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Genre: Hard Rock & Metal - Heavy Metal / Artist: Kiss / Special Edition / Audio CD released 2009-10-05 at Roadrunner

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      30.01.2010 15:42
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      Amazing!

      Kiss- Sonic Boom

      Kiss formed back in 1972. They are well known for their studded black leather costumes and face paint. They have sold over 100 million albums worldwide.
      The band consist of 4 members
      Current Members:-
      Gene Simmons
      Paul Stanley
      Tommy Thayer
      Eric Singer
      They each have their own individual face paint 'mask', they represent comic book characters.
      Gene Simmons is known as the Demon
      Paul Stanley is known as The Starchild
      Tommy Thayer is known as The Space Man (This was also Ace Frehleys character too)
      Eric Singer is known as The Catman
      This album was released in 2009, it had been a decade almost since the last record and I'm sure that the fans of Kiss were really looking forward to this.

      I haven't really heard much of their older stuff, and I am writing this review only because my friend lent me the album she said I had to listen to it or she would eat me...so I listened to it and I gotta say I liked what I heard, Im now saving to get the rest of their stuff.
      Sonic Boom: Released October 6th 2009.
      Track Listing :-
      Modern Day Delilah 03:37
      Russian Roulette 04:32
      Never Enough 03:26
      Yes I Know (Nobodys Perfect) 03:02
      Stand 04:50
      Hot And Cold 03:36
      All For The Glory 03:49
      Danger Us 04:22
      I'm An Animal 03:47
      When Lightning Strikes 03:45
      Say Yeah 04:27

      I think all the tracks are great! And I had a good time listening to this with my friend just the other day... skipping through the school halls with her blaring the music through her portable speakers getting strange looks off all the kids around us.
      This album is a must have and the tracks I recommend you listen to are
      Russian Roulette:-
      This track is so catchy and the lyrics are pips to remember. The drums at the beginning are what caught my attention they get my foot tapping and my foot doesn't stay still till the song is over! And what a riff! Its old skool rock and I have to say i finally understand what people mean when they say 'Riffs these days are all technical' there really isn't much to this riff yet it makes such a difference (The riff can be heard towards the end)
      Yes I Know (Nobodys Perfect):-
      This track is brilliant, the rhythm of the vocals is just so loveable and when you know the lyrics I guarantee you will be singing along. I have just finished learning the drums for this in school as and after school project. It is easy but its just the timing. Going onto riffs again, the riff in this track is superb! I would say it comes 4th in my top ten.
      Stand:-
      This track is just generally amazing, the lyrics are relatable in some ways. Its just one of those songs that once you listen to it, you immediately like it. The chorus is short yet so awesome. When I first heard it I couldn't remember the name of it and was walking around school, for ages just humming the chorus in my head and it was honestly getting on my nerves. This has to now be one of my all time favourite songs ever. I think this is the one I recommend you listen to most.
      I'm An Animal:-
      Such and amazing track, it has a feel of heaviness to it. The lyrics I think are the best part of this track. They are too catchy though to be honest. I think that many of you that listen to this album will love this track. Its just one of those things...I got quite a few people in my German class listening to this and they are all now obsessed with the song.

      All in all a highly recommended album. I have given the album back to my friend and I am now waiting for my brother to buy me a copy...He said he would.

      Written by Dooshbag08
      Also posted on Ciao.co.uk under Rockchick2k7

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      09.11.2009 18:11
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      This is just the beginning, according to Gene Simmons!

      Kiss started out in New York in the early 1970s, led by Paul Stanley (The Starchild) on guitar / vocals and Gene Simmons (The Demon) on bass / vocals. Completed by Ace Frehley (The Spaceman) on lead guitar and Peter Criss (The Cat) on drums, they went on to become one of the biggest bands in the world, making truckloads of cash in the process.

      But for all the great albums they recorded in the late 70s, they went on to flounder throughout the 80s and 90s with patchy albums and line-up changes. Gene and Paul remained firmly in charge during that time, still selling out stadiums and making millions from the Kiss merchandise.

      Finally in 1996 they went back to the original line-up, put their make-up back on and ever since then the reunion / farewell tour has been going on around the world. Kiss gave their fans what they wanted, a greatest hits setlist and the explosive stage show they were famous for. They even gave us a reunion album "Psycho Circus" in 1998.

      Ace and Peter eventually departed yet again, to be replaced by Tommy Thayer on lead guitar (taking on Ace's Spaceman persona) and Eric Singer on drums (as the new Cat). So that's the current line-up, and one that will probably tour the entire planet again, as Kiss celebrate their 35th anniversary.

      I seriously doubted Kiss would ever come out with a new album, let alone a retro sounding album of 11 classic Kiss tunes that I've been playing continuously in recent weeks. They made a deliberate attempt to write and record the album as if the last 30 years of music never happened. And I'm glad to report they've been very successful at that. A lot of the stuff here could easily fit onto their early albums, and I don't say that lightly. For die hard fans of early Kiss, and there's a lot of us around the world, that is just music to our collective ears, if you pardon the pun.

      I have to admit that I had no idea they were doing a new album at all, until the first single "Modern Day Delilah" appeared online. Kiss streamed it on their official website and I liked the sound of it immediately, all bursting with swagger and attitude. It turns out to be the opening track on the album.

      It's amazing to listen to Paul's voice and realise it hasn't changed that much in 35 years! If you had any doubts about the vocal ability of a guy turning 58 in a few months, you don't have to wait too long before he hits the high note that sends the chill down your spine. Great performance.

      Paul handles the main vocal duties on four songs in total (Modern Day Delilah, Never Enough, Danger Us, and Say Yeah). Likewise, Gene gets to sing four songs on his own (Russian Roulette, Yes I Know Nobody's Perfect, Hot and Cold, and I'm An Animal) and he does an excellent job too.

      "I'm An Animal" is almost "God of Thunder" part 2, and is tailor-made for Gene and his larger-than-life personality. I can't wait to see him do this live. I can just see him now, rampaging around the stage, like he does through life, singing the line "no rules, no bounds, nothing's gonna hold me down..."

      "Nobody's Perfect" is one of my favourites on the album. It's annoyingly catchy. You can't help but be won over by the infectious tune and the cheeky lyrics ("Here comes your knight in shining armour again... and that's me babe"). If you told me this was a long lost track off "Dressed To Kill", I wouldn't have trouble believing you.

      Gene and Paul both sing the stadium anthem "Stand", with lyrics that are slightly cheesy and that's one of the rare low points of the album for me. But it's an okay song overall, a sort of "touching" testament to the enduring partnership between the two main band members.

      To make it a complete Kiss album, Tommy and Eric get to sing one song each, and they both do really well. Eric in particular manages to sound like the "old" Cat, in both tone and delivery, and he probably gets away with the best track on the album "All For The Glory".

      It's instant gratification, with the chorus that will play on in your head, even when you're asleep. Roughly three and a half minutes of perfection. If this doesn't re-awaken that bedroom air-guitaring teenager in you, nothing will.

      I can't tell you how impressed I am with Tommy Thayer's guitar playing. Back in '96 when Ace Frehley couldn't remember his own solos while rehearsing for the reunion, they brought in Tommy to teach him! Can you imagine what that feels like, teaching your guitar hero his own work!

      And now when he puts on Ace's make-up and costume, he is completely immersed in that character and fully does it justice. His solos on the album are spot on, and this is so important, as it adds that extra flavour on top of everything and makes it sound like a Kiss album. I wonder what Ace thinks!

      Apart from the 11 new tracks, Kiss have also re-recorded a bunch of old hits, some of which sound good, some of which don't. I mostly don't see the point, as you might play this bonus disc once or twice, but then you will go back to your collection and play the originals!

      The album was co-produced by Paul Stanley and Greg Collins, and is just over 43 minutes long. The cover artwork was created by Michael Doret, who also did the cover for "Rock And Roll Over" back in '76. And I thought there was something familiar about it!

      Overall, if you are not a fan of Kiss, this probably won't change your mind, but give it a listen anyway. For me, when this album came out in October, it made for a pretty cool birthday present.


      Tracklisting:

      1. "Modern Day Delilah"
      2. "Russian Roulette"
      3. "Never Enough"
      4. "Yes I Know (Nobody's Perfect)"
      5. "Stand"
      6. "Hot and Cold"
      7. "All For the Glory"
      8. "Danger Us"
      9. "I'm an Animal"
      10. "When Lightning Strikes"
      11. "Say Yeah"

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