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"Creatures of the Night" is the 10th studio album by US hard rock band, Kiss. It was released in 1982 on Casablanca Records and produced by Michael James Jackson, Paul Staney & Gene Simmons. The line-up for the album was Paul Stanley (vocals/guitar), Vinnie Vincent (guitar), Gene Simmons (bass/vocals) and Eric Carr (drums).
The album that helped revive Kiss' career due to a return to their hard rock roots, "Creatures of the Night" reminds fans why they loved the band from the beginning, and why it was worth staying around during their short foray into the pop world. There are three album covers in existence, from releases in 1982, 1985 and 1997.
Paul Stanley and Adam Mitchell wrote the title track, "Creatures of the Night", in Mitchell's kitchen. It is about people who function in the daytime world because society says they have to, but really come to life and are happier in the late hours of the night. I love this one for the fact it is a reminder you can do what you are supposed to, but still lead the life you want.
"Rock and Roll Hell" tells of a sixteen year old who has waited his whole life to break free and be who he wants. Written by Gene Simmons, Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance, this song is far edgier than you'd imagine with the input of someone known for his love ballads (Adams).
Speaking to every rock fan, "I Love it Loud" is all about the 'living life on the edge, doing what you want, enjoying you music at the level you want' lifestyle that so many people try to convince rock fans is wrong. It is a reminder that you live your life for yourself and you should live it your way.
Every song on the album delivers, and every one speaks to me in a different way. The only one that is slow is "I Still Love You", a breakup song written by Paul Stanley and Vinnie Vincent, with Stanley on lead vocals. Even though it isn't 'in your face' rock, it doesn't come across as wimpy or overly mushy.
While it's not my very favourite Kiss album, I still rate it in my top three, and find myself enjoying it every time I listen, making it well worth the money spent on it.
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
My rating: 7/10
After the fiasco of their concept album The Elder (Music from), Kiss really sat back and thought about their next release. Ace at this point was on his way out of the band and only appeared in the viseo for 'I Love it Loud' from this album. Using Vinnie Vincent for the lead guitar work and some of the songwriting, Kiss made what is in my opion their heaviest album with their make up on (their best with make up is Psycho Circus and heaviest ever is Carnival of Souls). The title track thunders and crashes its way through your senses and the mayhem doesn't let up until 'I Love It Loud' which takes the pace down to a very steady slow beat. Paul Stanley delivers the album's rock-ballad 'I Still Love You' with great vocals and this is the song that was still played right up until their split. The only 'space filler' track is 'Killer' which does not really have the same booming production as the rest of the album and seems rather hollow for it. Buy this and you will not be disappointed!
Disc #1 Tracklisting
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