What is the Best KISS Album Of All Time with the Replacement Lineup?

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Re: KISS (The Replacement Lineup) - Discography
« Reply #60 on: October 21, 2012, 12:23:10 am »
KISS (Monster) 2012

I had to give Monster a few spins from top to bottom before I could give an objective review. Would I let my fanboy self get consumed by the latest offering from KISS, even if half the band is gone? It only took one time around listening to this to know this is better than the last album Sonic Boom.

Even though Hell or Hallelujah was officially it's first single off the album, to me the real first single and the one that should have been the opening track on the album is Eat Your Heart Out. Everything on this song clicks and has a very infectious chorus, great drums and wicked leads by Tommy on guitar. It's nice to hear him putting his stamp on a KISS song instead of playing like Ace Frehley. Along with Eat Your Heart Out, other songs like Freak, Outta This World, All for the Love of Rock & Roll, Wall Of Sound, and Hell or Hallelujah have the makings of songs that could and should have some longevity and won't soon disappear anytime soon. Is it on the level of Love Gun or Black Diamond? No. But this is some of the best stuff that Gene and Paul have put out in a long time, dating back to their last great album, Revenge.

If I do have one criticism of Monster is that the drums for the most part are buried in the mix. Not sure why Paul and Gene have basically stuck to this formula when mixing their albums. Listen to Creatures and you will see and hear a band that wasn't afraid to push the drums to the forefront without having it overwhelm the songs.

A lot of fans and both Gene and Paul have said that this is just as good if not better than Revenge. Sorry, but that's overreaching a bit. That was an instant classic. I gave Sonic Boom 4 stars after a few listens and was pleasantly surprise that I even liked it as much as I did. But even with a solid rating, I don't remember any songs from it at the moment. With Monster there are already a few songs that I know I will be playing a year from now. So, to me this one is already a winner and a much improved output from the guys.

I'm surprised the band hasn't released any official videos from the album yet. What's up with that? This band is made to give us videos. So, where are they? Bah!! Anyway, I will post more thoughts on Monster as they come to me as I continue to listen....I mean, rock out. Highly recommend this as a Buy for sure. Once the price of the Vinyl drops, I for sure will grab that and add to my ever grown KISS vinyl collection. Can't let certain people catch up to me in that department.

Fave Songs:
Hell or Hallelujah
Shout Mercy
Eat Your Heart Out
The Devil Is Me
Chip's Rockin' Art
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