KISS Says Their Upcoming Album Feels Heavier Than ‘Sonic Boom’
August 17, 2011
“This new record feels heavier than Sonic Boom. It feels like there’s a connection between Destroyer and Revenge,” KISS bassist Gene Simmons says in the latest edition of Classic Rock Magazine.
KISS’ senior partners, Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons, are back in the studio with guitarist Tommy Thayer and drummer Eric Singer to record their 20th album. Just as 2009’s Sonic Boom revitalized them as both a viable recording band and a proper unit, this new album — recorded, like its immediate predecessor, at L.A.’s Conway Studios — finds them more focused than ever.
“We’ve recorded eight tracks. Everything’s on except the vocals. There’ll be 10 on the album, with a couple of tracks as bonuses for different projects” says Paul Stanley. “Sonic Boom was a pivotal album in the sense that we were aware of who we were as a performing band, but we had to re-establish who we are as a recording band. That being done, this is much easier and that much more self-assured.”
When asked about song titled for the new album Stanley replied, “I’d be surprised if the album didn’t start with “Hell Or Hallelujah.” It’s up-tempo, a great riff, definitive KISS. There’s a track called “Born To Be A Sinner,” and Tommy has a song called “Out Of This World” which is terrific. They’re anthemic songs. That’s the nature of how we write. There are no ballads.”
“”Are You Ready?” is a new track that I worked out, wrote, and brought everyone into the studio and said: “Let’s bang this out” continues Simmons. “Another of the new songs, tentatively titled “Wall Of Sound,” we just came up with on the spot. The guts of that song were written in 40 minutes.”
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