For over three decade, KISS had released a series of records that are still enjoyed by many fans including me, but bashed on by sticklers and even the band themselves. When Ace Frehley was quit in 2002, Tommy Thayer was hired to take his place as the frontman. Then, when Peter Criss left the band in 2004, Eric Singer took his position. It's not like they were totally new to the Kiss Band, with Singer drumming on their nineties non-makeup production and Thayer assisting write the track "Childhood's End" on the The Final Sessions album. But despite, some fans were up in arms over the move. Had them merely been dropped to a group that featured Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons, and two other guys who'd just assist them as backup players.
I was rather skeptical going into their last record “Sonic Boom”, as they mentioned about going back to their earlier style, they also mentioned about producing it to sound like a classic album. Luckily, that is a great album. They have managed to produce a record that is both fresh, applicable and also containing a classic feel.
It’s been three years that I have lived with this album, and finally KISS is gearing up for a new album “Monster” slated for release in June 2012. The CD will contain songs such as Hell or Hallelujah, Born to Be a Sinner, Out of This World and Are You Ready?. Kiss will be touring across the North America along with Motley Crue in support of their upcoming album “Monster”. The tour will kick off in Knebworth on July 06, 2012 and will end on Sep 23, 2012 Hartford, CT. For complete tour dates and to purchase tickets, please visit their official website.