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: October 05, 2009, 08:28:07 PM

...the new Kiss cd, SONIC BOOM, here is a review...

http://www.culturebully.com/kiss-sonic-boom-review

I'll be picking this up on my way to work tomorrow!







It’s been over a decade since Kiss last released a record. Did you know that? Probably not unless there is a laminated Kiss Army card in your wallet next to that expired condom. After years of piss poor records and uninspired tours Kiss have gone from one of the biggest bands in the world to a carnival act of State Fair proportions. The thought of 11 new songs about girls and partying from a band whose most famous member has joined Ozzy Osbourne in reality television oblivion is a dizzying prospect.

But somehow these old men delivered… big; it must be that pact with Satan they made back in the 1970s. Satan’s servants have not sounded so good since Destroyer and rock and roll disbelievers will have to run and repent if they do not believe.

With Sonic Boom, Kiss has done what most classic rock bands can just never get right: they made an album that not only sounds like their old records but, at times, outshines your fondest memories of these make up wearing seniors. Even the artwork is classic Kiss, all four painted mugs are inside a stereo speaker made of loud, swirling colors. Is that the roar of a Camaro engine coming from the front yard?

The record starts with a kick of teenage adrenaline. “Modern Day Delilah” is a fun excuse for Paul Stanley to seduce your mom with his trademark smooth vocals. This is the definition of a good time; a loud and unapologetic song perfect for a Saturday night in a small town. “Never Enough” is the type of song Kiss should have recorded in 1991; full of the hyper, feel good sensibility of the pre-Nirvana Sunset Strip—It would have easily torn up the charts on Headbanger’s Ball. Sonic Boom has just begun and it is already a time traveling party where the kegs never get killed.


Thankfully someone smart has the ear of Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons. This little bird convinced them to record on analog instead of the easy appeal of a digital studio. What this means is that everything on this record sounds vintage; it’s crisp, full, and reminds you of the needle hitting Rock and Roll Over for the first time. “Hot and Cold” drives everything further into a feeding frenzy of cliché rock and roll. Sweet, sweet clichés! Gene Simmons roars “If it’s too loud, you’re too old” as if he just turned twenty-one. Happy birthday, Gene.

“I’m an Animal” is a crushing blast of thunder rock, exactly what made Simmons famous at the start of the band’s career. His bass lines rumble and shake enough to make the record skip. It’s bombastic and will be completely over the top live, a place that all of these songs are going to shine brightest.

Kiss are what they are and Sonic Boom is what the title implies: an explosion of rock and roll. That’s why legions of weirdos and people from upstate New York have held their collective breath in anticipation of these songs for over ten years. They knew what everyone else had forgotten, that Kiss wrote the book on feel good rock music. If you are still not sold on this belief system check out “Say Yeah”—you’ll be converted around the first “Oh Yeah.”





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#1 : October 06, 2009, 10:47:13 PM

The wait was worth it!

Listened to the entire cd 3 times and it is awesome!

Gene does it again!


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#2 : October 06, 2009, 11:25:20 PM



 Probably not unless there is a laminated Kiss Army card in your wallet next to that expired condom.



Who would have ever guessed this about Turbo?  lmao

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#3 : October 06, 2009, 11:55:13 PM

Seriously, how does anyone take guy wearing makeup and playing the same music at 50 they were at 20 seriously? All rock stars should make a pact with Satan that they get all the drugs, money and sex they want but they die at 35.

All posts are opinions in case you are too stupid to figure that out on your own without me saying it over and over.

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#4 : October 07, 2009, 12:19:40 PM

Seriously, how does anyone take guy wearing makeup and playing the same music at 50 they were at 20 seriously? All rock stars should make a pact with Satan that they get all the drugs, money and sex they want but they die at 35.


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