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4.0 out of 5 stars "Heaven`s On Fire!"
Animalize is definatly KISS`s heaviest album,thunderous drums, electrifying solos and guitars are all over the place(or album).After taking off the makeup on the previous year(1983)with the "Lick It Up" album,they had a lot of sucess as it reached platinum(and up),something they had not done since 1979`s "Dynasty".Animalize receveid a very warm welcomed as within weeks it...
Published on July 31 2007 by Tommy Sixx Morais

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1.0 out of 5 stars Worst Kiss album ever
I am a huge Kiss fan- I like and own all their albums-except this one bites. It is complete rubbish from start to finish and it is an embarassment to Gene and Paul as well as their fans. Asinine, juvenile lyrics make them (read GENE) sound like a 12 year old with his first Playboy and the songs are all plain uninspired and mediocre. "Under The Gun" is the...
Published on Dec 10 1999


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4.0 out of 5 stars "Heaven`s On Fire!", July 31 2007
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Tommy Sixx Morais (The Great White North) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Animalize (Audio CD)
Animalize is definatly KISS`s heaviest album,thunderous drums, electrifying solos and guitars are all over the place(or album).After taking off the makeup on the previous year(1983)with the "Lick It Up" album,they had a lot of sucess as it reached platinum(and up),something they had not done since 1979`s "Dynasty".Animalize receveid a very warm welcomed as within weeks it reached platinum status.Yet the situation wasn`t all that great as Gene went to do his "Runnaway" movie and did not contribute a whole lot to the album,his material here really ain`t terrific and he can do better than that.Also Mark St-John who played lead guitar on the album,replacing Vinnie Vincent would only be part of KISS for "Animalize".

Despite all that,Animalize did well on the charts,is KISS`s heaviest album and one of the best albums they did during the 80s.Paul Stanley did most of the album,without Paul there wouldn`t have been an album at all.Paul carried on when Gene wasn`t there.Paul`s songs are the best of the album,Gene on the other hand didn`t do any memorable songs on this one and only played on his songs.

Some memorable songs on the albums are "Heaven`s On Fire","Trills In The Night","Under The Gun","Ive Had Enough(Into The Fire)",plenty of heavy material.If you only like heavy stuff this album`s for you.To any good side there`s a bad side,they are also fillers on Animalize wich are the Gene songs."Burn Bitch Burn" and "Muder In High Heels" aren`t exactly what i would call "classic",lucky for us Paul was there.

As i said,their heaviest album(until Revenge in 1992),great playing and album.Not much else to say its pretty good and its another great addition to your KISS collection,or simply album collection if you aren`t KISS fan.If you like this one check out "Creatures Of The Night" and "Revenge".
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4.0 out of 5 stars Their last strong '80s album, Aug. 15 2003
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John Alapick (Harveys Lake, PA United States) - See all my reviews
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Animalize was the last of the trio of great heavy metal albums that Kiss produced in the '80s following Creatures Of The Night and Lick It Up. While the album is strong and certainly one of their heaviest, their songwriting slipped a little bit with the departure of guitarist Vinnie Vincent.
This is the first album when Kiss became more Paul Stanley's band mainly because Gene Simmons was concentrating on outside products like acting and producing other bands like Keel and Black N' Blue. Paul's songs are clearly the stronger tracks here, whether it's heavier tracks like "Under The Gun" and "I've Had Enough (Into The Fire)" or more radio-friendly tunes like "Thrills In The Night" and the excellent hit single "Heaven's On Fire". Gene Simmons does contribute a couple strong tunes with "Murder In High Heels" and "Lonely Is The Hunter". Other tracks like "While The City Sleeps" are decent, but owe more to the excellent guitar playing of Mark St. John than the songs themselves. St. John's guitar playing clearly resembles the '80s shredding guitar era. However, his playing complements the heavier songs very well. Eric Carr's drumming continues to impress, particularly on "Under The Gun" and "I've Had Enough (Into The Fire)". This would be their last strong album until 1992's "Revenge", which ironically contains a few songs co-written with Vinnie Vincent. Recommended to fans of Kiss' heavier work.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 80's KISS... still KISS, Nov. 15 2003
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This review is from: Animalize (Audio CD)
While animalize was recored in the non make up days... it is still a good album. Not one of the best though. Simmons creativiy is abcent on this ablum due to his acting career. Paul Stanley took the reigns for animalize, while he did do a good job, the songs simmons did contribute are not as good as simmons can do. But the album did have it high points, such as heaven's on fire and thrills in the night. The album is one of their heavy albums, fueled by eric carr's drumming and mark st. John's guitar riffs. Overall... a good cd, while it is lacking in sme areas, it is not a failure, nor is it a bad cd.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Animalize is ok, Nov. 2 2002
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While it may be the best selling out the Unmasked albums its not my favorite album that one will go to 1992's "Revenge" The best cuts are "Heaven's on fire" "I've had enough into the fire" and "Burn Bit*h burn" and the chorus in "Get all you can take" and a lyric line in it that most people dont know is there it goes "WHat (...) differnce can it make?" While Animalize is a good album its not the best its worth it if your into 80's metal or a KISS fan
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1.0 out of 5 stars Worst Kiss album ever, Dec 10 1999
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I am a huge Kiss fan- I like and own all their albums-except this one bites. It is complete rubbish from start to finish and it is an embarassment to Gene and Paul as well as their fans. Asinine, juvenile lyrics make them (read GENE) sound like a 12 year old with his first Playboy and the songs are all plain uninspired and mediocre. "Under The Gun" is the second worst Kiss song of all time, second to "No No No" off of Crazy Nights. (Which is a good album).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kiss cd ANIMALIZE, April 24 2011
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this kiss album ANIMALIZE on cd is really awesome.I even liked the bonus tracks i like the cover art work.I played this cd 20 times on one day so if you are big kiss fan like me, dont hesitate buy this kiss cd its really worth it.Also for the first time kiss took off their makeup,which makes more to buy this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic KISS, Aug. 19 2002
This review is from: Animalize (Audio CD)
I didn't jump on the 80's KISS bandwagon right away. I didn't think KISS's non makeup albums were going to be good. I bought "Lick it Up" and was instantley introduced to one of my favorite KISS albums. "Animalize" in a great record, but it's no "Destroyer". KISS made great 80's discs until "Crazy Nights".
That album was only above "Unmasked" as the worst KISS album.
"Animalize" is a great hair metal record for the 80's metalhead, or it's great for KISS fans.
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3.0 out of 5 stars KISS was back ... or at least Paul Stanley was, May 8 2002
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John Popa "thepopa" (Columbus, OH) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Animalize (Audio CD)
'Animalize' was a huge record for KISS and a huger tour. Whatever interest they rediscovered taking their makeup off for the 'Lick It Up' record was solidified with this record and tour. KISS was back on top and riding a crest of pop metal to a new fan base.
Now is 'Animalize' a great record? Not especially. Parts of it are. 'Animalize' suffers most from Gene Simmons clearly viewing the album as a secondary project to what else he was doing at the time. This put the pressure of the record on Paul Stanley and, frankly, Paul, for his part, delivered. From the mega hit 'Heaven's On Fire,' to a ballsy rocker like 'I've Had Enough' to the powerhouse 'Thrills In the Night' Paul bats 1000 on this record. Unfortunately Gene doesn't deliver at all. His songs are childish and completely forgettable and they drag this album down into the muck.
Paul's top notch production also helps bring the album up, but, in the end, 'Animalize' is a record with three decent songs but nothing landmark. On the road, 'Animalize' was great business and put KISS back onto the map as arena headliners to be reckoned with.
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5.0 out of 5 stars KISS will bring out the animal in you!, Nov. 15 2001
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Daniel J. Hamlow (Narita, Japan) - See all my reviews
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Album #19 from KISS, Animalize, is definitely their heaviest. Neither Creatures Of The Night nor Revenge have anything on this metal master work from a line-up that sadly, only lasted on this album alone.
From the first, Mark St. John's ferocious, no compromise guitar assaults the audial senses with "I've Had Enough (Into The Fire)", and with the first verses sung by Paul Stanley, I knew this was going to be the ne plus ultra of KISS the year I got into them. That was back in 1989, five years before this album was released, and eleven years have not dimmed the vitality of this classic album an iota! It's albums like this that bring to mind the phrase, "metal up your a**".
Just when the listener thinks he/she can take a breath, "Heaven's On Fire" comes on and takes the listener to metal heaven. That epitome of what KISS is about is followed by "Burn Bitch Burn," equally uncompromising, especially as this is Gene Simmons' first song on Animalize. put your log in your fireplace" needs no further interpretation.
"Get All You Can Take" is one of those songs that embodies the KISS philosophy--work hard, so play hard, which they most definitely do. Or did.
Not all the songs have the ferocity of the first three songs. The mid-paced "Lonely Is The Hunter", for example, has a menacing undertone, thanks to Gene's vocals. And "Thrills Of The Night", about the double-life of a woman doing the usual 9-5 routine by day, and who knows what at night, was co-written by Jean Beauvoir, the mohawked African-American rocker who did "Feel The Heat" on the Cobra soundtrack. However, let me say that there is absolutely NO filler on this album. Period.
I will reiterate here that Mark St. John is what makes Animalize the classic it is. That blistering guitar solo in "I've Had Enough" is evidence enough of that.
I read in a magazine that an hour before Paul Stanley was to take the master tapes of this album to the label, he changed his mind and remixed the entire album. Brilliant move, Paul!
KISS's hardest album happens to be their best one. The only things that I wonder now is, what would KISS have been like had Mark St. John recovered from his illness? Just imagine what Asylum and Crazy Nights, themselves worthy offerings from the foursome, would have sounded like with him as the axeman!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stands the test of time, Jan. 22 2001
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J. Brittman "The Bottom Line" (Long Island, New York) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Animalize (Audio CD)
Animalize is worth buying just for track 3 alone. Burn Bitch Burn is the ultimate Gene song(besides God of Thunder) complete with a killer riff and great lyrics. How can you argue with the line "I wanna put my log in your fireplace?" Overall, this is a vastly underrated Kiss album, tracks like I've Had Enough, Heaven's On Fire, Murder in High Heels, and Thrills in the Night attest to the fact. Paul's vocals are in top form and Eric Carr proves he was a major talent on the drums. Mark St. John may not have been Ace Frehely but he's more than adequate on this record. Animalize is not Destroyer, it's Kiss during an evolutionary period in the band's history. Pick it up, your collection will not be complete without it.
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