|Studio album by|
|Released||October 9, 2012|
|Recorded||April 13, 2011 – January 6, 2012|
|Studio||Conway Recording Studios, Hollywood, California and the Nook, Studio City, Los Angeles|
|Genre||Hard rock, heavy metal|
|Producer||Paul Stanley, Greg Collins|
|Singles from Monster|
|Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles||(8.5/10)|
|Los Angeles Times|
|Ultimate Classic Rock||(7/10)|
Monster is the twentieth and final studio album by American hard rock/heavy metal group Kiss, released on October 9, 2012. It was recorded at Conway Recording Studios in Hollywood, California and The Nook in Studio City, Los Angeles. Monster was produced by Paul Stanley and co-produced by Greg Collins, as was 2009's Sonic Boom . It is the second studio release by the current band line-up, with Tommy Thayer on lead guitar and Eric Singer on drums, alongside founding members Stanley and Gene Simmons.
Hard rock is a loosely defined subgenre of rock music that began in the mid-1960s, with the garage, psychedelic and blues rock movements. It is typified by a heavy use of aggressive vocals, distorted electric guitars, bass guitar, drums, and often accompanied with keyboards.
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With the band uncertain about recording another album before the end of their farewell tour, Monster is likely their final album.
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In an interview with Elliot Segal on Elliot in the Morning , May 2, 2011, Simmons mentioned that Kiss had recorded around five songs.The album was originally supposed to contain ten songs, but he revealed before the American Music Awards of 2011 that Monster will contain fifteen brand new songs, all studio written by the band. This was then reduced to thirteen songs.
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On August 21, 2011, Kiss officially revealed the album's title and confirmed that it was being recorded in Los Angeles, with Paul Stanley producing, for a 2012 release.
The band uploaded a video on January 3, 2012 on YouTube in which Stanley commented that the album was two to three days from completion.The recording process ended three days later. The following day, Stanley stated, "Listening to the tracks back to back is like sensory overload. Everyone who has heard any of it is completely blown away. Powerful, heavy, melodic and epic. It makes us very proud. You all will be too."
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The album's first single, "Hell or Hallelujah", was released on July 2, 2012 internationally and July 3 in North America along with the Monster Book. It received play on rock radio and climbed onto the middle reaches of the Billboard Mainstream Rock Chart. The second single, "Long Way Down", was released to radio stations on October 23.While it failed to make the Billboard Mainstream Rock Chart, it did reach the Billboard Heritage Rock Charts by the end of the year, and also occupied a spot on the America's Music Rock Chart for several months.
After several release delays, Monster was released in the U.S. on October 9, 2012.
According to an interview with Tommy Thayer, the band had the intention of creating an album with a slightly heavier sound than Sonic Boom, as well as recreating the vibe that existed on the band's earlier material.Similarly, Simmons has likened the album to a combination of three of the band's previous albums, Destroyer , Revenge and Sonic Boom.
While doing interviews for his appearance in ABC's Castle , Simmons commented on the album's sound: "Meat and potatoes. You know it's going to be like Santa Claus. Up and down, everybody gets used to this and that, and things change, and fashion changes, but it's good to know that Santa comes, and he's not going to change his outfit and you know what you're going to get: gifts. Consistency of message."
The band also decided to use old analog equipment instead of more popular digital recording gear. In justifying Kiss' choice, Simmons commented: "Technology is a seductive bitch, she will seduce you. You press this button, you don't have to do anything. But analog is the love of your life. You can push real hard and it always gives back. For the new album, the actual recording process was 24-track tape and an old Trident board. And as many tubes as possible. You need tubes, electricity and thick wood to make that thick sound."
On March 22, 2012, Stanley said in an interview with VH1 Radio Network's Dave Basner, "Monster is really the culmination of everything this band has been in the past and where we're going. When we did Sonic Boom, it was a big task for us because we were saying, 'How do we define who we are today without losing who we've been?' So, that was a tall order for us, but once we got that under our belts, we wanted to go back in and Monster is far, far beyond anything we've done in terms of Sonic Boom and yet it's right up there with some of the best stuff we've done. It's KISS."
Monster debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200 and cracked the Top 10 charts in Canada, Czech Republic, Norway, Sweden, Australia, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Finland, Japan, and Danish charts and cracked the Top 20 in the UK, Spain, Hungary and the Dutch charts.
The album sold approximately 60,000 copies in its first week of release in the United States [ citation needed ]and 120,000 copies outside of the domestic US in its first week.
|1.||"Hell or Hallelujah"||Paul Stanley||Stanley||4:07|
|2.||"Wall of Sound"||Stanley, Gene Simmons, Tommy Thayer||Simmons||2:55|
|4.||"Back to the Stone Age"||Simmons, Stanley, Thayer, Eric Singer||Simmons||3:01|
|5.||"Shout Mercy"||Stanley, Thayer||Stanley||4:04|
|6.||"Long Way Down"||Stanley, Thayer||Stanley||3:51|
|7.||"Eat Your Heart Out"||Simmons||Simmons||4:06|
|8.||"The Devil Is Me"||Simmons, Stanley, Thayer||Simmons||3:40|
|9.||"Outta This World"||Thayer||Thayer||4:29|
|10.||"All for the Love of Rock & Roll"||Stanley||Singer||3:21|
|11.||"Take Me Down Below"||Simmons, Stanley, Thayer||Simmons, Stanley||3:24|
|12.||"Last Chance"||Stanley, Simmons, Thayer||Stanley||3:05|
|iTunes / Tour Edition bonus track|
|13.||"Right Here Right Now"||Stanley, Thayer||Stanley||3:58|
|Japanese bonus track|
|13.||"King of the Night Time World" (Live)||Stanley, Kim Fowley, Mark Anthony, Bob Ezrin||Stanley||3:59|
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