini-magazine
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I LOVE IT. It is a logical progression from Sonic Boom. It has elements that draw from Carnival of Souls, Rock & Roll Over, Love Gun, Revenge, Destroyer, etc. First thing noticed was that Hell or Hallelujah had some speed and intensity to it which reminds me of the exciting "I stole Your Love" album opening vibe. Second thing noticed was the classic rock twinges: "Outta This World" has a Mississippi Queen riff twisted in, "Long Way Down" has Zeppelin influence throughout reminiscent of Out On The Tiles or something from Physical Graffiti, "Hell Or Hallelujah" has guitar/vocal trade offs like the mighty Zep, "The Devil Is Me" guitar solo is incredibly different for Tommy and reminds me of Whole Lotta Love Jimmy Page. "All For The Love Of Rock N Roll" sounds totally classic rock. Even Though I see all these great influences & roots, when I step back and look at the big picture: MONSTER is uncharted territory and unlike almost any of their other albums......this is why I love it so much.
Paul's songs are very solid and riffs give me random flashbacks to Mr. Speed, All American Man, Take It Off, King Of The Nightime World, Danger Us, Etc. While Paul's voice may be a little shaky live lately, this is not apparent on the album and he can still put down some great vocals in the studio. "Last Chance" rocks!!
Tommy's guitar solos are different from the Sonic Boom, Ace Frehley style safe & predictable sound. They are definitely stepped up and all a little different. This is THE BEST PART OF THE ALBUM.Read more ›
Music-wise, this album is superior to Sonic Boom, mainly because the lead guitarist isn't continually lifting pre-played solos from Ace Frehley. The production is pretty-sub-par unfortunately, mainly due to the overt compression where the sound has very little separation from the quiet and the loud. Listen to Animalize, or COTN, both were very loud heavy records, yet there was plenty of breathing room overhead, where you could still turn the volume up without inducing ear-fatigue from this artificial clipping/limiting, etc.
( Note to engineers these days: we have our own volume knobs at home , thankyou very much,we don't need YOU buggering that up anymore.)
I have reviewed the album elsewhere favorably, so I won't go into that here. I WOULD like a remix of this album. Paul, you produced Animalize wonderfully...what happened here....another victim of the loudness wars?
Opening track and first single "Hell or Halleluiah" is in your face heavy, and I was surprised at how fast it sounded. To me it sounds like something from Love Gun in '77 like "I Stole Your Love" meets the speed of "Gimme More" from Lick It Up or perhaps another fast 80's KISS tune.Read more ›
If you're a KISS fan you won't be disappointed.
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Lazy forced riffs, terrible laughable lyrics and no aparent inspiration other than coin results in a laughablly bad album like Monster. Not one memorible or even decent song. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Deimos
Few Kiss classic tunes "but" something was off for the guys. Not as enjoyable as Sonic Boom.. Something was missing!!Published 5 months ago by Wayne Willoughby
This album rocks, has become one of my favorite KISS albums.Published 15 months ago by dwight stevenson
As far as I'm concerned, this is an OK Kiss album. I like about 5 or 6 songs. The biggest problems are these: THe lack of originality and the production!! Read morePublished on July 3 2013 by F. Gagnon
I was expecting something close to Revenge,but I wasn't too impressed by the final result.It's not a bad album,I think it's better than Sonic Boom,but nothing spectacular. Read morePublished on April 27 2013 by Diodude
i'm a huge kiss fan, and this is a fantastic album, hints of the early days, hints of heavier times, such as psycho circus and carnival of souls, i even found myself suprised at... Read morePublished on Jan. 22 2013 by tim99